Education & Engagement

Thurston League Program-of-Work Planning Meeting

League members and other interested individuals will gather on Saturday, Feb 2, from 2-5 pm, at the Olympia Center, to take part in this annual meeting.  

We need as many LWV-TC members and interested others to be part of this vital League work. Local Leagues around the state will be coming up with suggestion to be reviewed by the LWVWA Board and presented for member adoption at the June 2019 Convention. By taking part in the Thurston County planning, you will have your voice hear and contribute to discussion of issues of importance to our community.

By doing a bit of homework before our planning day, you will enhance your participation on February 2. That is when we will review existing LWVWA Positions, consider ideas that are presented and talk about that would be needed to carry out proposals, and decide which Recommendations to send forward. So, what can you do? 

Review current League Positions, by using the links provided.

Talk with others about topics and issues that you might want to suggest be included in the recommendations that LWV-TC will be sending forward.  A good way to determine a state issue or study to suggest and you would be willing to work on is to ask, “What are my community’s passions?”  Consider:

  • Issues which hold such vital concern to our members, our communities and our state that they demand attention
  • Issues where League’s special expertise or perspective would be
  • Issues that can more likely result in positive changes when informed citizens work on them.
  • Issues where the League has opportunities to collaborate with other individuals and groups.
  • Issue that have a measurable impact on our communities and/or our state; issues where there is a way to evaluate the results.

Contact R Peggy Smith, (360)754-4305, with questions.


Educating Voters

Educated and informed voters are the key to our democracy. We work to educate voters about state and local races each year, and we also distribute educational materials about state and local elections.

The premier publcation 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, human services organizations, and the Chamber of Commerce.  Click here to see the 2018 TRY.

In an effort to foster civic engagement and provide needed information to voters, League members host candidate debates and forums each year and provide straightforward information on candidates and ballot issues. Through both print and online resources, including, we equip voters with essential information about the election process in each state, including polling place hours and locations, ballot information, early or absentee voting rules, voter registration deadlines, ID requirements and more.

Who Can Vote

League volunteers hold voter registration drives each year and actively encourage all citizens to vote. We concentrate our registration drives at locations that reach large numbers of unregistered voters, including high schools and community colleges, sporting events, and more. We also register voters through our online registration tool at Since 2012, the League has been the single-largest on-the-ground partner of National Voter Registration Day (NVRD).

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