Current Actions

  • Take Action: Tell the Senate to Support S1!

    The For the People Act is the fair representation bill the American people want and deserve. This legislation will put power back into the hands of American voters by making voting easier and more accessible and by modernizing future elections. The For the People Act addresses some of the most pressing issues facing our democracy by: 

    • Modernizing our voter registration system; 
    • Restoring voting rights to formerly-incarcerated individuals; 
    • Curbing partisan gerrymandering; and
    • Making campaign contributions more transparent

    Over the last two years, we saw the bill pass the House of Representatives, but got stalled in the SenateBut we cannot let this happen again. The House passed the For the People Act earlier this year. The bill has just come up for the first time ever for a vote in the Senate on June 23rd, unfortunately the vote deadlocked at 50-50. This just means it is more important than ever to make your voice heard as any movement serves to advance the legislation! 

    Contact your Senators TODAY and tell them to Vote Yes on the For the People ActReturn control of our government back where it belongs—into the hands of the people. 

     

  • Take Action: Tell your Senators to Support the Equal Rights Amendment
    This country has waited too long for the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) to become a part of the Constitution. Over 100 years after (some) women gained the right to vote, women and nonbinary people are still not guaranteed equality under the law.  

    The League has been committed to the ratification of the ERA since it was first passed by Congress in 1972 because we believe that inequality hurts everyone. In January 2020, the final state voted to ratify the ERA. Now Congress must act to remove its ratification timeline so it can pass once and for all. 

    On March 17, the U.S. House of Representatives passed legislation to remove the ratification timeline attached to the ERA. Now, the fight for the ERA is in the Senate. S.J. Res 1 is the companion bill in the Senate that would remove the timeline. We need 60 votes to pass the resolution. Contact your senators and ask them to cosponsor this resolution and ensure that the ERA is a part of our Constitution.  

    Inequality weakens us as a nation. The ERA is for every American, regardless of gender identity or sex.  

    Urge your senators to support legislation to remove the ERA’s ratification timeline today! 
  • Congress Must Act to Protect the Nation from the Plague of Gun Violence

     

    For far too long, Congress has been apathetic to the gun violence that plagues our nation. Though we’re not even halfway through 2021, our country has already experienced over 147 mass shootings. The senseless shootings in Atlanta, Boulder, and Indianapolis, are just a few of the many tragedies that we've been forced to grapple with.

    The Biden Administration has taken executive action to help curb our gun violence epidemic, but these reforms can only do so much, and executive authority can only go so far. Now is the time for Congress to step up and pass common-sense gun violence prevention reforms, such as universal background checks, closing the gun show loophole, and banning assault weapons.

    The House of Representatives has already passed HR 8, the Bipartisan Background Checks Act, which is the first step in transforming gun safety laws in our country. This legislation now sits before the Senate.

    Tell your senators they must act now and pass the Bipartisan Background Checks Act and save Americans from the terror of gun violence.

  • Take Action: Support DC Statehood (S 51)

     

    The U.S. House Of Representatives just passed HR 51, the Washington DC Admission Act. The District of Columbia is home to over 700,000 people and yet does not have voting members in the U.S House and Senate. The people of the District of Columbia are denied a voice in Congress, unable to advocate for or fight against federal policies, while simultaneously dealing with congressional and federal interference in its local priorities.

    The people of Washington DC deserve the same rights as any American living in our 50 states. They deserve full representation in Congress and to be free of Congressional interference in their local governance. LWVUS supports the admission of the District of Columbia as our 51st state.

    This legislation is an historic opportunity to ensure that DC residents are no longer disenfranchised. Don't let the will and voice of 700,000 people be overlooked and ignored. Urge your Senators to fight for DC statehood and support S51.

  • Take Action: Tell the Senate to Support S1!

    The For the People Act is the fair representation bill the American people want and deserve. This legislation will put power back into the hands of American voters by making voting easier and more accessible and by modernizing future elections. The For the People Act addresses some of the most pressing issues facing our democracy by: 

    • Modernizing our voter registration system; 
    • Restoring voting rights to formerly-incarcerated individuals; 
    • Curbing partisan gerrymandering; and
    • Making campaign contributions more transparent

    Over the last two years, we saw the bill pass the House of Representatives, but got stalled in the SenateBut we cannot let this happen again. The House passed the For the People Act earlier this year. The bill has just come up for the first time ever for a vote in the Senate on June 23rd, unfortunately the vote deadlocked at 50-50. This just means it is more important than ever to make your voice heard as any movement serves to advance the legislation! 

