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.

Candidate Forum

Come Hear the Candidates in the March 1 Primary Election

Monday, February 8, 7 pm-Tyler Public Library, 201 South College

All candidates running opposed in the March 1 primary elections were invited to participate in a forum where they will meet voters and respond to questions from a panel and from the audience.

Participating Candidates:

Texas Senate District 1 - James K. “Red” Brown

Texas House District 5 - Randy Davis   -  Philip Hays   - Cole Hefner  

Smith County Sheriff - Chris Green 

County Commissioner Pct. 3 - Bill Bala  - Terry Phillips  - Ronnie Pilcher

Candidates for Smith County Constable will attendto give a one-minute candidate overview:

Constable Pct. 2  - Andie Dunklin  - Jason Newport

Constable Pct. 4  - Charles Garrett  - Josh Joplin  - Tim Thompson

Constable Pct. 5  -  Jeffrey Chad McElyea

Candidates Invited, but Failing to Respond

U.S. House of  Representatives  - Louis Gohmert  - Simon Winston

Texas Senate District 1  - Bryan Hughes   - Mike Lee   - David Simpson

Texas House District 5  - Jay Meisenheimer

Smith County Sheriff  - Larry Smith  

Constable Pct. 4  - John G. Smith 

Constable Pct. 5   - Jeffrey Chad McElyea


Voters Guide to Statewide Primary Races

Download your copy of the League of Women Voters of Texas Education Fund's Voters Guide. 

English version       Spanish version


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.

WEDNESDAY's Topic: February 10-Cuba and the U.S. 

Dr. Colin Snider—Professor of Latin American History, UT-Tyler 

After a long personal and career trajectory that has taken him from Ohio to New Mexico, from Rio de Janeiro to New York City, Colin Snider landed in Tyler, where he is Assistant Professor of Latin American History at the University of Texas at Tyler. He specializes in Brazilian history, and his current research projects focus on higher education in Brazil, student activism in Brazil, and the military dictatorship and transition to democracy in the late-20th century. He is also working on a project on Brazilian perceptions of the space race. Other academic interests include indigenous history in the Americas, middle-class identities and politics, and the construction of Brasilia, the high modernist capital of Brazil. Snider has a Ph.D. and an M.A. from the University of New Mexico. Beyond academia, he enjoys spending time with his wife, stepdaughter, and two little dogs, reading (mostly Latin American history, because it is not just a career, but a passion) and listening to music from all over the world.

Coming Next Week: February 17: The United Nations’ Post-2015 Development Agenda and Leadership Rebecca Jackson, Coordinator of the Model UN Program, UT Tyler

To read details of the topics and speakers for the eight-week series, go HERE.

To download the series brochures, click HERE.


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.



Keeping the Grassroots Green February 22- 7 pm

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

Input on National Public Policy & the League

As a foundation for a grassroots organization, this biennial Keeping the Grass Roots Green meeting is important to constantly keep attuned to what is important to the citizenry and local, state, and national governmental entities to improve their lives. Join us for an evening discussing the wide range of LWVUS positions and determining if they are relevant, timely, and effective for League lobbying.


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

Wednesday January 6- 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 January 6. 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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