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Larimer County, Colorado

Welcome to
LWV Larimer County

Empowering Voters
Defending Democracy

The League of Women Voters of Larimer County is a nonprofit, non-partisan political organization that encourages the informed and active participation of citizens in government; works to increase understanding of major public policy issues; and influences public policy through education and advocacy. Our members, women and men ages 16 and up, volunteer their time year round to help Make Democracy Work!

We are a member of the national League of Women Voters which was formed when women finally gained the right to vote in 1920. Throughout the League’s nearly 100 year history and working in all states, the League focus has been to expand participation and give a voice to all Americans. It never endorses, supports or opposes any political candidate or political party.

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The Larimer League Discusses National Issues Please Join Us! 

Climate Solutions for

a Livable World

February 25, 2019. 7- 8:30 PM

Pathways Hospice, 305 Carpenter

Please join the Larimer County League of Women Voters and guests (public welcome and encouraged!) for our first 2019 open General Meeting.


At the end of November and after many years of volunteer lobbying, Citizens’ Climate Lobby’s straightforward policy solution has been incorporated into the bipartisan Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend Act (H.R. 7173, S.3791) introduced in the House of Representatives and Senate.


This solution will achieve the quick and effective results we need through empowerment of our market-based economy, nationally and globally.


Participants will hear about CCL’s proposed solution and what individuals and community organizations penguincan do to help. A large majority of economists agree that this is the best approach to solving the climate crisis. Furthermore, predictions are that it will grow the economy, create jobs and address income disparity. Participants will feel empowered to help, energized, and hopeful for a future stable climate.


Speaker: Judy Gates, PhD, CCL volunteer speaker, recently retired from over 30 years of technology development experience in multiple industries. She was attracted to Citizens’ Climate Lobby because it shares her recognition that multiple viewpoints are needed to discover optimum solutions to complex problems. 
Learn More about Citizens' Climate Lobby

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What are the challenges to nature that come from our growing population and changing climate?

March 11, 2019. 7PM

Harmony Library Community Room

John Sanderson

Director of Science, The Nature Conservancy of Colorado

In the face of this changing climate,  what do we need to do to steward our forests and rivers and endangered species, for their own sake and for all they provide for us?

John will give an overview of the changes, the challenges, and the solutions that The Nature Conservancy is pursuing. Also, we’ll have time for questions and dialogue about conservation.

Learn more about The Nature Conservancy

LVCLC CrossCurrents Presents
a LIVE Panel Discussion

Full Time City Council: Do We Need It?
February 28    7 pm
Fort Collins City Hall  200 LaPorte Ave.


Susan Kirkpatrick, former Fort Collins Mayor
Susan McFadden, President, Seven Generations
Dakota Sharette, Field Manager, Community for Sustainable Energy
John Straayer, Political Science Professor Emeritus, Colorado State University

Discussion Topics will include:

Rationale for ballot issue, including comparison with other City Councils in Northern Colorado.

Details on the proposal, including salary and benefits.
The cost to taxpayers
Changes to Council functions
Effect on Council/Manager form of government
Factors voters should consider in deciding how to vote.

Election 2019

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Fort Collins City Election
Your League Gets to Work!

The Voter Service Team is busy preparing for the Fort Collins city election to be held on April 2nd. It is a mail ballot election, with no polling places other than at the City Clerk’s office, 300 LaPorte Ave. 

If you don’t receive a ballot or have questions, please contact the City Clerk in person, by email at , or by phone (970) 221-6515.


Candidate Forum

Wednesday, March 6, 2019 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm

Fort Collins City Council Chambers

300 LaPorte Avenue, Fort Collins 


See, hear, and interact with candidates for Fort Collins Mayor and City Council Districts 1, 2, 4 and 6.

There are quite a few candidates this election, so the forum will have two sessions, with candidates evenly divided into each session.

Plan to attend and hear candidates for Mayor and City Council for Districts 1, 2, 4, and 6.

Issues in the Colorado Legislature 2019


Death Penalty Legislature - Will it Happen?

For information about the history and current status of the death penalty in Colorado, view 

CrossCurrents - What's Happening to the Death Penalty in Colorado?

A panel discussion on the death penalty as it is used in Colorado. Panelists are Troy Kenning, a criminal defense lawyer; Kevin Lundberg, Colorado State Senator representing District 15; Michael Radelet, a Professor of Sociology at UC Boulder; and Clifford E. Riedel, the District Attorney for the Eighth Judicial District. The discussion was moderated by Barbara Rutstein from the Larimer County League of Women Voters. This program was produced by FCTV in cooperation with the League.

CrossCurrents: What's Happening to the Death Penalty?

We urge you to make sure your voice is heard.
VOTE . . . it matters!

If you prefer to join/renew your
LWV-Larimer County membership by mail,
Member Survey 2018 - 2019

We invite you to:

  • Join our dynamic members – men and women – to study issues, learn, engage in civil deliberations and take action. We provide members with training and tools so that they can feel empowered to speak out on issues.

  • Use the resources on this website to educate and empower yourself.

  • Join us at our public events.

Voter Services
Recent Blogs
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Upcoming Events

Auto Voter Registration

Take Action:

Support the Automatic Voter Registration Act!

Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT) and Representative Robert Brady (D-PA) introduced the Automatic Voter Registration Act of 2017 on June 14, 2017. The League  is proud to support legislation that enhances  access for eligible voters in our elections and works to modernize our electoral system. This bill will improve the  accuracy of voter records, cut down on costs, modernize outdated registration systems while supporting implementation in states across the country.

The League fully supports this bill and urges all members of the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives to support this important legislation.

Send the Message to Congress
Political.....but Non-Partisan

Since its founding, the League of Women Voters committed to neither support or oppose any political party or candidate for public office.  This tradition continues today to ensure that the League’s voice is heard above the tumult of party politics.  The nonpartisan policy has added strength to the League’s position on issues.  It has made possible wide acceptance of League voter service and other educational activities.

Nonpartisan means that the League never supports or opposes political parties or candidates or appointees.  All League members need to remember that the League’s reputation for fairness is long-standing and hard-won and needs to be guarded.  We invite you to read more about our Non-Partisan Policy

Although we DO NOT support candidates, we do research, recommend, and support ballot issues that are supported by League positions.

The League is a political organization and encourages members to participate fully in the party of their choice.  It is an advantage to the League to have politically active members, and equally important, it can be a personally satisfying experience.

“In the League of Women Voters we have an anomaly; we are going to be a semi-political body.  We want political things; we want legislation; we’re going to educate for citizenship.  In that body we have got to be non-partisan and all-partisan.  Democrats from Alabama and Republicans from New Hampshire must work for the same things.”

Carrie Chapman Catt at the League’s founding in Chicago, 1920

What does this mean for Members?

Individual League members are encouraged to be politically active.  However, when they participate in partisan activities, they may not identify themselves as League members.

A League will be a strong and effective political force to the degree that it can deal with and accept controversy and live with uncertainty.

Keep in mind that conflict of interest may arise between a “board” member’s paid employment and her or his role in the League.  Visit with a member of the Administrative Team with any concerns or questions you may have.

League Statements

No member (including officers) may speak for the League unless they have first obtained review and approval by a majority of Administrative Team of the proposed statement.

Key Member Restrictions

Certain individuals who have high public visibility as officers or leaders of the League (Key Members) are restricted from partisan activity.  Members can  review the details in our Member Notebook.

The League of Women Voters Larimer County
is part of

The League of Women Voters Colorado and
The League of Women Voters US