Making Democracy Work

Educating Voters and Empowering Citizens to Have an Active Voice in Government

Welcome to the League of Women Voters of Sacramento County, an organization of both women and men who encourage informed and active participation in government, work to increase understanding of major public policy issues, and influence public policy through education and advocacy. The League does not support or oppose candidates or political parties.

Located in California's Capitol, LWV Sacramento is uniquely positioned to participate in the study of political issues at both the local and state level. Members of LWVSC meet monthly throughout the county. We study governmental issues and provide a variety of voter education services to help voters make informed decisions at the polls.

With the election season over, it's worth noting for the second time in 16 years our Electoral College system gave the presidency to the loser of the popular vote. In 2000 and 2016, it was the Democratic Party that lost the Electoral College, but won the popular vote. In 2004, Republicans came close to this injustice. If approximately 59,000 votes in Ohio had swung for John Kerry, he would have won the election over George W. Bush. This was despite the fact that Bush had received 3.3 million more votes nationwide.

This is not a partisan issue. For the past 68 years, LWVUS has held a position to abolish the EC. We believe in a direct vote of the people to elect our President.

In 2010, the League adopted a position that supports the National Popular Vote Interstate Compact. It respects the Electoral College and does not abolish it while still guaranteeing the winner is the person with the most popular votes nationwide and every vote is equal.

For the full LWVUS position, please see the full amended text at their Selection of the President page.

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