Women and Men

Making Democracy Work!

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.

LWV: Where hands-on work to safeguard democracy leads to civic improvement. Find out more about the informative activities planned by this organization dedicated to involving citizens in government.


What's Coming Next?

Also see Calendar 2015-2016 and Upcoming Events page for more details.

Women’s Equality Day Celebration

Friday August 26, 5:30 - 7 pm

Tyler Public Library, 201 South College

Honoring Long-Time League Member and Community Volunteer Dee Brock with the League's

"Making Democracy Work" Award

Brock has served as League of Women Voters of Tyler/Smith County President, also Community Relations Vice President, Program Vice President, and publicity chair. A strong library advocate, Brock was instrumental in the League’s 2000 study of public libraries in Smith County and in the founding of the East Texas Book Fest. She also served four years on the LWV-Texas board, from 2008-2012.

RSVP to andie.rathbone.66@gmail.com or 903 312-5118


Understanding the Electoral College

Monday, August 29 - 5:30 to 8:30 pm --Presentation to Members

Wednesday , September 7 & 14 --      Presentation to the Public

Tyler Public Library, 201 South College

LWV-TSC board and members are invited to attend the dress rehearsal of the new LWV Voters Service presentation, Understanding the Electoral College, on Monday, August 29, 5:30 - 6:30 PM at the Tyler Public Library, Taylor Auditorium. Understanding the Electoral College is the first in a series of proposed public information presentations to be created by Voter Services volunteers. Member input may help shape the final product prior to making it available to the community.

Public presentations are currently planned for September 7 and 14th at the Tyler Public Library. Presentations thereafter may be performed by Voters Service volunteers for community organizations, classrooms, and institutions, as requested. Volunteer for this exciting project!

Contact Mary Lu French at mlufrench2009@gmail.com for further information or to schedule a class.


The Role of the Electoral College in U S Presidential Elections 

The Constitution assigns each state a number of electors equal to the combined total of the state’s Senate and House of Representatives delegations; at present, the number of electors per state ranges from three to 54, for a total of 538. The talk will be available beginning in October for presentation to organizations, classrooms, and institutions such as nursing residences and community centers. 


Wednesday. September 14, 5:30 pm  Abuelo's - Villages at Cumberland

NO RSVP Needed

Join the LWV Observer Corps! Observer Corps Initial Training--Monday September 26-7 pm

Genecov Room-Tyler Area Chamber of Commerce-315 North Broadway

Beginning in October, LWV Smith County will train volunteers to solidify an “Observer Corps,” intended to enhance the ability of the League and interested citizens to help assure openness, transparency, and accountability of local Boards and Commissions. The federal and state laws that govern government-held information and meetings are often referred to as “Sunshine” laws.

The premise behind “Sunshine” or “openness in government” is that everyday people have the right to know what actions their government is taking.

Volunteers will be trained in the Texas Public Information Act, and the Open Meetings Law, outlining how these apply to state and local governmental bodies. 

The Observer Corp will benefit the community by:

· Engaging and empowering individuals to act as eyes and ears at public meetings

· Connecting observers with elected officials

· Promoting open, transparent, and accountable government

Training also will incorporate an overview and understanding of the priorities of the 2016/2017 League of Women Voters of Tyler/Smith County, which include voters service, “Money in Politics,” and a study of single member voting districts, among other issues.

“Sunshine” has been a national League priority since 2005 to open dialogue about the importance of open government and freedom of information. The Smith County League encourage both members and non-members to become involved in this unique opportunity to participate in their own local public government.  Training will be free. For further information, please contact the Observer Corp coordinator:

Marilyn Wills at mgdesertwills@gmail.com or 903-630-1033.


National Voter Registration Day Sept. 27

Uncle Sam Wants You!

Volunteer to Register Voters

September 27, 2016

To do your part, contact



LWV on Display

October 3 - 31   at the Tyler Public Library - 2nd 

Floor Display Case

Learn some of the 70-year history of the woman suffrage movement, as well as the 64-year history of the League of Women Voters here in Tyler. 


Candidate Forum

Featuring Candidates for the Texas Senate and House of Representatives and Smith County Officials

Monday, October 17, 7:00 pm 

Tyler Public Library, 201 South College

Early voting for the General Election begins October 24 and runs through November 4. LWV-Tyler/Smith County has planned a forum to introduce candidates to voters on Monday, October 17 at the Tyler Public Library.

To cast an informed vote, mark your calendar for October 17 to participate in this forum aimed at educating voters. Mark Your Calendar and Tell Your Friends and Co-Workers.


This November election marks 10 years that VOTE411.org, the League’s innovative one-stop voter information hub, has been online. It is both an on-line voter registration tool and serves as an on-line voter’s guide to candidates and ballot issues.

At the website VOTE411.org, voters in the Smith County area will find candidate responses to questions critical to voters, as well as background information on the candidates.


    No-Agenda Lunch Wednesday, October 12, 11:30  

Oliveto's -3709 Troup Highway

 No RSVP Needed 


U.S. Naturalization Ceremony

Friday April 8- Federal Courthouse

 Several sessions of the U.S. Naturalization  ceremony are held each year in the Federal Building, with a U.S. Magistrate presiding. The next one is April 8. If you are able to volunteer to register new citizens as voters for these ceremonies, please contact Toni Ferrell. You will be glad that you did.

Please notify Toni Ferrell if you can participate in this or other voter registration events.  Call 903-525-9975  or email to tonief4@gmail.com 


Love the League!

The year-long celebration marking the 95th anniversary of the founding of the League of Women Voters of the United States culminates on February 14, the day of the League’s founding. We have selected this date to stage a non-event for those who Love the League, giving members and the community the option of NOT attending an event.

So when you receive your Love the League invitation in the mail, be glad that you do not have to brave the winter cold to show your love! Instead, donate to support the League’s efforts to Make Democracy Work.

Wish the League of Women Voters a Happy Birthday with your continued support and encouragement.


95 Years Making Democracy Work

 In February the League of Women Voters kicked off a year-long celebration marking the organization’s 95th anniversary. The League of Women Voters of Tyler/Smith County joins the nearly 800 fellow local and state chapters in honoring this milestone.

“Ninety-five years after the League’s founding, members of the League in Tyler are proud of the great progress it has made in Making Democracy Work ,” says president Mary Claire Rowe. “The League in Tyler has involved thousands of voters in electing government decision makers for our city and county governments and in holding them accountable for their actions.”

Today's barriers to the right to vote certainly look different than they did when the League was founded, but they remain threats to voter participation here all the same. Our efforts to take on discrimination and improve our government in our democracy continue today.

As we mark the League’s 95th anniversary, and see our 100th birthday quickly approaching, we celebrate our many accomplishments. League members throughout East Texas are keeping our eyes and our energies firmly on the future and the actions we will be undertaking to realize our goal: A better East Texas and a better America.


Readership Survey

Please help us to better communicate with members and the public by taking this Readership Survey regarding the League of Women Voters' newsletter, the Tyler/Smith County VOTER.

Thank you for your input. 


Contact Us

 Email: info@lwvtyler.org

By Phone: 903-597-9111

By Mail: LWV-Tyler/Smith County  PO Box 6271,Tyler Texas 75711

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