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Welcome!

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.

The Washington County League provides non-partisan political information, a guide to elected officials, candidate forums, programs on current issues, a citizens' information guide (Spanish), and other resources to help citizens participate in the political process.

Upcoming Events

League of Women Voters of Arkansas Convention April 18

Anita LochAn important biennial convention of the League of Women Voters of Arkansas will meet for organizational planning and reports on LVW activity around the state. Acting as host, the League of Women Voters of Washington County has arranged to meet in Fayetteville at the University of Arkansas Law School, April 18, 2015. Attending the convention will be special guest, Anita Loch, member of the Board of Directors of the League of Women Voters of the United States (LWVUS). Ms. Loch, from Wisconsin, was recently elected to the national board at the 2014 LWVUS Convention.

During a morning business session, delegates will consider a new voter services program, leadership involvement at the state level, advocacy, and possible incentive grants to support local Leagues in membership and program development. This meeting will take place in Room 342, Waterman Hall of the Law School. All members are urged to attend to help strengthen state and local LWV activity. Lunch will be provided at no charge to LWV members who have pre-registered. Pre-registered non-members may purchase a lunch for $10.00. There will be no registration charge. Each local League should select voting delegates based on membership: Fort Smith - 2, Pulaski County - 3, and Washington County - 4.

A LWVAR program on the topic, Landlord-Tenant Rights and Responsibilities in Arkansas, will take place in the upstairs court room of the University of Arkansas School of Law from 2:00 to 4:00 pm. A panel, moderated by Professor Robert B Leflar, will represent various interests to discuss the subject and answer questions. Local ordinances involving housing and current legislation have made this an important topic and may be considered for a LWVAR study. This program is open to the public at no charge. See the flyer for more information and helpful landlord/tenant resources.

Those attending the convention who plan to stay overnight in the area are invited to a social gathering Saturday evening and an outing to Crystal Bridges in Bentonville on Sunday.

REGISTRATION DEADLINE: APRIL 13. Register online here. Registration forms are also at lwv-arkansas.org. More information will be sent to those who pre-register.

Arkansas Voter and Election Legislation Proposed in 2015

The following bills and resolutions concerning election law have been introduced in the 2015 Arkansas legislature. Each link provides status, the committee to which the bill has been referred and upcoming schedules, and links to the full text of the bill in a couple of formats. If you wish to contact legislators on the committees considering the bills, you can find membership and membership contact information for Joint, House, and Senate Committees, and relevant subcommittees.

SB349 - TO AMEND THE LAW CONCERNING EARLY VOTING; AND TO CHANGE THE DATES ON WHICH EARLY VOTING MAY BE HELD. This bill would decrease early voting to one week.

SB389 - TO AMEND ARKANSAS ELECTION LAWS CONCERNING PRESIDENTIAL PREFERENTIAL PRIMARY ELECTIONS. Establishes a presidential preferential primary election on the first Tuesday in March.

SB509 - CREATING THE OFFENSE OF WRONGFUL DISSEMINATION OF AN ELECTRONIC COMMUNICATION TO INFLUENCE A POLITICAL VOTE; AND TO PROVIDE FOR CIVIL LIABILITY.

SB510 - TO ALLOW A SIXTEEN (16) YEAR OLD TO PREREGISTER TO VOTE; AND TO AMEND AMENDMENT 51 OF THE ARKANSAS CONSTITUTION.

SB750 - TO AMEND THE ELECTION LAWS CONCERNING ELECTION EQUIPMENT, TESTING PROCEDURES, ELECTION PROCESSES, AND ELECTION PROCEDURES.

SB765 - TO AMEND THE LAW CONCERNING THE DATES ASSOCIATED WITH THE PREFERENTIAL PRIMARY ELECTIONS; TO AMEND THE LAW CONCERNING ELECTION DATES.

SB816 - TO AMEND THE ELECTION LAWS CONCERNING ELECTION EQUIPMENT, TESTING PROCEDURES, ELECTION PROCESSES, AND ELECTION PROCEDURES.

SB853 - ACT TO AMEND THE LAW CONCERNING CAMPAIGN FINANCE; TO AMEND THE LAW CONCERNING RAISING CAMPAIGN FUNDS; AND TO AMEND PORTIONS OF THE LAW RESULTING FROM INITIATED ACT 1 OF 1990 AND INITIATED ACT 1 OF 1996.

SB860 - TO AMEND ARKANSAS LAW CONCERNING INITIATIVES, REFERENDA, AND CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENTS.

SB862 - TO AMEND ARKANSAS LAW CONCERNING THE CONTENTS OF THE STATEMENT OF FINANCIAL INTEREST FILED BY PUBLIC SERVANTS AND CANDIDATES.

SB872 - TO AMEND THE LAW RELATING TO INITIATED ACT NO. 1 OF 1942 CONCERNING LOCAL OPTION ELECTION PETITION PROCEDURES; AND TO AMEND THE LAW CONCERNING CERTAIN ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGE ELECTIONS.

