Making Democracy Work

Making Democracy Work

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

Suffragist Votes 100 years later

Dressed in special costume for her work at the Vanderbilt Museum, Ellen M. realized she had better stop to vote first. Thus voters and workers at a Stony Brook/Setauket polling place were treated to a visit by a lovely lady honoring the centenary of Women's Suffrage in New York State. Wearing full Suffragist regalia, Ellen was spontaneously applauded and later photographed.  A fun, historic moment.

Voter Service in 2017

Volunteers from the five local Leagues in Suffolk County provide many hundreds of hours of voter service to our fellow citizens: organizing and moderating candidate forums, conducting voter registration efforts at dozens of community events and providing voter education and information services all year long.

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

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.


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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.