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A Lifetime of Activism: Q&A with Beth Hendrix
Pat Poblete, Colorado Politics
Published on: 4/9/2021
Beth Hendrix is right where she belongs.
The executive director of the League of Women Voters of Colorado grew up with activist roots, marching with labor leader and civil rights activist Cesar Chavez and the United Farm Workers labor union in Los Angeles at a young age.
One on One: Retired General, Maryland Governor talk about healing this country
Rob Quirk
Published on: 2/18/2021
COLORADO SPRINGS — I recently moderated a conversation in conjunction with the World Affairs Council and the League of Women Voters in Colorado Springs between retired U.S. Army General Wesley Clark and sitting Republican Governor of Maryland, Larry Hogan. The focus was the state of politics in this country as they see it. And when I asked them to share a few brief headlines to start that would characterize where they believe this country sits right now as it relates to politics and leadership, their responses were a bit disheartening, but not surprising.
Colorado Secretary of State Jena Griswold Joins Bipartisan Coalition of Secretaries of State Condemn
Betsy Hart betsy.hart@sos.state.co.us Steve Hurlbert ste
Published on: 2/13/2021
DENVER, Colo- Colorado Secretary of State Jena Griswold has joined a bipartisan coalition of Secretaries of State from around the country on a resolution condemning threats against election officials. Leading up to and in the wake of the 2020 General Election, there has been a spate of threats directed specifically at state election officials throughout the United States.
LEAGUE OF WOMEN VOTERS RECEIVES MEDALLION AWARD
Jan Wondra, Ark Valley Voice
Published on: 2/10/2021
Local chapters of the League of Women Voters throughout Colorado are celebrating recognition by the National Association of Secretaries of State (NASS) of the contributions the League of Women Voters (LWV) Colorado made to the success of the state’s 2020 elections.

In a ceremony on January 30th, Colorado Secretary of State Jena Griswold awarded National Association of Secretaries of State (NASS) Medallion Awards to four individuals and one organization in Colorado that made significant contributions to the success of the state’s 2020 General Election; an election that faced the unprecedented challenges of a global pandemic, forest fires across the state and rampant election disinformation.
Five to receive National Association of Secretaries of State awards for contributions
Marianne Goodland
Published on: 1/30/2021
Five individuals and organizations that contributed to the success of Colorado's 2020 elections will be recognized Friday by the National Association of Secretaries of State.

The five are: The League of Women Voters of Colorado; Grand County Clerk Sara Rosene; Gunnison County Clerk Kathy Simillion; Adams County Clerk Josh Zygielbaum; and Christopher Krebs, former Director of the Department of Homeland Security’s Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Agency.
Colorado Secretary of State Jena Griswold Bestows Five NASS Medallion Awards to Those Who Impacted
Published on: 1/29/2021
Colorado Secretary of State Jena Griswold today awarded National Association of Secretaries of State (NASS) Medallion Awards to five individuals or organizations who made significant contributions to the success of the 2020 General Election, which featured unprecedented challenges including a global pandemic, forest fires across the state, and rampant election disinformation. In a special ceremony, Secretary Griswold recognized Sara Rosene, Grand County Clerk; Kathy Simillion, Gunnison County Clerk; Josh Zygielbaum, Adams County Clerk; Christopher Krebs, former Director of the Department of Homeland Security’s Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Agency (CISA); and the Colorado League of Women Voters.

“The five recipients of these Medallion Awards each played an invaluable role in ensuring the 2020 General Election was successful,” said Secretary Griswold.
Podcast: UNRULY - A Woman's Vote?
Dr. Mari Centeno
Published on: 1/7/2021
Is there a women's vote? If so, why? What do women voters consider important? Dr. Mari Centeno asks Wanda Hawman of the LWV San Luis Valley.
Colorado has first case of COVID-19 variant virus from UK
Marianne Goodland, Colorado Politics
Published on: 12/29/2020
Colorado has the first-in-nation case of the COVID-19 variant virus that has made news in the United Kingdom in recent weeks.

According to an announcement from the governor's office, the person who caught the virus is a young man in his 20s in Elbert County. The man has no travel history, the announcement said, and he is in isolation.

