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League of Women Voters®
of Boulder County

Serving the People of Boulder County, Colorado

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About the League

Our Mission

       Empowering Voters
       Defending Democracy
Our Vision

We envision a democracy where every person has the desire, the right, the knowledge
and the confidence to participate.  We believe in the power of women to create a more
perfect democracy.

Our Roles

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

The League of Women Voters has two separate and distinct roles.

  • Voters Service/Citizen Education: we present unbiased nonpartisan information about elections, the voting process, and issues, and we organize candidate forums. We never support or oppose any political party or candidate.

  • Action/Advocacy: While the League is non-partisan, we use our Program Positions (see below) to advocate for or against particular policies and legislative proposals.

Program Positions

We are a grassroots organization. Our LWV Program consists of public issues chosen by members for study and ultimate action. As a study progresses, study team members fashion consensus questions that will then be addressed by the full League membership. Through discussion, League members reach consensus. From member consensus, the board drafts a position statement for member approval. If no position is adopted, action/advocacy on that issue cannot be taken.

Read our program positions on Boulder County issues (PDF)

Read our statewide LWVCO program positions

Download our national LWVUS program positions in PDF.

LWVBC at Work

LWVBC Board of Directors 2018-2019

   President: Peggy Leech
   1st Vice President / Fund Development: Louisa Young
   2nd Vice President / Communications: Elizabeth Crowe
   Secretary: Annie Lessem 
   Treasurer: Pat Long


   Action: Mary Ann Wilner
   Events: Kay Palmer Marsh
   Governance and Leadership: Caroline Himes
   Membership: Ruth Stemler
   Voter Services: Susan Saunders
   Youth Engagement: Shiquita Yarbrough

VOTER Newsletter Editor
   Jennifer Bales

Administrative Assistant
   Amanda P Nuku 

Issue Team Leaders / Co-Leaders

   Money in Politics Team: Shirley Jin and Carolyn Elliott
   National Popular Vote: Peggy Leech, Ruth Stemler, and Elizabeth Crowe
   Redistricting: Peggy Leech, Ruth Stemler, and Elizabeth Crowe

   Schools Team: Linda Hultman
   Social Policy Team: Annie Lessem and Denice Walker
   Longmont Living Wage Campaign Co-Chairs: Mary Ann Wilner and Pat Long

   Voting Methods Team: Celeste Landry


Bylaws of the LWVBC

To view or download the Bylaws of the LWVBC in PDF (5p.) click here: Bylaws of the LWVBC

LWVBC Strategic Plan
To view or download the LWVBC Strategic Plan in PDF (3p.) click here: 2015–18_Strategic Plan Summary


Annual Meeting Packet 

Read information prepared for our 2018 annual membership meeting - May 12, 2018 (PDF, 5p.)

Read information prepared for our annual membership meeting on May 6, 2017
(PDF, 15p.) — includes 2016–2017 reports from our president, other officers and directors,
and issue team leaders.

Our History

History of the League of Women Voters of the United States

The League of Women Voters was founded by Carrie Chapman Catt in 1920 during the convention of the National American Woman Suffrage Association. The convention was held just six months before the 19th amendment to the U.S. Constitution was ratified, giving women the right to vote after a 72-year struggle.

For a history of the national League of Women Voters or LWVUS, decade by decade, click here: LWVUS History.

To view a slide show of historical photos tracing our history click here:  History of the LWVUS through the Decades.

History of the League of Women Voters of Boulder County, Colorado

To read a 14-page account of the history of the LWVBC click here. An accompanying photo album is available here


Here is a summary:


The League of Women Voters of Boulder County was formed in 2007 by the merger of the LWV of Longmont, founded in 1965, and the LWV of Boulder Valley (LWVBV). The LWV of (the city of) Boulder (LWVB), founded in 1931, was the first local League in Colorado. It became the LWV of Boulder Valley in 1984 by expanding to cover the same area as the Boulder Valley School District (BVSD), including Louisville and Lafayette.


Since the formation of the LWV of Boulder County in 2007, members have studied and taken action on issues in Boulder County and its municipalities and in both school districts, BVSD and St. Vrain Valley School District.