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LWVLA President Mary Nugent and Nora Garland attended the 54th LWV National Convention as delegates.  Highlights of the conventions are now available here.  

Welcome, Dr. Deborah Turner

20th National President of the League of Women Voters

You can view Dr. Turner's closing remarks at the convention here.
She outlined her "vision for the next biennium, including making VOTE411 a household name, deepening our diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) work, and truly becoming an intergenerational enterprise." 

LWV's CEO Virginia Kase moderated this discussion as the panel of experts spoke about what needs to be done to expand the vote and make our democracy representative of all. Panelists include:

Mayor Muriel Bowser of D.C.,

Valerie B. Jarrett of When We All Vote,

Allison Riggs of the Southern Coalition for Social Justice, and

Alejandra Y. Castillo of YWCA USA.

(Click on the poster below to find the video on Facebook. Click on WATCH NOW.)


LWV National Convention 2020


August 6

10 AM, 90.3 (WHLA)

August 7 (rebroadcast)

5 AM and 6 PM, 88.9 (WLSU)

The 3rd District of the U.S. House of Representatives

Democratic candidates:

Ron Kind, D-La Crosse, and Mark Neumann.


For additional WPR broadcast options, go here.

WPR to Broadcast August 11 Primary Debates


For the next three weeks, Ezra Wall, host of WPR's Newsmakers, will moderate live debates on WPR featuring the candidates for the 3rd District seat in the U.S. House of Representatives and for the 32nd District of the Wisconsin State Senate. Times and broadcast locations are shown below.


July 24

10 AM, 90.3 (WHLA)

July 25 (rebroadcast)

5 AM and 6 PM, 88.9 (WLSU)

The 32nd District of the Wisconsin State Senate

Democratic candidates:

Brad Pfaff, Jayne Swiggum, and Paul Michael Weber. 

The winner will face Dan Kapanke in November.

July 31

10 AM, 90.3 (WHLA)

August 1 (rebroadcast)

5 AM and 6 PM, 88.9 (WLSU)

The 3rd District of the U.S. House of Representatives

Republican candidates:

Jesse Ebben and Derrick Van Orden. 


Upcoming Events

Volunteers Needed to Provide Voter Assistance for Upcoming Elections

Voter Helpline Volunteers

The LWV Dane County through the auspices of the Dane County Voter ID Coalition, maintains a free helpline that voters throughout the state can call for assistance with voting questions including information about the absentee voting witness requirement. The Helpline number (608-285-2141) is advertised throughout the state, and many people from outside of Dane County call for assistance. While most calls can be answered by Dane County volunteers, some cannot. These include people seeking rides to or assistance while at the local DMVs to obtain an ID, and also those needing help applying for absentee ballots and getting a witness signature. The Dane County League would like to identify local volunteers who could occasionally provide on-site assistance to voters living in the same region. Volunteers interested in helping should contact Marian Matthews (

Purge List Phone Bank Volunteers
LWVWI is working with our Wisconsin Voting Rights Coalition partners to coordinate a statewide nonpartisan effort to ensure every voter on the purge list is contacted. We are in need of volunteers who are knowledgeable about the voter registration process and willing to call voters. We will provide training and a call script. If you'd like to volunteer for this opportunity, please sign up here.

Absentee Voter Engagement Volunteers

Starting in July, LWVWI will be partnering again with Wisconsin Conservation Voices to reach out to voters with information about absentee voting via text message through an app called Hustle - We’re looking for some League volunteers to help with this. This is a great opportunity to connect with voters from the safety of your home. 

This opportunity is for people who are familiar with the absentee voting process (you can read up on it here and here) and are comfortable with using apps on cell phones. We will provide training on how to use the app. Once you’re trained, the volunteer schedule is very flexible. If you’d like to volunteer for this opportunity, please sign up here

LWVLA Urges Adherence to Wisconsin Fair Maps Pledge


Thank you to the voters of La Crosse, Vernon, Trempealeau, and Monroe County who voted "Yes" to Fair Maps referendums in April 2019 and April 2020. The overwhelming Yes votes (+70%) express the will of the people in ending gerrymandering in Wisconsin. As voters plan for the August Primary and November General Election, invite legislative candidates to commit their support for Fair Maps in  Wisconsin, "I pledge to support and advance fair redistricting that is transparent, non-discriminatory, and politically impartial."


The Wisconsin League of Women Voters has advocated for a nonpartisan redistricting process for decades.  The League's voter guide on is a nonpartisan source of candidate information including a candidate's position on redistricting.  Voters can read and compare candidates’ verbatim responses to the League’s redistricting question on and be fully prepared to cast their ballot as an informed voter. 