“The fact that Colorado has detected this virant first in the nation is a testament to the sophistication of Colorado's response and the talent of CDPHE's scientist and lab operations,” said Jill Hunsaker Ryan, executive director, Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment in a statement Tuesday. “We are currently using all the tools available to protect public health and mitigate the spread of this variant.”
Child labor in palm oil industry tied to Girl Scout cookies
By ROBIN McDOWELL and MARGIE MASON
Published on: 12/29/2020
They are two young girls from two very different worlds, linked by a global industry that exploits an army of children.

Olivia Chaffin, a Girl Scout in rural Tennessee, was a top cookie seller in her troop when she first heard rainforests were being destroyed to make way for ever-expanding palm oil plantations. On one of those plantations a continent away, 10-year-old Ima helped harvest the fruit that makes its way into a dizzying array of products sold by leading Western food and cosmetics brands.
Air Quality Control Commission makes power plant, ozone decisions that leave environmentalists wanti
By MICHAEL KARLIK michael.karlik@coloradopolitics.com Dec
Published on: 12/22/2020
Colorado’s Air Quality Control Commission adopted a plan last week to address the Front Range’s ozone pollution by tightening emissions, as the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has warned the state about the severity of the problem.

“Without dramatic action to reduce these emissions, those impacts – direct cost to taxpayers, harm to our businesses, hurting our quality of life, posing health dangers – will continue to grow unabated,” Sheridan Mayor Tara Beiter-Fluhr testified on Wednesday in support of the state implementation plan.
General Assembly delays work of 2021 session to February; State of the State on hold as well
By MARIANNE GOODLAND marianne.goodland@coloradopolitics.co
Published on: 12/22/2020
Colorado legislature will delay its full 2021 return until at least February because of coronavirus
Gov. Jared Polis authorizes 2021 paid leave program for state employees, but does he have the author
Marianne Goodland, Colorado Politics
Published on: 12/22/2020
Gov. Jared Polis announced Monday that state employees will be eligible for two weeks of paid family and medical leave, beginning January 2021.
How a pandemic exposed – and may help fix – inequalities in education
By Stephanie Hanes Correspondent @stephaniehanes
Published on: 12/22/2020
In the early 2010s, Jon Valant, a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution’s Brown Center on Education Policy, began researching Americans’ perception of the “achievement gap,” mainstream lingo for the difference in educational outcomes between historically advantaged and disadvantaged students.

What he found surprised him.
Title Board rejects petitions proposal, finding an attempt to change constitution via statute
By MICHAEL KARLIK michael.karlik@coloradopolitics.com
Published on: 12/17/2020
The Title Board rejected on Wednesday a proposed ballot initiative to drastically revamp the direct democracy process in Colorado, concluding the proposal was an attempt to repeal sections of the state constitution without actually being a constitutional amendment.

“You simply cannot amend the Colorado constitution by enacting a statute,” said Jason Gelender, a board member representing the Office of Legislative Legal Services. “It would be like if the General Assembly tried to do what the measure seems to try to do, saying ‘we’re going to repeal TABOR,'” referring to the Taxpayer Bill of Rights.
Colorado’s public school enrollment has dropped by 30,000 students. That could spell financial disas
Erica Breunlin @EricaBreunlin See more John Frank @ByJoh
Published on: 12/16/2020
Enrollment in Colorado public schools dropped by close to 30,000 students this school year — the first year-to-year decrease the state’s public school system has reported in more than 30 years.

Impacts of the pandemic drove enrollment numbers down, according to the Colorado Department of Education, which released preliminary enrollment figures on Tuesday morning after counting students in October.
A glitch in Colorado’s unemployment system kept thousands from accessing federal coronavirus aid The
Tamara Chuang @gadgetress The Colorado Sun — tamara@color
Published on: 12/16/2020
Coloradans cut off from unemployment pay made one last dash for the remaining federal benefit they’re eligible for, only to find themselves stymied by the state’s jobless aid system.

