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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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*7/31/19 LWVCO: Click LWVCO July Voter to access the latest Voter news.

Highlights include:

  • Making Democracy Work Day Please mark your calendars and plan to attend Making Democracy Work Day (League Day) on September 21st at the Colorado History Museum

  • Recall petition drives Recall petition drives are becoming somewhat more frequent in Colorado. Local Leagues faced with recall in their areas are concerned about what the role of the League should be in these drives.

  • 020 Census - Federal Funding LWVCO is applying for a federal Census 2020 grant through the Department of Local Affairs, with funding to be distributed to participating Leagues throughout Colorado. Grant dollars will be awarded to conduct 2020 census outreach, promotion, and education, focusing on hard-to-count communities in the state. IF YOUR LEAGUE WANTS TO PARTICIPATE, LWVCO NEEDS TO KNOW.


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Click The League Update to read the League Update for AUGUST 1, 2019

Highlights include:

  • Census Webinar Recording and Materials Available

The policy and advocacy webinar covering the 2020 Census was well attended. A recording for those that would like to revisit the materials or view them for the first time is now available.

  • Reminder: Voting Rights Vigils on Anniversary of Voting Rights Act Passage

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 Supreme Court decision and demand that Congress restore the voting rights protections of the Voting Rights Act.

  • LWVUS Endorses Fair Elections Now Act

The Fair Elections Now Act, which is the small-donor-focused public financing bill that was included in HR1, was reintroduced by Senator Durbin. The League supports this legislation that will help reduce the influence of wealthy donors and big-money special interests by creating a voluntary system of public financing for Senate candidates.

  • League Urges Support for Census Bureau Funding in FY 2020 Budget

On July 24, the League joined a letter directed to the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee urging them to support funding for the constitutionally required 2020 Census.

*Click LWV July Highlights to read the July 2019 highlights

Highlights include:

  • You're going to keep hearing about the Census. The 2020 Census will shape our nation's government, public policy, and budgets for an entire decade.

  • It's time for an Equal Rights Amendment. Despite the significant advances that have been made in recent decades, women continue to face discrimination on the basis of sex.

The symptoms of this systemic discrimination are clear in the ongoing fights against unequal pay, workplace harassment, pregnancy discrimination, domestic violence, and limited access to comprehensive healthcare.

It is not enough to treat the symptoms; we must address the root cause of inequality by amending the Constitution and passing the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA).

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*8/9/19 Colorado Secretary of State: Statement from Colorado Secretary of State Jena Griswold on DEF CON Voting Village
This weekend, DEF CON, the oldest continuously running hacker convention, convenes in Las Vegas, NV. The convention includes the Voting Village, which for the third year in a row, explores voting machines, systems, and databases, and aims to raise awareness about voting vulnerabilities and promote a more secure democracy.

Click DEF CON and the Voting Village to read the full statement.

*8/2/19 Colorado Secretary of State: Two New Voting Laws Go Into Effect Today

  • Modifications to Uniform Election Code (HB19-1278): This legislation increases access to Voter Service & Polling Centers (VSPCs) and ballot drop boxes across Colorado, and gives county clerks the tools they need to run efficient elections in their communities.

  • Voting access for people with Disabilities (SB19-202): This law requires Colorado to increase access to voting for eligible Coloradans with disabilities by ensuring they can privately and independently vote at home or at a Voter Service and Polling Center using nonvisual access or low-vision access technology.

*8/3/19 Durango Herald: Colorado laws enacted to protect, extend voting rights
More than 200 new laws took effect Friday in Colorado, including two measures to insure college students, Native Americans and residents with disabilities have equal and fair access to the ballot box.

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*7/29/19 LWVCO: Click ELECTION CALENDAR 2019 to access a calendar of official Colorado election events and deadlines for 2019. (Excerpt from Secretary of State's Calendar)

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

Women's Suffrage Celebration 2020


(picture courtesy Seattle Times, Aug 11, 2019.)

*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

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La Plata County Leaguers,

We need your support: Membership fees are due in September.

For current members, you can send a renewal check for your dues and any donation ($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 you would like to become a new member of the LWVLPC or if your contact or other information has changed, please fill out a 2019-2020 LWVLPC Membership Form and mail a copy with your dues to Buck Skillen at the address above. Welcome and thanks.

If you can add an additional amount as a donation to LWVLPC, it would help significantly to continue our local work. Please see the instructions on the Membership Form.

Please also 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.

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.

Ellen Park LWVLPC Membership Chair

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