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 2018-2019 and  Upcoming Events pages for more details

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.

As we enter this Giving and Holiday Season, let’s not forget one of our greatest gifts — living in American with all the rights and freedoms it offers. Your gifts support the League’s efforts to make and keep democracy working.


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
  • College Student $25
  • High School Student $10

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Lobby Days February 4-5

Lobby Days Planned Feb. 4-5 by LWVTX; Save the Dates!

Save the dates of Monday and Tuesday, Feb. 4-5, 2019, and be part of the LWV-TSC delegation that will travel to Austin to participate in Lobby Days. More than 75 League members from around the state are expected to attend this biennial event which will begin at noon on Feb. 3 and continue through Tuesday afternoon, Feb. 4. The agenda includes advocacy training on League priorities, greeting legislators in their offices at the state capital, and networking with fellow League members at the “Making Democracy Work” dinner on Feb. 3. Be watching for more details and information about accommodations at a downtown Austin hotel near the Capital. 


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.

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