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Over the past year, we've seen countless challenges to our democracy in the forms of mis- and disinformation, gerrymandering, and voter suppression.  Women Power Democracy is four-pronged approach to building trust in our elections, growing our electorate, creating fair voter access, and ensuring community districting reflects our population.

Its components are: 

  • Democracy Truth Project
  • Expand the Franchise
  • Democracy Defense Fund
  • People Powered Fair Maps

Click here for more information Women Power Democracy

The League of Women Voters Northwest Maricopa County


Our local northwest league was established in 1980. We serve voters in Buckeye, El Mirage, Glendale, Goodyear, Litchfield Park, Peoria, Sun City, Sun City West, Surprise, Waddell, Wickenburg and Youngtown. We are currently meeting monthly via Zoom to discuss issues such as voter education, healthcare, water conservation and public education.  Contact Us for more information.  

Please click the photo to the right to 
view a history of the work the NWMC has accomplished since 1980.

To see more of our engaging events, select
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NWMC In Action

What is League of Women Voters Program?

Program planning is the grassroots process of recommending and selecting governmental issues for study and agreement in reaching a public policy position.  League program is the education and advocacy platform that we adopt to move our mission forward. The overarching program focus is the Campaign for Making Democracy Work®.   with an emphasis on Voting Rights and Election Reform as well as identifying LWVUS positions to be used in education and lobbying. This is a hallmark of the League of Women Voters grassroots’ role in study and action.

Making Democracy Work incorporates four areas: Voting Rights, Improving Elections, Money in Politics, and Redistricting.  Leagues at national, state and local levels continue to work to protect and advance voting rights and election reform at this critical time for our democracy, as well as fight efforts in Washington, D.C. and state legislatures to suppress voting.  League litigation in Arizona in 2022 was successful when a judge banned ballot box observers from taking photos of voters within 75 feet of a ballot box or openly carrying guns within 250 feet of the boxes assuring the right to vote safely with freedom of expression.

The League of Women Voters continues to play a leadership role in their communities, legislatures, and courts in all aspects of Making Democracy Work®.   At the local, state, and federal levels, our work on voter advocacy is at the heart of the League’s mission.

LEFT:  Photos from our LWVAZ 2023 State Convention

Because democracy is not a spectator sport


The League of Women Voters, a nonpartisan political organization, encourages informed and active participation in government, works to increase understanding of major public policy issues, and influences public policy through education and advocacy.

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LWVAZ ANNUAL LEGISLATIVE LOBBY WEEK

"Protecting Elections and Saving Democracy"


LUNCH AND LEARN

Participate in our popular virtual Lunch and Learn sessions, available to League members and the general public. Our speakers, including experts in key areas of Arizona League advocacy and senior legislative staff members, will cover the current legislative landscape and guide you on advocating for issues important to you. All sessions are conducted on Zoom and begin promptly at noon.

All lunch and learn sessions are from 12-1:00 (1:30 depending on Q&A)

  • Monday Feb 19, Inside the Legislature

  • Tuesday Feb 20, Will the Electoral Count Reform Act Shake up Arizona Election Certification

  • Wednesday Feb 21, Can legislation prevent the impact of AI deep fakes on elections?

    • Legislation can mitigate the impact of AI deep fakes on elections by implementing robust measures to detect, regulate, and penalize the creation and dissemination of deceptive content. Join the conversation to understand and advocate for effective regulatory solutions.

    • Presenters:  Jonah Minkoff-Zern, Campaign Co-Director, Public Citizen's Democracy Campaign (PCDC), Invited Arizona Senator Sundershan and Representative Kolodin to talk about their respective bills.

    • Registration Link

  • Thursday  Feb 22, Ballot measures (How does “stuff” get on our ballot?)

    • Presenters:  Ballot Initiative Strategy Center (BISC), LWVAZ Cindy Walsh and Pinny Sheoran

    • Registration Link

LEGISLATIVE LOBBY DAY AT THE CAPITOL

The state League will cover lunch and refreshments for the day, and donations to offset our costs are greatly appreciated. The Legislative Lobby Day is an exclusive members-only event; only current dues-paid members will receive registration confirmation. Registration from nonmembers will be canceled. 
REGISTER NOW FOR LEGISLATIVE LOBBY DAY

Details for Day at the Capitol:

  • Date: Feb 23

  • Time: 9:00 - 10:00 (check-in and breakfast); Program begins at 10:00 a.m. (please be seated by 9:45)

  • Venue: Arizona Capitol, 1700 W Washington St, Phoenix, AZ 85007

  • Meeting Location: Breakfast and Lunch - Conference room first floor; Program presentations - 2nd Floor Governors conference room

  • Parking: West side of the Capitol campus. For transportation arrangements, contact local league leaders regarding carpooling or other logistics.

  • Speakers: Dr. Deborah Turner, LWV US President; Adrian Fontes, Secretary of State; Legislative Leaders of the House and Senate have been invited to speak.

MEET YOUR LEGISLATORS

The registration form will include a place to request appointments with your state senators and representatives. League interns will schedule the appointments. In the spirit and purpose of League Legislative Lobby Day, we ask all league members to advance league advocacy work and priorities during meetings with legislators. League policy handouts  will be provided before the meetings.

