The "Empowering Voters. Defending Democracy." Awards reflect the Leagues' vision for a democracy where every person has the desire, the right, the knowledge and the confidence to participate.

Applications were reviewed by a panel of LWVUS staff and the finalists are listed below. Voting on the winners is open through June 1. The winners will be announced at the Banquet on June 30.

We would like to extend special thanks to all of the Leagues that submitted applications for the 2018 awards!


Strengthening Democracy

This category is to showcase the work of Leagues that activate their grassroots network to empower voters and advocate change around key issues such as protecting voting rights or increasing voter registration and turnout.

State League Finalists: LWV of Arizona, LWV of Ohio, LWV of Wisconsin

Local League Finalists: LWV of Anchorage (AK), LWV of Palo Alto (CA), LWV of Snohomish County (WA)

Community Connection 

This category aims to highlight how Leagues have leveraged issues affecting their local community in order to engage new voters and/or protect voters' rights, especially among underrepresented communities.

Finalists: LWV of Berkeley Albany Emeryville (CA), LWV of Greater Pittsburgh (PA), LWV of Naperville (IL)

Effective Member Engagement and Recruitment 

This category is for democracy-building and voter empowering programs and activities that are innovative and have been successful in gaining visibility and recruiting new members.

Finalists: LWV of Hudson (OH), LWV of Metro St. Louis (MO), LWV of Miami-Dade County (FL)