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The League of Women Voters does not support or oppose any political party or candidate. It is a political organization that encourages informed and active participation in government. It influences public policy through education and advocacy.
LWVNCSD will be moderating a Candidate Forum for US Congressional District 49 on Tuesday, May 15, 2018. See the calendar for details.

Our May 18th general meeting - Plan to attend

Before you markup your mail-in ballot or make your choices on your Voter's Edge ballot, join us to hear the Pros and the Cons of the ballot issues for the June Primary. Hear what our state Legislators want us to consider and vote upon. Get your questions answered about what each ballot measure means.

Then stay to learn about effective communication techniques to get your message on any important issue to the elected officials that will be voting on your issue. Resource materials will be given out, refreshments will be available, and you will come away brimming with good information to share with family, friends, and neighbors. Mark your calendar! Meeting starts at 10am on Friday, May 18, 2018 at the Leucadia Wastewater District at the corner of La Costa Avenue and El Camino Real. Next to Gelson's Market. Plenty of parking, join us.

ICYMI - The 49th District Candidate Forum

Your North County San Diego League moderated this forum on March 9, 2018. Thanks to the team for a great job. Lots of compliments, as usual.

Thanks to Terry Woods of North County Daily Star. See more on their website.

Candidate Forum for 49th Congressional Seat from Terry Woods on Vimeo.

Schools and Communities First


This issue is the League of Women Voters California primary interest in 2018. Why? What is it? Why now? Who is supporting it and who is opposing it and why? What happens if it passes? What happens if it doesn't pass? How do other states handle local commercial property assessments? How will businesses be affected if it passes?

This will be another initiative where many millions of dollars will be spent to support it and to oppose it. It has been called the most important initiative in California in the past twenty years. It is all about money and it is a fascinating look into how government raises money to provide services to communities.

Our League and most other California leagues are collecting signatures to get this initiative on the November ballot. Contact Don Omsted, our local coordinator, if you have questions.

Join the San Diego County Voter's Edge Team!

In 2018, would you like to:

  • Make a positive impact on society from home, in your spare time, without having to attend meetings?
  • Update your personal resume with some marketable skills that will impress prospective employers?
  • Promote civility in political discourse?
  • Reduce the role of money in determining election outcomes?
  • Provide voters with unbiased information about the candidates and measures on their ballots?

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You can accomplish all of the above by joining the San Diego County Voter's Edge Team.

Voter's Edge California is a website that allows voters to inform themselves before casting their ballots. It is a joint project of the League of Women Voter's Education Fund and MapLight, a not-for-profit organization that tracks where political donations are coming from.

Through Voter's Edge California, the League of Women Voters offers all San Diego County candidates on the ballot the same opportunity to tell voters about their qualifications and priorities, at no cost. This free publicity reduces the need for candidates to amass large war chests of campaign donations in order to introduce themselves to voters.

Voter's Edge also promotes civility in campaigning, by requiring participating candidates to refrain from making any mention of their competitors in their Voter's Edge statements. This encourages candidates to stay positive and focused on what they want to accomplish for the public if elected--not on the shortcomings of their competitors.

During the 2016 elections, Voter's Edge was promoted on local public television and radio as "the KPBS Voter's Guide." Local universities, libraries, and the San Diego County Registrar of Voters were also very supportive of our efforts.

Whether you would simply like to volunteer a few hours to contact candidates by phone, or if you would like extensive training in order to master all the bells and whistles of our data entry system and spreadsheets--a real resume-building opportunity!--Julie Ann Sih will be happy to put you to work for Voter's Edge.

Please click on this link to contact Julie Ann if you are interested or want more information.

Tell students you know about this important opportunity

California Secretary of State Alex Padilla has recently rolled out this new program. Two ways make it happen -- Click on the banner to go to the SOS website and register online or copy and paste the link in an email and send to your favorite teen.

It's available to all citizens 16 and 17 years old. Be ready to vote.

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