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!

Announcing....LWVO All-City Luncheon 2016!!

Alex Padilla, California Secretary of State, to speak at LWVO's 25th Annual All-City Luncheon!

Alex Padilla"Building a More Inclusive Democracy"
Save the Date!
Thursday, April 28, 2016, 11:15am - 1:30pm, at
Oakland's Scottish Rite Center.

The All-City Luncheon is LWV Oakland's major fundraiser of the year!

**The Luncheon has been sold out; no further reservations can be accepted!**

Read more--directions, parking, special accommodations, etc.

Questions? Send an email to

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.

Take action on June 7! Allow CA Legislature to hold itself Accountable!

Take action! Please vote YES on Prop 50. Lawmakers should be able to hold their own colleagues accountable and suspend them without pay if they breach the public's trust. Read LWVCA's position on Prop 50. Learn more about Prop 50!

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.