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.
Information on the candidates on your ballot for the September 13 NYS party primaries should appear after August 23. After all primaries, listings for the November 6 general election will be posted when released by the Suffolk County Board of Elections.
The Supreme Court sidestepped making a decision on partisan gerrymandering in the case Gill v Whitford -- ruling that the plaintiffs failed to demonstrate standing in their case, which challenged the state of Wisconsin's assembly map as an extreme example of partisan gerrymandering. The high Court's decision is yet another delay in providing voters with the power they deserve in our democracy. Partisan gerrymandering is distorting and undermining our representative democracy, giving self-serving politicians the power to choose their voters, instead of giving voters the power to choose their elected officials. We are disappointed that the Court failed to set a standard when it comes to partisan gerrymandering. Erin Gurnze, Executive Director of the League of Women Voters of Wisconsin, said it best: "The current redistricting process protects the party in power -- whichever party it is -- and is not an open and transparent process." Fair legislative maps would put the power back in the hands of the voters and representatives would be held accountable to truly represent the will of the voters. The League argued that Wisconsin's redistricting plan violated the First Amendment and the Equal Protection Clause of the U.S. Constitution and does not support the principle of one person and one vote. No political party should abuse their power by unfairly drawing electoral maps to benefit themselves. Partisan gerrymandering is a problem, it is wrong, and the League of Women voters will not stop fighting for equal representation through fair maps that empowers voters, but we can't do it without you ___________________________________________________________
The LWVSC 2018 Directory of Public Officials is now available through local Leagues and online
We celebrated our voter service work at a luncheon in Riverhead on November 15, 2017 with Newsday's Rick Brand as our guest speaker. A compilation of all our work in 2017 can be found here
VOTE411.org 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.
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To find your Suffolk County Legislator, and view the redrawn SC Legislative District map effective in 2013, click here.