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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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In Memory of Florence Field

Florence Numajiri Field passed away peacefully on July 2, 2021, just one month shy of her 97th birthday. Florence was an accomplished artist, a brilliant writer and organizer, a joy-filled friend, and a loving mother and grandmother. Though small in stature, Florence was a mighty, yet humble, bundle of passion and righteous action on behalf of those in her community. She deeply inspired anyone who had the good fortune to know her. With her passing, our community ... and especially the League of Women Voters of Larimer County... has lost a drum major for justice and peace.

To Donate to the League of Women Voters in memory of Florence, please be sure to indicate that this donation is in her honor.  Members: be sure that you log in so that your donation will be recorded accordingly. Thank you.

Donation in Memory of Florence Field



Ranked Choice Voting Kickoff 

Do you support RCV for city elections?

Do you want to learn how it works?


Thursday, July 29   5:30 p.m.

CopperMuse Distillery at The Exchange

244 N College Ave, Ste 105


There will be a short presentation and time for questions, followed by a Ranked Choice Voting election to rank your liqueurs!


This event requires an RSVP and tickets are $15, paid to CopperMuse. 50 tickets available.


If you can't join us, keep up with our efforts on:

RCV on FacebookRCV Website RCV Instagram RCV on Twitter


Space is limited to the first 50 attendees, so RSVP today to see RCV in action!

Tickets for Tasting HERE


HISTORIC PLASTIC POLLUTION REDUCTION ACT SIGNED INTO LAW!


With the signing of this bill, Colorado becomes the first state in the U.S. to strike a plastics preemption law, restoring the right of local municipalities to enact their own plastic regulations.

With the signing of this bill, Colorado becomes the tenth state to ban single-use plastic shopping bags in certain stores and the eighth to ban foam food containers. 


The Plastic Pollution Reduction Act empowers Colorado municipalities to take action to further reduce plastic pollution through local ordinance.


LWV Larimer County actively supported and worked to pass this new legislation.

In December 2020, the LWV EAT Plastics Group formed to advocate for the reduction of plastic pollution. For 2021, we chose as our primary goal to support this important bill we felt would go a long way to reducing plastics in the state of Colorado.  That bill was HB21-1162, The Plastic Pollution Reduction Bill, also known as Management of Plastic Products. 


Our group met monthly throughout the year to follow the bill as it progressed through the House and finally the Senate. As different committees heard the bill, we sent our support through email and calls to our representatives and we solicited help from other leagues to do the same. We educated ourselves about the terms of the bill. We invited a speaker from Eco-cycle, an organization that was taking a lead in advocating for the bill to explain it’s background and details. We kept in touch with the newly formed LWV Climate Emergency Action Team and LWV state legislative liaison and LAC.  



LWVUS announces new program focus: Women Power Democracy


Over the past year, we've seen countless challenges to our democracy in the forms of mis- and disinformation, gerrymandering, and voter suppression.

Women Power Democracy is four-pronged approach to building trust in our elections, growing our electorate, creating fair voter access, and ensuring community districting reflects our population.


Its components are: 

Democracy Truth Project: Countering mis- and disinformation in our government and advancing public understanding of the democratic process;

Expand the Franchise: Increasing voter participation, with a focus on underrepresented populations and low-propensity voters;

Democracy Defense Fund: Protecting voting rights and advancing a more equitable democracy through advocacy and voter protection efforts; and 

People Powered Fair Maps™: Leading with advocacy, public education, and organizing to create transparent, people-powered electoral maps and eliminate gerrymandering during 2021 redistricting. 


This work will take shape through League activations, trainings, and workshops to support the public and position the League as a continued leader in these areas ahead of the midterm elections next year.



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.



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