Making Democracy Work

Make Democracy Work!

The League of Women Voters is a nonpartisan political organization encouraging informed and active participation in government. It influences public policy through education and advocacy.
All Aboard for an "information trip" to learn about the Altamont Corridor Express (AKA the ACE train)--where it goes, its plans to extend southward and much more.

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Be part of the fun! Share Holiday Cheer with League members and friends Thursday, December 4th from 5:00 - 8:00 PM at the home of Sharon Spinardi and Rich Gipson. Click here for the flyer with details: Holiday Social


Good attendance by Merced residents with lots of questions and a knowledgeable panel sharing information and responding to the questions made for a worthwhile voter education forum Thursday, October 23rd. Three amazing panelists provided overviews:
  • Cristina Talley, Interim Merced City Attorney, Moderator

    What will Measure T do, what the City settlement agreement includes and why is this on the ballot

  • Matthew Barragan, Staff Attorney/Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund

    The California Voting Rights Act, its purpose and the limitations on the type of districts allowed under the Act; case law regarding district representation; if other types of Council districts meet the requirements of the California Voting Rights Act

  • Jessica Trounstine, PhD, UC Merced Associate Professor, Political Science

    Research on the differences between at-large and district elections and the types of candidates who win; what research says about the policy making under the two systems; polarized voting as it may pertain to Merced.

League member Jana Mowrer introduced the Hmong & Spanish translators, our very efficient and helpful Runners (4 Alpha Gamma Sigma students) and indispensable Question Screeners (League members Chris Bobbitt and Susan Moranda, Community Representative Flip Hassett and Deputy City Attorney Ken Rozell), all of whom contributed to the success of the Forum. A huge thanks to all!

Panelists Audience

AGS StudentsQuestion Screeners