The League of Women Voters is a multi-issue organization, whose mission is to encourage the informed and active participation of citizens in the government and to influence public policy through education and advocacy. View a presentation on the League's history.
Join us on Wednesday, September 27, 5:30-7:30PM at the Washington County Extension Service, to learn ways to grow the League and make it more effective. Our speaker is Pat Landes of the Pulaski County chapter, who recently moved to Arkansas from Illinois. She has considerable experience and training from the national organization in League building. Her topics will include ideas for recruiting new members and building the chapter's outreach; the non-partisan position of the League; and the process for moving a topic through a study and then to taking an official League position locally and at the state and national levels, vital information for our very active program committees. The Washington County Extension Service is at 2536 N. McConnell Ave., Fayetteville.
Lifelong Housing Open House Oct. 15
The best way to learn what is meant by Lifelong Housing is to see a home designed to accommodate the special needs of
aging or disabled individuals who prefer to stay in their homes. You are invited to attend an open-house tour Sunday,
October 15, 1:00 – 5:00PM at 423 W. Hawthorne St., Fayetteville. The event is free but will require tickets for
scheduled time slots to avoid congestion. Contact Beth Barham at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 445-4116 to schedule a tour or for more information.
This house tour is in the Wilson Park neighborhood. Tour guides will assist. An information booth will have materials
and spokespersons to share information. A video will be made of the tour. It is funded by AARP with assistance from
groups like local AARP HUB members and will be available for use by AARP and other groups or individuals.
This LWVWC project is also co-sponsored by Sources, AARP Arkansas and AARP national.
For more information on lifelong housing, see the pFebruary 2017 program materials, including a video of the program, panelists' presentations, and useful internet resources here.
Lifelong Housing: Learn from the Builders Oct. 25
Remaining in one’s home rather than a care facility is the desire of most people. Steps can be taken to extend that time
at home, if people plan ahead. A program to discuss the issue of building housing to meet the needs of an aging
population will be held Wednesday, October 25, 5:30 to 7:30PM at the Washington Regional Pat Walker Senior Center
auditorium located at 12 E. Appleby, Fayetteville. Panelists will include Tim Janachek, Janachek Remodeling of Rogers,
Suzanne Lantz of the Stitt Group in Rogers, and one additional panelist TBD.
The < href="lifelonghousing.htm">February LWVWC program on lifelong housing kicked off activity with architects, builders, organizations and city
officials that is ongoing to address this growing residential accommodations need. Actions they take have the potential
of leading to legislation and policies supporting financial incentives for home construction that address special needs.
There is no charge for attending this panel. Contact Beth Barham at email@example.com or call 445-4116 for
Voter ID Update
In March 2017, the Arkansas legislature enacted Act 633, which mandated a voter verification requirement similar to the one that was struck down in 2014. It will also be presented to voters in the 2018 general election
as an amendment to Amendment 51 of the Arkansas Constitution.
Emergency Rules For The Verification Of Voter Registration were approved on July 20 and are effective as of July 31, 2017. The Rules will, therefore, be in effect for upcoming special elections around the state. This document describes photo identification as "(1) A document or identification card that
satisfies all of the following conditions: (a) Shows the name of the person to whom the document was issued; (b) Shows a photograph of the person to whom the document was issued; (c)
Is issued by the United States, the State of Arkansas, or an accredited postsecondary educational institution in the State of Arkansas; and (d) If displaying an expiration date, the document or card is not expired or expired no more than four (4) years before the date of the election in which the person seeks to vote." Consult the whole document for more information.
Washington County Annual School Election will be held on Tuesday, September 19, 7:30AM to 7:30PM. Early voting begins on
Tuesday, September 12 through Friday, September 15 and also on Monday, September 18. Hours are 8:30AM-4:00PM.
Voters in the Fayetteville, Elkins, Springdale, and Greenland school districts may vote early or by absentee ballot only. Vote centers will not be available on election day. That is because there are no contested races or millage changes in those districts.
The Lincoln, West Fork, and Prairie Grove districts each have either a contested race or a millage increase, and voters in those districts may vote early, by absentee ballot, or at a vote center on election day.
