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 to vote in the General Election!


It's time for Congress to take action to protect voters. Click here to send a message to your representatives in Washington and tell them to end voting discrimination in this country.
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.

Bring the Affordable Care Act in Compliance with the NVRA!

The NVRA requires that voter registration be made available whenever citizens interact with a wide variety of government programs--including federal-run health insurance exchanges set up under the Affordable Care Act.

Americans applying for health insurance in the more than 30 states that use federal-run exchanges are NOT given an opportunity to register.

By some estimates, this failure has already cost 1.7 million lost voter registrations.

And that's something our democracy cannot afford ... especially when voters' rights are already under pressure from onerous new laws making it tougher to register and vote in some states.

Tell President Obama it's time to act! Sign our petition today!

LWVO Registers Voters!

LWVO recently registered new voters at the Islamic Cultural Center in downtown Oakland!

LWVO 2016 All-City Luncheon!

The 25th Annual All-City Luncheon was a resounding success: a full house of guests enjoyed lunch, photo opportunities, networking and conversation, and learned how California is "Building a More Inclusive Democracy" from our speaker CA Secretary of State Alex Padilla.

See more pictures of the Luncheon!

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.