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*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.

Click 2019 Great Decisions flyer for detailed info on each session.

For more information about Great Decisions and the Foreign Policy Association, or to order a briefing book if we have sold out, click on Foreign Policy Association.



US/Colorado News

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*Click CO Public News to tap into a continuous feed of Colorado News clips.

*Click CO state logo to view live Colorado General Assembly Live Video and to listen to Live Audio

*Click to view and hear the U.S. Congress in action

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*September is membership renewal time. Our national reporting deadline is January 31. The sooner you are able to renew the better. See the JOIN US at LWVLPC paragraph below for more information



LWVCO News

LWVCO *LWVCO Board Briefs from 11/14/18 Board Meeting
As part of the communication efforts to inform League members about the LWVCO's Board of Directors decisions and proposals, following each board meeting we will provide an overview of any significant agenda items discussed and the action taken.

* LWVCO 11/1/18:
Hi League Member, Interested in learning how the League lobbies our General Assembly? Want to be a member of the team that influences legislation?

The LWVCO Legislative Action Committee (LAC) will host an Orientation / Training session on Thursday, November 29th from 9:00 am to 3:30 pm at the Scottish Rite Temple, 1370 Grant St in Denver and you are invited to attend.

*Click Legislative Action Workshop for more info.

LWVUS News

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* Click LWVUS League Update to read the Dec 6, 2018 LWV League Update.
Friend,

The new year is nearly here and now is the time to put action plans in place for 2019--and more importantly, 2020--when millions of first-time voters will need us most.

We hope you'll use 2019 as an opportunity to pilot new initiatives, forge new partnerships, and get your volunteer base excited and experienced. And for those of you with elections next year, imagine the HUGE impact your efforts could have on turnout in your area! Please take a look at our grant opportunities to help Leagues with this effort in the sections below.

*LAST CHANCE: Please Complete our 2018 Election Activities Survey.

*Join VOTE411 in 2019!

VOTE411 had an amazing 2018 Election Cycle with over 5.5 million views of the candidate info! Let's keep the momentum going into the off-year election and provide the voters with the candidate information they expect on this League-branded website! If your community has an election in 2019 and you want to participate in the ever-growing VOTE411 online voters' guide program, sign up now to provide voters in your area with the information they desperately need and turn to the League to find.

*2019 Women's March

The 2019 Women's March is scheduled for January 19. As in 2017, the main march will occur in Washington, DC with sister marches happening in many cities around the country. As of early December, LWVUS does not have enough information to determine if we will participate as an official partner. Organizers for the 2019 Women's March have not unveiled the platform and until we see that, we cannot define our national role.

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*News Release: Another Colorado election is in the books

DENVER, Dec. 7, 2018 -- The 2018 general election, which set records for turnout, is officially over.

In all, 2,583,580 Coloradans cast votes that were counted by their county clerks.

"The administration of the election went extraordinarily well," said Colorado Secretary of State Wayne Williams. "I'm very proud of the work done by our office and by Colorado's county clerks to ensure that a record number of Coloradans were able to vote."

The Secretary of State's website provides the election results, complete with maps that show voter turnout by county among other things.

One result of the higher turnout is that the signature requirement for a citizens initiative for the next four years will be 124,632 valid voter signatures. It had been 98,492. The state constitution requires signatures from "at least 5 percent of the total number of votes cast for all candidates for the office of secretary of state at the previous general election."

Voter turnout can be calculated in several ways:

  • *Turnout by active voters: 75.7% (2,583,580 / 3,410,856)
  • *Turnout by registered voters: 65.5% (2,583,580 / 3,946,475)
  • *Turnout by voting eligible population: 63.0% (2,583,580 / 4,103,903)

Voting eligible population, or VEP, is the national standard, and Colorado scored second highest in the nation.

2018 VEP Top Five:

Minnesota 64.3%
Colorado 63.0%
Montana 62.0%
Wisconsin 61.7%
Oregon 61.5%

The national VEP turnout for the Nov. 6 election was 50.1 percent. Colorado has scored higher than the national average this entire decade. In fact, Colorado's turnout this election was higher than 32 states during the last presidential election.

How Colorado voted

Mail ballot: 2,465,083 or 95.3%*
In person total: 120,960 or 4.7%
In person on Election Day: 91,131
Provisional ballots: 455

  • Mail ballot includes ballots returned by the post office, dropped into 24-hour ballot drop-boxes or delivered in person to a Voter Service and Polling Center. That breakdown is not yet available.

Demographic turnout

Women: 51.5%
Men: 47.2%
Unknown: 1.2%

Democrats dominated in the 2018 general election, winning all statewide offices, including Secretary of State. Williams, a Republican, leaves office on Jan. 8.

Great Decisions_2019

Great Decisions 2019 *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.

Click 2019 Great Decisions flyer for detailed info on each session.

For more information about Great Decisions and the Foreign Policy Association, or to order a briefing book if we have sold out, click on Foreign Policy Association.

Join Us at LWVLPC

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September, 29, 2018

La Plata County Leaguer,

*September is membership renewal time. Our national reporting deadline is January 31. The sooner you are able to renew the better. That saves both of us a series of reminders. 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:

  • * October 9 - State Legislative Candidate Forum - 5:30-Center of Southwest Studies, Lyceum,Rm 120.
  • * October 16 - Statewide Ballot Issues Forum - 5:30p at the Center of Southwest Studies, Lyceum - Room 120.
  • * December + our Holiday party
  • * January - program planning
  • * February + Legislative Lowdown
  • * March - continuing the popular Great Decisions programs

We need your support, so please

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.

Kathleen Adams
LWVLPC Membership Chair kadams@mcw.edu

http://www.lwvlaplata.org

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