PROTECT ABORTION ACCESS IN ARIZONA

Join the League support of theArizona for Abortion Access ballot initiative for abortion rights. Together, we can qualify and pass an initiative to ensure that the Arizona constitution guarantees women the right to decide what happens to their bodies. Let’s let Arizona voters decide.



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The 2024 Legislative Session


2024 Legislative Session Calendar


JANUARY 2024

  • Monday 1/08 Session begins
  • Thursday 1/11 House 7-bill Introduction Limit Begins at (5:00 p.m.)
  • Tuesday 1/16 Senate Bill Request Deadline (5:00 p.m.)
  • Monday 1/22 Senate Bill Intro Set Deadline (5:00 p.m.)
  • Monday 1/29 Senate Bill Introduction Deadline (5:00 p.m.)

FEBRUARY 2024

  • Friday 2/2 House Bill Request Deadline (5:00 p.m.)
  • Monday 2/5 House Bill Introduction Deadline (5:00 p.m.)
  • Friday 2/16 Last day to hear Bills in chamber of origin

MARCH 2024

  • Friday 3/22 Last day to hear Bills in committee in other chamber

APRIL 2024

  • Friday 4/12 Last day for conference committees (By Senate and House Rule)
  • Tuesday 4/16 100th Day of Session 


LWV ARIZONA LEGISATIVE WEEK - FEBRUARY 19-22

LWVAZ LOBBY DAY AT THE CAPITOL - FEBRUARY 23

Lobby Day 2020


LWV ARIZONA ADVOCACY PRIORITIES FOR 2023

The LWV AZ board approved the 2023 advocacy priorities, which will guide the issue teams in their legislative analysis work and other advocacy efforts. The recommendation to the board was based on a survey of our members about the issues that matter most to you.  Review the Complete list of LWVAZ Positions adopted for 2023-2025.  League members interested in working on state advocacy and legislative analysis please contact LWVAzAdvocacy@gmail.com.


ISSUE TEAMS IN ORDER OF BOARD APPROVED PRIORITY 
Voter's Rights/Election Systems
Women's Rights

Education

Climate Change (Including water and air)
Gun Safety
Ranked Choice Voting
Criminal Justice


Arizona's Unique Request to Speak (RTS) System


How can you influence legislative outcomes?  The Request to Speak  (RTS) is a real-time system that allows the public to register an opinion on bills being heard in committee & to request to speak on a bill (testify) during the hearing. You can 

  • Indicate whether you are “for” or “against” the bill
  • Write a brief comment explaining your positions
  • Register your willingness to speak (testify)

We encourage you to use this powerful tool to make your voice heard at the legislature.

RTS is integrated into the Bill Status Inquiry (BSI) functionality of the AZ Legislature website. If you want to follow bills through the legislative process, this is the place to go. 

Complete this Google Form if you need an RTS account.  Log into Request to Speak
For more detailed information on Request to Speak (RTS) please go to our Current Issues page

Countdown to the Presidential Preference Election
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Countdown to the Presidential Preference Election

Presidential Primary Vote Coming Soon in Arizona

Source: Maricopa County Elections Dept


Only registered Republicans and Democrats will have the opportunity to vote for their party’s Presidential Nominee in the March Presidential Preference Election (PPE) on March 19, 2024. This primary election is called the PPE in Arizona. This election only happens every four years when the Office of the President of the United States is on the ballot. This is considered a “closed primary” because voters not registered as Democrat or Republican may not participate. This is different than a regular Arizona Primary Election where Independent or Party Not Declared voters may choose to vote in either a Republican or Democratic Primary.    

Maricopa County offers registered voters the opportunity to vote in-person prior to Election Day. On February 21, 2024, ballots will be mailed to registered voters on the Active Early Voter List and in-person early voting begins. March 12 is the last day to mail in an early ballot. Voters can also drop off their early ballot at any open secure ballot drop box until March 19. Locations and hours of operation vary. Search all in-person and drop box locations at Locations.Maricopa.Vote.

What is a Vote Center?  Vote Centers are voting locations open on Election Day to every eligible voter in the county where they live. Voters can visit any vote center in their county and receive and cast their official ballot.  On Election Day, March 19, approximately 150 Vote Centers will be open from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. across Maricopa County. Vote Centers will be open for varying days and lengths of time. Find a location and hours of operation for all Vote Centers at Locations.Maricopa.Vote.
2024 PPE


We Need You

There are many ways you can get involved with the Northwest Maricopa County League of Women Voters. You can attend member meetings, join a committee or just help with an event or project. See how you can use your strengths in our local league.

 


Volunteer Opportunities


Our Committees


For over 100 years, the League of Women Voters has been a nonpartisan, activist, grassroots, national organization that believes voters should play a critical role in democracy.  Your gift will help support voter services and education, outreach at collaborative nonpartisan events, team meeting activities, membership meetings, newsletters and more. There are two kinds of donations that can be made.

 

  1. LWVNWMC is a registered Arizona nonprofit corporation as a 501©(4) organization. Donations to this entity may be used for advocacy and lobbying efforts to support our Public Policy Positions and are NOT tax-deductible.
  2. The LWVNWMC Education Fund it a tax-deductible 501©(3) charitable organization. Funds contributed to the Education Fund will be used for educational purposes only. To receive a tax-deductible benefit, you must address your check to LWVNWMC EDUCATION FUND.

All donations made by mail should be sent to our Treasurer: Leslie Eaton, 19116 N 93rd Ave, Peoria, AZ 85382

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