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League of Women Voters celebrates 99th birthday

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Dear Editor:

Feb. 14 marks the 99th birthday of the League of Women Voters. The League of Women Voters of the United States encourages informed and active participation in government, works to increase understanding of major public policy issues, and influences public policy through education and advocacy. The League is proud to be nonpartisan, neither supporting nor opposing candidates or political parties at any level of government, but always working on vital issues of concern to members and the public.

In 2018, the League of Women Voters of Montrose County, also serving Delta County, provided community education presentations on topics such as money in politics, redistricting, the Electoral College, state and local ballot issues. Supporting citizens' voting rights, League volunteers provided drives throughout the community, educating and registering new, and especially, young voters. We hosted candidate forums, better informing voters about local and state races and candidates. Prior to midterm elections, the League provided and distributed hundreds of pamphlets on local and state ballot issues.

This year's community education programs begin on Feb. 14, presenting "What Happens to Your Ballot: Election Integrity in Montrose County," by the county clerk and recorder's office. Presentations of other topics significant to the community, voter registration and education, as well as advocacy action targeting important issues, will continue.

In 2020, the League will be active in the elections processes and events, in the US Census, in education, voter information and empowerment, and advocacy activities. Montrose and Delta counties are unique communities, and our League seeks to ensure that our citizens are informed and encouraged to participate wholly in the political process, prepared and empowered to have our voices heard. We so greatly appreciate the participation and support of the community, and look forward to another year of active service.

Jan Edwards
President
League of Women Voters of Montrose County

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