Voters are also invited to take the Wisconsin Fair Maps Coalition pledge: “I believe that Wisconsin should have a level playing field and fair elections. That’s why I pledge to vote only for candidates who promise to support fair maps legislation, a fair redrawing in 2021, and who will vote to ban partisan gerrymandering.”


Join the League of Women Voters and the Fair Maps Coalition to end gerrymandering in Wisconsin. For more information: .   Every voice should be heard and every vote should count equally!  


Mary Nugent, President

League of Women Voters of the La Crosse Area

LWVUS Current Calls to Action:



  • funding for November election security here.

  • a Senate hearing on the For the People Act here

  • support for S.J. Res. 6, to remove the ERA’s ratification deadline here.

Sign the petition for D.C. Statehood here.

Sign Up for LWVWI Action Alerts

Stay up to date on the issues we're tracking in the state legislature and sign up here to have action alerts sent directly to your inbox. 

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In partnership with the National Conference on Citizenship, the first-ever report on Wisconsin’s civic health has been released. With the release of this report, Civic Health in Wisconsin: Connectedness in Context, Wisconsin joins 30 other U.S. states in measuring civic health, laying the groundwork for tracking changes and improvements.

"Civic health” is a term that refers to the degree to which citizens participate in their communities, from local and state governance to interactions with friends or family. Civic health also relates to the overall well-being of neighborhoods, communities, states, and the nation.

This publication also marks the beginning of a Wisconsin civic health initiative, which will mobilize these data to strengthen and catalyze civic engagement efforts in Wisconsin communities. You can read the whole report here.



LWVLA Members Provide Voting Information on WPR's Newsmakers

As members of our League's Voters Services committee, Chris Haskell and Pam Thiel were the guests of moderator Ezra Wall on NPR's Newsmakers show on July 17 and 18. Chris and Pam provided a comprehensive overview of what voters need to know about voter registration, absentee voting, Vote411 as a voter information resource, and the work of our League in the La Crosse area. You can listen to their interview here.


LWVWI Files a Brief to Prevent Purge of Registered Voters


On Monday, July 13, the League of Women Voters of Wisconsin (LWVWI) filed an amicus curiae brief in the Wisconsin Supreme Court to protect voters from being erroneously removed from polling lists of registered voters.


“Attempts to utilize data that is known to be flawed are attempts to suppress votes, plain and simple,” said Debra Cronmiller, LWVWI executive director. “The League of Women Voters of Wisconsin will continue to protect voters by ensuring those who are validly registered are not inappropriately removed from the polling book.”

LWV Upper Mississippi River Region News

The May 30 UMRR Annual Meeting focused on Chicago's Impacts on the Mississippi.  Our speakers were Debra Shore and Kelly McGinnis - their talks were illuminating, insightful and inspiring.  

Videos of both talks are available here. (Scroll down.)


The League of Women Voters joined more than 50 organizations on an amicus brief in Bostock v. Georgia & Harris Funeral Homes v. EEOC. The LWV president Chris Carson issued the following statement in response to this important ruling:

“Never again can a person be discriminated against at work due to their sexual orientation or gender identity. This landmark victory provides long overdue protections for LGBTQ people in education, housing, and healthcare. We cheer the efforts of LGBTQ activists who have long fought for legal protection on behalf of their community.

“While we celebrate this milestone, we know the fight continues. This decision affords much needed nondiscrimination protections within the workplace, yet we recognize that the LGBTQ community still faces numerous challenges, including the threat of hate crimes and identity-based violence—with higher rates of violence against Black trans women.

“The League of Women Voters stands with the LGBTQ community in celebrating this step toward progress, and we will continue advocating for equal protection under the law.”

League Joins Letter Urging Increased Election System Security

Recent news reports have disclosed troubling weaknesses in commercially marketed voting systems and disturbing conduct by voting system vendors, raising significant questions. Voting system vendors have operated with little oversight and no regulation for decades. Given the gravity and urgency of this issue, LWVUS joined partners urging Senate committees to hold a hearing on election system security. Read our letter here.

LWVUS Developed Guidance on Protest Participation

This past week, people from throughout the country exercised their First Amendment right in support of the Black Lives Matter movement. Members planning to participate in other protests in the coming weeks may not really be sure how to “show up” at a public demonstration. For that reason, LWUS developed a resource for you on How to be Good Allies at the Protests.

LWVUS Joins Letter to  UN Human Rights Commission

The LWVUS UN observers joined a coalition letter asking the United Nations Human Rights Council to conduct an inquiry into the recent violence against African Americans. New justice reform legislation is also being introduced, and LWVUS will be evaluating these bills for opportunities to lean in.  

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of the La Crosse Area

P.O. Box 363

La Crosse, WI



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Last revised: October 31, 2018 08:00 CST.