Since 1920, the League of Women Voters has been an activist, grassroots organization whose leaders believed that citizens should play a critical role in advocacy. It was then, and is now, a nonpartisan organization—neither supporting nor opposing candidates or political parties at any level of government—but always working on vital issues of concern to members and the public. In addition, the League works to increase voters’ access to the polls, including expanding early voting, automatic and online voter registration.
The premier publication of many Local Leagues is the "They Represent You" flyer. The TRY contains information about every elected official within a given county. The League of Women Voters of Thurston County TRY is available at many public places around the county, such as libraries, county offices, and human services organizations.
Before you can vote, you must be registered. Go to this website to register https://voter.votewa.gov/WhereToVote.aspx
be a voter
* Verify your voter status or register at vote.wa.gov. The deadline for on-line voter registration is October 26, 2020.
* You can register in person at the Auditor’s Office up to 8:00 pm on November 3, 2020. In person registrations this year will be taken at South Puget Sound Community College (SPSCC) on Mottman Road, not at the county courthouse.
* Voter Pamphlets will be mailed to all eligible voters on October 2, 2020. The Voter Pamphlet contains information on candidates and ballot issues.
* Ballots will be mailed to military personnel by September 18, 2020. In Thurston County, ballots will be mailed to all other voters on October 8, 2020.
* Ballots will be able to be picked up at the Auditor’s Office at SPSCC after October 14, 2020 if you need a replacement.
* Washington residents automatically receive their ballot in the mail. Voters can complete their ballots in the comfort of their home and then mail the ballots or drop them off at one of several secure drop boxes throughout the county. Drop box locations can be found at https://www.thurstoncountywa.gov/auditor/pages/elections-dropbox.aspx.
* Postage is prepaid on all ballots in Washington State. Due to conflicting messages about the security of the mail system, LWV recommends that people put their ballot in a drop box or mail the ballot at least seven days before November 3rd which is October 27th.
* To prepare for voting, please watch our videos, co-produced with Jenna Mason Multimedia with local actors and settings. Click here to view Why Be A Voter and How To Vote.
* Nonpartisan forums moderated by LWV for local and some state-wide races can be found at lwvthurston.org/forums.
If you have had a felony conviction, you can find out about when your right to vote is restored by visiting the Secretary of State's website, at this page:
LWVTC Takes a Position in Support of Adoption of the Thurston Climate Mitigation Plan (TCMP)
Climate change has been an area of concern for LWVTC for many years. This Fall the four major jurisdictions in the county will be considering a climate mitigation plan drafted by the Thurston Regional Planning Council. You can read the LWVTC Position by clicking here.
If you are interested in obtaining more information about the Leagues's process to take this position, go to the Climate Mitigation page.
Want to talk to the project team? Don’t forget to register and participate in the last live community meeting on Zoom! It takes place Wednesday,
October 14, from 5:30-7:00 pm. This session will provide more opportunity for community members' to interact with staff.
Time is winding down:
Comments on the draft plan can be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org. The Open House for the draft Climate Mitigation Plan will close on Thursday, October 15th, 2020 and the comment period will close Friday, October 16th, 2020.
Please share this email with your friends, family, and colleagues! We sincerely hope to hear from you during the online open house!
The LWVWA has joined the Safe and Healthy Youth Washington campaign.
Vote to Approve Referendum 90
Referendum 90 will be on the November ballot to approve or reject ESSB 5395, the Comprehensive Sexual Health Education bill, passed by the legislature and signed by the governor in March of this year. The LWVWA recommends a vote to approve ESSB 5395.
Tuesday, November 10—6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
How’s Thurston County Water Quality: Is It Fit to Drink?
RSVP for this event HERE
Review previous Where’s the Water? Programs HERE
A Zoom link to the Webinar will be available on this page during the week before this event.
Reporting and ReDistricting Next. Stay tuned...
Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Justice are priorities at all levels of League.
September 15 through October 14 is Hispanic Heritage Month. You will learn some interesting facts by by clicking here to go to the CONFRONTING RACISM/INEQUITY page.
Immigration and Sanctuary In Thurston County
There are several initiatives around this topic that LWVTC is following. One is the work of an allied organization, Strengthening Sanctuary Alliance. Their website has information about what they are doing, including their support for many of the bills the LWVWA Lobby Team is encouraging members to comment upon LWVUS Position on Immigration Policies
- The League of Women Voters believes that immigration policies should promote reunification of families and responsive to those in flight from persecution or response to humanitarian crises in home countries.
- All persons should receive fair treatment under the law. The League supports due process for all persons, including the right to a fair hearing, right to counsel, right of appeal, and right to humane treatment.
- The League supports federal immigration law that provides an efficient, expeditious system (with minimal or no backlogs) for legal entry of immigrants into the United States. Provision should also be made for qualified persons to enter the United States on student visas.
- In addition, the League supports federal policies to improve economies, education, job opportunities, and living conditions in nations with large emigrating populations.
You can find information about LWVTC involvement and activities related to Immigration and Sanctuary by clicking here: Confronting Racism
Note: The health and safety of members and friends in our community during this unprecedented time, as COVID-19 (Coronavirus) spreads in Washington State, is our greatest concern. We are closely monitoring this fluid situation. We are actively following the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the Washington State Department of Health, as well as, Thurston County Health Department recommendations.
About Us and Our Work
The LWVTC Board of Directors, listed on the LEADERSHIP page, works through committees and work group. The activities planned by the League are posted on the Upcoming Events page of this website to provide specifics of time and place of events. More information about the work we do can be found on topic specific pages of the website. After our public meeting and community events, we generally post information about events in our Reports on Program and Events blog pages.
League members continually stay active with advocacy and voter education undertakings. Chief among them is helping people get registered and obtain information so they can vote. The VOTER INFO pages are a great help for anyone seeking information about candidates and voting. You can find specifics about our public meetings and educational events, as well as the LWV Centennial, on our OUR WORK, Promoting Democracy page. While opportunities to be involved in influencing and shaping policy are found on both our ISSUES and OUR WORK, Advocacy pages.
New Website Features
Climate Mitigation page added 9/23/2020 Alert -- re: ability to attend Zoom meeting on Oct 5, added 10/4/2020
Homelessness page added under ISSUE PAGE 9/25/2020
Why and How to Be A Voter updated for the BE A VOTER campaign 9/26/2020
Cheers for Women! event announcement added to Events of General Interest 9/26/2020
LWVWA announced support for Referendum 90, added 10/3/2020
New Website Features added 9/27/2020