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.

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

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

Alex PadillaSave the Date!
Thursday, April 28, 2016 at Oakland's Scottish Rite Center.

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2016 Making Democracy Work Award
Who is Making Democracy Work in Oakland? Leading the way to improve Oakland and mobilizing others to work with them to effect a change that benefits the broader community? Is it you, a friend, a favorite non-profit?

Each year at our Annual All-City Luncheon, LWV Oakland presents Making Democracy Work Awards to an Oakland resident and an organization that are contributing or have contributed to our community in a significant and meaningful way.

Please click here to submit one or more nominations online for this year's Making Democracy Work Awards.

Or, click here to open a Nomination Form to download, complete, and mail back to our office. Nominations must be received by Friday, January 22, 2016.

Questions? Send an email to

February Program: Affordable Housing in Oakland!

"Untangling Oakland's Affordable Housing Developer's Fees"

Learn about the city's recommended zones for affordable housing and the proposed fees to be imposed on developers; as well as the opinion of affordable housing advocates.
Read more about affordable housing!
For more information, see the LWVO Calendar!

Take action! Protect minority communities' right to vote!

Take action! Please urge your Assembly member to vote YES on AB 350. This important bill expands the protections of the California Voting Rights Act. Read how!

LWVO Conducts Annual Position & Policy Review

On January 23, 2016, LWVO conducted its annual process of reviewing League positions and policies at the national, Bay Area, county and city levels.
The Position & Policy Review (formerly known as Program Planning) was an opportunity for League members to examine the current guiding principles to ensure relevancy, appropriateness and effectiveness of future League actions.

Make a difference!

Amending the Constitution-- LWVO Consensus Completed!

Oakland Leaguers participated in the national LWV study on amending the U.S. Constitution. Read more 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.