Editor’s note: This is a re-post from an LWV US email to members.
We are still reveling in this month’s historic Election Day. More, diverse women elected to office than ever before. Record high voter turnout for a midterm election. Voting rights wins across our nation, with redistricting reforms and expanded registration passed in at least four states. It was difficult to narrow down the wonderful progress we saw you, the voters, call for on November 6—but here are a few highlights:
Women Win at the Polls
Women, we made our voices heard big on November 6. The first Muslim and Native American women, the first black women from New England, the first Latina women from Texas—all elected to Congress. It’s not just that women won big this year, but it’s how they ran and won.
“These women are powerful, amazing women who ran strategic, smart campaigns,” said our CEO, Virginia Kase, as she joined Good Morning Washington
She elaborated in this Ms. Magazine op-ed
Real Stories from Real Voters
Every Election Day, League staff work in the Election Protection
In fact, within one hour of polls opening in Georgia, the Election Protection hotline received more than 70 calls reporting issues at two polling places in Gwinnett County. The League of Women Voters dispatched a volunteer to observe and report what was happening on the ground. Watch our video
Ballots and Ballot Amendments in Florida
Across the Sunshine State, League volunteers made sure Floridian voters were protected and their voices were heard.
Through Amendment 4, Floridians restored voting rights to 1.4 million people
Additionally, LWV of Florida joined (and won) a lawsuit to combat Governor Scott’s improper request to stop the counting of timely ballots cast during the election. While there is clearly much to improve in Broward County to ensure all votes are counted in a timely manner, this win made sure Floridians who wanted to make their voices heard in this election didn’t do so in vain.
Voters Crack Down on Gerrymandering
In states across the country, the League worked to put the power to draw lines in the hands of the people, not politicians.
Coloradoans voted to pass Amendments Y and Z
And Missouri passed Amendment 1
Our democracy is truly strongest when everyone participates and has their voice heard. On Election Day, voters made huge steps toward full participation. But we still have so far to go. Outraged about voter suppression? This article from Elle.com shares what you can do to help.
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