“A lot of us are going to be impacted this week and not get any payments at all because of the system glitch,” Brooklyn Ford, an Aurora resident who was laid off last Spring as a result of COVID-19 disruptions, said in an email.
8-hour, Republican-led hearing on Colorado’s election integrity ends without evidence of widespread
Jesse Paul @jesseapaul The Colorado Sun — jesse@colorados
Published on: 12/16/2020
There was no evidence of widespread voter fraud in Colorado presented during a day-long, legislative hearing held by Republicans Tuesday on the state’s election integrity. But there was plenty of bipartisan praise for Colorado’s voting systems and processes.

“We are the gold standard for voting in our country,” said El Paso County Clerk and Recorder Chuck Broerman, a Republican. “Everybody wants to be like Colorado.”
Americans are giving more than ever to charities. Is it enough? Despite record amounts of donations
By Sally Ho Associated Press
Published on: 12/16/2020
The American spirit of generosity this holiday season may be no match for the coronavirus.

Despite record amounts of charitable donations this year, the effects of the pandemic are suffocating nonprofits across the country as organizations face soaring costs and demand for help, yet are largely without their own support systems, including volunteers and in-person fundraising events.

December is typically the most important month for nonprofit revenues, as Christmas and end-of-year tax deductions drive a flood of charitable giving. The holiday campaign season that charities big and small rely on is underway in full force amid a resurging pandemic that has infected more than 16 million people and claimed nearly 298,000 lives in the United States alone.
From streets to museums: Artists archive 2020 summer of protest As Black Lives Matter protests wane
By Christine Fernando Associated Press
Published on: 12/16/2020
Neither woman could bear to watch the video of George Floyd’s final moments, his neck pinned under a Minneapolis police officer’s knee.

But as their city grieved, Leesa Kelly and Kenda Zellner-Smith found much-needed comfort in the messages of anguish and hope that appeared on boarded-up windows as residents turned miles of plywood into canvases. Now, they’re working to save those murals before they vanish.

“These walls speak,” said Ms. Zellner-Smith, who said she was too numb to cry after Mr. Floyd’s killing. “They’re the expressions of communities. We want these feelings, hopes, calls to action to live on.”
To verify the 2020 vote count, Colorado takes one final step: an audit. Here’s how it works.
Austin Lammers
Published on: 11/16/2020
Confirming the legitimacy of an election in Colorado begins with the roll of a dice.

On Monday morning, employees of the Secretary of State’s Office will convene to roll a 10-sided dice 20 times, creating a sequence of numbers, or a “seed,” to determine which ballots the counties must check to confirm the accuracy of the 2020 election.
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Published on: 11/16/2020
Ask Virginia voter Mary Hayes why Joe Biden defeated Donald Trump, and she does not hesitate.

“Women won this election!” says Hayes, 56, a mother of three and Biden supporter from Leesburg, Virginia. In particular, she credits two categories of voters that she herself is part of: Black women and suburban women. Trump had begged the latter group — some of whom he’d alienated by referring to them as “housewives” — to “please, please” like him. But that plea rang hollow, she says.
The Supreme Court is weighing the ACA. Here's what's at stake.
By Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar Associated Press
Published on: 11/10/2020
The Supreme Court will weigh the fate of “Obamacare” on Tuesday, and arguments will revolve around arcane points of law like severability – whether the justices can surgically snip out part of the law and leave the rest.

But what’s at stake has real-world consequences for just about every American, as well as the health care industry, a major source of jobs and tax revenues. Whether the Affordable Care Act (ACA) stays, goes, or is significantly changed will affect the way life is lived in the United States.

The suit challenging the health care law was brought in America’s largest conservative state, Texas, and is backed by President Donald Trump and top Republicans. It asks the Supreme Court to declare the law’s mandate to buy health insurance unconstitutional because Congress had previously repealed the penalties for noncompliance.
Colorado bucks partisanship to deliver Amendment B
By KENT THIRY, MIKE JOHNSON and JOE ZIMLICH
Published on: 11/10/2020
In 2003, Colorado voters were asked to repeal the state’s so-called Gallagher Amendment. Gallagher’s approach to property taxes was already starting to show signs of inadequacy. Yet, the promise of a slightly lower property tax rate in the future was too compelling and voters turned down the measure in a landslide, 78-22% vote.

