This page provides a mix of League of Women Voters of the United States news releases and posts.
HOW CAN YOU SPOT MISINFORMATION AND DISINFORMATION?
We’re all susceptible to misinformation and disinformation, but the following steps will help you spot it before you take part in its spread:
- Research the source: Who’s sharing this information? If it’s online, does the website sound familiar or have any political affiliations? If it’s in-person, is this individual a frequent exaggerator, or do they have a job/experience that would give them insider info?
- Check the date: It’s easy to get incensed over an article on Twitter…only to realize it was published years ago and no longer applies.
- Cross-check: Are reliable news sources reporting the same information? If not, it’s unlikely that your smaller source just happened to get a super-exclusive, juicy scoop.
- Read past the headline: You know how tabloids post scandalous headlines and follow them with articles that are relatively mundane? Unfortunately, political outlets do that too. It’s easy to take a snippet out of context to make an article look like it will be more dramatic than it actually is.
- Question emotionally charged content: Is the person or outlet sharing this information using emotionally manipulative language to get you upset or excited? That’s a red flag. Reliable sources let the facts fuel your response, not emotional language. Check out some examples of loaded language.
For tips on how to stop misinformation and disinformation visit lwv.org.
READY, SET, DRAW! REDISTRICTING BEGINS
This month, the US Census Bureau released the data necessary to begin America’s once-in-a-decade map-drawing process. This process is critical, as it determines whether communities across the country are fairly and accurately represented for the next ten years.
Through our People Powered Fair Maps™ program, the League is empowering people across the nation to become involved in their local redistricting process. Learn more about redistricting and fair maps.
WHY WAS THE CENSUS DELAYED?
Changes to the Census’s privacy standards contributed to the delay in the release of data. What happened? Read here.
WOMEN POWER DEMOCRACY
We have seen new barriers to voting and attacks on our democracy since the 2020 elections. To combat these threats, the League of Women Voters is launching a new organizational investment in our democracy. Women Power Democracy is aimed at tackling the systemic challenges to voting rights that we have seen grow in the past year. This initiative works through advocacy, litigation, and organizing to create equity and accessibility in our election and voting process. Learn more about this initiative and how to get involved at the link below! And don’t forget, one of the best ways to power democracy is through becoming a member of The League!
WEALTHY SPECIAL INTERESTS SCORE A (NARROW) WIN IN SCOTUS DECISION
“The Supreme Court’s decision to reject California’s disclosure requirement is disappointing and, although narrow, could open the door for further exploitation by wealthy special interests.” – League of Women Voters of California