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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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vote 411

Election 2018




Launched by the League of Women Voters Education Fund (LWVEF) in October of 2006, VOTE411.org is a "one-stop-shop" for election related information. It provides nonpartisan information to the public with both general and state-specific information on the election process. The League has found that this is among the most sought after information in the immediate days leading up to, and on, Election Day.


Your Voter Guide

As Easy as 1, 2, 3 …

1. Go to www.VOTE411.org

2. Enter Your Address

3. Click on
Get Personalized Information on Candidates and Issues


Start  to build your ballot with our on-line voter’s guide


View Voter Information for Any State! Select STATE and all the Information plus Upcoming Forums and Debates will appear.



Vote 411 - One-stop Shop for Election Information
Vote 411
WHO IS SPENDING $33 Million ON OUR ELECTION?

Are you interested and concerned about the money spent on election campaigns?

It is fairly easy to check out who is spending money and where!  It can also be very enlightening. 
Colorado SOS Campaign TRACER

Check out the “quick stats” on the Tracer page to get started. 

You can also look at who is spending the most on campaigns, and the names of those “issue” committees.  One “issue” committee, for example, has raised more than $33 million dollars.  We’ll be seeing a lot of ads on that one! Although sometimes it is not clear who is behind the “issue” committee, you can easily google and find out who is funding what. 



Larimer County Ballot

Ballots will be mailed the week of October 15
Larimer County Sample Ballots are Available from the 

Larimer County Clerk Elections Page    Voting Locations Larimer County



Candidate Forums

State Representative and Larimer County Offices Candidate Forum
Held October 4
State House Districts 49 and 51
and
State Senate District 15


Click Below for YouTube Video
52 and larimer county forum
Click Below for YouTube Video



Local and State Ballot Issues Information and Forums


This year there are major issues on the ballot that will have long lasting impacts for our state and local communities.

These include school finance restructuring, setback requirements for oil and gas, mental health funding, state senate, state house and congressional redistricting.


The Voter Services Team will provide information on state and local ballot issues at two meetings in October. The pros and cons, as provided by those for or against an issue, will be discussed in an impartial manner by League representatives.


We invite you to attend one of these meetings.
October 9, 6:30 – 8:30
Pathways Hospice, 305 Carpenter Road, Fort Collins
October 15, 1:30 - 3:30
Old Town Library, 201 Peterson Street, Fort Collins
Ballot Issues Meetings are open to the public.
General Questions to Ask Yourself about Ballot Issues

As a general election approaches, voters are ASKED TO VOTE ON a variety of initiatives 
To help you decide whether or not to support a ballot issue,  the League of Women Voters of Colorado offers these points to consider:

Is it complex?  Some issues can be decided by a simple “yes” or “no” vote, but complex issues need to be thoroughly examined and debated in a legislative arena, not on a yes or no ballot. Some initiatives are not well written, or contain conflicts that may require court resolution or interpretation.

Whose idea is it?  You can find out the designated representatives and registered issue committees on the Secretary of State’s website.

You can also find out who is providing financial resources to help pass this issue on

How will it be funded?  An unfunded mandate or a recall of an elected official who will be up for reelection soon anyway, may impact other essential programs by diverting budget funds.

Does it belong in the Constitution?  Some ballot issues are STATUTORY (similar to a law that can be changed by the legislature) others are a CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT. If an initiative intends to amend the U.S. or state Constitution, consider whether it really belongs there. Is it a fundamental right or principle that should be protected from change? Correcting a constitutional amendment requires another constitutional amendment — and another vote of the people — which is cumbersome and costly. In addition, in Colorado, no taxes can be increased or imposed WITHOUT a vote of the people


League of Women Voters
Education versus Advocacy

Although the League of Women Voters DOES NOT support candidates, we do extensive research before we recommend and support ballot issues that are supported by League positions. 
As a result, we sometimes advocate for an issue that we support. Our ballot issue pamphlets and talks are strictly educational and do not include league positions.

Please see below for extensive resources you can review for impartial analysis of ballot issues.
In addition, we are providing you with information on specific issues that our local and state Leagues have taken on Ballot Issues in this election.  

Ballot Issues -

Impartial Analysis and Education

State-wide Amendments and Propositions for 2018

Final for 2018 CO SOS

This link will provide with the complete text of all issues as well as the Colorado Fiscal Analysis of the issue.

You have received a copy of the Colorado Legislative BLUE BOOK. In case you have misplaced it, it is also available on line in TWO parts.  The first gives an analysis of the Ballot Issues, the second provides information on Judicial Retention.

Colorado Legislative Council Blue Book    Judicial Review by County  

League of Women Voters Colorado Pro-Con Ballot Issues Booklets

LWVCO Issues 2018 English      LWVCO Issues 2018 Spanish
Larimer County Ballot Issues
There is ONE Ballot Issue for Larimer County to Fund Mental Health Care Services

Ballot Issue 1A Mental Health Facilities

For and Against Information on Larimer county and Thompson School District Issues can be found in our Ballot Issues pamphlet.

2018 LWVLC Ballot Issues  
 
VISIT our CrossCurrents page to view programs about current issues in the state and Larimer County, including Education and Transportation. 



Ballot Issues Positions
LWV Larimer County and LWV Colorado

This year, LWV Larimer County has taken a position of advocacy on the Larimer County Ballot Issue 1A for Mental Health and Substance Abuse
 

In addition LWVCO has taken a position on several state-wide ballot issues.
Please click below for a complete list of the recommendations by LWVCO

LWV Colorado Ballot Positions




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,
PLEASE COMPLETE OUR
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.


Recent Blogs
Recent Blogs


UPCOMING EVENTS


Upcoming Events



Take Action: Citizenship Question is Bad for the Census

U.S. Commerce Secretary Willbur Ross has chosen to include a question on the U.S. Census pertaining to citizenship. Including this question on the Census will discourage participation and impact the data collected in every community across the country.

This decision is bad for the census, bad for our communities and bad for America.

Sign our petition to say you stand with the League as we fight back against this decision.



SIGN WITH THE LEAGUE
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