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Upcoming Events-2019

NPV *Dec 5, Durango Public Library 12PM - 1PM, National Popular Vote Educational Event ,
Guest Speaker, State Senator Mike Foote, sponsored by the League of Women Voters of La Plata County, Bring a brown bag lunch and join us.
*click attend this event to register.

*12/18/19: 12 - 1:30PM, LWV La Plata Annual Holiday Membership meeting, Durango Community Recreation Center, stay tuned for more information...
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*1/28/2020: First Great Decisions 2020 discussion, Climate Change and the Global Order by Ronald Bee Moderator: Guinn Unger, 11:45 - 1:45 Durango Public Library
Click 2020 Great Decisions schedule for topics and how to order a briefing book.

Upcoming Events - 2020


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*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

Hey Leagers, Get involved in the 2019-2020 LWVLPC celebration of Women's Suffrage. Click HERE to read more.
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Census 2020

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The latest Census 2020 news from Martha:

The La Plata County Complete Count Committee, commissioned by the LPC Commissioners, is now active. Tim Walsworth from the BID and Heather Otter from Region 9 will co-chair. Brian Meinhart from the Census is assigned to assist. The committee brainstormed some of our hard to reach populations + who they are, why their hard to count, where they are, and what we can do to reach them.

  • The Tribes will be doing things differently and have their own liaison.
  • Title 13 of the US code contains the laws around Census confidentiality. Census workers swear an oath every census, and the penalty is a personal $250,000 fine and 5 years in jail.
  • You can help people get to the computer form to fill out, but only a trained enumerator can assist with the questions.
  • The American Community Survey replaced the long form. Enumerators will earn $16/hr with 58 per mile. They want 645 people in La Plata County and only have 220 applications. These 8-week jobs start in January, and you schedule your own hours. The pay will not interfere with SNAP benefits. Applicants must be citizens, unless they speak a language that is needed. There's no drug testing. *You apply online and get a phone call from a 719 area code in December.
  • For more information click outreach materials Also, Check out their Facebook page


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*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


LWV logo Click The League Update to read the League Update for November 7, 2019

Highlights include:

Congratulations on a successful 2019 election season, League leaders! With hundreds of registration events, forums, debates, and voter guides, Leagues around the country have worked tirelessly to provide voters the information they need to confidently cast their vote. And we're happy to report that VOTE411 had its most successful odd-year cycle ever! We provided information on over 18,000 candidates to nearly 900,000 voters.

As we look forward, 2020 is just around the corner--and so much exciting work with it. With primaries and the League's 100th birthday only weeks away, I know many of you have already been planning for our packed year ahead. The national office has been hard at work creating tools and resources to help make 2020 a successful year for all Leagues around the country.

To that end, I want to remind you about a resource we created last year that acts as a comprehensive guide for all the support LWVUS provides for Leagues. The Guide to Services LWVUS provides to Leagues is available on the front page of the League Management Site. It includes descriptions and helpful information for League members looking for support from the national office.

Thanks for all you do for voters, Leaguers!

Virginia Kase

*This week our CEO Virginia Kase spoke at Harvard event to celebrate the upcoming 100th Anniversary of the 19th Amendment.

On an all-female panel discussing political power and women's inclusion, Virginia reminded the audience of students and attorneys that women were not `granted' the right to vote. "The hell they were! Women fought hard. It was a hard-fought battle" to win the vote.

The conversation around race and inclusion acknowledged the white privilege of the 20th century suffrage leaders and the fact that women of color did not have full voting rights until decades later. Looking to the future, Virginia pointed out that today, gender non-binary and trans women are often excluded from the conversation.

"There is an opportunity to have these conversations that nobody wanted to have before, to say, 'we can do better, we can move forward'."

You can follow Virginia on Twitter

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

*If you missed the Oct 7 Durango ballot candidate and issues forum at City Hall, video is available on Facebook. Also available on Youtube.

*If you missed the Oct 3 Durango forum with Carol Hedges on State ballot initiatives, you can check out the slides right here
You can find the forum video on live stream at Durango Herald.

*Election Day is Tuesday, November 5, 2019, Ballots will be mailed beginning October 11.
NEW!! Track the status of your mail-in ballot, from printed to accepted. Click Track Your Ballot

*Click to view the Colorado 2019 Ballot Issues

  • Click to view the 2019 State ballot Information Booklet (Blue Book)

  • Click to view the sample ballots for La Plata County from Tiffany Parker, La Plata County Clerk and Recorder

  • Oct 3, 2019: Ballot Issues Forum and Vision 2020, Durango Public Library, 1900 East 3rd Ave, Durango, CO., 11:45AM - 1:15PM. sponsored by the League of Women Voters of La Plata County. For more information, click Ballot Issues Forum and Vision 2020

  • Oct 7, 2019: 9-R School Board Candidate Forum, Animas River Mosquito District Ballot Issues (6B, 6C), SW LaPlata Library District Ballot Issue (6D), Durango City Council Chambers, 942 E. 2nd Avenue, Durango, CO., 5:30PM - 7PM, sponsored by the League of Women Voters of La Plata County. For more information click Durango Flyer

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  • Sept 30, 2019: Pine River Library Ballot Issue (6A), Bayfield School Board Candidate Forum, Bayfield Town Hall, 1199 Bayfield Parkway, Bayfield, CO., 5:30PM - 7:30PM, sponsored by The League of Women Voters of La Plata County. For more information click Bayfield Flyer

    Please join us for our Back to League Membership Meeting. We will welcome

  • FLC Professor Paul DeBell will join us to discuss the National Popular Vote 
  • Amina Uben, Partnership Specialist for the US Census, will brief us on the 2020 census 
  • AND we will review what's in the works for us as we approach our 100th Anniversary

    Tuesday, September 17 3:00p - 5:00p Unitarian Universalist Church Meeting Room 419 San Juan Drive Durango

  • Beverages will be served

*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.