Making Democracy Work

Because democracy is not a spectator sport

The League of Women Voters is a 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.

Electing the President - A New Publication from LWV

book cover with photo of the White House at night The conventions of the two major political parties consume vast amounts of media attention. While attention-getting, these events have become spectacles that rarely elevate the political discourse. In fact, they may leave voters with many questions about elections and the voting process.

In continuing service to voters across the country, the League of Women Voters has teamed up with the Newspaper in Education Institute to produce Electing the President, a handy guide designed with teachers and students in mind. We encourage you to make this your "go-to" resource until Election Day. Download the guide in PDF.

Looking for more? Download the document, How to Judge a Candidate, which will help you to sort out the substance from the spin. Prepared by the League of Women Voters, this is a valuable tool to help you decide what's important to you in your ballot decision-making.

Get Involved with Voter Service

I Voted Display at ROV Voter Service projects and programs during election season are the heart of the League. This is what we do! And we can't do it without you!

Most of our members say they joined League to get involved with Voter Service. Contact us now to join or get involved if you are already a member. Our Voter Service chairs Cathy Greene and Barbara Lorenzen are poised to connect you with a project that will inspire you. Contact them at

This spring has been an exciting time with non-stop requests for voter services. We have been busy registering student voters at community colleges and high schools. In April, we moderated a forum for candidates for the County Board of Supervisors, Third District. We extend heartfelt thanks to the many volunteers who helped with all of these springtime projects!

As we approach the fall election season, we look to welcome back all of you who have helped with these election programs and events in the past. I know you are looking forward to helping the League again. We also want to welcome those of you who have never had the chance to volunteer in this way. You will find it fun and rewarding.

So please pencil us in for fall activities. We will be training volunteers for moderating forums, presenting pro and con discussions of the ballot measures, and for registering voters.

Our first training meeting for Pros and Cons will take place August 3rd. Contact Anne Omsted if you are a member or the email address below if you are not and want to join us. You will be trained and mentored by knowledgeable and experienced League members.

All of these activities are fun events to enjoy with your League friends. Some are easier than others, but all offer very rewarding experiences of service to your communities. We hope you will join us! is how to contact us.

A successful community event

Our presentation of Elections the American Way was held at the Oceanside Library recently to an audience of enthusiastic voters and League members. We were glad to do this outreach to the community and appreciate the help of Principal Librarian, Monica Chapa Domercq in working out the details at the Library.

If you missed it you can download the presentation in pdf form here.

There are some very interesting charts that bring some sense to the chaos we know as primaries and caucauses.

Contact if you have any questions.

E is for Election Day

We had to opportunity to participate in #readacrossamerica and Dr. Seuss' birthday celebration recently.

Our member, Claudine Jones read E is for Election Day by Gloria Gavris to the students at Kelly, Poinsettia and Aviara Oaks Elementary in Carlsbad. The librarians and staff were so welcoming and we were happy to donate the book to each school's library.

We were successful in expanding the project to all nine elementary schools in the Carlsbad Unified School District with a grant from LWV San Diego County. Now the plan is to move on to more schools in North County. If you are interested in working on this great project, contact our webmaster. Stay tuned!

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