Making Democracy Work

Make Democracy Work

Who are we? We are the League of Women Voters, an organization of women and men who want to make a difference in the political future of our country. We are a diverse, non-partisan, political group with a long-standing tradition of educating voters.
Your Voice Is Your Vote! Register at the DMV, post offices, or libraries, or online here by May 23 to vote in California's June 7 Primary Election!

May 25 Hot Topic: Oakland Promise--CANCELLED!

This Hot Topic has been cancelled, and will be rescheduled for a later date!

Come learn from resource people about Mayor Schaaf's Oakland Promise, and its connection to other city programs. See the calendar.

LWVO 2016 All-City Luncheon!

The 25th Annual All-City Luncheon was a resounding success: a full house of guests enjoyed lunch, photo opportunities, networking and conversation, and learned how California is "Building a More Inclusive Democracy" from our speaker CA Secretary of State Alex Padilla.

See more pictures of the Luncheon!

LWVO Annual Meeting: Thursday, June 9!

All LWVO Members are called to attend the 2016 Annual Meeting of the Membership of the League of Women Voters of Oakland!

Guests are welcome. Hear from the Public Ethics Commission about its strategies on Prevention, Enforcement and Collaboration.

Our speaker will be Whitney Barazoto, City of Oakland Public Ethics Commission Executive Director.
Get tickets and read more about the meeting here!

See the LWVO Calendar for details.

On Probation? On Community Supervision? Off Parole? You have the right to ‪vote‬!

Many Californians mistakenly believe a criminal conviction keeps them from voting. Your voting rights are automatically returned when you complete your sentence. Register to vote online!

Learn more and find resources in English and Spanish here!

How Will the New Motor Voter Work?

Last month, the Governor signed the New Motor Voter law (AB 1461) to reduce barriers to civic participation by automating voter registration at the Department of Motor Vehicles. Voter Registration graphic
New FAQs (English and Spanish) explain the work to implement it and how it is different from the automatic registration law Oregon passed in the spring. Don't forget, you can always register to vote or update your voter registration here.

Oakland Rocks the State League Convention!

2015 State Convention Photo
LWVO delegates Mary Bergan,Ernestine Nettles, Louise Rothman-Riemer, Katherine Gavzy, Judy Merrill, Amy Lyons, Deborah Shefler, Bonnie Hamlin with LWVUS President Elizabeth MacNamara and LWVC President Helen Hutchison. May 2015.