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Upcoming Events-2019

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womens suffrage

* LWVLPC will be celebrating Women's Suffrage in 2019-20. The 19th amendment granted women the right to vote, which was passed by Congress June 4, 1919, and ratified on August 18, 1920.

But did you know that:

  • From the LWVUS Update for July 18, 2019 Carrie Chapman Catt

and a few Women's Suffrage facts gathered by your webmaster...

  • The U.S. woman suffrage movement actually began in 1848, when a women's rights convention was held in Seneca Falls, New York.

  • The turning point came in the late 1880s and early 1890s, when the nation experienced a surge of volunteerism among middle-class women--activists in progressive causes, members of women's clubs and professional societies, temperance advocates, and participants in local civic and charity organizations.

  • The first state to grant women complete voting rights was Wyoming in 1869. Three other western states--Colorado (1893), Utah (1896), and Idaho (1896)--followed shortly after NAWSA (National Women's Suffrage Association) was founded. But before 1910 only these four states allowed women to vote.

  • The House of Representatives initially passed a voting rights amendment on January 10, 1918, but the Senate did not follow suit before the end of the 65th Congress.It was not until after the war, however, that the measure finally cleared Congress with the House again voting its approval by a wide margin on May 21, 1919, and the Senate concurring on June 4, 1919. A year later, on August 18, 1920, Tennessee became the 36th state to approve the 19th Amendment. Official ratification occurred on August 26, 1920, when U.S. Secretary of State Bainbridge Colby certified the approval of the Tennessee state legislature.

votes for Women

  • At the turn of the 20th century, half of American adults were restricted from fully participating in the democratic process because of their sex. American women would not be granted the right to vote until 1920, when the 19th Amendment guaranteeing women complete and equal suffrage was ratified and became law. And even that did not rectify the disparity, because many women of color, disenfranchised through various loopholes, had to continue to fight for voting rights.

  • In 1899, Lenna R. Winslow of Columbus, Ohio, applied for a patent for a "Voting-Machine." He had created a mechanical system that adjusted the ballot the voter would see based on whether that voter was a man or a woman. With a simple flip of a switch, "the mechanism is automatically set to restrict certain classes of voters by and during their entrance to the booth," the patent application states. To read more about this gender-specific voting machine, click HERE

  • In May, just before the 100th anniversary of the joint resolution in Congress proposing suffrage for women through the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, the National Archives Museum in Washington, D.C. opened a new exhibition, Rightfully Hers: American Women and The Vote. The show, which runs through January 3, 2021, features photos, documents and interactive displays detailing the struggle to gain the right to vote for all women.


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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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*5/22/19 LWVCO: Read Legislative Letter #9 and 2019 Legislative Wrapup dated 5/21/19

Even though the session has ended, the debate over many measures continues. A referred measure seeking voter approval to permit the state to retain money in excess of the TABOR limit will be put to voters in November. Recall efforts regarding some of the more controversial legislation--and the legislators who voted for it--are underway. LWV has an important role to play in providing statewide voter education and mobilization to protect the measures we support, including TABOR reform, the National Popular Vote, and extreme risk protection orders. Supporters of these recall efforts will be collecting signatures between now and August 1; so be sure to THINK BEFORE YOU INK!

*5/14/19 LWVCO Board Briefs: board brief 5-14-19

Click Board Briefs to read more.

*5/7/19 Click May 2019 Colorado voter to read the May 2019 Colorado VOTER.
Highlights include:

  • Bold and Forward Thinking Essential for the League A message from Toni Larson, LWVCO President
  • Legislative Action Committee Action and Advocacy Continues as the 2019 Legislative Session Nears its Close
  • Communications Task Force Survey Results We are grateful for your participation and excellent suggestions.
  • LWVCO Historical Archive Update We are looking for Colorado Voters that were published from 1996 to 2018.
  • Leader of Democracy Awards Save the Date: Thursday, June 6, from 5:30 - 7:30 PM
  • LWVCO Convention Health Care Caucus Will the Real Health Care Reform Please Stand Up?
  • Voter Registration Grant LWVCO has received a grant of $1050 from LWVUS.

*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 to read the July 18 League Update

Answer: the League of Women Voters! In case you missed it, we were featured as an answer on Jeopardy! this week. What a fun summer surprise as we move toward our 100th anniversary! Check out a video clip of the exchange.

We've also reached an incredible operations milestone in our release of the newly re-vamped Roster Manager Portal last week.

Highlights include:

  • UPCOMING WEBINAR: LWVUS and the 2020 Census

The upcoming LWVUS policy webinar covering Census 2020 has been moved to July 30 from 3 to 4 PM Eastern. The webinar will cover basic information about the Census, a three-phase campaign for LWV involvement, and an overview of the tools available from LWVUS. Register for the webinar here.

  • Voting Rights Vigils on the Anniversary of Passage of the Voting Rights Act

LWVUS is cosponsoring an effort to host Voting Rights Vigils on August 6. The vigils will shed light on the impact of the Shelby County v. Holder decision and demand that Congress restore the voting rights protections of the Voting Rights Act. Leagues are invited to sign up to host or attend events in their communities with partner groups around the country.

  • House Judiciary Committee Holds Hearing on the Voting Rights Act

On the sixth anniversary of Shelby County v. Holder, the Supreme Court decision that gutted the heart of the Voting Rights Act (VRA), the U.S. House Judiciary Committee conducted a hearing on the continuing challenges to voting rights in our country. Read about the hearing on our blog and contact your members of Congress about restoring the VRA today!

  • 2020 Census: We Will Be Counted

While the Trump administration has confirmed that a citizenship question will not be on the 2020 Census, there is still work to be done to ensure a full count. Sign the petition and ask your lawmakers to ensure that the 2020 Census is fully funded.

  • NEW! Census Page on LWVUS

With only nine months until Census Day on April 1, LWVUS is in high gear updating the Census toolkit and creating a new Census page on Please check out this new page as well as the Census Action Toolkit on the League Management Site, which has new information, tools, and resources for Leagues to use.

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

*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.