Women represent more than 70 percent of candidates receiving support from Let America Vote in 2018

Kansas City, MO — A substantial majority of candidates supported by Let America Vote in this election cycle are women, underscoring the momentum and enthusiasm behind female candidates in 2018.

Across the country, women have stepped up in unprecedented numbers to seek office, promising to change the priorities of Congress and statehouses from coast to coast. As a pro-democracy organization committed to electing voting-rights champions and creating political consequences for politicians who suppress the vote, Let America Vote does not factor gender into its decisions on candidates to support. That women are receiving such a large share of the organization’s 2018 efforts is indicative of their values and commitment to ballot access for every eligible voter.

“Electing women is a major part of the equation for protecting voting rights,” Let America Vote Executive Director Suzy Smith said. “In races from county clerk to the governor’s office, women realize it’s up to us to protect free, fair and accessible elections across the country.”

Let America Vote has field offices in five states, and has already knocked on more than 225,000 doors in 2018 in support of voting-rights champions. That field operation is supporting dozens of candidates in key legislative and statewide offices. Of those, more than 70 percent are women.

The organization additionally has formally endorsed 18 candidates in 15 states, and 10 of those candidates are women.

View Let America Vote’s full list of endorsed candidates here.