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Colorado And The West Lead The Way For Women’s Suffrage
Cherry Sokoloski
Published on: 10/22/2020
Let the women vote! They can’t do any worse than the men have!”

And with that rousing endorsement, the women of Colorado won the right to vote. It was 1893, 27 years before the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution was ratified.

Colorado was not the first state where women gained full voting rights, but it was the first where the right was won by popular vote – with only men voting on the referendum, of course! Colorado women can also boast other “firsts” in the political realm. This state was the first to elect women to a state legislature in 1894 when not one but three were elected to the Colorado House. They made national news.

On a humorous note, these three pioneers had a dilemma to solve: what should they do with their hats? They finally decided to wear the hats into the House chamber, then put them on their desks. By the year 1900, there were 10 women’s hats adorning the statehouse.
Part 3: League of Women Voters of Colorado explain 2020 ballot measures
Published on: 10/22/2020
With just under 2 weeks until election day, November 3rd, KSUT News is partnering with the League of Women Voters to help explain this year's ballot measures. Reporter Sarah Flower spoke with Karen Sheek, President of the League of Women Voters of Colorado.
Colorado's State House District 52 race features familiar candidates in Kipp, Walter
Kevin Duggan Fort Collins Coloradoan
Published on: 10/22/2020
The candidates for Colorado House District 52 have divergent views on most issues. But they agree the state budget will be difficult to balance in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic and its economic impact.

The legislature cut $3.3 billion from its $12.4 billion General Fund this year because of a sharp drop in revenue and might have to cut an additional $1.6 billion next year, said Rep. Cathy Kipp, the Democratic incumbent from District 52.
COVID-19 in Colorado: “We need to get this under control now,” says Governor Polis
Published on: 10/14/2020
Speaking at his Tuesday afternoon press conference, the Governor said that the alarming trend in COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations is continuing.

1,048 cases of COVID-19 were reported across Colorado on Monday, which is the highest caseload the state has experienced since the beginning of the pandemic in March. He pointed to Adams and Denver counties for producing much of the caseload.

“We need to get this under control now,” urged Polis. Colorado’s positivity rate for the virus was measured at 6.4% on Tuesday, which exceeds the 5% threshold that health officials say is too high.

Along with additional cases are additional hospitalizations, which are at their highest rates since May according to the Governor. As of Tuesday, 290 Coloradans that contracted the virus are being hospitalized.
Virtual forums scheduled for statewide issues
Election 2020: Alasyn Zimmerman
Published on: 10/14/2020
COLORADO SPRINGS — Ballots are popping up in mailboxes for Colorado voters and if you haven't studied it yet- there are a lot of items up for vote. From elected offices to decisions on a wide array of issues.
Colorado voters to decide whether to pull out of national popular vote effort
By JOHN AGUILAR | | The Denver Pos
Published on: 10/12/2020
State lawmakers decided last year that Colorado should join 14 other states and Washington, D.C., in the National Popular Vote Interstate Compact, which pledges their Electoral College votes to the presidential candidate who gets the most raw votes nationwide.

On Nov. 3, Coloradans will get the chance to affirm or reject that decision when they vote on Proposition 113, which was put on the ballot by opponents of the movement.
Kathy Wilson: In presidential elections, one person should equal one vote
By REPORTER-HERALD GUEST OPINIONS | October 9, 2020 at 6:0
Published on: 10/12/2020
One person should always equal one vote. This is a foundational premise of our democracy. But women and communities of color understand better than most that our country has not always lived up to that idea.

This year is the 100th anniversary of women’s suffrage. It took 72 years of organizing, demonstrating, petitioning, and campaigning for women to finally secure their right to vote. Now, in 2020, it seems obvious that women should have the right to vote. Most Americans could not envision our electoral system any other way at this point
MITRE SQUINT™ App Helps Election Officials in 11 States Spot Incorrect Election Information
Associated Press | MCLEAN, Va. & BEDFORD, Mass.
Published on: 10/12/2020
Election officials in 11 states are using the free MITRE SQUINT™ app to spot social media posts featuring incorrect and misleading information about elections that could discourage registered voters from showing up at the polls. These include Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Maryland, North Dakota, Virginia, Washington State, and West Virginia.

"Social See Something, Say Something," or SQUINT™, offers a fast, reliable way for election officials to report and correct inaccurate information that appears on social media. With a single click on a smartphone or keyboard, SQUINT instantly generates a report that can be shared with peers to alert them to problematic posts
Colorado Women Reflect on State's History of Electing Men to Higher Office
Jenna Thomas, Ms. Mayhem
Published on: 10/7/2020
Jenna Thomas, Ms. Mayhem

The year was 1876, the birth of Colorado’s statehood. The rush for gold was in full swing, the creation of railroads was running hot, and life by candlelight was the norm. John Long Routt served as Governor. Henry Teller and Jerome Chaffee represented the Centennial State as U.S. Senators. All were white males.

Most things have significantly changed since the 1800s. Smartphones are a long way from what Alexander Graham Bell probably had in mind. Elon Musk’s electric cars are a far cry from the Wild West’s horse-drawn covered wagons.

But one thing has remained the same since Colorado’s early days.
Prop. 113: Colorado's role in the National Popular Vote Compact is on the line for voters to decide
Meghan Lopez,
Published on: 10/7/2020
Meghan Lopez,

On Nov. 3, voters in Colorado will have a chance to weigh in on the state’s involvement in the National Popular Vote Interstate Compact.

Last year, Colorado’s legislature passed a bill to sign the state onto the compact along with 14 other states and the District of Columbia.
Your Voice, Your Vote!
lwvmerry League of Women Voters Member, Education Committe
Published on: 9/25/2020
The League of Women Voters of Colorado would like to encourage your participation in the elections by registering to vote as soon as possible.

You can register to vote and check your registration at

Everyone’s voice is needed!
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Get Nonpartisan Answers to Questions on CO and Denver Ballot Issues
Gabrielle Bye, Colorado Times Recorder
Published on: 9/24/2020
Picking a presidential candidate can be easy, but deciding how to vote on less-publicized races and measures that appear on your ballot can seem like a daunting task.

Luckily, researching all of the ballot questions and races just got a little simpler.

The League of Women Voters (LWV) of Denver, an organization that aims to encourage participation in democracy, will hold two Zoom meetings in October to educate local voters on ballot issues in Colorado and in Denver.
Learn about Amendment B September 28 with Adams Co. League of Women Voters
Peggy Gonder, Your Hub
Published on: 9/23/2020
Amendment B this November will ask voters to repeal the Gallagher Amendment to the Colorado Constitution. Reeves Brown, project manager for the non-partisan group Building a Better Colorado, will explain this measure to The Adams County League of Women Voters on Monday, September 28, beginning at 6:15 p.m., at the Community Reach Center 11285 Highline Drive in Northglenn.
Learn about Gallagher Amendment repeal effort Adams County League of Women Voters meeting in person
Northglenn, Thorton Sentinal
Published on: 9/22/2020
Learn about Gallagher Amendment repeal effort
Adams County League of Women Voters meeting in person for first time since spring.
Endorsement: Yes on Proposition 113 to elect the U.S. president with the national popular vote
Sarah Mooney
Published on: 9/21/2020
Andy Cross, The Denver Post The electoral college — represented here by the Red State Blue State board game created by a family from Fort Collins in 2012 — determines the winner of the U.S. presidential election. The National Popular Vote Interstate Compact is an agreement among more than a dozen states that their electoral votes go instead to the winner of the national popular vote. If enough state’s sign on to hit the 270 electoral votes needed to win, then then American president would be popularly elected.
Election forums to feature candidates for Colorado and Larimer County offices
Kevin Duggan Fort Collins Coloradoan
Published on: 9/21/2020
Forums featuring candidates for Colorado and Larimer County offices in the Nov. 3 election are planned in the coming weeks.

The Partnership for Age-Friendly Communities and Larimer County Office on Aging will host a Zoom forum with candidates for the Colorado General Assembly from 4 to 5:30 p.m. Oct. 7.

A forum with candidates for Larimer County offices is scheduled from 4 to 5:30 p.m. Oct. 8.

To register, visit or call 970-310-4900.
Amendment B puts spotlight on Gallagher’s mixed legacy of budget cuts, tax relief and inequality in
Brian Eason, The Colorado Sun
Published on: 9/16/2020
A new Colorado Sun analysis of state property tax data determined that Gallagher has exacerbated Colorado’s urban-rural divide, gashing public budgets in small communities that already struggle to afford essential services.
Sue Racanelli: Protect The Postal Service
Sue Racanelli
Published on: 9/14/2020
The League of Women Voters, committed to the right of all citizens to vote, stands in favor of mail-in balloting and supports funding levels for the United States Postal Service (USPS) in the U.S. House HEROES Act and Delivering for America Act.

The U.S. Postal Service plays a critical role to the success of the November General Election occurring in the midst of a pandemic
ELECTION 2020 | Eleven ballot measures tempt Colorado's political spectrum
Marianne Goodland, The Gazette
Published on: 9/8/2020
Ideologically tempting ballot measures can lure like-minded voters to turn out for a general election, but that's a difficult proposition this November. As University of Denver pollster Floyd Ciruli said recently, there’s something on the ballot for everybody this year.

The 11 measures approved for the Nov. 3 ballot touch on social, fiscal and electoral issues and represent diverse political views, Ciruli told Colorado Politics.

As a result, it's a wash for either side to think a particular ballot question would drive turnout in their candidates' favor. Voter turnout in Colorado is likely to be record-setting, regardless, Ciruli said.
Experts plan Sept. 19 online event to explain Colorado redistricting
Joey Bunch, Colorado Politics
Published on: 9/8/2020
If you think gerrymandering is extinct, make a date with your computer screen Sept. 19, because the experts have something to tell you.

Congressional seats and boundaries shuffle every 10 years, based on the census, to account for shifts in population.

The ins and outs of how legislative and congressional districts get drawn are changing next year because voters passed amendments Y and Z two years ago.
Will candidates for U.S. Congress meet in a debate?
Pine River Times
Published on: 9/5/2020
With less than two months before the election, candidates for U.S. House of Representatives Diane Mitsch Bush and Lauren Boebert do not have a debate scheduled.

The La Plata County League of Women Voters invited both candidates to participate in a live forum on Oct. 8. Mitsch Bush has accepted, but Boebert has yet to confirm participation.
August re-cap
League of Women Voters - US
Published on: 9/1/2020
Hard Won. Not Done.
One hundred years ago, this month, the 19th Amendment was codified in the U.S. Constitution and women have made tremendous strides in the century since. Yet, true equality for all women at the ballot box remains elusive. Far too many women and other eligible voters remain disenfranchised from voting.

Old discriminatory practices like cuts to early voting, closings of polling locations, and strict voter ID laws, combined with new suppression tactics that have emerged during a global pandemic, have reminded us of the frailty of our democracy if we don’t defend it vigorously
Cortez CO Celebrates 19th Amendment with a parade
Cortez Journal
Published on: 9/1/2020
The 19th Amendment became law on Aug. 26, 1920, a first step toward the right to vote for women. One hundred years later, the granddaughter of a suffragist drove with the League of Women Voters of Montezuma County through Cortez, Mancos and Dolores Saturday morning to celebrate the centennial anniversary of that right.

Donna Fitzpatrick drove through town with a sign that read “Thanks Gramma,” a nod to who grandmother, who struggled so she could vote. Many of the other signs read “Be a Voter,” encouraging everyone to exercise their right to vote
GUEST COLUMN: League of Women Voters supports the National Popular Vote
Karen Sheek, Board President, League of Women Voters CO
Published on: 9/1/2020
Congressman John Lewis was a legend and icon for his many accomplishments including his long-standing activism on behalf of voting rights. Among his many keen observations was this: "The vote is precious. It is almost sacred. It is the most powerful non-violent tool we have in a democracy.”

We should take a moment upon his recent passing to reflect on the progress we’ve made over his lifetime and, most importantly, what we must still accomplish.
Colorado Climate Emergency Task Force
League of Women Voters Colorado
Published on: 9/1/2020
Colorado Climate Emergency Task Force
The phrase “all politics is local” can be altered to fit other situations, but one area where it doesn’t fit is the environment. Every discharge of pollution from a coal plant in southern Colorado to a refinery in Denver pollutes the surroundings, but also adds to the collective degradation of the environment worldwide. So, in an attempt to create a coordinated response in Colorado and in the USA, we have begun the LWVCO Climate Emergency Task Force. We will be looking at the state as a whole to see what we can do to force change now and coordinate that with LWVUS.
Already several state and local Leagues have formed task forces or committees aimed at promoting the collective actions necessary to combat climate change. The scale of the climate crisis demands collective action. It demands collaboration and cooperation with other civic groups who encourage voters to become Climate Voters and activists. But it requires action now, not just some
The League of Women Voters of Colorado grieves the murders of George Floyd and the countless other Black lives that have been tragically taken at the hands of rogue law enforcement officers who are rarely held fully accountable for their actions. We also mourn those who have lost their lives or been harmed, mentally or physically, as a result of America’s pervasive culture of anti-blackness. The systems of oppression that have perpetuated the myth of white supremacy in our country must be dismantled if we are ever to become the nation we pledge to be—indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.
Subject: RELEASE:Coloradans Encouraged to Return Ballots By Drop Box to Ensure Receipt by Election D
Sarah Mooney
Published on: 6/23/2020
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Steve Hurlbert
June 22, 2020

Coloradans Encouraged to Return Ballots By Drop Box to Ensure Receipt by Election Day; Early, In-Person Voting Starts Today
Ballots Returned by Mail after June 22 May Not Arrive by June 30 Election Day Deadline
DENVER, Colo.- Beginning today, June 22, Colorado Secretary of State Jena Griswold encourages Coloradans to return their statewide primary ballot by drop box rather than through the mail. In Colorado, ballots must be received by 7 p.m. on Election Day to be counted. Ballots mailed after today may not arrive by the June 30 Election Day deadline. Voters are encouraged to drop their ballot off at the nearest 24-hour drop box to help ensure they are received in time to be counted.
Today also marks the start of early, in-person voting at Voter Service and Polling Centers (VSPCs). Voters are encouraged to submit the ballot they
League of Women Voters of Boulder County Celebrates “100 Years Strong”
Published on: 2/29/2020
Overland Trail Museum steps back in time to 1920
Published on: 2/28/2020
League Of Women Voters To Host Candidate Forums For Town Mayor And Town Trustees
Published on: 2/27/2020
League Of Women Voters To Host Candidate Forums For Town Mayor And Town Trustees
Published on: 2/27/2020
Boulder County League of Women Voters’ ‘100 Years Strong’ event to celebrate century of suffrage
Published on: 2/25/2020
League of Women Voters schedules forum on wolves
Published on: 2/23/2020
League of Women Voters schedules forum on wolves
Published on: 2/23/2020
LWV will celebrate 100 years of women’s right to vote
Published on: 2/19/2020
Opinion: League of Women Voters continues the fight for rights in 100th year
Published on: 2/12/2020
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Colorado is a key state in the debate about the best way to pick candidates in elections
Published on: 2/11/2020
A referendum on the national popular vote and potential ballot measures on ranked-choice and approval voting are driving the debate
The 100th Anniversary of Women's Suffrage Arrives
Published on: 12/12/2019
2019 Ballot Issues Released
Published on: 9/27/2019
Just published. Download and share the 2019 Ballot Issues!
LWVCO 2019-21 Program of Study & Action is now available!
Published on: 9/20/2019
LWVCO's 2019-21 Program of Study and Action, listing the League's positions for action, is now available.
County ballots in safe hands, officials say
Published on: 9/20/2019,
Popular Vote critics deliver the signatures
Published on: 8/2/2019
GJ Sentinel NPV article
Activists submit record number of signatures to overturn Colorado electoral vote law
Published on: 8/2/2019
Colorado Springs Gazette article on NPV
Washington Times: Colorado activists seek to beat hasty retreat from National Popular Vote compact
Published on: 8/1/2019
One organization already preparing to fight the referendum is the League of Women Voters of Colorado.
AP: Activists say push to repeal popular vote law nears ballot
Published on: 8/1/2019
The League of Women Voters of Colorado is gearing up to defend Colorado’s law, chapter president Ruth Stemler said.
Letter: League of Women Voters is a nonpartisan group
Published on: 7/26/2019
An op-ed describing the nonpartisanship of the League
Former Secretary of State Wayne Williams honored by women's group
Published on: 6/7/2019
Former Secretary of State Wayne Williams is honored as a Leader of Democracy by LWVCO.

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