SB885 - TO AMEND THE ELECTION LAW CONCERNING RECOUNTS; AND TO ALLOW A CANDIDATE TO CHOOSE AN ENTITY BESIDES THE COUNTY BOARD OF ELECTION COMMISSIONERS TO PERFORM A RECOUNT.

SB887 - TO PROMOTE HONESTY AND INTEGRITY IN COUNTY BOARDS OF ELECTION COMMISSIONERS; TO CREATE A PROCEDURE FOR THE REMOVAL OF A MEMBER OF A COUNTY BOARD OF ELECTION COMMISSIONERS UPON PUBLIC COMPLAINT.

SB963 - ACT TO AMEND THE LAW CONCERNING COMPLAINTS FILED WITH AND INVESTIGATIONS PERFORMED BY THE STATE BOARD OF ELECTION COMMISSIONERS; AND TO AMEND THE LAW CONCERNING CRIMINAL INVESTIGATIONS OF VIOLATIONS OF ELECTION LAWS.

SB993 - TO AMEND THE LAW CONCERNING ELECTION VIOLATIONS BY COUNTY BOARDS OF ELECTION COMMISSIONERS; AND TO REQUIRE REPORTING OF CERTAIN IRREGULARITIES.

SB1013 - TO PROVIDE FOR COMPREHENSIVE INVESTIGATIONS OF ELECTION MISCONDUCT; AND TO CREATE A VOTER INTEGRITY UNIT ADMINISTERED BY THE SECRETARY OF STATE.

SB1055 - TO AMEND THE LAW CONCERNING ELECTIONS AND SECRET BALLOTS.

HB1422 - TO PROMOTE VOTER TURNOUT; AND TO AMEND THE LAW TO LIMIT THE DATES ON WHICH CERTAIN SPECIAL ELECTIONS CAN BE HELD.

HB1425 - TO REQUIRE REPORTING AND DISCLOSURE OF ELECTIONEERING COMMUNICATIONS.

HB1610 - TO PROVIDE THAT NO ELECTION MAY BE HELD FOR CERTAIN UNOPPOSED OFFICES; AND TO PROVIDE A NEW ELECTION PROCEDURE.

HB1616 - TO PROVIDE FOR AUTOMATIC VOTER REGISTRATION; AND TO AMEND AMENDMENT 51 OF THE ARKANSAS CONSTITUTION.

HB1682 - TO ALLOW A VOTER TO REGISTER TO VOTE ON THE DAY OF AN ELECTION OR DURING EARLY VOTING; AND TO AMEND AMENDMENT 51 OF THE ARKANSAS CONSTITUTION.

HB1687 - TO AMEND THE LAW CONCERNING BALLOT QUESTIONS; AND TO ADD CLARITY TO THE FORMAT OF A BALLOT QUESTION.

HB1688 - TO AMEND THE LAW CONCERNING MUNICIPAL INITIATIVE AND REFERENDUM PETITIONS; AND TO EXTEND THE TIME FOR CIRCULATION OF MUNICIPAL INITIATIVE AND REFERENDUM PETITIONS.

HB1743 - TO ALIGN ANNUAL SCHOOL ELECTIONS WITH GENERAL ELECTIONS; AND TO AMEND OTHER PROVISIONS OF LAW CONCERNING BOARDS OF DIRECTORS OF SCHOOL DISTRICTS.

HB1829 - TO AMEND ARKANSAS LAW CONCERNING THE PROCEDURES TO BE FOLLOWED WHEN A VOTER REQUIRES ASSISTANCE IN CASTING HIS OR HER BALLOT.

SJR5 - PROPOSING AN AMENDMENT TO THE ARKANSAS CONSTITUTION CONCERNING ELECTED COUNTY OFFICIALS.

SJR7 - AN AMENDMENT TO THE ARKANSAS CONSTITUTION CONCERNING VOTER IDENTIFICATION WHEN CASTING A BALLOT IN PERSON.

SJR13 - AN AMENDMENT TO THE ARKANSAS CONSTITUTION PROVIDING THAT PERSONS ELECTED TO THE OFFICE OF SHERIFF SHALL SERVE A TERM OF FOUR (4) YEARS.

HJR1007 - AN AMENDMENT TO THE ARKANSAS CONSTITUTION REQUIRING THE PRESENTATION OF CERTAIN IDENTIFICATION WHEN CASTING A BALLOT.

HJR1012 - A CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT AUTHORIZING THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY TO ENACT LAWS GOVERNING ELECTIONS IN WHICH THERE IS ONLY ONE CANDIDATE FOR AN OFFICE.

HJR1020 - AN AMENDMENT TO THE ARKANSAS CONSTITUTION CONCERNING THE USE OF VOTING BY MAIL AT ELECTIONS.

In addition, Arkansas Citizens First Congress is tracking several bills introduced on Election and Government Reform.

VOTER ID

On October 15, 2014, the Arkansas Supreme Court unanimously struck down the Voter ID Act 595 of 2013. Read the decision here.

Arkansas State Board of Election Commissioners Replacement pages to the 2014 Poll Worker Guide (in light of the decision striking down the voter ID law) are here.

Voter ID amendments to the Arkansas Constitution have been proposed in the 2015 legislature (see above) but without the exception for residents of a long-term care or residential care facility licensed by the state that was in Act 595.

