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Voter Service Committee Meeting
The League of Women Voters of Arapahoe and Douglas Counties Voter Service Committee will meet remotely using Zoom on Monday morning, April 6. Details.
Nominating Committee Meeting
The League of Women Voters of Arapahoe and Douglas Counties Nominating Committee will meet remotely using Zoom on Monday afternoon, April 6. Details.
April Combined Meeting
We are working to schedule as a remote meeting the League of Women Voters of Arapahoe and Douglas Counties' April Combined Meeting with guest speaker Dr. Seth Masket, Director, Center on American Politics at Denver University, speaking on The National Popular Vote Compact.
Find more information about the event here.
Management Team Meeting
The League of Women Voters of Arapahoe and Douglas Counties Management Team will meet remotely via Zoom on Monday evening, April 27. Info.
May Combined Meeting
We are working to schedule as a remote meeting the League of Women Voters of Arapahoe and Douglas Counties' presentation on the topic of Homelessness in Arapahoe and Douglas Counties with guest speakers Shelley McKittrick, Homeless Program Director for the City of Aurora; Jill Savage, McKinney-Vento Coordinator for Douglas County School District; and Donna Zimmerman, Executive Director, Giving Heart.
Women Breaking Barriers: LWVCO Annual Council
Local Leagues will be choosing leaders as delegates to the League of Women Voters of Colorado's 2020 Annual Council May 30 - May 31. It's an opportunity for Local League leaders to network, share, learn, and provide input in State League decisions. The theme will be Women Breaking Barriers. Registration is required and payment will be made in advance by the Local League. Details.
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2020 U.S. Census Day April 1
Be sure to be counted in the 2020 U.S. Census count on April 1.
Now is the time to submit your 2020 U.S. Census information so that a census take won't have to visit your home in May. Respond in one of three ways: online, by phone, or by mail.
Tip: Learn how to avoid 2020 U.S. Census fraud and scams. See their fraud web page here.
You'll never be asked for your Social Security number, your bank account information, or your credit card numbers. The U.S. Census has nothing to do with a political party wanting information and never asks for money or donations.
You can verify the identity of someone who contacts you for census information by calling 844-330-2020 (7 days a week 5 am to midnight Mountain Time). 2020 U.S. Census takers at your door are required to show official identification, which includes an ID badge with a Department of Commerce watermark, their name and photo, and an expiration date. They will have an official bag and laptop or smartphone with the U.S. Census Bureau logo. Call your local police if someone who comes to your door seems suspicious.
There is no citizenship question in the 2020 Census. The 2020 U.S. Census is very secure: They will track numbers not names. Census workers sign a pledge to not give out information for 72 years!
Every person's count is important. It will allocate $675 billion in funding for everything from roads to healthcare to schools to the environment and more. It's divided up based on the number of people where they are located.
There are also temporary jobs available in many areas, so you can apply if you're looking for a job that will not last past the summer.
To enter your information or for more census information, visit the 2020 U.S. Census web site here.
Connect For Health Colorado Special Enrollment 2020
Unemployed? The Colorado Health Exchange has opened an Emergency Special Enrollment Period through April 3, 2020. This is an opportunity for Coloradans who are uninsured or losing their jobs during to the Covid-19 crisis to arrange health care insurance. If you're uninsured or about to lose coverage, sign up by April 3, 2020 for coverage that starts April 1, 2020. Remember that the Connect for Health Colorado is the only place where you can get financial assistance for health care based on your income level. For more information and to enroll, go to the Exchange web site here.
Colorado General Assembly Session Suspended
The 2020 Colorado General Assembly adjourned until March 30. They then met in a limited session on March 30th. The House will meet again in limited session on Thursday, April 2 because the Colorado Constitution allows for a three-day recess without formal agreement. The Senate adjourned.
Lawmakers are waiting for the Colorado Supreme Court to rule whether the legislative session can span 120 calendar days any time during the year or whether those 120 days must be consecutive.
