Election Impact Report Reflects League Influence in 2020
In the face of unprecedented hardships and a nation-defining election, League members advocated tirelessly for a fair and safe voting process in 2020. The League’s Election Impact Report reveals that we supported millions of Americans through:
- Fighting for fair voting rules in court.
- Providing people, particularly those in marginalized communities, with voting tools.
- Making VOTE411.org, our voting information hub, available in both Spanish and English.
- Defending the U.S. Postal Service.
- Partnering both with nonprofits like the American Library Association and businesses like Sweetgreen to empower Americans in the electoral process.
VOTE411 Wins Three Telly Awards
The League of Women Voters Education Fund recently announced that VOTE411.org, its one-stop shop for election information, has won three Telly Awards, which honor excellence in video and television across all screens.
The awards were given for the following League videos:
“The conditions of the 2020 election cycle required our organization to pivot our work entirely online to reach voters in the digital space, and we are so proud of the video series we produced in both English and Spanish to ensure voters had the information they needed to make their voices heard,” said Sarah Courtney, senior director of communications and digital strategy for the League of Women Voters. “VOTE411 served more than six million voters in 2020, providing updated information on election dates, changes to polling sites, and nonpartisan candidate guides. It was a pleasure to work with our video partner, Vanguard Communications, to build content that resonated with voters and provided them with trusted election information.”
The League Celebrates Pride Month with Rainbow Logos
June is Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer+ (LGBTQ+) Pride Month! To celebrate and stand in solidarity, many organizations change their social media avatars (profile pictures) to a version of their logo that incorporates a rainbow. The rainbow is used as a symbol of LGBTQ+ pride and LGBTQ+ social movements, as its many colors reflect the beautiful diversity of the LGBTQ+ community. The League has followed suit by adapting its logo to help celebrate Pride Month.
Learn about the history of Pride Month from the Library of Congress website.
The League has put together a logo package for social media that includes .png and .jpeg versions of the League’s pride logo sized for Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and LinkedIn. You can use as many of these as you want. The League recommends adding your new logo on June 1 and replacing it with your previous avatar on July 1.
Download the pride logo package
Remaining Nonpartisan in Hyper-Partisan Times
So many issues today are framed in partisan terms that it can feel impossible to communicate at all without being accused of taking a side. “If you believe this, then you must be a progressive.” “If you oppose that, then you align with conservatives.” Being painted into ideological corners because of a stance the League takes is not a new phenomenon, but it continues to be one that undermines a vibrant democracy: discussion, discourse, and listening to other points of view are what makes democracy work.
More than 100 years ago, the League of Women Voters of the U.S. was founded to be a nonpartisan voice for American women who wanted free, fair, and open elections, above all else. Our founders believed that voters must always have the facts, no matter how difficult those facts could be to accept, especially when it challenges one’s deeply held beliefs about a candidate or political party. Our founders were attacked for taking positions rooted in fact back then, and not much has changed today. League leaders continue to face this challenge and often stand accused of being partisan for our efforts to advance democracy.
A few reminders from the national League:
Issues are not partisan: The League’s advocacy work is issued based, and we arrive at our positions after careful study and input from our members in communities across the country. We never derive our positions from politicians, and even when candidates or parties support the same issue, we never endorse them.
Nonpartisan does not mean apolitical: League members represent opinions and positions from across the American political spectrum. What brings us together is our commitment to voter empowerment—especially empowering women voters—and defending democracy. Standing up for these values is not a partisan narrative but a way to advance inclusion.
Democracy is a civil rights issue: Our mission to “empower voters and defend democracy” has not changed in our more than 100 years. What has changed is the need to defend democracy in the face of voter suppression and the wealth of misinformation that threatens to divide us as a nation and undermine our democracy.
Even though it may be a challenge, especially at the state and local level, we must avoid the appearance of partisanship when publicly addressing racial injustice in this heightened climate. We must stand on the side of justice, even at the risk of being accused of partisanship. It is our moral obligation to demand a more just and equitable world for everyone in our communities.