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LWVLPC mission, structure, statements, policies and current activities

Upcoming Events-2019

Meet the candidates

*Upcoming candidate and ballot issue events

  • Sept 30, 2019: Pine River Library Ballot Issue (6A), Bayfield School Board Candidate Forum, Bayfield Town Hall, 1199 Bayfield Parkway, Bayfield, CO., 5:30PM - 7:30PM, sponsored by The League of Women Voters of La Plata County.

  • Oct 3, 2019: Ballot Issues Forum and Vision 2020, Durango Public Library, 1900 East 3rd Ave, Durango, CO., 11:45AM - 1:15PM. sponsored by the League of Women Voters of La Plata County.

  • Oct 7, 2019: 9-R School Board Candidate Forum, Animas River Mosquito District Ballot Issues (6B, 6C), SW LaPlata Library District Ballot Issue (6D), Durango City Council Chambers, 942 E. 2nd Avenue, Durango, CO., 5:30PM - 7PM, sponsored by the League of Women Voters of La Plata County

  • Oct 14, 2019: Ignacio School Board Candidate Forum, Ignacio High School Auditorium, 315 Ignacio Street, Ignacio, CO., 5:30PM - 7:30PM, sponsored by The League of Women Voters of La Plata County

  • Oct 16, 2019: Fort Lewis College Student Ballot Issues Video Presentations, Noble Hall, Room 130, Fort Lewis College, Durango, CO., 5:30PM - 7PM, Sponsored by FLC Political Sciences Dept & the League of Women Voters of La Plata County.

*Election Day is Tuesday, November 5, 2019, Ballots will be mailed beginning October 11.

Upcoming Events - 2020


*LWVLPC Celebrations 2019-2020

8/26/19 LWVUS: Empowering Voters. Defending Democracy.

Today we celebrate 99 years since women won the right to vote through the adoption of the 19th Amendment. Women's Equality Day was created on this anniversary to raise awareness about the importance of gender equality and recognize the sacrifices made by the suffragists.

As we kick off the centennial year of women winning the right to vote, we mustn't romanticize the story of the 19th Amendment. The truth is, progress towards a more perfect democracy is often messy, and the 19th Amendment did not break down voting barriers for all women--and even today, there is more work to be done.

We at the League are honoring Women's Equality Day by bridging the gap between our legacy and our destiny with She Is Me, a League-wide celebration of voting reformers from various backgrounds and experiences. Together, our collective efforts can create a more perfect democracy.

She is my partner LWVUS

If you have local info and pictures related to Women's Suffrage in Colorado, please send it to me at


*Josephine Corliss Preston (2nd from left) became Washington's first female statewide elected official when she was voted State Superintendent of Public Instruction in 1912.
This photo of her family was taken in 1887, the year she became a teacher, at age 14, in rural Minnesota. Born in 1873, she is second from the left, with her parents and siblings.

For more news about the LWVLPC Women's Suffrage celebration, click HERE

Hey Leagers, Get involved in the 2019-2020 LWVLPC celebration of Women's Suffrage. Click HERE to read more.
If you have local info and pictures related to Women's Suffrage in Colorado, please send it to me at


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*6/17/19: Colorado voters may face ballot question to repeal TABOR after court ruling with "broad implications". PUBLISHED ON JUN 17, 2019 10:35AM MDTPOLITICS AND GOVERNMENT PRIMARY CATEGORY IN WHICH BLOG POST IS PUBLISHED Brian Eason

The 5-2 opinion reverses a state title board decision in January that ruled the ballot measure violated the single subject clause of the state constitution

For more info, Click Colorado Sun


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*3/5/19 LWVCO: Click Send A Message: A directory of State and National Elected Officials in Colorado to help you find contact information for your US & Colorado Elected Officials


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Click The League Update to read the League Update for AUGUST 29, 2019

Highlights include:

  • League Joins Letter Urging Increased Election System Security Recent news reports have disclosed troubling weaknesses in commercially marketed voting systems and disturbing conduct by voting system vendors, raising significant questions. Voting system vendors have operated with little oversight and no regulation for decades. Given the gravity and urgency of this issue, LWVUS joined partners urging Senate committees to hold a hearing on election system security. Read our letter here.

  • Upcoming Hearings on Voting Rights Around the Country

    The House Judiciary and House Administration committees are hosting a series of hearings this fall to build the congressional record in advance of the vote and hopeful passage of the Voting Rights Advancement Act (HR 4). Hearings are scheduled in the U.S. Virgin Islands, Memphis, TN, Phoenix, AZ, and Washington, DC.

  • Sign Up for National Voter Registration Day 2019

    Time is running out to sign up for National Voter Registration Day on Tuesday, September 24! Sign up your League now to help us meet the important goal of keeping LWV the single largest on-the-ground partner of this holiday!

