Ninety-four years ago on February 14, 1920, pioneering suffragist Carrie Chapman Catt founded the League of Women Voters to secure the right to vote for women. Within just a few months, Congress would grant American women the vote after decades of advocacy. But that did not complete the League’s work – and our work is still not done today. Barriers to the ballot box might look different today, but threats to our democracy remain. Last year, the U.S. Supreme Court issued a decision which gutted a key component of the monumental Voting Rights Act (VRA) of 1965, but last month members of Congress introduced legislation to update the VRA through common sense solutions.
Nearly 100 years after the League was founded, we continue to hold fast to the belief that our nation is at its strongest when the voices of all voters are heard. “There will never be a true democracy until every responsible…adult in it, without regard to race, sex, color or creed has his or her own…voice in government,” said Chapman Catt. The Voting Rights Amendment Act of 2014 is a critical step to ensure just that. The League refuses to remain silent as voters across the country face grave barriers to the vote. Urge your elected officials to support this important legislation and encourage them to act swiftly to move toward final passage.