The League of Women Voters (LWV) is a non-partisan political organization encouraging informed and active participation in government in the Pagosa Springs and Archuleta County area. Effective political action can come when the people get correct information, get involved and make their voices heard. The LWV of Archuleta County is focused on improving open, responsive local, state and national governments by engaging all citizens in decisions that impact their lives.
Our main focus is to expand participation and give a voice to all Americans. We do this at all three levels of government, engaging in both broad educational efforts as well as advocacy. We are especially interested in the local level and reporting on the activities and decisions of the Board of County Commissioners. Our observer corp will be attending the BOCC meetings and reporting their activities on our web site.
The League is nonpartisan, which means we don’t support or oppose candidates for public office.
Our current membership stands at 13 members. During the elections year, we hold forums and inviting candidates for office and supporters and opponents of state and local ballot proposals to present their issues. Our current officers are:
- Merilyn Moorhead, 731-2323, President
- Marybeth McAuley, 264-2566, Treasurer
- Kristeen Harris, 903-2686, Project Vote:Kid’s Vote,too
Marybeth is also the moderator for our voter forums held during election years.
The LWV also supports a program called “Project Vote:Kids Vote,Too!” During the 2012 Presidential Election, 34 volunteers (students, teachers and parents) set up polling stations to help students understand the one way democracy works and the election process. All students from K-12 were encouraged to participate and 652 actually voted.
The League also maintains an education fund at the local, state and National level. Contributions to this fund are tax deductible, but they must be made separately for membership dues.
Education funds are used for “Project Vote, Kids Vote, Too”, forums on candidates, issues, and publications like the “Guide to Legislators”.