League of Women Voters of [CITY/STATE] Celebrates 98th Anniversary,

Looks to the Future of Empowering Voters and Defending Democracy

“Local [CITY/STATE] members, supporters and online activists join together to work for a better America.”

[CITY, STATE] – On February 14, the League of Women Voters will mark its 98th anniversary. The League of Women Voters of [CITY/STATE] joins our nearly 800 fellow local and state chapters in honoring this milestone.

“Ninety-eight years after the League’s founding, members of the League in [CITY/STATE] are proud of the great progress it has made empowering voters and defending our democracy,” said [NAME], president of the League of Women Voters of [CITY/STATE]. “The League in [CITY/STATE] has involved thousands of voters in electing government decision makers for our [city OR state] government and in holding them accountable for their actions.”

“Today's barriers to the ballot certainly look different than they did when the League was founded nearly a century ago, but they remain threats to voter participation in [CITY/STATE] all the same,” [NAME] said. “Our efforts to take on discrimination and improve our government in [CITY/STATE] our democracy continue today.”

“The League has been powered by the efforts of civic volunteers and activists in [COMMUNITY/CITY/STATE] over the decades to successfully take on a range of key issues,” [NAME] said. “Not only have we undertaken sustained efforts to improve the voting process and to protect the environment in [CITY/STATE] over the years, but the national League has played widely acclaimed roles in nationwide efforts, including the creation of the United Nations and the protection of Americans’ civil liberties from the 1950s on.” [NOTE: Rework the above language to include examples of local and state impact by your League.]

“As we look to a vibrant future, we’re excited by the fact that our dedicated members across [CITY/STATE] are increasingly being joined by significant numbers of online activists across the community and country,” said [NAME]. “Together, we will continue to fight voter discrimination and ensure that our elections are fair, free and accessible. The League’s historic commitment to register, educate and mobilize voters is not only stronger, but more effective than ever, utilizing such tools as VOTE411.org, a cutting-edge election information website utilized by millions of voters each election cycle.” [NOTE: Rework the above language to include examples of issues your local or state League are working on now and into the future.]

“Today, as we mark the League’s 98th anniversary, and see our 100th birthday quickly approaching, we celebrate our many accomplishments,” concluded [NAME]. “League members throughout [CITY/STATE] are keeping our energies firmly on the future and the actions we will be undertaking to realize our goal: A better [CITY/STATE] and a better America.”

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