In the United States, the League of Women Voters is a nonprofit political organization that helps people register to vote and obtain voter information. It also advocates for the rights of voters. It was founded in 1920 and continues to help people exercise their right to vote by providing voter education and advocating for changes that will improve our democracy.
One of the most effective voter turnout efforts is a program called VOTE!, which sends volunteer activists to high schools to educate and register students to vote. Volunteers like Sumaiya Sheikh have learned about the issues affecting this election and have their opinions about them. She says that gun violence is an issue that needs to be addressed.
The League of Women Voters has local and state leagues in all fifty states. Its founder, Florence Fifer Bohrer, was the first female member of the Illinois General Assembly and a member of the National League of Women’s Board of Directors. Bohrer also served as president of the Illinois branch of the League of Women Voters. Other notable members of the organization include Naomi Deutsch, the first female director of the Department of Labor’s Public Health Unit, and Julia Lathrop, who directed the United States Children’s Bureau from 1912 to 1922.
Recent polls suggest that women are increasingly focused on election issues, especially as they approach retirement. One poll, conducted by the Democratic pollster Celinda Lake of Lake Research Partners, found that 64% of women ages 50 to 64 and 84% of women over 65 said they would support a proposal to protect Social Security. These polls are especially important because this group represents a powerful cohort of voters who typically turn out to vote.
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