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
September 22 is National Voter Registration Day
Once you are registered, you can:
* 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 in Thurston County page.
The We Count Washington Campaign has released the toolkit for our statewide Census Day of Action, Wednesday, September 16.
At this link, you can find and download the toolkit in English, as well as a wide variety of languages, at this location (https://wecountwashington.org/resource/census-day-of-action-toolkit/):
On Saturday, September 5, U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh issued a temporary restraining order blocking the Census Bureau from implementing plans to shorten data collection – until there is a preliminary hearing on September 17. What this news means is that, for now, Census data collection will continue through October 31. The Bureau has issued guidance for field managers (see pages 10-11 of this document) to stop the winding down effort that was part of the “re-plan” adopted on August 3 that would have concluded data collection on September 30.
MAKING SURE EVERYONE IS COUNTED.
Starting August 11, 2020, census takers will go door to door to count those who have not responded to the 2020 Census. If you haven’t yet completed the survey for your household, do it now and skip the face-to-face interview. It will save everyone some time. You can complete the survey online at www.2020Census.gov or call 844-330-2020 to complete it by phone.
If you do get a knock on the door, here are some things to know:
- Census takers will introduce themselves as a Census Bureau employee, show their official Department of Commerce ID badge (with watermark), and explain the purpose of the visit.
- They will never ask for your social security number, bank account, or financial information.
- If you still have questions about their identity, call 800-923-8282 to speak with a Census Bureau representative.
Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Justice are priorities at all levels of League.
Learn about more of what Leagues are doing in this regard 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.