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Ida B. Wells-Barnett's Birthday July 16

The League of Women Voters of Arapahoe and Douglas Counties honors the efforts of Ida B. Wells-Barnett, American investigative journalist, educator, and an early leader in the civil rights movement. Born on July 16, 1862, she wrote, spoke, and organized for civil rights and the women's suffrage movement. She was one of the founders of the NAACP. She worked to combat prejudice and violence. in the 2004 film Iron Jawed Angels, the film dramatizes the moment during the Woman Suffrage Parade of 1913 when Wells ignored instructions to march with the segregated parade units and crossed the lines to march with the other members of her Illinois chapter.

We honor her efforts and sacrifices, which contributed to women today being active participants in our democracy. The League of Women Voters of Chicago recognizes her work on their website.



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Vote411.org Wins Webby Award

VOTE411.org has won a Webby People's Voice Award for Best Government & Civil Innovation Website as part of the 24th annual awards.

"We work to make critical election information more accessible to millions of voters every step of the way to the ballot box," said Virginia Kase, CEO of the League of Women Voters Education Fund. "To win the Webby People's Voice Award means so much because it is recognition from the public who value our site. This honor helps bring more visibility to VOTE411, a resource every voter can trust for accurate and unbiased information this and every election cycle."

Since 2006, VOTE411 has provided registration deadlines and tools, absentee and early voting information, polling place locations, voting hours, candidate information, and more. Late last year, the League of Women Voters launched the newly redesigned VOTE411.org, with the mission to serve every voter in America with critical election information in 2020. There is voter information in English and Spanish.

"The coronavirus pandemic has had a major impact on primary elections, but it's never been more important for voters to make sure their voices are heard at the ballot box," said Jeanette Senecal, Senior Director of Mission Impact for the League of Women Voters Education Fund. "In this critical election year, VOTE411 is expected to reach one in five people in the United States before November 3. This award is a testament to the time and dedication our League volunteers around the country put into making sure voters have accurate election information."

For more information, see the Webby award page.

And you can read the League of Women Voters' press release announcing Vote411.org's Webby award here.



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New! Choose LWV of Arapahoe and Douglas Counties
For Your Amazon Smile Donations

Help support the League of Women Voters of Arapahoe and Douglas Counties' work in the community by designating us to receive your Amazon Smile donations.

There is no cost to you but Amazon donates every time you make a purchase from them.

Here's how:

Make it a habit to go to https://smile.amazon.com when you shop on Amazon. You can start shopping at amazon.com, but sometime before you click on 'Proceed to Checkout' you'll need to switch to smile.amazon.com.

You'll still see your order like before, but when you're in the 'smile.amazon.com' web page, your order will generate a contribution by Amazon.

Before you shop:

You need to sign up once in Amazon Smile before your first donation order and designate which charity you'll support, at https://smile.amazon.com.


Fill in the signup information. When asked to pick your charity, type in League of Women Voters of Arapahoe and Douglas Counties in the charity name field and hit 'select'.

Now, when you're ordering from Amazon in smile.amazon.com, you'll see 'Supporting League of Women Voters of Arapahoe and Douglas Counties' toward the top of the web page just below the Amazon product search box.

In the future, every time you order, as long as you are in smile.amazon.com before completing your checkout, your purchase confirmation will display 'You made a difference. Amazon will make a donation to the League of Women Voters of Arapahoe and Douglas Counties.'

Please note: If you don't purchase via the smile.amazon.com web page, no donation will be generated. You cannot fix a missing donation if you forget and don't check out on the smile.amazon.com web page.

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2020 U.S. Census

Be sure to be counted in the 2020 U.S. Census count. Now is the time to submit your information, if you haven't yet.

Submit your 2020 U.S. Census information so that a census take won't have to visit your home. Respond in one of three ways: online, by phone, or by mail. It's quick and easy.

It takes just a few minutes to enter your information on the 2020 U.S. Census website.

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.

It's Not Too Late To Apply For A Temporary Part-Time Position With The 2020 U.S. Census. Apply To Earn Extra Income And Help Your Community

The U.S. Census Bureau has resumed 2020 Census field operations in select locations, so they're hiring temporary census workers in the counties where they're needed.

Note: The U.S. Census Bureau is taking measures to protect the health and safety of census workers.

To see applicant requirements, to see pay information, to see the locations needing more workers, or to apply, see the 2020 U.S. Census jobs web page here: website



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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.


☆ Legislative Representative Directory ☆

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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.


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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



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Fifty Years!

The League of Women Voters of Arapahoe and Douglas Counties celebrated 50 years in 2019.



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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.