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

 

2018 Annual LWV Meeting

Saturday May 19, 11:30 am-2:30 pm

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

Pay for Lunch below by Credit or Debit card by May 13

Saturday, May 19 League members meet to consider and approve plans for the next upcoming League year. This year’s annual meeting is at 11:30 a.m. in the Genecov Room, Tyler Area Chamber of Commerce, 315 North Broadway.

Business Meeting:

  • Elect a Board of Directors for 2018-2019 (see page 4)
  • Adopt an operating budget for fiscal year 2018-2019 (see p. 5)
  • Vote on retention of current positions on local issues: Public Library Services and Single Member Districts for school trustees.

Lunch: A luncheon buffet catered by Azalea Caterers, includes tea and water to drink for $15. Pay using PayPal button below. If you cannot have lunch, please RSVP to lwv_president@lwvtyler.org so that there is adequate seating.

Please arrive promptly before 11:30 am so that we can have lunch before the meeting starts. We hope to see you there!

Pay for Lunch

Welcome New Members

Friday, April 20 from 5:30—7:30 p.m.  3529 Woods Blvd.

Twelve new and returning members and several prospective members are invited to a social get-together hosted by Dee Brock. The LWV-Tyler Board of Directors for 2017-18 and 2018-19 hope to get to know our newest members and discover their talents and interests. This is the first step in urging new members to become involved in those activities planned to carry out the League’s mission.

All LWV-TSC members are invited to the event. Just be sure to  RSVP to 903-630-1033 or to lwv_president@lwvtyler.org  IMMEDIATELY.


 

See the Benefits of Becoming an LWV Sponsor or Donor

You can help Make Democracy Work! Click here to see the table of sponsor acknowledgments for gifts in the $100—$5,000 range. Do you have to be a business to sponsor? NO. Individuals receive the same sponsor acknowledgments based on gift level.


 

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.


 

Billboards Urge Tyler Area:Get Out the Vote

Monday, Feb. 5 is last day to register to vote in Primary.

February 6 through March 6 two outdoor advertising signboards in Smith County will urge area residents to vote in the upcoming March 6 Primary Election. The billboards target registered voters and encourage them to get to the polls and vote.

Early Voting is February 20 - March 2

Billboards are located on

  • Front Street near So. Palace
  • Highway 271 & North Gentry Parkway

  The project is funded by the League of Women Voters of Texas Education Fund.


 

Public Policy Meeting to Focus on Voting Rights, Campaigns, Redistricting

Monday February 26, 6:30 pm - Keep the Grass Roots Green--Member Input and Discussion on LWV Public Policy

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

The LWVUS Campaign for Making Democracy Work® includes ensuring a free, fair, and accessible electoral system for all eligible voters. The first year of the biennium was active in ways that the LWVUS board never could have anticipated. There were critical challenges to the right to vote and to fair and open elections at every level and in every branch of government.

The LWVUS Board recommends that Policy Program 2018-2020 continue The Campaign for Making Democracy Work® with Leagues throughout the country working on:

  • Voting Rights
  • Improving Elections
  • Campaign Finance/Money in Politics
  • Redistricting

At this February 26 meeting members and others will make recommendations about this campaign. LWV-Tyler/Smith County board members will share information on how their work has an impact on the Campaign for Making Democracy Work as well as identify LWVUS nation-wide p0licy positions that they intend to use in education and lobbying.


 

U.S. Naturalization Ceremony

Set for Friday, March 2 - 10 a.m.

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 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 


 

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

Use credit or debit card

Membership Rates

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.


 

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.