* What's New since Feb 16
*On Tuesday, February 26th, at 11:45 a.m. at the Durango Public Library, our third discussion will be "Decoding U.S. - China Trade." Moderator Kim Martin will present background materials and a film by the Foreign Policy Association, and lead participants in a discussion of the issues. Now would be a good time to mark your calendar.
Great Decisions is jointly sponsored by the Durango Public Library, AAUW, and The League of Women Voters of La Plata County.
*For more info, click Feb 26 GD session info
*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:
*1/30/19 CO Secretary of State via LWVCO: Colorado Withdraws from Kansas Interstate Voter Registration Crosscheck Secretary of State Jena Griswold Cites Insufficient Data and Privacy Concerns
*1/28/19 LWVCO: Read Legislative Letter #3 2/12/19
This bill enters Colorado into the National Popular Vote Agreement to elect the president by popular vote. States that enact the National Popular Vote Agreement will award all their electors to the presidential candidate who receives the most popular votes in the fifty states and the District of Columbia.
SB19-042 - National Popular Vote has been confirmed by the Senate and now heads to the House State, Veterans & Military Affairs Committee on Tuesday, February 12th at 1:30pm in the Old State Library (Room 271).
Please contact your State Representative and voice why this issue is important to you. Urge her/him to vote YES on SB19-042.
Don't know your State Representative? Find her/him here. Members of the House State, Veterans & Military Affairs Committee are here.
NATIONAL POPULAR VOTE AGREEMENT BACKGROUND
The League of Women Voters has long held the position that the direct popular-vote method for electing the president is essential to a representative government.
The National Popular Vote Compact, or National Popular Vote Agreement, is a method to achieve the direct election of the President of the United States without the passage of a Constitutional amendment.
Under the U.S. Constitution, states have exclusive power to allocate their electoral votes and may change their state laws concerning the awarding of their electoral votes at any time.
Today, all states except for Maine (ME) and Nebraska (NE) award their electors by a winner-take-all system in which all of a given state's electors are awarded to the winner of that state's popular vote. With the National Popular Vote Compact, every vote for president will count equally.
This agreement will take effect only when enacted, in identical form, by enough states to have a majority of the electoral votes (270 are needed for a majority).
In this way, the person with the most votes is guaranteed to have the electoral votes needed to win the presidency.
To date, the National Popular Vote Agreement has been adopted by 11 states and the District of Columbia, amounting to 172 electoral votes of the 270 electoral votes needed to activate the agreement. Colorado has 9 electoral votes to help this effort.
NOTE: INDIVIDUAL LEAGUE MEMBERS CAN'T SPEAK FOR THE WHOLE LEAGUE, BUT YOU CAN REFER LEGISLATORS TO THE LWVCO POSITION ON A BILL FOUND IN THE LEGISLATIVE LETTER.
EMPOWERING VOTERS. DEFENDING DEMOCRACY.
*Click to read the Feb 14 League Update
Empowering Voters. Defending Democracy.
Ninety-nine years ago today, the League of Women Voters was founded with a mission to help 20 million American women carry out their new responsibilities as eligible voters. After all, the League was founded just months before the 19th Amendment was ratified.
Today we turn 99 years old, and the truth is: we are just getting started!
*Click January 31 Highlights
1. Campaign for Making Democracy Work® (MDW), with special emphasis on protecting voting rights.
2. Watchdog: Respond strategically on issues with LWV positions when needed, but focus on the Campaign for Making Democracy Work®.
Click HERE to read the January LWV Highlights.
*For more info, click Feb 26 GD session info
*Click HERE To view the remaining 2019 Great Decision Sessions
La Plata County Leaguer,
*If you haven't renewed your local League membership, IT"S NEVER TOO LATE. Just send a check for your renewal dues ($55 for regular members and $35 for each additional household member) payable to LWVLPC, and mail to Buck Skillen, Treasurer, 776 Animas View Dr. Durango, CO 81301. For this year, student memberships are free, so welcome any students you know to join us in League. If there are changes in your contact information notify Kathleen Adams, Interim Membership Chair, at the address below." Newsletter
*If you are becoming a new member of the LWVLPC, Please fill out a 2018-2019 LWVLPC Membership Form and include a copy to Buck Skillen at the address above. WELCOME and THANKS.
Only a very small amount of local dues remains with the local league - $6. If you can add an additional amount as a donation to LWVLPC, that would help significantly to continue our work. Please note that donations to the general fund are not tax-deductible; BUT donations to the Education Fund are deductible. Donations are greatly appreciated and we promise will be used wisely. Instructions are below and on the membership form and the web site.
Upcoming League events of interest, please join us for these:
Mail your renewal check, payable to LWVLPC, (($55 for regular members and $35 for each additional household member) to Buck Skillen, Treasurer, 776 Animas View Dr., Durango, Co 81301.
Consider joining and/or helping with the leadership core. We have vacant board positions + Our monthly board meetings involve an equal amount of fun and work.
Consider including a tax deductible donation to the LWVLPC. Include a separate check payable to "LWVCO Education Fund " write "La Plata County" on the memo line. This donation will be used locally for voter education activities.
Feel free to contact me with any questions or comments and especially offers to join the leadership core. We are looking forward to another year with you in the LWVLPC.
LWVLPC Membership Chair email@example.com
Happy New Year to all Leaguers. Stay tuned for the League news (local/Colorado/US) in 2019.
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