    Contact your Senators TODAY and tell them to Vote Yes on the For the People ActReturn control of our government back where it belongs—into the hands of the people. 

     

  • Take Action: ERA Fight Comes to the 117th Congress

    LWVUS has supported and pushed for ratification of the ERA since it was first passed by Congress in 1972. Leagues across the country have worked to engage lawmakers and organize at the grassroots level to ensure equal rights for all, regardless of sex. On January 27, 2020, Virginia became the 38th state to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment.
      
    Last February, the U.S. House successfully passed, a bipartisan resolution removing the ratification deadline on the Equal Rights Amendment, but didn't make it through the Senate. As the new 117th Congress starts their work, our fight for the ERA continues. The removal of the ratification deadline of ERA is once more a priority in the new Congress, with both the House and Senate introducing resolutions advocating for it. The House must take the lead and quickly pass this resolution

      
    There is more to do to get this across the finish line. Reach out to your Representative* now and urge them to support legislation to remove the ERA’s ratification deadline.
    *For DC residents, we continue working towards full voting representation in the U.S. CongressTo join our fight for D.C. statehood click here!!

  • Stand Up for DC Statehood

       

    More than 700,000 residents live in DC, which is more than that of Wyoming and Vermont, yet its residents still lack voting members in the U.S. House and Senate. Without these voting members, residents of DC are denied a voice in Congress to defend them from attacks on their own locally passed laws and citizen backed initiatives.

    Residents in DC deserve full representation in Congress. Sign the petition to support DC statehood today!  

       

  • Take Action: End the Influence of Big Money

    Corruption occurs in Washington when wealthy donors and powerful interests use political money to buy influence from officeholders.  Creating a new public financing system, will end Washington corruption.

    A new small donor, public matching funds system would:

    • Provide the funding necessary for House and presidential candidates to run competitive races without becoming obligated to influence-seeking funders;
    • Open the door to new candidates from all walks of life by providing them with the ability to raise the money they need to run for office; and
    • Greatly reduce the power and influence of big money funders. They would be far less important in elections and have far less influence over government policies if candidates can obtain sufficient campaign funds elsewhere.
    New legislation from Congress, HR 1, will modernize our election system, reform redistricting, and restore the Voting Rights Act. But we need your help to ensure that a key provision reducing the undue influence of Big Money in our politics is also included.
      
    Contact your Representative and ask that a small donor public financing system is included as a priority in HR1. 
      
  • Support Independent Redistricting

    Congressional districts should be drawn fairly to reflect the will of voters—not to serve the special interests of politicians. 

    Political and racial gerrymandering distorts and undermines our democracy by taking power away from the voters. When district lines are drawn to protect elected officials, the voters lose every time. 

    The League is working to end this practice and create fair districts through independent processes. By including civilians in the process, district maps are created to better reflect the communities and putting the power back in the hands of the voters.

    We are working in states across the country to pass ballot initiatives that will make redistricting processes fair and independent:

    • In Utah, the League is supporting Proposition 4 which creates a seven member independent redistricting commission to draw state legislative and congressional maps.
    • In Colorado, the League is supporting Amendments Y and Z which would establish redistricting commission for state legislative and congressional redistricting.
    • In Michigan, the League is supporting Proposal 2 which transfers the power to draw congressional and legislative districts to a 13 member independent redistricting commission.
    • In Missouri, the League is supporting Amendment 1 which ensures that neither political party is given an unfair advantage when drawing state legislative and congressional maps.

    Now is the time to support this process before the next round of redistricting. 

  • Tell Congress to Restore the Voting Rights Act

       
    When President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the Voting Rights Act (VRA) into law 1965 he called the day ''a triumph for freedom". The VRA outlawed discrimination in the voting booth, regardless of race or language, and is a cornerstone piece of legislation ensuring every American has the right to vote. 

    Unfortunately, the 2013 Supreme Court ruling in Shelby v. Holder, overturned an essential provision of the VRA which has led to countless attacks on the voting rights of Americans.  
      
    Congress currently has before it various proposals to restore the Voting Rights Act but has taken no action in spite of mounting evidence of voter discrimination. Every day that Congress fails to act Americans are at risk of finding new barriers at the polls.
      
    As voters across the country prepare to vote in this year’s critical midterm elections, we will not remain silent as the voting rights of Americans remain at risk. Join us as we tell Congress to restore the Voting Rights Act. 
     
