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:

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LEAGUE OF WOMEN VOTERS OF SUFFOLK COUNTY
Statement at Public Hearing about Resolution 1193
March 20, 2018

We commend Legislator Trotta for looking for a way to end the pay-to-play practice which involves many entities. PACS, lobbyists, unions, corporations, individuals often in seek to obtain favors by making donations to public officials. The federal pay-to-play law reads in part: "It shall be unlawful for any person ... who enters into any contract with the United States ... to make any such contribution to any political party, committee, or candidate for public office or to any person for any political purpose or use...." (52 USC §30119, formerly 2 USC §441c)
That is the Federal Government speaking. Fifteen states now restrict campaign contributions from government contractors. We believe that our county should have similar protections, but are not clear that Resolution 1193 will be enough to prevent the awarding of contracts based on politics rather than merit. We urge all legislators to work together to create a law that would, with transparency, prohibit potential contractors with the county from making donations that might influence the results.
In order to build confidence in government by legitimate businesses and the public, we need to be sure that our county government has safeguards against corruption.
Note: There is an excellent article on the subject by Public Citizen at https://www.citizen.org/sites/default/files/pay-to-play_state_summary_report.pdf

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

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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.

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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.