For candidates, sample ballots, vote centers, and new voter ID requirements, see the Washington County Election Commission. Check your voter registration at VoterView. For additional information, call the County Clerk at 479.444.1711.
Two Federal Election-Related Commissions
Two specialized federal election-related commissions have been in the news recently. They are linked from the Election links section on LWVWC Links page.
The U.S. Election Assistance Commission (EAC) "was established by the Help America Vote Act of 2002 (HAVA). EAC is an independent, bipartisan commission charged with developing guidance to meet HAVA requirements, adopting voluntary voting system guidelines, and serving as a national clearinghouse of information on election administration. EAC also accredits testing laboratories and certifies voting systems, as well as audits the use of HAVA funds." News reports have indicated that this important commission may be abolished.
The Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity was established in May by executive order of the President to study the registration and voting processes used in federal elections. Concern has been reported in the news that the commission's work might lead to vote suppression.
Lifelong Housing: Homes for All Ages
Lifelong Housing: Homes for All Ages, a public panel, was presented on Thursday, February 16, 2017. Sponsors were the League of Women Voters of Washington County, Age-Friendly Fayetteville, City of Fayetteville, and AARP Arkansas.
Program materials, including a video of the program, panelists' presentations, and useful internet resources are here.
Laura Kellams, NWA Director for Arkansas Advocates for Children and Families and LWVWC board member, has written Falling Behind: State Loses Ground on the Education of Its Children. Learn where Arkansas stands on the funding of its Arkansas Better Chance program. Read the colum was published August 7, 2015 in the Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette.
Revised by-laws of the League of Women Voters of Washington County were approved by membership at the LWVWC Annual Meeting on May 14. Read the revised by-laws here.
American Voting Experience Report and Recommendations
The American Voting Experience: Report and Recommendations of the Presidential Commission on Election Administration was released on January 22, 2014. Because many voters in the 2012 election experienced long lines and waits of many hours, President Obama apppointed a ten-member Commission to study and provide recommendations on improving the voter experience. Co-chairs of the Commission were the chief counsels to the 2012 Obama and Romney campaigns. The report and recommendations, which included ways to shorten waiting, expand early voting, and improve technology, were presented to the President after a six-month investigation. Read the report and the news release.
10/2013 Marion Orton Recycling Drop Off Center Grand Opening
Members of the League of Women Voters of Washington County gathered on Oct. 26 for the grand opening of the Marion Orton Recycling Drop Off Center. Marion was a long-time League member, a Fayetteville city director and mayor, and a pioneer in environmental policy. Serving on the Pollution Control Committee of the City of Fayetteville, Marion took the lead in establishing a recycling center, which opened in 1971. She managed that center and encouraged the local, Arkansas, and national Leagues' interest and advocacy in recycling. Mayor Lioneld Jordan, LWVWC President Mary Alice Serafini, and Waste Reduction Coordinator Brian Pugh were speakers. Read Mary Alice's remarks about Marion here. See more photos on Flickr.
6/2012 Joyce Hale Awarded Dragon Slayer Award
The Arkansas Citizens First Congress and Arkansas Public Policy Panel honored Joyce Hale, former President of the League of Voters of Washington County, with the Brownie Ledbetter Dragon Slayer Award on June 23 at the 4H Center in Little Rock. She was honored for working tirelessly through the League of Women Voters, Sierra Club, and other groups to champion a range of issues from fair elections to clean water to make Arkansas a better place. "She was one of the first, and most forceful, in the state to raise concerns about the impacts of natural gas fracking on water quality and landowners." Congratulations to Joyce Hale on this richly-deserved honor!
3/2012 Woman's History Award Honorees
Five women who have made significant contributions to Washington County will be honored at the Women's History Month Banquet at the Clarion Inn on March 26 at 6:00. Congratulations to League of Women Voters of Washington County Second Vice President (and former President) Joyce Hale, to League members Senator Sue Madison, Jane Scroggs, and Bobbie Nell Templeton, and to Lib Horn!