When Amendment B made the ballot this summer, its opponents predicted a similar fate. By their estimation, Gallagher’s complex approach to property taxes made it a cause celebre for policy wonks, and a near impossible issue to explain to voters. Well, congratulations Colorado for voting yes on B — proving our state can be a model for common sense, collaboration, and neighborly values.
Denver Allows Inmates To Vote In Person For The First Time
Faith Miller, Colorado Newsline
Published on: 11/6/2020
For the first time, people in jail at the Van Cise-Simonet Detention Center and Denver County Jail could vote in person this election season.

"I feel great," said Isaiah Rodriguez, 19, who took advantage of the new program to vote in his first election. "I feel awesome. … It took time, but I'm glad that I put in my vote."

As part of the Confined Voting Program — a partnership between the Denver Sheriff Department, Denver Elections Division, Denver League of Women Voters and Colorado Criminal Justice Reform Coalition — temporary polling centers allowed inmates to cast ballots at the two jails.
Colorado voters approve Proposition 113 to join the National Popular Vote Interstate Compact
Blair Miller
Published on: 11/5/2020
DENVER – Colorado voters affirmed the state legislature’s 2019 decision to join the state in the National Popular Vote Interstate Compact, which means that the nationwide popular vote could someday decide who wins the American presidency.
Denver Allows Inmates To Vote In Person For The First Time
By Colorado Newsline/States Newsroom, News Partner
Published on: 11/5/2020
For the first time, people in jail at the Van Cise-Simonet Detention Center and Denver County Jail could vote in person this election season.

"I feel great," said Isaiah Rodriguez, 19, who took advantage of the new program to vote in his first election. "I feel awesome. … It took time, but I'm glad that I put in my vote."
Mail ballot rejections in the 2020 election remain below average, but are expected to rise and dispr
Evan Ochsner @EvanOchsner The Colorado Sun | evan@colorad
Published on: 10/31/2020
Jesus Balderrama voted for the first time in a presidential election this year. But a few days after sending in his ballot, which the Grand Junction resident marked for Democrat Joe Biden, he received a letter from election officials about a discrepancy with his signature.

The letter directed Balderrama to send a text to a number, which in turn sent him a website link. He visited the website and verified his identity by signing an affidavit and submitting a photo of his ID.

“It was quick, took like five minutes,” he said. “Pretty cool.”

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This year, Colorado election officials are making an extra effort to address the fact that roughly 90% of all mail ballots that get rejected could have been fixed and counted.
Experts plan Sept. 19 online event to explain Colorado redistrictingPower of the people: Get-out-the
By Jocelyn Novek and Claire Galofaro Associated Press
Published on: 10/30/2020
Sometimes her hand hurt, but Nancy Gehman kept writing. Every evening from July until mid-October, the retiree sat with a gel pen, writing notes imploring fellow Americans to find a way to vote.

Then she mailed them: All 1,260 letters.

“It was comforting to know that I was doing something productive,” she says
Your Colorado guide to last-minute voting in this year’s presidential election There’s still time to
Ashley Carter Colorado News Collaborative
Published on: 10/30/2020
Just days before Election Day, there’s still time to drop off your mail-in ballot, vote in person and even register to vote so you can cast a ballot. To make the process easier, here is what you need to know about voting at the last minute in Colorado.
Colorado And The West Lead The Way For Women’s Suffrage
Cherry Sokoloski
Published on: 10/22/2020
Let the women vote! They can’t do any worse than the men have!”

And with that rousing endorsement, the women of Colorado won the right to vote. It was 1893, 27 years before the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution was ratified.

Colorado was not the first state where women gained full voting rights, but it was the first where the right was won by popular vote – with only men voting on the referendum, of course! Colorado women can also boast other “firsts” in the political realm. This state was the first to elect women to a state legislature in 1894 when not one but three were elected to the Colorado House. They made national news.

