Making Democracy Work

Making Democracy Work

The League of Women Voters of Louisville (LWVL), founded on November 19, 1920, encourages the informed and active participation of citizens in government, works to increase understanding of major policy issues, and influences public policy through education and advocacy. Membership in the League is open to women and men of all ages. For more information, email us at or phone us at 502-895-5218. When you join LWVL, you also become a member of national, state and local leagues -- three levels of government and legislative activity.


Women's Equality Day

To honor the 97th anniversary of the passage of the 19th Amendment -- when women finally received the right to vote! Time to celebrate! Saturday, August 26, 2017 at the Frazier History Museum from 10:00 a.m.- 12:00 p.m.

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Dinner & Democracy Topic: Fair (& Unfair) Lobbying Practices in Louisville & Frankfort. On Monday, September 8, 2017 at Lang House, 115 South Ewing Ave., 40206. Light Buffet at 5:30 with program from 6 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Speakers: Tom Loftus, Journalist for Courier-Journal; Victoria Markell, former non-profit lobbyist; and Julie R. Adams, State Senator.
Donations for dinner accepted. Public invited!


Brown Bag Book Club: August 16, 2017 at Lang House from 12:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Please plan to attend a continuation of the discussion of these two books. Discussion leader: Susan Rostov.
~ Public Invited ~
Is there a book you've read and want to discuss? Send us an email at with your suggestion. Must be non-fiction. Come join us! ==============================================================

CONGRATULATIONS to Richard Beliles, Chair of the Kentucky Chapter of Common Cause, the recipient of the League's 2017 Citizen Award.
THANK YOU RICHARD FOR YOUR SERVICE TO THE CITIZENS OF KENTUCKY! ==============================================================

Money In Politics

Money in Politics (MIP) Committee has looked up donations so you don't have to! We looked at 2016 data for Jefferson County. We've discovered that, even for local office, unless a candidate has has formidable patrons (donors). Just focusing on state House races, we see that seven of 18 Louisville-area races were uncontested "safe" districts for the incumbent. The only incumbent unseated was District 38's Denver Butler, who changed his political party. Local incumbents generally raised more money for their campaigns and they won eight of nine contested races. Two races were open seats without an incumbent. The Republican and Democratic parties spent about $10.2 million on the General Election for 50 state House races, according to the Kentucky Registry of Elections: an average of about $100,000 per candidate per race. Click on sidebar Money In Politics for more in-depth info. And an open question: Do office holders generally serve the interests of their big donors?

League of Women Voters of Louisville Positions

League's position on Education, Local Housing and more: League Positions

Election Information You Need!

Build your ballot with our online voters' guide! Type in your address to see the races on your ballot. Candidates' positions can be compared side-by-side, and you may print out a "ballot" indicating your preferences as a reminder and take it with you to the polls on Election Day. Check out our resources for military and overseas voters!

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