3/2010 Governor Proclaims League Day
In celebration of the 90th anniversary of the League of Women Voters of the United States on Tuesday, March 2, Governor Mike Beebe spoke about the League beneath the rotunda of the Arkansas State Capitol and proclaimed the League of Women Voters Day in Arkansas:
...WHEREAS: In June 1919, the U.S. Congress passed the 19th Amendment to the Constitution, and Arkansas became the twelfth state to pass the amendment on July 18, 1919, during a special session of the Arkansas General Assembly; and
WHEREAS: Ninety years ago, women were finally guaranteed the right to vote, moving our Nation forward on the path toward equal civil and political rights for all...
3/2010 President of League of Women Voters of the U.S. at Clinton School
On March 1, Mary Wilson, President of the League of Women Voters of the United States spoke at the Clinton School of Public Service on "2010: A Year of Celebration and Climate Concerns," about the League's 90th anniversary and its efforts to promote public policy responding to the effects of climate change.
Fayetteville Mayor Lioneld Jordan presented LWVWC President Joyce Hale with a proclamation in honor of the 90th anniversary of the League of Woman Voters of the United States on Saturday, February 13:
...I, Lioneld Jordan, Mayor of the City of Fayetteville,
Arkansas do hereby proclaim Saturday, February 13, 2010
as "LWV MAKING DEMOCRACY WORK DAY"
in Fayetteville, Arkansas in honor of the League of Women Voters' 90th Anniversary
and urge all residents of Fayetteville to pay tribute and respect to the League of
Women Voters for all they do to make our community healthy, vibrant and strong.
The ceremony was hosted by the Chi Omega Sorority at the University of Arkansas, where a Chi Omega member read a speech given by Little Rock suffragette, Florence Cotnam, to the first LWV Convention in Chicago on Feb. 14, 1920. Ratification of the Nineteenth Amendment granting women the right to vote was completed on August 18, 1920. More photos at Flickr.
11/2009 LWVWC Presents Carson DVD to Public Library
J.P. Peters of the League of Women Voters of Washington County presents Fayetteville Public Library Director Shawna Thorup with the DVD, "A Sense of Wonder," the story of Rachel Carson, whose 1962 book, Silent Spring, helped launch the environmental movement. Filmed at Ms. Carson's cabin in Maine, the documentary focuses on the last year of her life. As she struggles with cancer and with the critical attacks from the chemical industry, the government, and the press, she uses her remaining energy to spread her message to the American people and to Congress. Supplemental materials include discussion of Carson's legacy by leading environmentalists, a visit with former Interior Secretary, Stewart Udall, and interviews with Carson's adopted son, Roger, and with actress/producer, Kaiulani Lee.
4/2009 Genie Donovan and Wanda Stephens in LWVAR Hall of Fame
Genie Donovan and Wanda Stephens were inducted into the League of Women Voters of Arkansas Hall of Fame on Saturday, April 25, at the LWVAR Convention in Fayetteville. Both have served as president of the League of Women Voters of Washington County, and both have made numerous other contributions to the local League and to the community. Donovan currently serves on the LWVWC Board as Voter editor.
3/2009 Women's History Banquet Awards
Five women from the community were honored at the 11th annual Washington County Women's History Month Banquet at the Clarion Inn, Monday, March 23. Honorees include League President and longtime mental-health advocate Elizabeth "Libby" Wheeler and and Bettie Lu Lancaster, League Voter Services Chair and League Board member, whose many other contributions to the community include starting a library for women in the county jail. Also honored were Patsy Brewer, Edith Hawkins, and Gail Segers.
3/2009 Conservation Tax Credit Bill Signed
After LWVAR studied the use of tax incentives for land preservation, hosted a conservation easement forum, and advocated passage of HB1577, a new water protection program became law without a single vote of opposition. Landowners may now receive state tax credits for conservation easements protecting their riparian zones and wetlands. Governer Beebe signs the bill which now becomes Act 351. Bill sponsors, League members, state agency personnel, and conservation organizations were in attendance at the Capitol for the signing ceremony on March 16, 2009.