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History of League of Women Voters

National History  

THE LEAGUE OF WOMEN VOTERS of the United States (LWVUS) was founded on February 14, 1920 in Chicago, Illinois. Born of the women’s suffrage movement, the League was organized when it became apparent that the Nineteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, guaranteeing voting rights to women citizens, would finally be ratified. The League is nonpartisan; it neither supports nor opposes candidates for office at any level of government. At the same time, the League works to influence policy through advocacy.

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State History     


In Colorado, the League of Women Voters (LWVCO) was organized in 1928. Throughout its history, members have researched, studied, discussed, and reached consensus on many controversial issues. The League in Colorado has had an impact in many areas of government. Some of the notable achievements include:

Automatic Voter Registration (2019)
Restored Voting Rights for Parolees (2019)
Amendments Y & Z, establishing bipartisan redistricting commissions following each census to combat gerrymandering (2018)
“Motor Voter” Voter Registration at Motor Vehicle Sites (Statutory Amendment 1984)
Independent Reapportionment Commission (Constitutional Amendment 1974)
Merit Selection of Judges (Constitutional Amendment 1966)

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