Election Results

General election results: Washington County (Washington County Election Commission) -- Northwest Arkansas (NWAonline) -- Arkansas (Arkansas Secretary of State)

November Ballot Issues

Three important amendments to the Arkansas Constitution proposed by the Arkansas Legislature and a petition-initiated act were approved by voters in the November 4 election. The texts of the approved measures are:

HJR1009 THE ARKANSAS ELECTED OFFICIALS ETHICS, TRANSPARENCY, AND FINANCIAL REFORM.

SJR7 AN AMENDMENT TO THE ARKANSAS CONSTITUTION CONCERNING THE REVIEW AND APPROVAL OF ADMINISTRATIVE RULES BY A LEGISLATIVE COMMITTEE.

SJR16 AMENDMENT TO ARTICLE 5, SECTION 1, OF THE ARKANSAS CONSTITUTION CONCERNING INITIATIVE AND REFERENDUM; AND PROVIDING CERTAIN REQUIREMENTS FOR THE CORRECTION OR AMENDMENT OF INSUFFICIENT STATE-WIDE PETITIONS.

AN ACT TO INCREASE THE ARKANSAS MINIMUM WAGE.

Facts sheets for these ballot issues were prepared by the Cooperative Extension Service. Click on Archive of Arkansas Ballot Issues.

LWVWC By-Laws

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.

Mental Illness and the Judicial System

"Mental Illness and the Judicial System" was the topic for the April 16th program sponsored by the League of Women Voters of Washington County, Mental Health America in Northwest Arkansas and the Judicial Equality for Mental Illness Task Force (JEMI). A capacity crowd attended the excellent program. Some did not get handouts prepared by three speakers. Those materials are provided 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.

Keystone Pipeline

Resources for learning more about this important issues and the national LWV's stand on it include the LWVUS position, an LWVUS press release, videos and additional information, and an article from The Hill's Congress Blog.

League Programs on YouTube

View the League's excellent programs on shale economics (October 2013), watersheds (September 2013), immigration law (April 2013), the Common Core Education Standards (January 2013), and cyberbullying (October 2012) on the Internet.

Women in the Arkansas Legislature: 90 Years (1922-2012)

Former legislator Lindsley Smith has produced a fascinating video on the history of women in the Arkansas General Assembly 1922-2012. This work was supported by the University of Arkansas Women's Giving Circle and the Diane D. Blair Center of Southern Politics and Society.

LWVWC on Facebook
Interact with the League of Women Voters of Washington County on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/lwvwc/!!!

Resources for League Programs and Studies
LWVWC Mental Illness and the Judicial System Resources prepared for the April 2014 meeting. Updated 6/2014.
LWVWC Fraud Prevention for Seniors Resources prepared for the March 2014 meeting.
LWVWC Arkansas Voter ID Resources prepared for the February 2014 meeting. Updated 10/2014.
LWVWC Fayetteville Shale Play Resources. Updated 12/2013.
LWVWC Immigration Resources for the April 2013 meeting. Updated 2/2015. NEW!
LWVWC Local Emergency Preparedness Resources for the January 2012 meeting. Updated 1/2012.
LWV Privatization Resources for the Spring 2011 meeting and LWVUS study. Updated 12/2011.
LWV Education Resources for the October 2011 meeting and LWVUS study. Updated 12/2011.
LWVWC Transportation Resources for the April 2011 meeting.
Resources on Rising Child Poverty in Northwest Arkansas for the 2010-2011 LWVWC study. Updated 2/2011.
Redistricting Resources for the Sept. 2010 meeting.
Health Care Reform Resources for Jan. 2010 meeting. Updated 6/2012.
LWVAR Transition from Foster Care to Adulthood Study Materials
for a consensus meeting on Dec. 16, 2009. Updated 6/2010.
LWVAR Providing State Tax Incentives for Land Conservation Study Materials for the 2008 state study.
National Immigration Study materials for the 2006-2008 LWVUS study.

League Meetings on Television

Fayetteville residents can view programs on Fayetteville Access TV on Cox Channel 218 or AT&T Uverse 99, and anyone can view them on streaming video at scheduled times. Check the schedule here.

Upcoming Elections

 
Visit the Washington County Election Commission for dates,
voter information, sample ballots, and precinct maps
for upcoming elections, to learn how to register to vote, or
to check your voter registration. Smart phone users
can get or check voter registration information here.

Register to Vote!

News

10/2013 Marion Orton Recycling Drop Off Center Grand Opening

LWVWC at 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.Orton/Serafini 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

Joyce HaleThe 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

Women's History Month 2012 HonoreesFive 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

LWV 90th AnniversaryIn 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...
More pictures at Flickr.

3/2010 President of League of Women Voters of the U.S. at Clinton School

LWV 90th AnniversaryOn 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.

 

Video of speech. Photo gallery. News story.

2/2010 League Celebrates 90th Anniversary

LWV 90th AnniversaryFayetteville 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

LWVAR Hall of FameJ.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

LWVAR Hall of FameGenie 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

Conservation Bill Signing

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.


 



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