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The League of Women Voters is a nonprofit, nonpartisan political organization encouraging informed and active participation in government. LWV influences public policy through education and advocacy.

Empowering Voters. Defending Democracy

Vision: We envision a democracy where every person has the desire, the right, the knowledge and the confidence to participate.

St. Louis Hosts State Convention

The 64th state convention featured several speakers on election reform. On Friday, Alicia Gurrieri from LWVUS presented a workshop to help League members empower voters and defend democracy.

Keynote speaker Amber McReynolds explained how she worked to get comprehensive election reform in Colorado, including automatic voter registration and address changes, mail-in ballots and central vote centers. "Let's make the voting experience something everyone can celebrate," she told LWVMO convention delegates. The former director of elections for Denver, she is now the Executive Director for the National Vote at Home Institute and serves as senior strategic adviser on various election-focused projects across the country. She was introduced by Eric Fey, Director of the St. Louis County Board of Elections.

St. Louis City Treasurer Tishaura Jones updated the convention on proposed election reforms "to ensure an effective government of, by and for the people." She called Amendment 1 "a tremendous victory to clean up Missouri politics." After commending the League for its work for American democracy, she challenged delegates to block legislation now in the Missouri Senate to override voter wishes and make it easier to gerrymander. She also shared some exciting opportunities to make positive lasting changes for voters, including approval or ranked choice voting.

Metro St. Louis nominated both award winners. Catherine Stenger won the Lenore Loeb award for her voter registration efforts. Velma Bailey won the Harriett Woods Award for Exemplary Community Service for founding St. Louis Torchbearers 2, a youth development organization that offers non-school hour services to young people to train them to serve in leadership roles.

In honor of the League's centennial in 2019, the Metro St. Louis League hosted a pre-convention Suffragist Tour of Bellefontaine Cemetery. The next night, delegates and guests enjoyed What Women Wore: A League of Women Voters Centennial Fashion Show. The entertaining and informative script was written by Nichole Burgdorf and read by Rebecca Now, with fashions modeled by the volunteer board of the Repertory Theatre of St. Louis. For more photos, go to Events.

Members Enjoy Centennial Tea
The League kicked off its 100th birthday celebration with a March 24 tea at the St. Louis Woman's Club. Other upcoming Centennial events include a Suffragist tour of Bellefontaine Cemetery on Thursday, May 2, summer parades and a banquet Nov. 13 at the Sheldon.

Pictured are LWV of Metro St. Louis co-presidents Nancy J. Miller and Louise Wilkerson.

Respect Missouri Voters
The League is encouraging women across Missouri to send postcards to their Missouri legislators asking them to Respect Missouri Voters and uphold all the legislative reforms in Amendment 1.

Poster Encourages Students to Register to Vote
Laura Champion from Rockwood's Lafayette High School won the League's statewide poster contest to promote youth voter registration. The League of Women Voters of Missouri is sending a copy of Champion's poster to more than 700 high schools in Missouri

"The colors make it more exciting and enthusiastic, which is my stance on getting people to vote," Champion said upon getting her $500 prize. "I'm passionate about having people's voices heard."

Elad Gross Shines Light on Dark Money
At the Holiday Luncheon, speaker Elad Gross spoke on the problem of dark money in elections and ways to prevent it. More than 80 attendees brought and bought books for Circle of Concern and Grace Hill.

Voters approve ethics, redistricting reform

Voters approved Amendment 1 by a large margin (62-38) on Nov. 6.
"The League of Women Voters of Missouri played a crucial role in promoting the anti-gerrymandering provisions of Amendment 1," said Clean Missouri Communications Director Benjamin Singer. "Thanks in big part to the League, Missouri will have more fair and competitive maps that protect minority representation and follow city and county lines when possible."

Nancy Miller, Co-President of LWV of Metro St. Louis, stressed the need for redistricting reform. "The League's position is that political and racial gerrymandering distort and undermine representative democracy."
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Our League was founded Nov. 13, 1919. To celebrate the League's first 100 years and kick off the next century, the League would like to invite you to join the 100th Anniversary Hundred Dollar Club.
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