Welcome to the League of Women Voters of Riverside
Serving the City of Riverside as We Make Democracy Work
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.
JOIN FELLOW LEAGUE MEMBERS AT OUR ANNUAL MEETING ON JUNE 1ST, 2013
Money and Politics
Join us for a discussion on how the influence of money permeates elections at every level of government
Tuesday, May 28 at 6:30 pm ~ Universalist Unitarian Church ~ 3657 Lemon Street ~ Riverside 92501
Our next election is a Riverside Municipal Election on June 4, 2013
Visit our Election page for information about Riverside's City Council candidates
Sponsored by: Riverside's League of Women Voters, Residents for Responsible Representation, La Sierra Neighborhood Alliance, Magnolia Area Neighborhood Alliance, The Group, Latino Network, Riverside's NAACP
VIDEO is available of RIVERSIDE CITY COUNCIL WARD 3 and WARD 6 CANDIDATE FORUMS
This election will be conducted by all mail-in ballot
Ballot drop-off locations will be available on Election Day ~ Polls will not be open for voting.
Now in California: Online Voter Registration
Any eligible Californian who has access to the Internet and has a California drivers license or ID signature on file with the DMVcan now register to vote whenever and wherever it is convenient.
League members should be proud that this
online voter registration bill that we advocated for last year has been implemented.
Thousands of Californians used this easy process to get registered before the November Election! We are very proud.
LWV US Expresses Disappointment in Senate Gun Safety Vote
LWV US issued a press statement expressing our disappointment in those Senators who voted against improved background checks, a common sense solution to gun violence. These Senators have failed in their fundamental duty to protect Americans from wanton violence. Check here to see how your Senators voted on this and other amendments.
In California, we are making plans to speak on some of the many gun control bills in the state legislature. They include measures to create safer communities by creating an online database of people who own firearms, funding the existing database of those who are prohibited from owning firearms, and strengthening California’s assault weapons ban.
LWV US sends letter to U.S. House on Immigration Reform
The League sent a letter to the U.S. House of Representatives on May 16, 2013 regarding immigration reform and citizenship in a democracy. The League is urging Representatives to ensure that a path to citizenship is available to all who remain legally in the United States. Members of the National Lobby Corps will also be holding meetings with House offices on this issue.
Campaign Financing and Disclosure
Money talks and nowhere more loudly than in today's politics.
As corporations and the super-wealthy vie for political power - shouldn't voters at least know the identity of financial backers of campaign ads?
The LWV California and California Common Cause are cosponsoring SB 2 (Lieu) and SB 3 (Yee), the Sunshine in Campaigns Act, to make it easier for Californians to know who is spending money where and to beef up enforcement of campaign laws.
The League of Women Voters California has supported the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) since it first became law in 1969.
CEQA ensures that the public can weigh in on major land use decisions, but some current efforts to change this important law would undermine citizen participation. Read the League’s statement.
League of Women Voters California has joined CEQA Works, a coalition of leading conservation, environmental justice, and labor groups that was launched to protect the California Environmental Quality Act
We are also monitoring bills on fracking.
Voting Rights Challenged - Join Us in the Fight!
On Wednesday, February 27th, the Supreme Court heard arguements in Shelby County, Alabama v. Holder, a case that questions the constitutionality of Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act (VRA) of 1965, the landmark legislation that outlawed discriminatory voting practices.
The League firmly believes the Supreme Court must uphold Section 5 or it would erase 50 years of progress for minority voters. Please read LWV US President MacNamara’s latest Huffington Post blog about the continued importance of the VRA and Section 5.
As we wait for the Court's decision, join the League and MAKE THE PLEDGE to support the Voting Rights Act.
The U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments in a second, critically-important voting rights case. Arizona v. Inter Tribal Council of Arizona (ITCA) National Voter Registration Act (NVRA) or “Motor Voter” law prevents states from passing laws that restrict the voter registration process.
As the grassroots organization that led the push for enactment of the 1993 NVRA in order to streamline the confusing state-by-state matrix of voter registration laws, the League is deeply concerned that this case could reverse years of progress.
Local League News
We Return to "LWV Riverside"
The League of Women Voters of Riverside was formed in 1953. Some forty years later, members voted to change our name and service area to League of Women Voters of Northwest Riverside County. The current Board decided it would be in our League's best interest to return to its original designation as LWV Riverside.
At our Holiday Party on December 1, 2012, local League members voted to submit an application for changing our title to our State and National Leagues.
Both the State and National Boards approved our application. We are once again, LWV Riverside, which we believe best describes who we are and the region we serve.
Read more about Riverside League's past advocacy efforts on our Public Policy page and visit LWV US and LWV California
Join us! LWV California members at State Convention If you would rather donate to our League, it is greatly appreciated.