THE LEAGUE OF WOMEN VOTERS of the United States(LWVUS) was founded on February 14, 1920 in Chicago, Illinois. Born of the women’s suffrage movement, the League was organized when it became apparent that the Nineteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, guaranteeing voting rights to women citizens, would finally be ratified. The League is nonpartisan; it neither supports nor opposes candidates for office at any level of government. At the same time, the League works to influence policy through advocacy.
The League of Women Voters of Colorado, a nonpartisan, political organization, encourages informed and active participation in government, works to increase understanding of major public policy issues, and influences public policy through education and advocacy.
In Colorado, the League of Women Voters (LWVCO) was organized in 1928. Throughout its history, members have researched, studied, discussed, and reached consensus on many controversial issues. The League in Colorado has had an impact in many areas of government. Some of our notable achievements include:
- Merit Selection of Judges (Constitutional Amendment 1966)
- Independent Reapportionment Commission (Constitutional Amendment 1974)
- “Motor Voter” Voter Registration at Motor Vehicle Sites (Statutory Amendment 1984)
- “GAVEL” – “Give A Vote to Every Legislator” – Legislative Reform (Constitutional Amendment 1988)
- Support for Referendum C, – Five-Year Timeout from TABOR (Statutory Amendment 2005)
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Non-Discrimination Policy: The League of Women Voters of Colorado Board, staff and volunteers should reflect the diversity of the organization, constituencies, and the broader community. To this end there should be no barriers to participation in any activity of the LWVCO on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, age, national origin, disability, marital status, military status, sexual orientation, gender expression, or socioeconomic status. The LWVCO, in all its activities, reflects these principles in values and in practice.