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LEAGUE OF WOMEN VOTERS 
of
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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KNOW YOUR RIGHTS
If ICE knocks on your door

From the ACLU:




"A new wave of ICE arrests is expected to begin... in at least 10 cities across the country. We're fighting back by suing to stop mass deportations of refugee families. Here's what you can do to fight back in your community:

Share our multilingual Know Your Rights guide on Facebook and Twitter. Everybody should know that we have rights that ICE cannot violate.


Know this: We don't have to open the door if ICE comes knocking. If the agents don't have a warrant signed by a judge, then we can refuse to let them in. We have the right to remain silent. And we shouldn't sign anything before speaking to a lawyer.

ICE raids are nothing new. But for over two years now, the Trump administration has been terrorizing our communities at a new level – tearing thousands of families apart, spreading fear and hate. If this isn't the kind of country we want to live in, then we must keep fighting to defend our communities.

The best way to fight back? Know your rights. And help your family, friends, and neighbors to know theirs.

Spread the word on Facebook and Twitter so we all know what to do if ICE shows up. Our communities are diverse, so we've translated our guide to 8 languages that encompass most of the undocumented population. "








The Larimer League Discusses Local and National Issues 
Please Join Us! 

Add YOUR voice to OUR voice

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  LWV NATIONAL Call to Action
   Support the 

 For the People Act

  in the U.S. Senate!  

  




Yesterday, the Supreme Court ruled in our partisan gerrymandering cases out of North Carolina and Maryland. While we are disappointed in the Court’s decision that no fair test exists for courts to determine when partisan gerrymandering has gone too far—our work for fair maps has never been more important. 

And there IS a path forward. 

Through the establishment of independent, citizen-led redistricting commissions at the state level to draw electoral districts, we can put power back into the hands of the people, not politicians. Redistricting commissions—such as those passed in Colorado, Michigan, and Utah in 2018—have been highly successful in ensuring that district maps fairly represent the population. 

Fair maps are also possible through Congressional action. The For the People Act, which the League helped to shape earlier this year, includes fair redistricting standards for the entire country. This legislation has already passed in the U.S. House of Representatives, but it needs more support in the Senate. The League is pushing for a Senate hearing on this bill so that every American can hear for themselves the content of the For the People Act.


  LWV COLORADO Call to Action

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The National Popular Vote (NPV) legislation passed by the Colorado General Assembly and signed by the governor is under attack. Petitions repealing the legislation that passed in the 2019 session of the state legislature are being circulated.

We are in danger of losing a hard-won piece of important legislation. Between now and August the emphasis should be on encouraging people not to sign the petition. Should the repeal get on the ballot, the League will then join a campaign to fight the 2020 ballot initiative.


Think Before You Ink





It's Petition Season!

Signing Petitions is Not Necessarily a Civic Duty
Ballot Initiatives and Referenda are already circulating for the 2020 election!
You can help by making informed choices about what to sign!
It is NOT your civic duty to sign petition; it IS your civic duty to fully understand the issue WHEN you decide to sign a petition!

Colorado has several ways issues can be presented to voters:

  • Initiated constitutional amendment -
    An amendment to a state's constitution that comes about through the initiative process.

  • Legislatively referred state statute or constitutional amendment -
    Appears on a state's ballot as a ballot measure because the state legislature in that state voted to put it before the voters.
  • Referendum Petitions
    circulated to gather the signatures of registered Colorado voters in an attempt to have a bill
     that was passed by the legislature placed on the ballot as a statewide ballot issue. 
     While this is a rare occurrence, there is one referendum petition that has been approved for 2020.

  • Legislatively referred bond question -

    A question is referred to the ballot asking voters to approve or deny additional proposed spending.

When you are approached in the grocery store parking lot and asked to sign a petition; please ask questions and Think Before You Ink!

For more information about Current Petitions, including some questions you should be asking and strategies to help you decide, 
CLICK HERE




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.

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UPCOMING EVENTS


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