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Issues and Action

Try Voices! Our New Political Advocacy App

Voices AppLWV of New York State has launched a new partnership with Voices, a political advocacy app that shares action alerts from the League directly to your phone. These action alerts will allow you to quickly call, email, or tweet at your legislator with the touch of a button. The alert will provide you with a sample script, email, or tweet and give you the power to lobby on these issues quickly and easily. Download the app on your phone using this link: https://tryvoices.com/lwvnys or search "Voices: Political Advocacy" in the Apple App Store or Google Play on your cell phone.

red arrowSupport the Automatic Voter Registration Act of 2017

Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT) and Representative Robert Brady (D-PA) introduced the Automatic Voter Registration Act of 2017. The League is proud to support legislation that enhances access for eligible voters in our elections and works to modernize our electoral system. This bill will improve the accuracy of voter records, cut down on costs, modernize outdated registration systems while supporting implementation in states across the country. Thank Senator Leahy and Representative Brady for introducing this legislation and urge Congress to support it!

red arrowTake Action: Call or email your Senators about healthcare now!

The battle over legislation that would repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA) continues in the U.S. Senate where a small group of Senators are secretly working to make decisions that will cut coverage, raise rates and give the richest Americans tax breaks at the expense of everyone else. We need a plan that reflects the American values of fairness, community, and concern for all. Call or email your Senators today and let them know where you stand.

red arrowA Major Victory for Democracy

The US Supreme Court struck down two North Carolina congressional districts, ruling that state lawmakers unconstitutionally used voters' race to draw congressional districts to benefit one political party in the state. This is a major win in our battle for fair election districts. Read more...

red arrowAssembly Passes Election Law Reforms AND Single Payer Healthcare! On to the Senate...

What an exciting week for LWV New York State! The Assembly has passed a comprehensive voting reform package AND Single Payer Healthcare! So the question is: what's next?

If we want to see the Senate take up these bills we are going to need every ounce of (wo)man power we have! Stay tuned for talking points, member contact info, and sample letter to the editors, tweets, and emails. With only a limited number of session days left, let's make them count!! Find the latest on LWVNYS Facebook page.

red arrowJoin one of LWVNY's new Advocacy Groups

Our member Francine Rodger had an amazing idea to create issues-based Google Groups where League members interested in similar advocacy areas could talk to each other via email and monthly conference calls. The groups will be headed by the state office. Join either of the following start-up groups by emailing Jennifer@lwvny.org:

  • General Advocacy Group: headed by Jennifer Wilson and Barbara Bartoletti
  • Education Issues Group: headed by Education Finance Specialist, Marian Bott

red arrowStand with the League to stop voter suppression

Sign our petition to stop voter suppression and join our fight to ensure that elections are always free, fair, and accessible.

We continue to share the message on social media: "I will work with the League to stop voter suppression tactics that threaten our democracy and the right to vote." If you haven't already, please sign and share it!

red arrow10 Ways You Can Help Defend Our Democracy

Looking for ways to make a difference? Check out ten ways to help defend Democracy.

2017 Legislative Agenda

The League of Women Voters is nonpartisan, neither supporting nor opposing candidates for office. At the same time, the League works to influence policy and promote good government through advocacy and grassroots action. The legislative agenda of the League is arrived at through consensus after a thorough study of the issues. Our legislative priorities are reflected in the 2017 Legislative Agenda.

Constitutional Convention: 2017 Ballot Question

On November 7, 2017, voters will go into voting booths throughout New York State and, as they do every 20 years, will face the Constitutionally mandated question, "Shall there be a convention to revise the constitution and amend the same?"

Legislative Action Center

The League of Women Voters encourages the active and informed participation of citizens in their government. Use our legislative action center to find and contact your elected officials, or to send a letter to the editor of your local newspaper.

Make a Difference!

Become involved in making sure our election system counts every vote.  Help support electoral integrity for the upcoming elections:
  • The League of Women Voters of New York has a Legislative Action Center that helps you contact your elected officials, or sign up for action alerts on important good government issues.
  •  Check your voter registration. If you are already registered, you can look up your voter registration and find your polling place on the New York State Board of Elections website or call the Saratoga County Board of Elections at 885-2249.
  •  Become a poll worker to help protect free and open elections.
  • Join the League of Women Voters.
  •  Become Informed about what’s going on with our election system
    •  League of Women Voters - National and New York State
    •  VOTE411.org - The League’s nonpartisan resource for election and voting information.
    •  Project VoteSmart - Nonpartisan citizens’ organization provides candidate's voting records, campaign finances, performance evaluations by more than 200 liberal and conservative special interest organizations, biographical backgrounds, issue positions and public comments. View the website or contact student researchers on their hotline (1-888-VOTE SMART).
    •  Factcheck.org - Nonpartisan site checks the accuracy of political ads and allegations.
    •  Federal Election Commission - Official site of the government agency that regulates campaign finance.

Local League Positions

The League of Women Voters of Saratoga County has studied a number of local issues, and by consensus has adopted positions on the following issues:

These positions are PDF documents, and require Adobe Reader to view. Click here to download a free version of the Adobe software.

For a brief description of how Saratoga County is governed, read Saratoga County Government Fundamentals.

National League Positions

The LWVUS publication Imact on Issues contains official statements of position for each program area of national concern.