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® 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:

League Statement on DACA Reversal
Washington, DC Sept. 5, 2017 - The Trump administration today announced their intention to reverse the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) policy, leaving the fate of 800,000 immigrants in jeopardy. League of Women Voters president Chris Carson issued the following statement: "This administration's decision to rescind the 'Dreamers' program is shameful and does not serve national interest. "As a country of immigrants, we are made stronger by our diversity. Yet time and time again, this administration has discriminated against immigrants and communities of color. "Reversing the DACA policy will have a devastating impact on our economy. Ending this program will increase unemployment. "Thousands of the Dreamers protected by DACA were brought to this country as babies and have no memories of their birth country. These individuals are paying taxes, contributing to Social Security and are Americans in everything but the name. "The League of Women Voters is opposed to deportation of non-criminal undocumented immigrants and we urge congress to pass a clean Dreamers Act to protect, not turn away, the 800,000 young people who were brought to the United States as children." Contact: Sarah Courtney | 202-263-1332 | scourtney@lwv.org

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

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.


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

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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.