On a humorous note, these three pioneers had a dilemma to solve: what should they do with their hats? They finally decided to wear the hats into the House chamber, then put them on their desks. By the year 1900, there were 10 women’s hats adorning the statehouse.
Part 3: League of Women Voters of Colorado explain 2020 ballot measures
By SARAH FLOWER
Published on: 10/22/2020
With just under 2 weeks until election day, November 3rd, KSUT News is partnering with the League of Women Voters to help explain this year's ballot measures. Reporter Sarah Flower spoke with Karen Sheek, President of the League of Women Voters of Colorado.
Colorado's State House District 52 race features familiar candidates in Kipp, Walter
Kevin Duggan Fort Collins Coloradoan
Published on: 10/22/2020
The candidates for Colorado House District 52 have divergent views on most issues. But they agree the state budget will be difficult to balance in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic and its economic impact.

The legislature cut $3.3 billion from its $12.4 billion General Fund this year because of a sharp drop in revenue and might have to cut an additional $1.6 billion next year, said Rep. Cathy Kipp, the Democratic incumbent from District 52.
COVID-19 in Colorado: “We need to get this under control now,” says Governor Polis
DENVER, Colo. (KJCT)
Published on: 10/14/2020
Speaking at his Tuesday afternoon press conference, the Governor said that the alarming trend in COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations is continuing.

1,048 cases of COVID-19 were reported across Colorado on Monday, which is the highest caseload the state has experienced since the beginning of the pandemic in March. He pointed to Adams and Denver counties for producing much of the caseload.

“We need to get this under control now,” urged Polis. Colorado’s positivity rate for the virus was measured at 6.4% on Tuesday, which exceeds the 5% threshold that health officials say is too high.

Along with additional cases are additional hospitalizations, which are at their highest rates since May according to the Governor. As of Tuesday, 290 Coloradans that contracted the virus are being hospitalized.
Virtual forums scheduled for statewide issues
Election 2020: Alasyn Zimmerman
Published on: 10/14/2020
COLORADO SPRINGS — Ballots are popping up in mailboxes for Colorado voters and if you haven't studied it yet- there are a lot of items up for vote. From elected offices to decisions on a wide array of issues.
Colorado voters to decide whether to pull out of national popular vote effort
By JOHN AGUILAR | jaguilar@denverpost.com | The Denver Pos
Published on: 10/12/2020
State lawmakers decided last year that Colorado should join 14 other states and Washington, D.C., in the National Popular Vote Interstate Compact, which pledges their Electoral College votes to the presidential candidate who gets the most raw votes nationwide.

On Nov. 3, Coloradans will get the chance to affirm or reject that decision when they vote on Proposition 113, which was put on the ballot by opponents of the movement.
Kathy Wilson: In presidential elections, one person should equal one vote
By REPORTER-HERALD GUEST OPINIONS | October 9, 2020 at 6:0
Published on: 10/12/2020
One person should always equal one vote. This is a foundational premise of our democracy. But women and communities of color understand better than most that our country has not always lived up to that idea.

This year is the 100th anniversary of women’s suffrage. It took 72 years of organizing, demonstrating, petitioning, and campaigning for women to finally secure their right to vote. Now, in 2020, it seems obvious that women should have the right to vote. Most Americans could not envision our electoral system any other way at this point
MITRE SQUINT™ App Helps Election Officials in 11 States Spot Incorrect Election Information
Associated Press | MCLEAN, Va. & BEDFORD, Mass.
Published on: 10/12/2020
Election officials in 11 states are using the free MITRE SQUINT™ app to spot social media posts featuring incorrect and misleading information about elections that could discourage registered voters from showing up at the polls. These include Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Maryland, North Dakota, Virginia, Washington State, and West Virginia.

"Social See Something, Say Something," or SQUINT™, offers a fast, reliable way for election officials to report and correct inaccurate information that appears on social media. With a single click on a smartphone or keyboard, SQUINT instantly generates a report that can be shared with peers to alert them to problematic posts
Your Voice, Your Vote!
lwvmerry League of Women Voters Member, Education Committe
Published on: 9/25/2020
The League of Women Voters of Colorado would like to encourage your participation in the elections by registering to vote as soon as possible.

You can register to vote and check your registration at GoVoteColorado.gov.


