Making Democracy Work

Your Vote Your Voice

A resource for high school students from LWV of Minnesota

Your Vote Your Voice is a project of the League of Women Voters of Minnesota, generously funded by The Joyce Foundation. This site is intended to be a resource about the past, present and future of voting rights, primarily for high school students.

The purpose is simple:

  • To highlight why voting rights are so important and how they affect every aspect of our lives
  • To focus on the people, not the power
  • To encourage deeper thinking about the connections between the past and our present, and
  • To challenge younger generations to get active around the future of our Democracy

This site explores the interconnected issues that make up the history of voting rights in the United States. From pre-Columbus and the Doctrine of Discovery, to the creation of race and the barriers to participation, to the movements for suffrage and the progress made by the people. The site also looks at the current landscape, with a focus on how barriers and achievements today are connected to our national and state history.

The website contains a wealth of written content, as well as a handful of filmed interviews. Both are intended to be expanded over time.