On the August ballot this year (the same ballot as your primary election ballot), there are several important issues to vote on. The League of Women Voters has taken a stand on some ballot issues, but not others. On our Ballot Issues Guide, we have reproduced the ballot language and added explanations. When the League has chosen a side, we note this, as well. Naturally, individual League members can and do disagree on issues, but the League as a body takes positions on ballot issues after discussion and debate at our annual state conference, regarding issues touching on existing League positions and priorities at the national or state level.
No matter which political party ballot you pick up when you vote in the Missouri primary election August 5th, you will see these statewide ballot issues. If you choose an “independent” ballot, you will only see ballot issues, not people competing to run for office.
League of Women Voters of Missouri Spring Conference
Saturday, April 5, 2014 – Registration begins at 9:00 a.m.
At Ozarks Technical Community College, 1001 E. Chestnut, Springfield, MO
The League of Southwest Missouri is our host and welcomes you to a day of sessions on topics that League members want to know more about.
Keynote speaker: Dr. Michael Stout, associate professor of sociology at Missouri State University and co-author of a new report on Missouri’s civic health, “The Role of Civic Engagement in Missouri.”
Other sessions will focus on protecting all citizens’ right to vote; keeping public school districts viable; ballot issues coming up in November; and more.
Registration is $30 which includes all materials and meals. You can send payment to LWVMO, 8706 Manchester Rd., #104, St. Louis, MO 63144.
More information and a registration form can be found in the March-April 2014 issue of the Missouri Voter.
We’ve added a new set of documents for local Leagues to the menu that lay out rules and guidelines on the use of the League of Women Voters of Missouri Education Fund for local Leagues. You will also find links to printable forms for applying for and accounting for your use of “the Ed Fund.” You’ll find the page, titled “Local League Resources,” under the “About” menu above.
Here is a direct link to the page: http://lwvmissouri.org/about/local-league-resources/
Mark your calendar for Wednesday, January 23, 2013 for Capitol Action Day in Jefferson City. Members attending will distribute Legislative Priority palm cards, to let our legislators know our organization’s legislative priorities for the coming session. Those interested in meeting with their State Representative or State Senator are encouraged to schedule an appointment or contact their office ahead of time. This is a day to meet with Legislators, share our priorities and our willingness to develop a line of communication. Inclement weather make-up day is January 30.
We will meet on Jan. at 9:30 am near the information desk on the first floor of the Capitol building. For more information on Capitol Action Day, see the first article in the January-February 2013 Voter or contact Marty Ott at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mark your calendars — May 4 and 5, 2013 – and plan to come to Columbia for the 61st State Convention.
Convention is when we all participate in the planning of the League of Women Voters of Missouri for the next two years. Now is the time to start thinking about the positions on which you want the League to take action in the next two years. Be sure to take part in your local League’s program planning process in preparation for this.
In addition to the business of convention, there will be interesting speakers, our bi-annual League awards, delicious meals, and plenty of time to get to know Leaguers from across the state.
Your suggestions for making this a great convention are welcome!
Just a few days following the November 2012 election, the featured speaker for our fall conference (Saturday November 10) will be Dr. Terry B. Smith, who will provide an analysis of the national and state election results and what they mean for policy and politics between now and 2016. We think his thoughtful comments will lead to lots of interesting discussions. For more information, please see the November-December 2012 Voter.
The League of Women Voters of Missouri has taken positions on two ballot issues, the proposed cigarette tax increase and the proposed changes to the Missouri Court Plan. Explanations of our positions are linked in the Issues menu above.
These issue explanations are a part of the September-October 2012 Voter. Other items in the Voter include:
- Fall Conference planned for November 10, with printable registration form
- 2012 LWVUS Convention report
- Missouri Legislative Report
- Public Advocacy for Voter Protection
The League is transitioning from its previous website to this one.
Starting Sunday August 12, the address http://lwvmissouri.org will begin being directed to this page. This is where the most current information for the League of Women Voters of Missouri can be found.
–Rachel Brekhus, Web Manager, LWV-MO