Everyone’s voice is needed!
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Get Nonpartisan Answers to Questions on CO and Denver Ballot Issues
Gabrielle Bye, Colorado Times Recorder
Published on: 9/24/2020
Picking a presidential candidate can be easy, but deciding how to vote on less-publicized races and measures that appear on your ballot can seem like a daunting task.

Luckily, researching all of the ballot questions and races just got a little simpler.

The League of Women Voters (LWV) of Denver, an organization that aims to encourage participation in democracy, will hold two Zoom meetings in October to educate local voters on ballot issues in Colorado and in Denver.
Learn about Amendment B September 28 with Adams Co. League of Women Voters
Peggy Gonder, Your Hub
Published on: 9/23/2020
Amendment B this November will ask voters to repeal the Gallagher Amendment to the Colorado Constitution. Reeves Brown, project manager for the non-partisan group Building a Better Colorado, will explain this measure to The Adams County League of Women Voters on Monday, September 28, beginning at 6:15 p.m., at the Community Reach Center 11285 Highline Drive in Northglenn.
Learn about Gallagher Amendment repeal effort Adams County League of Women Voters meeting in person
Northglenn, Thorton Sentinal
Published on: 9/22/2020
Learn about Gallagher Amendment repeal effort
Adams County League of Women Voters meeting in person for first time since spring.
Endorsement: Yes on Proposition 113 to elect the U.S. president with the national popular vote
Sarah Mooney
Published on: 9/21/2020
Andy Cross, The Denver Post The electoral college — represented here by the Red State Blue State board game created by a family from Fort Collins in 2012 — determines the winner of the U.S. presidential election. The National Popular Vote Interstate Compact is an agreement among more than a dozen states that their electoral votes go instead to the winner of the national popular vote. If enough state’s sign on to hit the 270 electoral votes needed to win, then then American president would be popularly elected.
Election forums to feature candidates for Colorado and Larimer County offices
Kevin Duggan Fort Collins Coloradoan
Published on: 9/21/2020
Forums featuring candidates for Colorado and Larimer County offices in the Nov. 3 election are planned in the coming weeks.

The Partnership for Age-Friendly Communities and Larimer County Office on Aging will host a Zoom forum with candidates for the Colorado General Assembly from 4 to 5:30 p.m. Oct. 7.

A forum with candidates for Larimer County offices is scheduled from 4 to 5:30 p.m. Oct. 8.

To register, visit pafclarimer.org/pafc-events or call 970-310-4900.
Sue Racanelli: Protect The Postal Service
Sue Racanelli
Published on: 9/14/2020
The League of Women Voters, committed to the right of all citizens to vote, stands in favor of mail-in balloting and supports funding levels for the United States Postal Service (USPS) in the U.S. House HEROES Act and Delivering for America Act.

The U.S. Postal Service plays a critical role to the success of the November General Election occurring in the midst of a pandemic
ELECTION 2020 | Eleven ballot measures tempt Colorado's political spectrum
Marianne Goodland, The Gazette
Published on: 9/8/2020
Ideologically tempting ballot measures can lure like-minded voters to turn out for a general election, but that's a difficult proposition this November. As University of Denver pollster Floyd Ciruli said recently, there’s something on the ballot for everybody this year.

The 11 measures approved for the Nov. 3 ballot touch on social, fiscal and electoral issues and represent diverse political views, Ciruli told Colorado Politics.

As a result, it's a wash for either side to think a particular ballot question would drive turnout in their candidates' favor. Voter turnout in Colorado is likely to be record-setting, regardless, Ciruli said.
Experts plan Sept. 19 online event to explain Colorado redistricting
Joey Bunch, Colorado Politics
Published on: 9/8/2020
If you think gerrymandering is extinct, make a date with your computer screen Sept. 19, because the experts have something to tell you.

Congressional seats and boundaries shuffle every 10 years, based on the census, to account for shifts in population.

The ins and outs of how legislative and congressional districts get drawn are changing next year because voters passed amendments Y and Z two years ago.
Will candidates for U.S. Congress meet in a debate?
Pine River Times
Published on: 9/5/2020
With less than two months before the election, candidates for U.S. House of Representatives Diane Mitsch Bush and Lauren Boebert do not have a debate scheduled.

