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
Please share this message with five (or more) contacts and ask them to do the same.
To purchase a face mask designed by Amy Peloff of the state League with Be A Voter graphic:
Web page at Kitsap LWV with resources for all members to access:
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:
Olympia to hold virtual town hall series on racial justice:
Date: Aug 13 at 4 pm.
Detail about the content of the town hall can be seen by clicking here.
Registration is required to attend.
For further information on the Virtual Town Hall meetings, contact the City of Olympia at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The most important thing we can do right now is to submit the questionnaire via one of three ways. The second most important thing we can do is to ask our friends, families, and yell across the street to our neighbors—“Have you taken the Census, yet?” Originally, Census planned to cease collecting data on August 31, 2020, but because of COVID-19 aand the need to protect the health and safety of staff, Census will now stop collecting data on October 31, 2020.
BREAKING NEWS --- August 3,2020
|The Census is in Danger|
Last night, the U.S. Census Bureau announced it would be ending census operations on September 30, 2020. Shortening the timeline to collect data and rush operations during a national pandemic is an intentional plot to sabotage the census and skew Congressional representation, redistricting, and critical funding allotments for every state in the country.
Please encourage friends, relatives, strangers, anyone you can speak to electronically or from at least six feet, to be counted. Here is the link to suggest https://2020census.gov/ OR Let them know they can fill out the Census by calling:
844-330-2020 to complete in English 844-468-2020 to complete in Spanish
OPPORTUNITY TO LEARN MORE ABOUT THE CENSUS AND REDISTRICTING
If the January 2020 snow prohibited you from attending the LWVTC Forum on Census and Redistricting, there is now an opportunity to view an online presentation.
Diversity, Equity and Inclusion are priorities at all levels of League.
Beginning in 2020, LWVTC will be hosting a "Let's Talk About Race" book group. You can find out more about this group, and other Diversity, Equity and Inclusion issue by clicking here to go to the CONFRONTING RACISM/INEQUITY page.
Immigration and Sanctuary In Thurston County
On July 21, 2020, the President signed a memorandum to exclude undocumented immigrants from the census count. The status of this memorandum can be seen by clicking here. However, efforts continue to constrain registration of immigrants. See the Aug 3, 2020 appeal from LWVUS, above, to contact your Congressional delegation about this issue.
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.