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LWV vote sign Information concerning La Plata County and Colorado-wide voter information and services in 2019.
Check here for final Colorado Nov 2018 election results.

Upcoming Forums - Meetings

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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

Upcoming Elections

yourvotecounts Click LPEA election to read the results of the 2019 LPEA Board election.

Durango Herald, By Mary Shinn Health & topics reporter Thursday, May 2, 2019.
La Plata Electric Association board will have more progressive members. Election turnout was 26% for three co-op races.

Voter Registration

Vote411.org Find personalized voting, ballot and polling place information.
a project of the League of Women Voters.

*Are you registered to vote? First, check your Colorado Voter registration status. This reference will also let you active your registration status, determine your voting precinct and/or change your voting information. Just click on the appropriate icon and enter your voter information.

*Do you want to change your party, your address, your name? You may also register or change your registration at My Voter Information

*If you prefer to register by mail in Colorado, click CO Secretary of State registration and click on register to vote. Print the form and submit it by mail to the County Clerk for the county of your residence.

Colorado Election News

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July 2019: Common Cause, The Colorado Voting Experience, A model that encourages full participation, by Allegra Chapman, Amber McReynolds, Tierra Bradford, Kiyana Asemanfar, Elena Nunez, and Gerry Langeler

Voter enthusiasm in the 2018 midterms reached new heights

-- citizens turned out in higher numbers than they had nearly one hundred years ago. That's an exciting piece of news, but it's no assurance that we'll match those levels of participation for the next presidential election, or the next midterm, or subsequent elections. Sustained voter participation in this country requires a concerted effort. Politicians must prove their worth, parties may have to reinvent themselves, GOTV efforts need to build up. And each state's election system must meet voters' needs, while being easy to administer. Colorado has helped lead the way, other states are following suit, and still others have work to do. If this country wants to, once again, become a beacon of democracy, it must do all it can to ensure participation. Each state has the power to do that.

Click Colorado Voting Experience to read the entire report

Womens Suffrage-19

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* 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:

  • 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.

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  • 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.

General Election Information - 2019

*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

Where to Vote

Registered Colorado voters receive ballots in the mail. Voters may choose to vote in person at any polling station or voter service center if they prefer to vote in person. Colorado voters may also mail in their ballots before Election Day. Unregistered voters may still register to vote and a cast a ballot at the same time during the early in-person voting period or on Election Day. Contact your County Election Office for questions about this process.

2019 History

* La Plata Electric Association (LPEA) Directors will be announced at the Annual Meeting scheduled for Thursday, May 2 in the Community Concert Hall at Fort Lewis College.
Registration is at 5 pm with the Business Meeting convened at 6:30pm. Click more info for information on the candidates.
Election materials/ballots were mailed to all members on April 1, 2019.

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.

*Saturday, April 6 from 10:30 a.m. to 12 noon
Durango Public Library
1900 East 3rd Avenue - Durango
Legislative Lowdown
Sponsored by the League of Women Voters of La Plata County

Durango City Council Election >*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