The La Plata County League of Women Voters invited both candidates to participate in a live forum on Oct. 8. Mitsch Bush has accepted, but Boebert has yet to confirm participation.
August re-cap
League of Women Voters - US
Published on: 9/1/2020
Hard Won. Not Done.
One hundred years ago, this month, the 19th Amendment was codified in the U.S. Constitution and women have made tremendous strides in the century since. Yet, true equality for all women at the ballot box remains elusive. Far too many women and other eligible voters remain disenfranchised from voting.

Old discriminatory practices like cuts to early voting, closings of polling locations, and strict voter ID laws, combined with new suppression tactics that have emerged during a global pandemic, have reminded us of the frailty of our democracy if we don’t defend it vigorously
Cortez CO Celebrates 19th Amendment with a parade
Cortez Journal
Published on: 9/1/2020
The 19th Amendment became law on Aug. 26, 1920, a first step toward the right to vote for women. One hundred years later, the granddaughter of a suffragist drove with the League of Women Voters of Montezuma County through Cortez, Mancos and Dolores Saturday morning to celebrate the centennial anniversary of that right.

Donna Fitzpatrick drove through town with a sign that read “Thanks Gramma,” a nod to who grandmother, who struggled so she could vote. Many of the other signs read “Be a Voter,” encouraging everyone to exercise their right to vote
GUEST COLUMN: League of Women Voters supports the National Popular Vote
Karen Sheek, Board President, League of Women Voters CO
Published on: 9/1/2020
Congressman John Lewis was a legend and icon for his many accomplishments including his long-standing activism on behalf of voting rights. Among his many keen observations was this: "The vote is precious. It is almost sacred. It is the most powerful non-violent tool we have in a democracy.”