  • Climate Strikes in September

    LWVUS has heard from many Leagues who are interested in getting involved with the Climate Strikes around the country. Leagues are encouraged to use the criteria for participation in marches and events to determine the level of League involvement at the state or local levels.

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 Events-19

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Please join us for our Back to League Membership Meeting.
We will welcome

  • FLC Professor Paul DeBell will join us to discuss the National Popular Vote 
  • Amina Uben, Partnership Specialist for the US Census, will brief us on the 2020 census 
  • AND we will review what's in the works for us as we approach our 100th Anniversary

    Tuesday, September 17 3:00p - 5:00p Unitarian Universalist Church Meeting Room 419 San Juan Drive Durango

  • Beverages will be served

*LEAGUE OF WOMEN VOTERS OF LA PLATA COUNTY held its ANNUAL MEETING with speaker Melissa Youssef. Official minutes of the meeting should be available in July. Click here to read the unofficial notes on the proceedings.

Legislative Lowdown

*If you were unable to attend the LWVLPC-sponsored Legislative Lowdown featuring State Senator Don Coram and State Representative, Barbara McLachlan, you can read/watch the proceedings in the following ways:

  • About 100 people attended a La Plata County League of Women Voters annual Legislative Lowdown at Durango Public Library, where community members were invited to ask questions of state Rep. Barbara McLachlan and state Sen. Don Coram in effort to understand their legislative priorities. Click HERE to read more from the Durango Herald April 6 On-Line edition

  • On-line via Durango Government Television at DGOV Click on Special Programs in the left-hand box.

  • Via Charter Spectrum Channels 191 and 981, channel 10.1 for over the air antenna users

Durango City Council Election

*Baxter and Noseworthy win seats on City Council, Durango Herald, 4/2/19
Click election results to read more.

*Durango voters narrowly approve sales tax question, Durango Herald, 4/2/19
Click election results to read more.

*If you were unable to attend the LWVLPC-sponsored City Council Forum on Monday, March 11, you can read/watch the proceedings in the following ways:

  • Durango's budget and spending come under scrutiny at candidates forum City Council hopefuls offer ideas to solve budget woes By Jonathan Romeo County & environment reporter, Durango Herald, March 13, 2019.

  • On-line via Durango Government Television at DGOV Click on Special Programs in the left-hand box.

  • Via Charter Spectrum Channels 191 and 981, channel 10.1 for over the air antenna users.

GD2019 *On Tuesday, March 26th, at 11:45 a.m. at the Durango Public Library, our fifth discussion will be "State of the State Department and Diplomacy." Facilitator Curt Johnson will present background materials and a film by the Foreign Policy Association, and lead participants in a discussion of the issues.
Join the discussion. We encourage you to attend and bring a brown bag lunch.

*1/27/19 LWVLPC: The League of Women Voters of La Plata County held its Annual Planning Meeting on January 22.
Highlights of the meeting include:

  • an agreement to postpone 2019 League activities related to policy amendments and future studies and to devote our concentrated efforts toward the theme of "Making Democracy Work".
  • a welcome to Martha Mason, ED of the Southwest Center for Independence as the newest member of the LWV-LPC Board.
  • to welcome and listen to Lisa Pool, Southwest Field Organizer for Conservation Colorado, as she outlined the 2019 legislative focus for her organization's environmental-based actions.

*Click 2019 Planning Meeting Notes to read the notes from our meeting.

JANUARY 22, 2019, 12:15 PM



This will be our annual planning meeting, as required by League policy, to discuss national League Issues & Positions, whether there are any changes or new studies we want to support, and to reaffirm support for all others. If you want to review (or read for first time) the full Policy Positions, go to this website: .

We will have this discussion while finishing our soup, then welcome our speaker, Lisa Pool, Southwest Field Organizer, Conservation Colorado. Lisa will give us an introduction to Conservation Colorado and her work in Durango, and what the organization will be supporting in the Legislature this session.

Please join us and give your input on National League policies, plus enjoy a good lunch and hear about some important Colorado legislative happenings.

We welcome you to bring a pot of soup, or some bread, to share for lunch. Please let me know if are able to help with this. Thanks and see you on the 22d.


*The 2019 Great Decisions discussion group will begin Tuesday, January 29 and conclude May 7.
Sessions will be held bi-weekly (every two weeks) from 11:45am to 1:45pm in Program Rooms 1 & 2 at the Durango Public Library, 1900 East Third Ave in Durango, CO.
Checks for $25 for each briefing book should be made out to "LWVLPC" and mailed to Susan McGinness, 756 E. 6th Ave, Durango, CO. 81301.