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.

Where to VOTE:

Early Voting Available October 19-30:

Smith County Elections Administration - 302 E Ferguson Street, Tyler, TX  75702

Whitehouse Municipal Court - Temporary Branch -311 E Main Street, Whitehouse,  TX 75791 

Monday – Friday

October 19 – 23, 2015

8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Monday – Tuesday

 October 26 – 28, 2015

8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Thursday - Friday                 October 29 - 30, 2015                   7:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.  

Election Day November 3-Voting at County-Wide Locations:

Voters can vote at any location throughout the county, regardless of residence location. Pick from one of the locations listed here, in order to vote between 7 am and 7 pm on Tuesday, November 3. To download the list, click here. 


League Voters Guides to Proposed Amendments to Texas Constitution
Below are links to the English and Spanish versions of the League of Women Voters of Texas Education Fund's Voters Guide to the seven proposed amendments to the Texas Constitution. It gives the official ballot language, a brief explanation or background on the proposition, and both pro and con arguments about each one.
Paper copies of the English and Spanish versions of the Voters Guide are available at area libraries. Early voting is October 19-30.


LWV Member Consensus on Amending the U. S. Constitution 

Monday, October 26, 7 pm - Genecov Room,  315 North Broadway

LWV-TSC will conduct a member consensus meeting on the process of amending the U.S. Constitution to determine member agreement on the process. You can find consensus questions here through this link.


Monday, November 16, 7 pm

 Payday and Title Loans in Texas

 Tyler Public Library, 201 South College 

Payday and auto-title loans are widespread in Texas, and it is an issue that all concern all Texans. Delegates to the LWV-Texas 2014 Convention adopted a statewide study of Payday and Title Loans in Texas. In recent years several organizations have advocated to the Texas Legislature for new regulations to protect hard-working families from getting trapped in a revolving door of debt brought on by payday and auto-title loans.

A publication entitled Payday & Title Loans is Texas is available here and on the LWV-Texas website at lwvtexas.org, It describes the current demand for loans in Texas and the economic impact of these loans on communities. It enumerates how many companies and sites are operating in Texas, and also discloses typical interest rates charged and the usual length of time that it takes to pay loans.

It compares loan products and regulations in Texas to those in other states and explains which Texas organizations or agencies regulate the practices of these lenders. It also asks what the impact would be on consumers of payday and title loans in Texas if such loans were restricted or banned and suggests avenues for reforms.

Monday, November 23, 7 pm 

Member Consensus: Payday and Title Loans in Texas

Genecov Room of Tyler Chamber of Commerce, 315 North Broadway

A follow-up meeting to determine member consensus on what policies Texas should have to regulate these loan products is set for Monday, November 23, 7 pm in the Genecov Room of the Tyler Area Chamber of Commerce, 315 North Broadway, Tyler.


Keep the Grass Roots Green-Member Input on State Issues

December 7, 11:30 a.m. Dakota's Steak & Chop House, 4803 Old Bullard Rd

As a grassroots organization, it is important to constantly keep attuned to what is important to the citizenry and local, state, and the governmental entities to improve their lives. LWV-TSC invites all of its members and their guests to discuss the state and local issues they believe we need to pay attention to this year and the next.


Money in Politics-A Nationwide Study to Consider Current Campaign Practices

January 11, 7 pm - Location TBA

Although the LWV of the US long has had a position on campaign finance, delegates to the 2014 national convention felt that changing practices called for a new look at this topic and a revamping of the current stance. The LWV committee researching Money in Politics hope to update the League’s position on campaign finance to address a perceived lack of member understanding and agreement as to whether financing a political campaign is protected speech under the First Amendment.

The Campaign Finance position will be updated through a study and consensus process to consider: (1) the rights of individuals and organizations, under the First Amendment, to express their political views through independent expenditures and the finance of election campaign activities; and (2) how those rights, if any, should be protected and reconciled with the interests set out in the current position.

A meeting to determine member agreement on these 2 issues is set for January 25, 7 pm at the Genecov Room of the Tyler Area Chamber of Commerce, 315 North Broadway, Tyler. Find more information on the LWVUS website.  


Great Decisions Foreign Policy Discussion Series - Wednesdays, January 13-March 2, 12 noon

Tyler Public Library, 201 South College Avenue

This annual series of eight discussions on eight different foreign policy topics are led by experts on the subject each week. The discussions begin at noon, and participants are welcome to bring a lunch.


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.


U.S. Naturalization Ceremony

Dates to be Announced - Federal Courthouse

A naturalization ceremony was held October 7, with Judge John Love presiding. Forty people from 12 countries became U. S. citizens, and the League registered many of them as new voters.

Several sessions of the U.S. Naturalization  ceremony are held each year in the Federal Building, with a U.S. Magistrate presiding. 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


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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