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Upcoming Forums - Meetings

*December 4, 5:30-7 Fort Lewis College, Center for Southwest Studies Lyceum (Room 120), The Electoral College or the National Popular Vote Compact: What is right for our community?
Panelists: Colorado State Senator Mike Foote + Boulder County, La Plata County Clerk Tiffany Parker, Dr. Benjamin Waddell (Fort Lewis Sociology). Senator Foote - legislative sponsor, National Popular Vote bill, SB 42, passed House and Senate, signed by Governor Polis. Opponents have sufficient signatures for ballot issue in November 2020 asking voters for repeal..
This event is sponsored by the FLC Student Political Science Club and the Political Science Deptartment and is a non-partisan event.

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.

Election Results

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Click Colorado State-Wide results to access the Colorado State-Wide results for the 11/5/19 Coordinated General Election

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Click La Plata County results to access the La Plata County results for the 11/5/19 Coordinated General Election

Voter Registration 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.

*Trust that your vote counts! If you are interested in tracking your email ballot vote in La Plata County, thanks to Tiffany Parker, La Plata County Clerk, you can now click BALLOTTRAX to track the status of your mail-in ballot, from printed to accepted.

Colorado Election News

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*August 29, 2019, CO Secretary of State: National Popular Vote Referendum Makes 2020 Ballot
The Elections Division at the Colorado Secretary of State's office announced today that the Senate Bill 19-042 National Popular Vote Referendum has qualified for the 2020 Colorado General Election ballot.

On August 1, 2019, the proponents submitted 228,832 signatures. After reviewing a 5% sample of the submitted signatures, the projected number of valid signatures is greater than 110% of the total number required. Referendum proponents are required to gather signatures equal to 5% of the total votes cast in the previous Secretary of State General Election contest, which is 124,632.

*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

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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.

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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.

Hey Leagers, Get involved in the 2019-2020 LWVLPC celebration of Women's Suffrage. Click HERE to read more.
If you have local info and pictures related to Women's Suffrage in Colorado, please send it to me at

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

*If you missed the Sept 30 Bayfield ballot candidate and issues forum at Bayfield Town Hall, watch it on Facebook now.

*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.

*If you missed the Oct 16 student initiative presentations at FLC, watch the video on CC.

You can watch initiative DD here.

Vote 11/5/19

*Nov 4, 2019: Election Day is tomorrow in many states! You've made your plan, you've found your ballot information, and now it's time to get out and vote! Polls are open across the country in less than 24 hours.

Have an election tomorrow and still need info on your ballot, candidate stances, or where and how you can vote?

The League of Women Voters' election website, VOTE411, is a one-stop shop for everything you need to develop your election plan. We hope you'll send your friends, family, co-workers, and all the voters you know to VOTE411 for basic "how-to-vote" information as well as candidate responses to nonpartisan questions on the issues.

Once you've voted, spread the word. Click Here to read more.

*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

CO Sec of State

Ballots Returned: November 1, 2019 DENVER, November 1, 2019 - 683,106 ballots have been returned to county clerks for the coordinated election on Nov. 5. ​

2019 Ballots received by age, party and gender

Ballot return visuals, including comparison to 2017 and 2015

Voters can find polling and drop box locations at

*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)

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

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.

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

* 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