To the editor:
February 14th, 2022, marks 102 years that the League of Women Voters has empowered voters and defended democracy. Formed by the suffragists in 1920, the League was designed as “a mighty political experiment” to help 20 million women carry out their new responsibility as voters. To this day, the League remains as one of the most trusted sources of non-partisan election information for American voters.
Over the past 102 years, we have fought for election protection, democratic reforms, and equal access to the ballot—all while maintaining our commitment to nonpartisanship and fostering an informed electorate. Our positions supporting voting rights are decades old, and over the years have been supported by both major political parties.
Voting is a fundamental principle, and all Americans deserve the equal opportunity to make their voices heard in our democracy. We are dedicated to using advocacy; litigation; and resources like VOTE411 (our non-partisan online voter guide) to include more voters, expand and protect voter access, and ensure that elections remain secure and accessible. We also work diligently to provide factual information and openly discount misinformation.
The League of Women Voters have been an activist, grassroots organization whose leaders believe that people should play a critical role in democracy. We urge all Michigan residents to join us in creating a more perfect state by participating – and supporting the participation of others – in our democracy.
Paula Bowman and Christina Schlitt
League of Women Voters of Michigan