The Thurston County League of Women Voters was established in 1961. It is part of the League of Women Voters of the United States, as well as the League of Women Voters of Washington State, both of which date back to 1920. Read a publication about our history and stories from our first five decades (PDF).
The League never supports or opposes candidates and never supports or opposes political parties. Rather, League focuses on enabling and encouraging all citizens to fully participate so that they can weigh in on the issues that matter most to them at local, state, and national government levels. The League works collaboratively to influence public policy through education and advocacy.
- The League acts in support of, or in opposition to, selected governmental issues which its members have studied.
- League members, as individuals, are urged to work in the political party of their choice.
Today, the League works to effect change on a variety of issues, such as health care, climate change, election and campaign finance reforms, land use, and education. Since 1920, the League nationally has been known widely for its voter education efforts and as a non-partisan, government watchdog group.
The League of Women Voters also publishes a Citizen's Directory of Elected Officials each year, called "They Represent You." This valuable resource provides a complete list of all local, state, and federal representatives who serve the citizens of Thurston County. View and download the PDF version of 2018 They Represent You.