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.

Hot Topic: Voting Rights for Felons?

California is ending the fight to disenfranchise formerly incarcerated Californians. On Probation? On Community Supervision? Off Parole? You have the right to vote. Read more here.

Picture of ballot box with vote being cast Should convicted felons have the right to vote? What is the impact, good or bad, on the community? What is the law in California? Come to this informal discussion Wednesday, December 2 to learn and share your views!

See the LWVO Calendar for event details.

CA Secretary of State Alex Padilla Focuses on Voter Registration and Veterans

The Honor Veterans. Vote. program provides California citizens the opportunity to pay tribute and dedicate their vote to a veteran or active duty service member.

Go to his website to register!

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 at

Money In Politics: Disclosure in Campaign Finance! Brush Up for the January Consensus Meetings!

Trevor Potter of the Campaign Legal Center is in the news for writing a thought-provoking piece providing a new look at the use of disclosure to reform campaign finance practices. He leads us to question which we really need: new laws and regulations, or better enforcement of existing law.
Read and share it before the Money In Politics Consensus Meetings on Jan. 9 and Jan. 19!
See the LWVO Calendar for event details.
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Richmond Youth Council Aims to Lower Voting Age!

A city-appointed advisory board of Richmond youth recently decided to join San Francisco youth in a campaign called "16 in '16," which seeks to lower the voting age to 16 in municipal and school board elections. Read more 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.