Making Democracy Work

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The League of Women Voters is a nonpartisan political organization, which encourages informed and active participation in government. It does not support candidates or political parties. It influences public policy through education and advocacy.
  • League of Women Voters and Planned Parenthood have teamed up to help people enroll in health insurance through the Marketplace website created by the Affordable Care Act. We've been helping people throughout the fall, but we need more trained volunteers to work with individuals who need coverage.

What You Can Do: We need your help, whether you have lots of time to volunteer or just an hour a week! Read More


Voting is a Right

The League continues to fight against the destructive effects of voter suppression while also urging full compliance with and protection of important federal laws like the National Voter Registration Act and the Voting Rights Act.

What You Can Do: Register to vote and VOTE!!!! Voting is your chance to elect those who will make decisions about our economy, education, environment, and health care. Read more

Take Action on Immigration


The League of Women Voters hailed US Senate passage of the comprehensive immigration reform bill. There are some troublesome items in the bill, but overall it is a positive step forward.

"The bill provides a path for immigrants to earn citizenship, and that is the single most important element of the bill," said Elisabeth MacNamara, President of the League of Women Voters of the U.S. "We believe it is essential that all in the U.S. have a clear path to the duties and responsibilities of citizenship in order to strengthen our nation and society. A dangerous precedent would be created if Congress were to create a large new subclass of people in the U.S. -- those who live here permanently but who are not required to carry the full duties and responsibilities of citizenship."

NC has long benefited from the immeasurable economic contributions of its immigrant populations. Coming from all over the world, immigrants play a vital role in the Tar Heel state as neighbors, entrepreneurs, consumers and taxpayers. Read more

WHAT YOU CAN DO: Contact your US Representatives and tell them that you support comprehensive immigration reform.


JOIN OUR INTEREST GROUP: Learn, Discuss, and Act on these and other important questions

At a recent LWV meeting, Dr. Helen Ladd, analyzed the relationship between charter schools and traditional public schools. Under the present system of state approval, charter schools are separate from local school districts setting up competition for funding and making it difficult for school districts to project enrollment.

Dr. Ladd believes there is need for all public schools, charter and traditional, to be part of coherent systems working toward common goals. Charter schools as laboratories of innovation, could then share their findings with all public schools within a particular school system.

Dr. Ladd is Edgar T. Thompson Distinguished Professor of Public Policy and Professor of Economics at Duke University Sanford School of Public Policy.

Read a summary of her remarks and get more information about the League's position on schools in North Carolina, including a more detailed discussion of:

  • How will charter schools impact funding for public schools?
  • To what degree are charter schools promoting innovation in education?
  • How is their non-profit status affected by sub-contracting with for-profit entities?
  • How will removing the cap on charter school growth help or hurt the public school system?
  • How will an Independent Charter School Board work with the NC Department of Education?

70 New Charter Schools Apply to Open in 2014 - 16 in the Research Triangle area. Read more

Any citizen over 18, male or female, may become a voting and active member of the League.