NEW PROGRAMMING FOCUS WILL COVER COUNTERING MIS- AND DISINFORMATION, INCREASING ELECTION PARTICIPATION, ADVANCING VOTER ACCESS, AND REFORMING REDISTRICTING
WASHINGTON – Today the League of Women Voters is launching ‘Women Power Democracy,’ a new programmatic focus of the organization that will advance a stronger, more representative American democracy.
“The attacks we have seen on voting rights since the last election constitute a threat to our republic like we haven’t seen in decades, which is why we are doubling down on our commitment to democracy,” said Virginia Kase Solomón, CEO of the League of Women Voters of the United States. “Women Power Democracy’s four-pronged approach will build more trust in our elections, grow our electorate, establish fair voter access, and ensure community districting truly reflects our population.”
The following are the four programs under ‘Women Power Democracy’:
- Democracy Truth Project: Countering mis- and disinformation in our government and advancing better public understanding of the democratic and electoral process.
- Expand the Franchise: Increasing voter participation through our VOTE411.org platform and voter registration, education, and mobilization programs, with a focus on underrepresented populations and low-propensity voters.
- Democracy Defense Fund: Protecting voting rights and advancing a more equitable democracy through advocacy and voter protection efforts.
- People Powered Fair Maps™: Leading with advocacy, public education, and organizing to create fair, transparent, people-powered electoral map-drawing processes and eliminate partisan and racial gerrymandering during 2021 redistricting.
“Because our network is so deeply rooted in our communities and represents voters in every corner of our country, Leagues of Women Voters are the optimal community resources to provide the public with the trusted information they need,” said Dr. Deborah Turner, board president of the League of Women Voters of the United States. “For more than a century, women and the League have been on the front lines of democracy, and today’s commitment is the next step in fulfilling our mission to empower voters and defend democracy.”
Women Power Democracy builds upon the success the League of Women Voters saw in the 2020 election. In the months ahead, this work will take shape through League activations, trainings, and workshops to support the public and position the League as a continued leader in these areas ahead of the midterm elections in 2022.