Ed Foundation: "Lift for English Learners 2019" campaign

The LWV Marin Education Foundation Trustees invite League members and friends to support to the “Lift” drive to provide Marin Transit access for College of Marin students enrolled in non-credit English as a Second Language (ESL) classes. The Education Foundation will again match donations, one-to-one, up to $3,000.  Our grant to COM would provide the required transit cards to 600 students each semester.

Following last year’s drive we share the following from David Wain Coon, President, College of Marin:

Please express our gratitude to the members of LWV for your continued support of College of Marin.  The support of the transportation program for ESL students truly makes a difference. 

You may contribute online at “A Lift for English Learners 2019” or mail your check made out to LWV Education Foundation to Education Foundation, 4340 Redwood Highway, Ste F-333, San Rafael, CA  94903.

January Board Report

  • Appointed Doug Cooper and Sue Ream to the Nominating Committee

  • Announced LWVC Convention - May 30-June 2

  • Reviewed plans for 2019 Gala

  • Membership count -200

  • Heard committee reports 

  • Interviews with Board of Supervisors will be in February

November Board Report

  • Appointed Robin Diederich and Larry Reed to the Finance Committee

  • Reinstated Ann Wakeley as co-vice president

  • Established a planning committee to organize LWV 100 yr. celebration

  • Membership count -200

  • Heard committee reports 

  • Climate Change Committee will reconvene in January  

A "how to" for youth voters

Despite their potential impact in the electoral process, young adults (age 18-29) vote at a far lower rate than any other age group in the United States. The U.S. Census Bureau found that 72% of eligible voters aged 65 or older cast a ballot in the 2012 presidential election, while only 45% of eligible voters aged 18-29 did the same.

Check out the following resource: In the hopes of making the voting process as easy as possible for our nation’s youth the team at BestColleges.com created a series of guides for the upcoming election season. One of them specifically dives into the voter registration laws for each state:

November Election Preview

The local and regional November ballot measures and candidate races have been finalized, all pointing to an action-packed fall for the Governance/Voter Service team! Over the next few months the team will be helping to educate voters through candidate forums and Pros & Cons presentations on the ballot measures. Monitor the Events listing and November 2018 election section.

Members invited to Nov election planning meeting

Meeting to be held Monday, August 27, Members with an interest in the November 6 general election are invited to attend and learn what is involved in the League's activities supporting education events to inform voters.

This is a 2 tiered meeting:

  • 10:30-11:30am Pros & Cons: We will review the process involved and assign the teams. You will have the opportunity to express your area of interest and participate on a team that coincides with your interests.
  • 11:30am-12:15pm Candidate Forums: We will discuss candidate forums and how you can be involved.

PLEASE NOTE: Everyone is welcome at both sessions, but feel free to attend one or the other if you so desire.

We look forward to seeing you at the meeting:

Monday, August 27th
1030am for Pros & Cons and/or at,
11:30am for Candidate Forums.

League Office
4340 Redwood Highway F133
San Rafael CA


The July/August 2018 VOTER is here.

Open The VOTER (PDF format) by clicking below: 
July/August, 2018 Voter

Highlights include:

  1. Member Meeting:  Monday, July 9,  11:30, Program 11:45 (new time) Speaker:  Dr. Sean: Peisert  “ELECTION SECURITY: CAN WE KEEP OUR VOTING SYSTEMS SAFE?” presented by the Governance/Voter Service Committee Room F-138

  2. Introduction of new board member, Sue Ream

  3. National Convention

  4. Committee activity updates from: 

    • Transportation/Housing: San Rafael's Bettini Transit Center move - planning for relocation of the Transit Center, reports on housing issues

    • Justice: Links to local reports on immigration issues and report of federal legislation



The League of Women Voters’ “Making Democracy Work” campaign is taking a sharp focus on empowering voters for the upcoming November elections. In Marin County, the League’s Governance/Voter Service Committee is where most of this work takes place providing services to voters, including voter registration, sponsoring candidate debates, and performing impartial analyses of ballot measures.

The Committee needs your help! 

As we speak, work is underway to create teams for:

  1. Pros & Cons – ballot issue research, analyses and public presentations
  2. Candidate Forums –  the coordination and running of candidate panels where they can express their positions

In the next few weeks the committee will send out details explaining the duties for each team and the time commitment.

While November seems a long time away, there is no time to lose. Marin County candidate and ballot measure filings for the November ballot will open mid-July and close mid-August. Several ballot measures have already been submitted and accepted. Governance/Voter Service committee members are monitoring these developments on an ongoing basis. 

If you have any interest in signing up for of these teams to help empower Marin County voters, please contact:    

Lynn Dooley   lasdooley@gmail.com

Please include:

  • Your name
  • Your preferred phone number
  • Your email address
  • And if you have a preference, state Pros & Cons or Candidate Forums

Meanwhile, stay tuned for more detailed information about the teams.