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Upcoming Events - 2017


*Tuesday, May 9th,11:45 am to 1:45pm, at the Durango Public Library, our final Great Decisions discussion will be "Saudi Arabia in transition." The discussion will be led by Katherine Burgess

*Thursday, May 11, 5:30 - 7pm, Fort Lewis College, Noble Hall 125:The Electoral College- Past, Present and Future, sponsored by the League of Women Voters of La Plata County.
Professor Michael Dichio - Political Science Dept, FLC and Dave Westfeldt, Government Durango High School

A background talk will be presented by Professor Dichio covering why the EC was included in the Constitution; how it was intended to work and how it has actually worked almost from inception. Modern issues with the EC will also be covered. The panel will explore what needs-or does not need-to be done to change EC, why and how to do it.

from Trish...Here it is--everything you ever wanted to know about the Electoral College. Who would have thought the Electoral College, that arcane institution from the 1780's, would become a hot topic in contemporary politics and the deciding factor in modern elections. But it is important and we should understand how it works, or doesn't, and whether it should be retained, or changed. The presenters will welcome your questions. Bring your family, invite your friends, and join us for an interesting discussion.

*NOTICE OF ANNUAL MEETING, Tuesday, May 16: The League of Women Voters of La Plata County (LWVLPC) will hold its annual meeting of members for the purpose of conducting required business of the group on May 16, 2017 at 4:00 pm at the Unitarian Universalist Bowman Hall. All members are invited to attend.
A budget for the coming year will be submitted to the members for adoption at the annual meeting, in accordance with Article VI + Financial Administration of the By Laws of the LWVLPC. The budget proposed by the Budget Committee is attached.
The Executive Team submits the following slate of nominees for the Executive Team for the coming year, in accordance with By Laws Article VIII + Jean Aaro, Nominations and Elections; Kathleen Adams, Membership; Nadine Ancel, Treasurer; Sally Bellerue, Member; Leigh Meigs, Member; Trish Pegram, Member. Nominations from the floor will be welcomed.
The Bylaws require consideration at the annual meeting of all local Programs. The current Executive Team has proposed no changes to the current local Program and requests the re-adoption of our existing local positions with the following titles:

  • Desert Rock Energy Project
  • Library Bond Issue
  • Health Service District
  • Vote Center Concept and Its Applicability to La Plata County Affordable Housing
  • Educational Policy: La Plata County School Districts' Program and Building Needs La Plata County School Districts' Accountability
  • Durango City Government Comprehensive Planning

    The full text of these positions may be found on our website at

    No new local study is proposed for 2017-18. No bylaw changes are proposed.

    The business meeting will begin at 4:00 pm. Our speaker for the afternoon, County Commissioner Julie Westendorff, will begin at 5:00. There will be drinks and appetizers provided.

    I hope you will be at the meeting, both to help carry out the official League business affairs and to hear our speaker. Trish Pegram

Kristof *Wednesday, October 4, 2017, 7pm, FLC Community Concert Hall, NICHOLAS KRISTOF, Presented by The COMMUNITY FOUNDATION SERVING SOUTHWEST COLORADO

Click here for ticket information

Nicholas Kristof is an American journalist, author, progressive op-ed columnist, and a winner of two Pulitzer Prizes. He is a regular CNN contributor, and has written an op-ed column for The New York Times since November 2001. His column appears weekly in the Durango Herald.

Kristof always keeps audiences on the edge of their seats in enthralling presentations that catapult many into actions themselves. As a master story teller with an unmatched reputation and peerless perspective on the events that shape our world, listeners find themselves glued to their seat and captivated by moving, first-hand global stories.

Tickets NOW on sale!!! SELL OUT EXPECTED
This message is sanctioned by the League of Women Voters Leadership Core - Kathleen Adams

LWVLPC News-17

4/6/17 LWVLPC: Click LWVLPC News to read about local upcoming events for LWVLPC members

LWVUS Events-17

call to action

*5/4/17 League of Women Voters Take Action

Dear Friend--

This afternoon the House of Representatives will vote to repeal the Affordable Care Act once again--and this time they could be successful. The "American Health Care Act" + is anything but American. This legislation only serves to benefit special interests and provide tax cuts for the rich + while leaving every day Americans without access to affordable, quality healthcare.

Call your Representative at 866-426-2631 and tell them to reject this un-American legislation.

If this legislation becomes law:

  • 24 million Americans will lose coverage by 2020
  • Medicaid patients will no longer be able to get the care they need
  • Women will go back to paying more than men for basic care

We know the Affordable Care Act is not perfect, but it has successfully provided health care coverage to tens of millions of Americans who previously went without.

Call your Representative today at 866-426-2631. Tell the House of Representatives: Americans can't afford to lose our healthcare coverage.

Sincerely, Lloyd Leonard, LWV Director of Advocacy

*Click previous LWVUS 2017 actions to view past 2017 actions


call to action

LWVCO *Three-peat: Colorado scores high voter turnout in another presidential election Colorado Secretary of State sent this bulletin at 03/16/2017.
Colorado continues to rank among an "elite" group of states with a high voter turnout, according to a report released today on the 2016 election.

It is the third straight presidential election where Colorado has ranked in the top five states in terms of turnout.

Colorado in 2016 had the fourth highest turnout (72.1%) -- behind Minnesota (74.8%), Maine (72.8%) and New Hampshire (72.5%). Wisconsin (70.5%) came in fifth.

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