Making Democracy Work

Act! Democracy in Crisis

The League of Women Voters never supports or opposes political parties or candidates. The League does take positions and advocate on issues such as ballot measures and legislation.

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Here is LWVO's list of recommendations for immediate action!

Tell the FEC to modernize rules about political ads!

Americans have a right to know who is paying for political advertisements--whether it be organizations with ties to foreign governments or wealthy special interests here at home.

Tell the FEC to regulate online ads!

Vote Yes on AB249!

Tell Your Senator that transparency matters, and that political ads need to ditch the fine print and fast-talking disclaimers--YES on the California Disclose Act.

Tell your Senator to support AB705!

AB 705 would streamline the acceptance process for college-level courses at community colleges and give every student a fair chance to graduate. Read more here!

Take Action for Affordable Housing! Yes on SB2 and SB3!

The housing crisis is crushing California communities, driving families into homelessness and forcing them to choose between housing, food, and medical care. Today over 1.7 million families are paying over half of their incomes for housing. Nobody should go broke or hungry just to keep a roof over their head.

You can help create more affordable housing and keep families afloat. Your Assembly Member is preparing to vote on an important housing package that will begin tackling this crisis. Please take a minute to urge your lawmakers to support affordable housing and vote YES on SB 2 and SB 3.

Work to Fix our Broken Bail System! Vote YES on SB10!

46,000 Californians are sitting in county jail right now simply because they cannot make bail. While wealthy defendants can easily secure their own release, poor defendants cannot. Nearly two-thirds of the people housed in county jails can't afford bail, which averages $50,000--almost five times the national average. Poor Californians who have not been convicted of a crime are sitting in jail for weeks, months, even years awaiting trial--all the while at risk of losing their jobs, homes, and even their children.

SB 10 seeks to fix this broken bail system that penalizes the poor and does little to protect the public. Tell your Assemblymember to vote Yes!

Urge Congress to Support the Automatic Voter Registration Act!

The League is proud to support legislation that enhances access for eligible voters in our elections and works to modernize our electoral system. This bill will improve the accuracy of voter records, cut down on costs, modernize outdated registration systems while supporting implementation in states across the country.
Read more and support!

Senate Shapes Healthcare in Secret!

The battle over legislation that would repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA) continues in the U.S. Senate where a small group of Senators are secretly working to make decisions that will cut coverage, raise rates and give the richest Americans tax breaks at the expense of everyone else.

Legislation passed by the U.S. House to repeal and replace the ACA fails to reflect the American values of fairness, community and concern for all. It will cut coverage for 14 million Americans in the next year, raise premiums by 20% and give nearly $700 billion to the wealthy and big corporations. The Senate is trying to push us down the same disastrous path, pushing to gut coverage for people with pre-existing conditions while doing long-term damage to Medicaid.

Tell them no!

Close Prop 13's Property Tax Loophole!

There's a bold plan -- the Make It Fair amendment -- to close Proposition 13's property tax loophole for the biggest corporations and recover those funds. But Sacramento politics are keeping the bill from even being introduced.

Click here to tell your legislators to make corporations pay their fair share.

Fight Unlimited Spending in local CA Elections!

Are you disgusted by the influence of big money in politics? Did you know that in most California local elections, there are no limits on the size of campaign contributions to candidates?

California is one of only four states that limit campaign contributions to state candidates, but not local candidates.
Tell your Assembly Member to support AB 1089 to end unlimited money in our local elections!

Protect Immigrant Families

Over 10 million immigrants live and work in California. They are our family, our friends, and our co-workers. In recent weeks federal agents have taken actions to detain and deport our law abiding neighbors and tearing families apart. On April 3, the California Senate will vote to create landmark protections for immigrant families living in California. Tell your Senator to vote Yes on The California Values Act (SB54).
Read the recent Op-Ed in the Mercury News

Demand that Trump Back Up Unlawful Voting Claims!

The League of Women Voters of the United States has joined a coalition demanding that President Trump back up his unsubstantiated claims that millions of illegal votes were cast in November. League President Chris Carson says: It's time for President Trump to produce evidence of his claims. Federal Election Commissioner Ellen Weintraub wrote a letter to the President, read it here!

Add your name as a co-signer to Federal Election Commissioner Ellen L. Weintraub's letter to President Trump.

No Repeal without Replace!

Prevent the government from repealing the Affordable Care Act without replacing it with a viable option. Read more and act now.

Stop Voter Suppression!

The League is gearing up to take a stand in Congress, statehouses and courtrooms nationwide to ensure no voters are left behind. Stand with the League in our fight to ensure our elections are always free, fair, and accessible. Read more and act now!

Help LWVUS Tell Congress to restore the Voting Rights Act!

It's time for Congress to take action to protect voters. Three years ago, the U.S. Supreme Court gutted key provisions of the Voting Rights Act (VRA). Since then, states and localities have used every tool available to make voting harder. Without Congressional action to repair the VRA, 2016 will mark the first presidential election in 50 years without its full protections.
YOU CAN HELP - CALL ON CONGRESS TO RESTORE VOTING RIGHTS NOW !

Read about U.S. Rep Terri Sewell's Speak Out in Washington on the Voting Rights Act!

Click here to send a message to your representatives in Washington and tell them to end voting discrimination in this country.


Click here to see what LWVO Action Committee did in 2016-2017!