Making Democracy Work

Democracy is Not a Spectator Sport

The League of Women Voters is a nonpartisan political organization encouraging informed and active participation in government. It influences public policy through education and advocacy.

How the League is Making Democracy Work®
2016 was a remarkable year for the League of Women Voters of the United States as well as the League of Women Voters Education Fund. It was also a presidential election year of historical importance that gave the League an opportunity to reach millions of voters across the country. Our advocacy and education work has an enduring, positive and significant impact at both state and federal levels. Our leadership on voting rights continues to raise our visibility in the press, and the American public continues to rely on our reputable, non-partisan organization created to encourage active participation in government. Click here to read about the important work we have accomplished this past year:

2017 Directory of Public Officials who serve the residents of Suffolk County NY

NYS Attorney General Voting Rights Report

NYS Attorney General Schneiderman released his comprehensive report on the unprecedented number of complaints received regarding the April presidential primary, and his proposals to reform the system. "New York must become a national leader by protecting and expanding voting rights throughout the state." He plans to introduce a comprehensive bill to reform the state's voting systems. Read the full report here

Be a Voter

I am going to vote and I know my vote will count is the single best resource to help voters get ready on and before November 8.

Millions of voters will head to the polls to stand up for what matters most in their communities and their lives. The League hopes all eligible voters will exercise their right to vote and weigh in on the elections in their community.

These elections are about our jobs, our health, our communities, our security and our future. Take control and commit to vote in these elections.

Voting brings us together as Americans + it is the one time when we are all equal.
Voting is your opportunity to support your community and have a say in America's future.
Every vote counts and our votes make a difference.

Electing the President

The U.S. presidential election is the biggest event in American politics. It's an exciting and complicated process that begins immediately after the preceding election and doesn't end until the voters have their say.

What happens during this extended campaign is a quest not just for votes, but also for political contributions, favorable media coverage, online advertising exposure, social media + likes & tweets, endorsements, and all the other makings of a winning candidacy for the highest elected office in America. Key events along the way include the primaries and caucuses, the party conventions, and the debates--not to mention all the speeches, polls, and focus groups, plus the barrage of radio and television commercials imploring you to vote this way or that.

It's easy to be overwhelmed. And that's why the League of Women Voters produced this supplement. It is an update of the 2012 Newspaper in Education supplement, based on the LWV publication Choosing the President 2008: A Citizen's Guide to the Electoral Process.

Click here to read the full guide

NYS Constitutional Convention in 2017

Every 20 years, the state constitution sets a statewide referendum on whether to convene a constitutional convention. The next vote arrives November 7, 2017. Through 2016 and into 2017, WCNY will develop a campaign of content exploring this important expectation of the electorate, including a series of six episodes of Connect: NY so that voters are able to make an informed decision.
To view the first of six scheduled hourlong programs on the constitutional convention click here

Student Days at the SC Legislature

LWVSC and the Presiding Officer of the Suffolk County Legislature collaborated on the launch of Student Days at the SC Legislature in October, 2015. The December issue of the SC Voter has photos and more information.

LWV Voter Service Activities in 2015

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Find Your Elected Officials

Click here to link to the League of Women Voters of New York State's Legislative Action Center. A central part of the mission of the League of Women Voters is to encourage active and informed participation in government. To that end, the League has created an easy-to-use resource that enables users to find a wealth of information about our state and federal governments.

Not sure who represents you? Click here to enter your Zip code plus four to find your U.S. Senators and Representative, as well as your New York State Senator and Assembly member.

To find your Suffolk County Legislator, and view the redrawn SC Legislative District map effective in 2013, click here.

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