Larimer County League of Women Voters hosts orientation 

As part of the 92nd birthday celebration of the national League of Women Voters, the Larimer County League will host a meeting for those interested in learning about the organization. The meeting will take place Jan. 19, 7-9 p.m. in Fort Collins. Call 970-484-2259 for directions. 

The League of Women Voters (LWV), a nonpartisan political organization that works to improve our system of government and impact public policies through citizen education and advocacy, is an outgrowth of the women’s suffrage movement. In 1920, after a 72-year struggle when passage of the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution appeared to be imminent, members of the National American Woman Suffrage Association formed the League of Women Voters, devoted to educating the newly franchised women to vote effectively. Many men supported the suffragists in the early days of the fight to pass the 19th Amendment, and men continue to support the LWV. In 1973, the LWV invited men to join the organization, and their numbers continue to increase. 

Along with registering hundreds of voters, in the past year, LWV of Larimer County has locally hosted the Director of the U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services to answer our community’s questions about healthcare reform; produced a program for the public on food production and distribution as it relates to sustainability; broadcast several panel discussions on key topics including medical marijuana dispensaries; hosted group conversations on international policy with the Osher Institute; contributed to a national study on the role of the federal government in public education; and more. 

The nonpartisan LWV never supports or opposes candidates or parties, but does take stands on issues. These stands are based on positions which are the result of intensive study, discussion of pros and cons, and, eventually, member consensus, all at the grassroots level. These positions are the basis for advocacy at the national, state, and local levels. 

Anyone over age 18 is welcome to join the LWV and become part of the respected and effective organization. To RSVP for the January meeting or learn more about the League of Women Voters, call 970-484-2259 or visit the website www.lwv-larimercounty.org.

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