THE LEAGUE OF WOMEN VOTERS OF RIVERSIDE, CALIFORNIA

   Welcome to the League of Women Voters of Riverside

Serving the City of Riverside as We Make Democracy Work

  Mission Statement

The League of Women Voters, a nonpartisan political organization, encourages the informed and active participation of citizens in government, works to increase understanding of major public policy issues and influences public policy through education and advocacy.

 

Elections

  The next election is the State-Wide California Gubernatorial Primary in June 5, 2018.

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Any eligible Californian who has access to the Internet and a California drivers license or ID signature on file with the DMV can now register to vote on-line. 

 

 

 

VOTING RIGHTS ISSUE IN RIVERSIDE

 

Riverside's City Council Votes to Appoint Former Council Member Steve Adams to Fill the Vacant Ward 7 Council Seat

 

On September 8th, the City Council voted to appoint Steve Adams to serve a likely two-year term on Riverside's City Council. Ward 7 voters will not have a voice in choosing their representative until the next regular election in June 2019 or a possible run-off election in November 2019.
 
A two-year appointment is UNPRECEDENTED in Riverside City Council history and boarders on voter suppression.
 
Four Council Members were insistent that they had no choice but to appoint an applicant to fill the remainder of the vacant seat's term. 
 
In League's opinion, this reasoning ignores both the final paragraph of the Charter Sec. 404 Vacancies (p. 7) AND the best practices of past City Councils.
 
A review of past practices demonstrates that Riverside's chief priority has been to fill a vacancy as quickly as possible by a vote of the people - either by a stand alone Special Election or by consolidating the Special Election with the next available General Election.
 
By refusing to consider the entire Charter section or past Council precedent, a few Council Members succeeded in appointing their choice to represent Ward 7 and increase their voting block on the Council.
 
Exactly why they did this remains to be seen.  Be assured LWV Riverside will be observing Council's actions. We will continue to ask the tough questions and hold Council Members accountable.


 

 

 

 City of Riverside Passes the Voter Participation Act

 

However, the Council votes to enact it at the latest possible date.

 

On September 12, 2017, Riverside's City Council voted to enact the Voter Participation Act.  The Act's goal is to increase participation in Municipal Elections by consolidating odd- numbered year elections with even-numbered year General Elections.

 

This is good news for Riverside as we can expect voting for municipal offices to increase 25% to 35%.

 

The bad news is that the Council voted to drag out implementation until 2024.  It will be six years before Riverside voters can enjoy the benefits of this new law.

 

By making it easier to vote in Municipal Elections, the act puts voters first.  Ultimately, the Council ignored the spirit of the law and voted to put themselves first. 

 

By pushing out the first date for consolidated elections, the Council freed themselves of any inconvenience - the length of their current terms will not be effected. If they feared increased voter participation, they put that off as well.

 

The Council had a golden opportunity to prove to the voters of Riverside that their chief goal is to represent the voters' best interest.  They chose not to.  See more in The Press Enterprise article and

our remarks to the City Council.

 

 

 

 

On the 97th Anniversary of the 19th Amendment, we are STILL fighting for

equal voting rights

 

Editorial by LWV US President Chris Carson

 

 

 

Membership with Riverside's League of Women Voters

All the good work we do is largely supported by membership dues: non-partisan voter education publications and websites, candidate forums, voter registration drives, and advocacy for equitable public policies at the national, state and local level.

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About Us

The League's purpose is to encourage citizens to take part in their government. 

The League is interested in helping citizens become more informed and learn the many ways to influence government on state, national and local levels.

The League is a non-partisan organization that believes responsible government should be resposive to the will of the people, mindful that a democratic government depends on the informed and active participation of its citizens.

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News and Events

League of Women Voters Riverside holds Board Meetings from August through May on the second Thursday of the month at  10:00 am.  Please contact us for more details.  Our next Board Meeting is Thursday, October 12, 2017

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