Primary Candidate Debate Dates and times

19 Mar



LWVEC March 15th Meeting – 5:30-7pm IVY TECH/ County Sheriff debate March 21 6:30-8pm IUSB Elkhart

6 Mar

Reminder League members and guest:  March and April will be an excellent time to gather information on Primary Election topics and candidates.

Tony Flora from the AFL-CIO will be our speaker for the League March evening meeting. Hear Organized Labor’s views on Immigration Reform

Tony Flora

Thursday March 15th   5:30-7pm  IVY TECH CR 18 Goshen


snacks will be provided. no reservations required, but would be appreciated, call Angela Davis 574 322 0403


Elkhart County Sheriff Debate

Wednesday March 21  6:30-8pm IUSB Elkhart Campus  rm 201

Join us to hear Investigator Fred Mock, Captain John Perry, and Captain Jeff Siegel respond to a series of questions about their experience, priorities, policy positions, and plans for the Elkhart County Sheriff Department. The three men will participate in a candidate debate at IU South Bend’s Elkhart Center, and YOU are invited!

Bring your neighbors and friends! