League of Women Voters of Colorado

The League of Women Voters of Colorado (LWVCO) Makes Democracy Work. The League is Colorado's go-to organization for voter education, protection and mobilization. • LWVCO publishes voter education materials used and relied on by tens of thousands of Coloradans: o Your Voice, Your Vote/Su Voz, Su Voto ($1,500 LWVCO cost) o Ballot Issues pamphlets ($1,600 LWVCO cost) o Send a Message, a Colorado Directory of State and National Officials o VOTE411 online guide ($7,200 LWVCO cost) • LWVCO trains leaders across Colorado on how to conduct voter registration, reach underrepresented voters and provide candidate forums. • LWVCO initiated and helps coordinate League's registration of new voters at naturalization ceremonies on Colorado's Front Range. Within the first 6 months, League registered three hundred new citizens and provided registration information for others. • LWVCO educates! Making Democracy Work - a public conference in September, and LWVCO's February Legislative Conference for League members. ($4,500 - Making Democracy Work cost; $5,200 - Legislative Conference cost) • LWVCO advocates for voter protection, voter mobilization, redistricting reform and reform of money in politics. o LWVCO is a partner in a coalition to create an independent redistricting commission with representation from Democrats, Republicans and unaffiliated voters. o LWVCO promotes and circulates information, researched and created by LWV Boulder County, about money in politics in the U.S. • LWVCO's Legislative Action Committee uses League-researched positions, and the guidance of LWVCO's Legislative Liaison, to support or oppose bills in Colorado's legislative session. ($14,150 LWVCO's cost) • LWVCO compiles and sends a Legislative Letter during Colorado's legislative sessions. ($600 LWVCO's cost) The League of Women Voters is nonpartisan; it never supports or opposes candidates or political parties, but, after in-depth study, takes action on issues of importance to its members and the community.

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General
Official Name
League of Women Voters of Colorado​​​​​​​
DBA/Trade Name(s)
N/A
Former Name(s)
(2017)League of Women Voters of Colorado Education Fund
Acronym
LWVCO
Date Established
1990
Offers Additional Colorado State Tax Credit
None
Tax ID
84-1135313
Addresses
Headquarters Address
1410 Grant St Ste B204
Denver, CO 80203-1855
Colorado Location
N/A
Mailing Address
N/A
Phone/Fax
Main Phone Number
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Fax Number
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Other Phone Number
303-863-8683
Web/Email
Email
info@lwvcolorado.org
Website
www.lwvcolorado.org
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Mission Statement

The League of Women Voters of Colorado, a nonpartisan political organization, encourages informed and active participation in government and influences public policy through education.

Organization History

The League of Women Voters has worked since 1920 to improve local, state and national government and strengthen our communities through citizen education and action. Rooted in the fight for women's suffrage, the League has, since 1973, included men as members. The League protects the rights of all eligible voters. The early League 1) trained women to use their right to vote and 2) presented nonpartisan political education.
The group that became the League of Women Voters of Colorado (LWVCO) began in Denver in 1928. In addition to LWVCO - the statewide office, there are now nineteen local Leagues across Colorado, from the Sterling area in the northeast to Montezuma County in the southwest.

In 1990, LWVCO formed the League of Women Voters of Colorado Education Fund (LWVCOEF), a 501(c)(3) organization that was in effect until 2017. In July 2017, all functions of the League were placed under one 501(c)(3) organization: the League of Women Voters of Colorado. Operating now only as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, the League of Women Voters of Colorado carries out voter service and public education activities; voter education through preparation and distribution of state-wide informational publications, voter forums for state level races and provision of election information on the internet. LWVCO works with local Leagues to encourage voter registration drives, run mock elections in schools, provide candidate forums and produce local ballot issue guides. Through in-depth study and consensus by members, the League - nationally, statewide and locally - has developed positions on issues in the areas of government, natural resources and social policy, and LWVCO's Legislative Action Committee monitors bills in the Colorado Legislature for support, opposition or a "watch" status.
In 2016, LWVCO contacted the US Customs and Immigration Services District offices near Denver and requested that League members be able to register new citizens to vote at naturalization ceremonies. This request was approved and members of various local Leagues now regularly register these new voters on Colorado's Front Range from Centennial, CO to Estes Park.
Notable Achievements
The League of Women Voters of Colorado actively worked for passage of the following:
• Merit Selection of Judges (Constitutional Amendment 1966)
• Colorado Equal Rights Amendment (Constitutional Amendment 1973)
• Independent Reapportionment Commission (Constitutional Amendment 1974)
• "Motor Voter" Registration at Motor Vehicle Sites (Statutory 1984)
• GAVEL - Give a Vote to Every Legislator - Legislative Reform (Constitutional Amendment 1988)
• Referendum C - Five-year timeout from TABOR (Statutory 2005)
• LWVUS Concurrence with The League of Women Voters of Colorado's Behavioral Health Position (Colorado's position is now the Behavioral Health Position of the League of Women Voters of the U.S.) (2016)

Testimonials

"League of Women Voters is my go-to source for fact-based, non-partisan election information. Their statewide ballot initiative pro/con, guide with the clear and concise info, gives me the confidence to cast my ballot on complicated issues." Catherine Littleton CO

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