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Upcoming Events - 2018

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LWVLPC News-18

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*Tuesday, May 22, League of Women Voters of La Plata County Annual Meeting, Unitarian Universalist Church, 419 San Juan Drive, Durango,4 PM
Click Notice of annual meeting
Click Proposed 2018-19 budget

LWVUS Events-18

LWV logo *Empowering Voters. Defending Democracy. June Successes
  • Families Belong Together This month, the League engaged in the immigration crisis on several fronts. LWVUS sent a letter to lawmakers on Capitol Hill urging them to vote NO on two pieces of very partisan legislation that do not address the tragic situation or reunite families.

  • Kansas Defeats Proof of Citizenship Law Last week, a federal judge struck down a Kansas law requiring documentary proof of U.S. citizenship to vote.

  • Continuing the Fight for Fair Maps However, Leagues continue to gain momentum on redistricting, including in Pennsylvania where the League is working for a plan 'free from partisan hijacking' and in North Carolina where we could see the next big legal battle on gerrymandering. 

  • Massachusetts House Passes Automatic Voter Registration The League of Women Voters of Massachusetts has advocated for this legislation tirelessly and are optimistic as Automatic Voter Registration moves to the Senate.

LWVCO-18

LWVCO * June 2018 LWVCO Colorado Voter
HIGHLIGHTS
  • Updates from State League
  • Redistricting Referendums on the Ballot!
  • Leader of Democracy Fundraiser Event: Purchase tickets by June 15th

*Monday, June 25, 5:30 - 7:30pm, The University Club of Denver, The League of Women Voters of Colorado invites you to attend the Fifth Annual Colorado Leader of Democracy Event recognizing the Honorable Ken Salazar. Click LWVCO event to read additional info and to purchase tickets.

Our Mission and Roles

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The League of Women Voters is a nonpartisan political organization encouraging informed and active participation in government. It influences public policy through education and advocacy. We never support or oppose any political party or candidate.

The League of Women Voters has two separate and distinct roles.

  • Voters Service/Citizen Education: we present unbiased nonpartisan information about elections, the voting process, and issues.

  • Action/Advocacy: we are also nonpartisan, but, after study, we use our positions to advocate for or against particular policies in the public interest.

    To conduct our voter service and citizen education activities, we use funds from the League of Women Voters of Colorado Education Fund, which is a 501(c)(3) corporation, a nonprofit educational organization.

    Our Vision, Beliefs, and Intentions guide our activities.


History of the League of Women Voters

Read a short history of the League of Women Voters.
Click La Plata League history to access our archives maintained at Fort Lewis College.

Policies, Bylaws and Job Descriptions for LWVLPC

Past 2017 Events

*Dear League Members,

We are planning some really interesting events in the next 3 months, and the Board made a couple changes at our last meeting that we want you to know about.

By the way, Board meetings are always open to members if you would like to see what is happening and possibly consider joining the Board in the future. Meetings are scheduled for the first Wed. of each month, 3:00 to 5:00 pm, usually at Trish Pegram's home. We welcome you to come, just check in with me to be sure there has been no change in time or place.

First thing coming up is our program explaining the election process in La Plata County. Full information is below. This will be a really interesting morning for any one who is a voter. With so much talk of voter fraud, insecure elections, and other election problems, we believe the facts need to be explained. This is what our County Clerk, Tiffany Parker, will do. Do plan to attend this, and invite everyone you know to join you

*WHAT'S NEW AND TRUE - An Explanation of the Election Process in La Plata County Saturday, Jan. 27, 10:00 am at Durango Public Library

Tiffany Parker, La Plata County Clerk & Recorder and Erin Hutchins, Election Administrator, will explain an entire election cycle, from registration through primaries, voting, and vote counting. There will be time for questions, and you will have an opportunity to examine the new voting equipment that will be in use this year. If you have ever wondered about the accuracy, validity, or safety of our elections, come hear and see for yourself what is really happening.

*LWVLPC MEMBERSHIP MEETING will be Feb. 16, 11:30 am, Durango Public Library, and we will have our regular soup lunch that goes with the Feb. meeting.

There will be a business meeting, during which the membership must discuss and decide on what to support for the National LWV Program on policy issues for this year. After that, one of our members who has a most interesting volunteer job will talk about what she does. She is Marie Roessler who helps local residents who are working toward becoming US citizens to prepare for this process and the citizenship test. And, just in case you have ever wondered if you knew enough to be a citizen, Marie will prepare a sample test of the real questions for us to take and find out how much we actually know.

*And don't forget LEGISLATIVE LOWDOWN, Saturday, March 24, 10:30 am, at Durango Public Library.

This is our annual program for hearing from both our State Legislators, Don Coram and Barbara McLaughlin, about what is happening in Denver and what they hope to accomplish. There will be time for answering your questions. It is always an interesting event and usually a full house.

*The last note for you is notice that at the Board meeting held Jan. 3, action was taken to appoint Karel Longan a member of the Board and Membership Chair.

We look forward to working with her the remainder of the year. Also, it was unanimously agreed that the committee previously called the Energy, Environment & Sustainability Committee, will now be simply the Environment Committee. The mission of this group will not change and they welcome any one of you who is interested in joining to contact Sally Bellerue (bellerue@gmail.com) for more information.

Trish Pegram

* As in previous Years, the League of Women Voters of La Plata will co-sponsor the excellent Great Decisions series. The 2018 series will start Tuesday, January 30 and end Tuesday, May 8. Meetings are in the Durango Public Library, Program Rooms 1 & 2 from 11:45AM to 1:45PM on alternate Tuesdays of each month. Please plan to come and join these discussions on important topics world-wide.

Please follow this link to the Great Decisions 2018 flyer. This flyer lists the discussion topics, dates, and our discussion leaders. It also has an order form and an explanation of the process to order 2018 Briefing Books.

If you have any questions about this email, please contact Lyle at lylehancock@bresnan.net.

More information about Great Decisions and the Foreign Policy Association can be found at FPA or follow this link to the League of Women Voters of La Plata County website, LWVLPC.

*If you missed the excellent Jan 27 presentation WHAT'S NEW AND TRUE - An Explanation of the Election Process in La Plata County by Tiffany Parker, La Plata County Clerk & Recorder and Erin Hutchens, Election Administrator, you can view it, thanks to the Durango Herald, at https://www.facebook.com/TheDurangoHerald/videos/1814773458594718/

*LWVLPC MEMBERSHIP MEETING will be Feb. 16, 11:30 am, Durango Public Library, and we will have our regular soup lunch that goes with the Feb. meeting.

There will be a business meeting, during which the membership must discuss and decide on what to support for the National LWV Program on policy issues for this year.