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  • SALSA STAFF COPY of Take Action: Stop Reckless the Balanced Budget Proposal

       

    Congress is on the brink of voting on a reckless proposal to amend the constitution in favor of a balanced budget. This dangerous proposal is a threat to our democracy and would throw our economy out of balance. 
    Moving this legislation forward could force the U.S. into a recession, causing job loss and long-term growth. Cuts to balance the budget will come at the expense of working families and those in need of public assistance programs like Medicaid and Social Security. And it would hurt working families by sabotaging our economy -- and making recessions slump deeper and last longer.
    Your voice can make a difference with your Representative. Call or email your Representative today and tell them to vote NO on a Balanced Budget Amendment. 
     
     
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  • Stop Voter Suppression

    Across the country, there has been a concerted effort in many states to stop some voters from voting, or to make it much harder for them to participate. Legislators and election officials have purged existing voters from the rolls, made cuts to early voting, reduced polling places, put in place strict voter photo ID laws and levied onerous voter registration restrictions.

    All of these actions have been made easier by the Supreme Court’s decision to gut key provisions of the Voting Rights Act in 2013. The 2016 election was the first presidential election in 50 years without full protection of the right to vote.

    We remain committed to fighting suppression tactics that threaten our democracy and the right to vote. Throughout the 2016 election cycle, the League worked to make sure voters impacted by new laws were aware of these restrictions. In Ohio, the League made thousands of phone calls to inform voters about that state’s purge. In Virginia, the League conducted outreach so voters knew how the state’s new voter photo ID law might affect them. In Kansas, the League fought tirelessly to protect the rights of voters caught in the crosshairs of the state’s illegal and discriminatory attempts to restrict voter registration Across the country, thousands of League volunteers served as non-partisan poll observers, staffed voter protection hotlines, and made sure get-out-the-vote phone banks reached as many voters as possible.  

    The League is gearing up to take a stand in Congress, statehouses, and courtrooms nationwide to ensure no voters are left behind. Stand with the League in our fight to ensure our elections are always free, fair, and accessible.

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    Protecting Our Right to Vote

    I am joining with the League of Women Voters to honor, defend and protect our right to vote.

    Make the Pledge

  • Help put an end to gun violence

     

  • Immigration Reform

    Immigrants have helped weave the fabric and identity of our nation. It’s time to help those living in the shadows to become a part of our great nation. The acceptance and allegiance of more citizens will only work to strengthen our nation and our society. Add your voice to the pledge.

  • Let the Sunshine in

    I Support Voters, Not Secret Money and Special Interests

    Citizens United opened the floodgates and secret money now flows from corporations, unions, non-profit organizations, and other entities into election campaign ads.

    It’s time to restore transparency to our elections – join us as we pledge to shine a light and work to dry up the flood of secret money in political campaigns!

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    Pledge to Protect the National Voter Registration Act!

    If the opponents of the National Voter Registration Act (NVRA) have their way, the mission of the League of Women Voters is in jeopardy. The case before the U.S. Supreme Court endangers the League's work of running independent voter registration drives. The NVRA streamlined the numerous state laws that hindered citizen-led registration drives, and a decision against the NVRA would leave the voter registration process vulnerable to new forms of political manipulation. The League and our community partners are often the only effective way for many new voters to get registered to participate in our great democracy.

     

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    I support People, NOT Polluters

    The  League of Women Voters has been at the forefront of efforts to protect, air,  land, and water resources for many decades. The League is a strong supporter for  health and environmental protections, and started studying environmental issues  soon after our founding over 90 years ago. We remain committed on working to  protect the environment by reducing pollution that endangers public health and  worsens global warming.

    But  we can’t do it alone – we need your help.  Please pledge to help us protect our future  generations by fighting attacks on the environment.

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    Pledge to Protect the National Voter Registration Act!

    If the opponents of the National Voter Registration Act (NVRA) have their way, the mission of the League of Women Voters is in jeopardy. The case before the U.S. Supreme Court endangers the League's work of running independent voter registration drives. The NVRA streamlined the numerous state laws that hindered citizen-led registration drives, and a decision against the NVRA would leave the voter registration process vulnerable to new forms of political manipulation. The League and our community partners are often the only effective way for many new voters to get registered to participate in our great democracy.

     

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    Protecting Our Right to Vote

    The Voting Rights Act (VRA) of 1965 is an essential part of American democracy. It ensures that every American citizen, regardless of race, has an equal right to vote.  

    Make the Pledge