We should take a moment upon his recent passing to reflect on the progress we’ve made over his lifetime and, most importantly, what we must still accomplish.
Colorado Climate Emergency Task Force
League of Women Voters Colorado
Published on: 9/1/2020
Colorado Climate Emergency Task Force
The phrase “all politics is local” can be altered to fit other situations, but one area where it doesn’t fit is the environment. Every discharge of pollution from a coal plant in southern Colorado to a refinery in Denver pollutes the surroundings, but also adds to the collective degradation of the environment worldwide. So, in an attempt to create a coordinated response in Colorado and in the USA, we have begun the LWVCO Climate Emergency Task Force. We will be looking at the state as a whole to see what we can do to force change now and coordinate that with LWVUS.
Already several state and local Leagues have formed task forces or committees aimed at promoting the collective actions necessary to combat climate change. The scale of the climate crisis demands collective action. It demands collaboration and cooperation with other civic groups who encourage voters to become Climate Voters and activists. But it requires action now, not just some
THE LEAGUE OF WOMEN VOTERS RESPONDS TO THE POLICE KILLING OF GEORGE FLOYD
The League of Women Voters of Colorado grieves the murders of George Floyd and the countless other Black lives that have been tragically taken at the hands of rogue law enforcement officers who are rarely held fully accountable for their actions. We also mourn those who have lost their lives or been harmed, mentally or physically, as a result of America’s pervasive culture of anti-blackness. The systems of oppression that have perpetuated the myth of white supremacy in our country must be dismantled if we are ever to become the nation we pledge to be—indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.
Subject: RELEASE:Coloradans Encouraged to Return Ballots By Drop Box to Ensure Receipt by Election D
Sarah Mooney
Published on: 6/23/2020
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Coloradans Encouraged to Return Ballots By Drop Box to Ensure Receipt by Election Day; Early, In-Person Voting Starts Today
Ballots Returned by Mail after June 22 May Not Arrive by June 30 Election Day Deadline
DENVER, Colo.- Beginning today, June 22, Colorado Secretary of State Jena Griswold encourages Coloradans to return their statewide primary ballot by drop box rather than through the mail. In Colorado, ballots must be received by 7 p.m. on Election Day to be counted. Ballots mailed after today may not arrive by the June 30 Election Day deadline. Voters are encouraged to drop their ballot off at the nearest 24-hour drop box to help ensure they are received in time to be counted.
Today also marks the start of early, in-person voting at Voter Service and Polling Centers (VSPCs). Voters are encouraged to submit the ballot they
League of Women Voters of Boulder County Celebrates “100 Years Strong”
Published on: 2/29/2020
https://longmontobserver.org/featured/league-of-women-voters-of-boulder-county-celebrates-100-years-strong/
Overland Trail Museum steps back in time to 1920
Published on: 2/28/2020
https://www.journal-advocate.com/2020/02/26/overland-trail-museum-steps-back-in-time-to-1920/
League Of Women Voters To Host Candidate Forums For Town Mayor And Town Trustees
Published on: 2/27/2020
http://www.estesparknews.com/featured_articles/article_1e63ef94-5739-11ea-b757-679e8bfc3ea6.html
League Of Women Voters To Host Candidate Forums For Town Mayor And Town Trustees
Published on: 2/27/2020
http://www.estesparknews.com/featured_articles/article_1e63ef94-5739-11ea-b757-679e8bfc3ea6.html
Boulder County League of Women Voters’ ‘100 Years Strong’ event to celebrate century of suffrage
Published on: 2/25/2020
https://www.timescall.com/2020/02/24/100-years-strong-event-to-celebrate-century-of-womens-suffrage/
League of Women Voters schedules forum on wolves
Published on: 2/23/2020
https://www.reporterherald.com/2020/02/23/league-of-women-voters-schedules-forum-on-wolves/
LWV will celebrate 100 years of women’s right to vote
Published on: 2/19/2020
http://www.themountainmail.com/free_content/article_9762e030-5194-11ea-8e25-8f358ed8ca3d.html
Opinion: League of Women Voters continues the fight for rights in 100th year
Published on: 2/12/2020
Find the full article here: https://www.coloradoan.com/story/news/2020/02/10/league-women-voters-fights-democracy-100th-year-constitution/4691315002/
Colorado is a key state in the debate about the best way to pick candidates in elections
Published on: 2/11/2020
A referendum on the national popular vote and potential ballot measures on ranked-choice and approval voting are driving the debate
2019 Ballot Issues Released
Published on: 9/27/2019
Just published. Download and share the 2019 Ballot Issues!
LWVCO 2019-21 Program of Study & Action is now available!
Published on: 9/20/2019
LWVCO's 2019-21 Program of Study and Action, listing the League's positions for action, is now available.
County ballots in safe hands, officials say
Published on: 9/20/2019
http://westminsterwindow.com/stories/county-ballots-in-safe-hands-officials-say,286427#.XYUxlFzcOVE.link
Popular Vote critics deliver the signatures
Published on: 8/2/2019
GJ Sentinel NPV article
Activists submit record number of signatures to overturn Colorado electoral vote law
Published on: 8/2/2019
Colorado Springs Gazette article on NPV
Washington Times: Colorado activists seek to beat hasty retreat from National Popular Vote compact
Published on: 8/1/2019
One organization already preparing to fight the referendum is the League of Women Voters of Colorado.
AP: Activists say push to repeal popular vote law nears ballot
Published on: 8/1/2019
The League of Women Voters of Colorado is gearing up to defend Colorado’s law, chapter president Ruth Stemler said.
Letter: League of Women Voters is a nonpartisan group
Published on: 7/26/2019
An op-ed describing the nonpartisanship of the League
Former Secretary of State Wayne Williams honored by women's group
Published on: 6/7/2019
Former Secretary of State Wayne Williams is honored as a Leader of Democracy by LWVCO.

Action Alert

Board Update

November 11, 2020 Board Meeting Minutes
Board of Directors Meeting Minutes
Published on: 11/19/2020
LWVCO BOARD OF DIRECTORS MEETING Board Briefing – Nov. 11th, 2020
The LWVCO Board of Directors met virtually on November 11th, 2020 and began the meeting sharing things they are thankful for. After receiving recent board feedback, this meeting was the first to take place on a weekday evening. Most meeting time was dedicated to reviewing strategic priorities and announcements. The 2019/2020 Annual Report, directors’ reports, and Nov. 11th meeting minutes were all reviewed and approved in the consent agenda.

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