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 Events 2017-2018 and  Upcoming Events pages for more details


Great Decisions January 17 Cancelled

The Great Decisions discussion on Turkey, scheduled for Wednesday, January 17, has been canceled due to inclement weather and will be postponed to a later date. It possibly will be rescheduled to Wednesday, March 7. Watch the website for latest news.


Candidate Forum, February 12

February 12, 6 pm -- Tyler Public Library Auditorium, 201 South College

All local candidates running opposed in the March 6 primary election have been invited to participate in one of two forums where they will meet voters and respond to questions from a panel and from the audience. Early voting in the election runs February 20—March 2.

Invited candidates:

U.S. House of  Representatives, Dist 1


  • ·Brent Beal     
  • Shirley  McKellar


  • Anthony Culler  
  • Louie Gohmert  
  • Roshin Rowjee

Texas House District 6

  • Matt Schaefer, Republican  
  • Ted Kamel, Republican


Voters Guide to March 6 Primary Election

A limited number of print copies in both English and Spanish of the LWV-Texas Education Fund Voters Guide will be available in February, before early voting begins. Find them at local public libraries, the Voter Registrar's office, and at college campus libraries.

It will include responses from all candidates on the primary ballot statewide: US Senate, Texas Governor and Lt. Governor, Attorney General,  Comptroller of Public Accounts, Land Commissioner, Agriculture Commissioner, Railroad Commissioners, 3 Supreme Court Justices,  3 Court of Criminal Appeals Judges,  Justices of the Court of Appeals.

A digital version of the Voter’s Guide in both English  and Spanish will be accessible at lwvtyler.org


Candidate Forum, February 19

Invited candidates:

Judge of the 321st District Court

  • James Andrew Carter, Republican    
  • Robert Wilson, Republican

Smith Co. District Clerk

  • Dawn Colclasure, Republican   
  • Penny Clarkston, Republican   
  • Theresa (Terry) Morrow, Republican

Smith County Criminal District Attorney

  • Alicia Cashell Barkley, Republican   
  • Jacob Putman , Republican

County Commissioner Pct. 4

  • Donald Ray Sanders, Democrat   
  • Joann Hampton, Democrat

Justice of the Peace Precinct 4

  • Darin Grissom, Republican     
  • John Wayne Johnson , Republican
  • Danny Brown, Republican     
  • Paul Simmons, Republican


This November election marks 12 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.

By entering one’s home address on VOTE411.org, voters can compare candidate responses to League questions and much more!  They can find their polling places and build a ballot, seeing the races and comparing candidates' positions side-by-side. You can print out a "ballot," indicating your preferences as a reminder, and take it with you to the polls on Election Day. 

At the website VOTE411.org, for the 2018 Primary Election voters in the Smith County area will find candidate responses to questions critical to voters, as well as background information on the candidates.

Thanks to special funding from LWV-Texas Education Fund, the online voters’ guide VOTE411 will be available to area voters for the 2018 Primary Election.


Join the League or Give a Gift Membership

Membership in the League is a meaningful gift that keeps on giving. Use the Paypal button below to make someone a member of the League.

  • Individual membership $70
  • Two in same household $105
  • Student $25

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Short Story Contest Coming Soon

Contest Rules and Dates to Be Announced


US Elections Integrity Commission

LWV-Texas Lobbies Against Data Release

The League of Women Voters of Texas has grave concerns about the release of voter information as requested by the Elections Integrity Commission. Texas League President Elaine Wiant sent a letter today to Texas Secretary of State Rolando Pablos expressing League concerns. The League also shared a report comparing the Commission's Interstate Crosscheck Program with the more reliable Electronic Registration Information Center.

Concerned citizens should act to protect voter information. You can also express your concerns to Secretary of State Pablos at (512) 463-5770 or secretary@sos.texas.gov.


Voter ID Goes Back to Court

Appeals Court, 2-1, Gives Texas OK to Use New Voter ID Law SB 5 Voters must execute a declaration that they face a reasonable impediment to vote without photo 

A divided federal appeals court has stayed a lower judge's ruling barring Texas from implementing a revised version of its voter identification law. A panel of the New Orleans-based 5th Circuit Court of Appeals voted, 2-1, to allow Texas to use the revised voter ID measure known as SB 5 beginning next year. In the meantime, interim rules used in 2016 will be in effect, the appeals court declared.

For full information on what is needed at the voting place, look here.


LWV Government Watchdogs

Join the LWV Observer Corps

Watch for Training Date & Time

The Observer Corp benefits 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

Member volunteers attend meetings of government institutions to monitor and ensure good government. Observers are asked to have an understanding of the priorities of the  League of Women Voters of Tyler/Smith County, which include public library services, single member voting districts, and information and referral, among other issues.

For further information, please contact the LWV President Marilyn Wills at lwv_president@lwvtyler.org or 903-630-1033.


U.S. Naturalization Ceremony

Throughout year to be announced

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 September 26. If you are able to volunteer to register new citizens as voters for these ceremonies, please contact Mary Lu French. You will be glad that you did!

Please notify Mary Lu French if you can participate in this or other voter registration events.  Call 903-569-2040 or email to lwv_vote@lwvtyler.org 


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.