The League of Women Voters, known for hosting forums, providing voters guides, and studying local and state issues, is celebrating 101 years in existence. Its historic commencement took place just before the ratification of the 19th Amendment. After the challenging pursuit of the right to vote, the suffragists founded the organization in Chicago in 1920, to help 20 million women carry out their new responsibilities as voters. The League continues to empower voters today with non-partisan voter education. Its standards remain high.
The League was one of the first organizations officially recognized by the UN as a non-governmental organization–a status it maintains as an official observer.
There are now 700 state and local leagues, empowering voters and making democracy work. Beyond the League membership, an Education Fund was established in 1957 to increase one’s understanding of major policy issues and to foster an informed electorate.
When the League sponsored the first televised Presidential debates in 1976, it received an Emmy Award for Outstanding Achievement in Broadcast Journalism. The League continued to’s sponsorship presidential debates continued in 1980 and 1984, as well as primary debates in the 80’s.
As the world changed its methods of receiving information, the League established the website Vote 411.org. This information site includes a nationwide polling-place indicator, a ballot look-up tool, and candidate positions and issues.
The League has continued to improve the voting experience and access to votingibility by working to enable citizens to register to vote at motor vehicle agencies and other agencies which serve the public.
The League welcomes new members who want to make democracy work through voter education. Their core mission is aimed toward greater citizen advocacy and involvement in the democratic process. Support for the League is given each time a voter contacts Vote411.org. Join us in a toast to the women, and sometimes men, who support an informed electorate.
A member of the Talbot County League of Women Voters in Talbot County since 1980.
Now named the League of Women Voters of the Mid-Shore