Making Democracy Work

Voter Education

We make voting easier through varied voter education programs.

The League of Women Voters Education Fund conducts voter service and citizen education activities. It is a nonpartisan nonprofit public policy educational organization, which:

  • Builds citizen participation in the democratic process.

  • Studies key community issues at all government levels in an unbiased manner.

  • Enables people to seek positive solutions to public policy issues through education and conflict management.

Donations to the Education Fund, a 501(c)(3)corporation, are fully tax-deductible where allowed by law.

Voter Registration Committee

Over the years the Voter Reg Committee has scheduled many events to do Voter Registration. National Voter Registration Day has probably been one of the major annual events, but the committee has had events at libraries and/or other venues to register voters. Since October of 2017 our League has also worked with the Reentry Coalition to register voters ("restored citizens") at 1* Wednesday. This reentry program is held at One Government Center every 1st Wednesday of the month.

In 2020 Covid-19 hit and there were not going to be many opportunities to plan in-person voter registration activities. The committee decided to plan a "Voting in the time of COVID" project whereby we printed 11,000 postcards that had current information on how to register, how to get an application for an absentee ballot, how to get a ride to the poles and where to go for early voting. There was a phone number, an email and a website to access information.

In 2021 the Voter Registration committee took on helping to educate the community about the 5000 voters who had been removed from the list of registered voters due to "inactivity". Many members and non-members made phone calls to some of the 2,200 phone numbers for "removed voters." Flyers were circulated around town educating the community about the voters who had been removed.

In addition to the "Removed Voters," the committee also developed a Voter Reg Jail Program whereby every second Wednesday of the month we go to the Lucas County Jail and register anyone there who is interested. In October of 2021, we obtained some special applications for absentee ballots so that those residing in jail could vote from jail.

In 2022 the Voter Registration Committee is planning to develop a program to educate the community on the importance of voting and why everyone (who is eligible) should vote. Want to join us?

Voting Rights Tracker

You can use this site to explore existing laws and pending legislation on voting rights in all 50 states.

Our team of policy experts has produced a first-of-its-kind detailed look at state voting laws and will provide detailed analysis of all pending voting legislation across the 50 states throughout the year.

Vote411 Results

VOTE411 Overall: This year VOTE411 had over 7.7 million sessions from Jan 1st through Election Day, and nearly 6.7 million of those sessions included the online voters' guides! That represents a 141% increase in sessions nationwide to voters' guides on VOTE411 as compared to the 2016 cycle (technically the most comparable election cycle), and a 20% increase over the 2018 election cycle (the previous year with the most sessions). These are amazing numbers and show just how much the voters turn to the League to find the information they need on Election Day.

Ohio Overall: Usage from Ohio voters increased over 85%, jumping from 79,000 users in 2018 to 147,000 users in 2020.

Toledo-Lucas County: Usage for voters with an address in Lucas County increased 65%, with 1650 users in 2018 and 2720 users in 2020 turning to VOTE411 for their election information -- an increase of over 1,000 users.

Voter Services

Purpose Since the establishment of the League in 1920, LWV members have pursued a two-fold mission of education and advocacy. Citizen education, or voter services, promotes the active and informed participation of citizens in government. Through Voters Service, the League provides nonpartisan, factual information on government, political parties, voting procedures, election issues and candidates. The League also encourages citizens to participate in the electoral process by registering voters, hosting or co-hosting "Candidates Forums."

Our Mission To have citizens think for themselves and provide nonpartisan information to enable them to make that decision. We do that by issueing a Voter's Guide and hosting or co-hosting candidate forums. In addition to the voters' guide and candidates forums, Voter Services also updates our "They Represent You" (TRY) booklet on a yearly basis.

Voter Registration

Absentee Voting

Why Should I Vote?

LWV Ohio Voting Rights Training