Women and Men

Making Democracy Work!

The League of Women Voters, 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.

LWV: Where hands-on work to safeguard democracy leads to civic improvement. Find out more about the informative activities planned by this organization dedicated to involving citizens in government.


What's Coming Next?

Also see Calendar 2016-2017 and Upcoming Events page for more details.


Candidate Forum: Tyler City Council and TISD Trustees

Candidate Forum - Monday April 24, 6 pm

Tyler Public Library, 201 South College

Meet the candidates for Tyler City Council and TISD School Board at a forum Monday, April 24, 6 pm at the Tyler Public Library. Opposed candidates for speak and answer questions from a panel as well as the audience. Invited candidates are:

Tyler City Council  In the race for City Council District 5, businessman Bob Westbrook  and lab supervisor Alan Lizarraga will face off in the May 6 election. This post is vacated by Mark Whatley as he reaches the six-year term limit.

Tyler Independent School District In the race for TISD District 4, incumbent Dr. Patricia Nation is challenged by real estate agent Martin Marroquin. 

On the May 6 ballot also is a ballot issue calling for a bond to renovate the two Tyler high schools: John Tyler and Robert E. Lee.

LWV Team of Deputy Voter Registrars

Newly deputized LWV volunteer deputy voter registrars: standing left to right: Toni Ferrell, Karen Wilkerson, Andie Rathbone, Brenda McWilliams, Scherel Carver, Elaine Wells, Marilyn Wills, LuAnne Smoot, Polly and Gerry Kuklewicz. Seated: Voters Service Vice President Mary Lu French.To have volunteer registrars at your next event, contact VP Mary Lu French at mlufrench@gmail.com


This November election marks 10 years that VOTE411.org, the League’s innovative one-stop voter information hub, has been online. It is both an on-line voter registration tool and serves as an on-line voter’s guide to candidates and ballot issues.

At the website VOTE411.org, voters in the Smith County area will find candidate responses to questions critical to voters, as well as background information on the candidates.


Expanded Voter ID

U. S. Federal Court Expands Documents Texas Voters Can Use When Voting

The U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans ruled recently that the Texas voter photo ID law violates the Voting Rights Act because of its racially discriminatory effects. The Court, in making its ruling, ordered the Federal District Court in Corpus Christi to find the appropriate remedy as soon as possible.

Besides the ID already authorized, listed below, the following have been added:

· valid voter registration certificate; · certified birth certificate; 

· current utility bill; · bank statement; · government check; · paycheck,

· any other government document that displays your name and an address as proof of who you are.

 Also if you use any of these new ID's, you must also complete and sign a reasonable impediment declaration. This form will be provided to you if you should need it at the polling location. 

The reasonableness of your impediment to obtaining the previously required ID shall not be questioned by election officials.

Other acceptable IDs

-Texas driver license issued by the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS)

-Texas Election Identification Certificate issued by DPS

-Texas personal identification card issued by DPS

-Texas concealed handgun license issued by DPS

-United States military identification card containing the person’s photograph

-United States citizenship certificate containing the person’s photograph

-United States passport


U.S. Naturalization Ceremony

Thursday March 2, 10 am                                            U.S. Federal Courthouse, 211 West Ferguson Street, Tyler

 Several sessions of the U.S. Naturalization  ceremony are held each year in the Federal Building, with a U.S. Magistrate presiding. The next one is March 2. If you are able to volunteer to register new citizens as voters for these ceremonies, please contact Andie Rathbone. You will be glad that you did!

Please notify Andie Rathbone if you can participate in this or other voter registration events.  Call 903-312-5118 or email to andie.rathbone.66@gmail.com 


LWV Government Watchdogs

Join the LWV Observer Corps! Observer Corps Initial Training--

Watch for Training Date & Time

Genecov Room-Tyler Area Chamber of Commerce-315 North Broadway

Beginning in October, LWV Smith County will train volunteers to solidify an “Observer Corps,” intended to enhance the ability of the League and interested citizens to help assure openness, transparency, and accountability of local Boards and Commissions. The federal and state laws that govern government-held information and meetings are often referred to as “Sunshine” laws.

The premise behind “Sunshine” or “openness in government” is that everyday people have the right to know what actions their government is taking.

Volunteers will be trained in the Texas Public Information Act, and the Open Meetings Law, outlining how these apply to state and local governmental bodies. 

The Observer Corp will benefit the community by:

· Engaging and empowering individuals to act as eyes and ears at public meetings

· Connecting observers with elected officials

· Promoting open, transparent, and accountable government

Training also will incorporate an overview and understanding of the priorities of the 2016/2017 League of Women Voters of Tyler/Smith County, which include voters service, “Money in Politics,” and a study of single member voting districts, among other issues.

“Sunshine” has been a national League priority since 2005 to open dialogue about the importance of open government and freedom of information. The Smith County League encourage both members and non-members to become involved in this unique opportunity to participate in their own local public government.  Training will be free. For further information, please contact the Observer Corp coordinator:

Marilyn Wills at mgdesertwills@gmail.com or 903-630-1033.


Readership Survey

Please help us to better communicate with members and the public by taking this Readership Survey regarding the League of Women Voters' newsletter, the Tyler/Smith County VOTER.

Thank you for your input. 


Contact Us

 Email: info@lwvtyler.org

By Phone: 903-597-9111

By Mail: LWV-Tyler/Smith County  PO Box 6271,Tyler Texas 75711

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