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 2014-2015 and Upcoming Events page for more details.

Voters Guide to Texas General Election

Download Available now! Hard copy available at Tyler Public Library and other public and college libraries in county.

The LWV-Texas Education Fund's Voters Guide to all statewide candidates to be on the November 4 ballot is available now for download.  Hard copies can be found at Smith Co. public and college libraries, as well as the Voter Registrar office at 302 West Ferguson, Tyler. Download Spanish version here. Espanol aqui.

Also, watch the Tyler Morning Telegraph for inserted copy of the Voters Guide, Sunday October 19,  before early voting Sunday. 

Included on the Voters Guide are the following opposed races: U. S. Senator, Texas Governor, Lt. Governor, Attorney General, Comptroller of Public Accounts, Commissioner of General Land Office, Commissioner of Agriculture, Railroad Commissioner, Texas Supreme Court, Court of Criminal Appeals, Courts of  Appeals, and the State Board of Education. 

In spite of recent court rulings, voters should plan to take eligible photo ID to the polls.

Early Voting Oct. 20- 31.   LWV-Tyler helps Smith County residents VOTE INFORMED!

Proposed Constitutional Amendment

Texas Voters Will Decide Whether to Approve New Funding for Transportation

Proposition 1 on the November 4th ballot adds new funding for transportation -- if approved by the voters.

The funds will come from oil and gas production taxes. These taxes now go to the Rainy Day Fund (officially the Economic Stabilization Fund). The proposed amendment would re-direct half of the revenue from oil and gas production taxes to the State Highway Fund. Since the Rainy Day Fund usually receives 75% of the oil and gas production taxes, the Rainy Day Fund portion of the revenue would be lowered to 37.5%. The State Highway Fund also would receive 37.5% of the taxes.

To read more on Prop. 1, click here. 

The League of Women Voters of Texas neither supports nor opposes Proposition 1.  What do you think? It's your decision and to express it, you must VOTE! 


Free Ride to Get Voter ID or to Vote

 Taxi Cab Company of Tyler Offers Voters Free Rides 

 Jamal Mohar, owner of the Taxi Cab Company of Tyler, has agreed to provide transportation to the DPS office to secure state-approved photo IDs and to the polls to vote. This service is offered to people who do not have personal transportation to these facilities. Mohar says he is happy to provide this service free of charge. 

To secure a free ride call 903-592-3232 at least 24 hours in advanceVehicles are available that meet requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). 

 This service revives a tradition of the League from the 1950s,when the taxi company of that period offered a similar service for voting and paying poll tax.

What's Coming Next? See also Upcoming Events and the 2014-15 Calendar 


Great Decisions 2015

Wednesdays, January 14 - March 4

Tyler Public Library, 201 South College

See description of topics, speakers, and dates here. 


Focus on Agriculture

  U. S. Agriculture Policy

National agriculture policy was a recent topic of a nationwide study by LWV members. 

If you are passionate about the nation’s food sources and want to learn more, consult the articles at this link:  http://lwv.org/search/content/agriculture%20study 



U.S. Naturalization Ceremonies  Held Throughout the Year

 Next Ceremony TBA

Ceremonies at Federal Courthouse

Your Help Is Needed! Participate in one of the inspiring ceremonies.
Contact Shirley Hightower, eshightower@sbcglobal.net or eddiebaggett@gmail.com

Click here and scroll down to see photos of the July 2012 naturalization ceremony and the debut of "Uncle Sam."