Education & Engagement

Program-of-Work Planning Progress Report 

 An enthusiastic group of League members and friends met on Saturday, Feb 2, 2019 to take part in this planning. The majority of time went to the review of existing LWVWA Positions and presentation of topics to send forward for the LWVWA 2019-2021 Program-of-Work.  Time was also spent talk about what would be needed to carry out proposals. Ten issues received attention as areas of concern by those present.

Three areas were selected to be further developed and sent to LWVWA for presentation at the state Convention in June. They are:

RESOURCE MANAGEMENT- Study (or update) to develop a position on Shoreline Protection that would address “not net loss,” buffering, armoring, as well as protection of forage fish habitat and regulation of industrial aquaculture. (LWVTC Lead, Phyllis Farrell)

ENERGY- Update to reflect the role of renewable energy sources as replacements for fossil fuel. (LWVTC Lead, Mary Moore)

CAMPAIGN FINANCING- Update to develop a position to require the identity of individuals (persons or corporations) contributing to campaigns be make easily accessible to the public. (LWVTC Lead, Karen Tvedt)

The LWVTC Board will be reviewing these recommendations, and task groups will be working on putting together the paperwork needed to submit by Feb 28.

The local LWVTC Water Study was given a vote of affirmation.  This was in recognition that significant resources, both financial and people power, will be dedicated to the study for the next two year.  Homelessness in our community was mentioned as something we might find out more about and support efforts being made by others address this problem.

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).


The Thurston County LWV advocates based on local, state and national positions.  Local and state advocacy must be consistent with national.

National positions and principles are reviewed and updated every two years, at the LWVUS Convention.  The results of the latest convention's work may be found in the LWVUS 2018-2020 Impact on Issues.  Click here to see that document.

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