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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.


"If you think you are too small to make a difference, try sleeping with a mosquito."

--Attributed to the Dalai Lama XIV

League of Women VotersŪ of Merced County General Membership Consensus Meeting, Part I LWV of California's Public Higher Education Study Your opinions are needed! Tuesday, February 23rd, 7:00 + 8:30 p.m. Merced Multicultural Arts Center, Third Floor 645 West Main Street
  • Is California's public higher education accessible to all who qualify academically?

  • Is it affordable for all those who qualify and want to attend a public Community College or University?

  • Are there other barriers and missed opportunities that prevent access and academic success for some students?

Tuitions rapidly increase. Student debt levels rise. Classes are cut. Enrollment is curtailed. What are reasonable solutions?

The local study committee will give you the facts and will ask you for your input. Come have fun discussing the issues. As we come to consensus about solutions we will help form State League's position, so they can take action on our behalf.

RSVP: Cathy Weber by February 19th to (We'll have some extra chairs, so please come even if you didn't RSVP in time)

(The second half of the Study will be held March 15th same time, same place. Save the date!)

P.S.: Don't know what a consensus meeting is? Come find out!

To print or save flyer, click here: Higher Ed Consensus Meetings

Program Planning Meeting

Twenty-two members and guests took advantage Saturday, January 23rd, of the best opportunity to understand what League stands for -- is REALLY all about -- by partcipating in our Program Planning meeting held at the Multicultural Arts Center. Nine presenters gave us timely and interesting background information about our local and national positions: Merced County Library; Financial Operations of Merced City and County; Merced County Planning; Merced City Planning; International Relations; Natural Resources/Water and Environmental Protection, Pollution Control, Air Quality & Water; Representative Government/Voting Rights & Campaign Finance Reform-Money In Politics; Social Policy/Health Care.

This is always one of our most lively discussions covering the impressive number of local and national issues that can be addressed by our League because these positions have been adopted by League members after extensive and thorough study and consensus. A great opportunity that allows members -- newly joined and long time -- to share their perspectives on several positions.

Happy 95th Birthday to the 19th Amendment!

The 19th Amendment, guaranteeing women the right to vote, turned 95 August 18th--and it still stands as a shining moment in America's ongoing journey to meet the ideals of our country's founding.

The League of Women Voters was born in the fight for the 19th Amendment's ratification. In celebration of its 95th birthday, LWVUS shared some vintage pictures of ordinary women who led the fight for its ratification. Here are a couple to illustrate League's long standing commitment of voting rights for all our citizens. Hope you enjoy these memories!