Climate Change News
LWVUS Healthcare Reform Toolkit
See what the League of Women Voters of the U.S. is doing to promote healthcare reform in the United States. See our website here.
Colorado Independent Redistricting Commission Meetings
LEGISLATIVE Redistricting News:
The Colorado Independent Legislative Redistricting Commission has approved final Colorado State House District and Colorado State Senate District maps. They will submit them to the Colorado Supreme Court for approval by October 22. October 22 is also the deadline for court challenges to be filed. The Colorado Supreme Court must issue an opinion on these Legislative maps by November 15.
You can view the latest Legislative maps on the Colorado Independent Redistricting Commissions' website here.
CONGRESSIONAL Redistricting News:
The final approved CONGRESSIONAL redistricting map was submitted by the Colorado Independent Congressional Redistricting Committee to the Colorado Supreme Court before the September 30 deadline. View this final Congressional map on the Colorado Independent Redistricting Commissions' website here. Note that there court challenges to the Congressional map have been filed and the hearings will be in the news.
Find information about both Legislative and Congressional maps, how you can submit comments, and find upcoming online meetings at the Colorado Independent Redistricting Commissions website.
• "In 2018, with the passage of Amendments Y and Z, Coloradans resoundingly said they wanted lines drawn in a different, independent way. This roadshow of public hearings is an important piece of this work and is an opportunity for Coloradans to have their voices heard," said Commissioner JulieMarie Shepherd Macklin. "Residents are the experts of their own communities and, as these plans come together, we need public input and involvement to ensure that the maps best represent the Colorado of today."
• The U.S. Census Bureau released the actual 2020 U.S. Census data on August 12. Now the Colorado Independent Redistricting Commissions will work to finish drawing the new Congressional and Legislative maps using this data.
LWVUS "The Next 100 Years of Democracy" Event
The recording of the League of Women Voters of the U.S. Congressional panel discussion "The Next 100 Years of Democracy", a free online discussion of voting rights, is now available from the League of Women Voters of the U.S. collection of event recordings on Facebook: here.
2021 Colorado General Assembly Session News
The 2021 Colorado General Assembly Session adjourned June 8.
☆ The 2022 Colorado General Assembly session will begin Wednesday, January 12, 2022.
☆ The League of Women Voters of Colorado Legislative Action web page is a good source of information about the Colorado General Assembly: here.
☆ Visit the Colorado General Assembly web site for information about committee meetings, bills, and votes here.
☆ Use this link for live video and audio streams, or to look up your legislator on the Colorado General Assembly web site.
LWVCO Legislative Letter
Learn about the progress of bills in the 2021 Colorado General Assembly. The Colorado League of Women Voters Legislative Action Committee Legislative Report 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
Free Salary Negotiation Course For Women Online
The American Association of University Women offers a free Salary Negotiation Course For Women online as part of its Equity Now campaign.
In 2021 it's projected that women overall will make 80% of what men make. It's less for Asian American women (85%), Black women (63%), Latina women (55%), and Native American women (60%). Asian American women do better than the women's average (85%). The Women's Equal Pay Days information website is here
Register for the free Salary Negotiation Course For Women Online on the AAUW website.
Climate Change Resolution is Adopted
at June National Convention
We congratulate League of Women Voters of Arapahoe and Douglas Counties members Amy Sherwood and Lena Brown. Because of their efforts, their strong climate change resolution was adopted by the delegates at the League of Women Voters of the United States's 2020 National Convention.
The resolution calls for "an immediate, wide-scale mobilization by the United States to restore, protect and fund an ecologically sustainable environment and climate, based on an interrelated approach that is environmentally sound, science-based, just and equitable, and dedicated to appropriately addressing the speed and scale of the global climate change emergency."
The resolution was based on the League's position regarding climate change, but additionally took into account the need for speed and a response based on science. According to Brown and Sherwood, this gives League a working document when it takes a seat at the table.
The resolution also addresses environmental justice and equity, which the League of Women Voters promotes as part of its diversity, equity and inclusion policy, as issues to be included when considering solutions.
Their success comes after two years of work toward adoption of this resolution.
The League of Women Voters of Arapahoe and Douglas Counties Program Committee is working to arrange a climate change presentation by Sherwood and Brown explaining this important resolution.
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.
LWVUS Speaker at UN on Elimination of Violence Against Women
The Global Institute for Women's Leadership at King's College in London and the Jo Cox Foundation commemorated the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women on Wednesday, November 25 with a panel discussion featuring League of Women Voters of the US Chief Observer to the United Nations Rosalee Keech. Take time to watch the broadcast recording, which is now available on demand on the Global Institute for Women's Leadership YouTube channel web site.
LWVUS Speaker at UN: Bankrupt the Business of Human Trafficking
The United Nations hosted a discussion exploring how we can Bankrupt the Business of Human Trafficking on Tuesday, December 1. The panel featured League of Women Voters of the US Chief Observer to the United Nations Rosalee Keech. The broadcast recording is now available on demand online on the United Nations WebTV web site, so don't miss this opportunity to learn about the issue.
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The League of Women Voters of Arapahoe and Douglas Counties celebrated 50 years in 2019.
League of Women Voters 100th Anniversary!
The League of Women Voters celebrated our 100th anniversary in 2020. We proudly support democracy through voter registration, voter education, and encouraging civic engagement. More info.