Visit the Colorado General Assembly web site for progress reports or to find your legislator here.
LWVCO Legislative Letter
Learn about the progress of bills in the 2020 Colorado General Assembly. The Colorado League of Women Voters Legislative Action Committee Legislative Letter is available on the State League web site here.
Send A Message
Tip: This resource is available from the League of Women Voters: Send A Message is the directory of Colorado Directory of National & State Officials for 2019 - 2020. You can view it here.
Communicating Effectively With Your Representative
On the subject of action alerts, here are some helpful tips on how to contact your representatives effectively from the Jefferson County League's newsletter:
A quick telephone call to your representative is easiest. Most legislators count calls supporting or opposing bills and those from their own constituents count the most.
Email is another good way to communicate with your legislator. Here are some tips to communicate your position to your representative:
• State the bill number in the subject line
• Keep the email short and to the point
• If you have a personal story relevant to the issue, include it
• Use bullets when possible to make it more readable
The League of Women Voters of Arapahoe and Douglas Counties celebrated 50 years in 2019.
League of Women Voters 100th Anniversary!
Join the League of Women Voters as we celebrate our 100th anniversary in 2020. We proudly support democracy through voter registration, voter education, and encouraging civic engagement. More info.
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Election Central 2020 pages with the information you need about the 2020 elections and registering to vote. You'll also find links to elections information on the Colorado Secretary
of State, Arapahoe County, Douglas County, Municipal, School Board, and Special District web sites.
New this year in Colorado: 17 year olds who will turn 18 by the November 3, 2020 General Election may vote in the Colorado Presidential Primary on March 3 and in the upcoming Colorado State Primary on June 30.
Now qualified Colorado teens who will turn 18 by the general election can take part in the primary elections too due to the new The Colorado Votes Act (HB 19-1278), which took effect in August, 2019.
Also, please note that in Colorado all teens 16 and older are encouraged to register to vote so that they're ready to vote as soon as eligible.
Teens 16 and older: Go to the Colorado Secretary of State's web site and click on "Register to Vote." Once registered, you will automatically receive a ballot for the next election for which you're eligible.
You'll find the Colorado Secretary of State's Election Calendar here.
All registered voters, including unaffiliated voters, will receive mail-in ballots for the June 30 Colorado State Primary starting June 8. If you still need to register, you may do so online. Or, if you are registered and did not receive a ballot, visit one of your county voter service centers. See below for the links to the Colorado Secretary of State web site and to your County Clerk and Recorder Elections web site with voter service center locations and their phone numbers.
Unaffiliated voters will receive Democratic and Republican party ballots, but may submit only one ballot. Submitting both will result in both being disqualified. The ballot must be returned by 7:00 p.m. on June 30 (except overseas voters) to be counted. If it's too late to mail in your ballot, see the links below to your county clerk for drop-off locations.
The Colorado Secretary of State's web site has voter registration and election information, including primary election FAQs, here.
The Arapahoe County Elections web site also has voter registration, election information, and ballot drop-off locations here.
And the Douglas County Elections web site has voter registration, election information, and ballot drop-off locations here.
The Colorado State Primary ballot will include the U.S. Senate race, U.S. House races, and the contested State races.
To view the Presidential Primary Republican and Democratic sample ballots in English and Spanish, visit the Arapahoe County Elections web site or the Douglas County Elections web site.
For those interested in being a candidate for director in their Special Districts, the deadline is passed. The candidate self-nomination form was due by February 28. See the Colorado Special District oversights web site for information, including candidate manuals here.
Colorado Special District election information may be found on the Colorado Special District web site here.
Political parties are responsible for their caucuses. If you would like information, you'll find links to the political party websites with their caucus information by way of the Colorado Secretary of State web site here.
Visit the League of Women Voters non-partisan Vote411.org web site, which displays your personalized local voter information. You'll find the Vote411.org web site here.
Check out our Vote411 web page for personalized local voter information
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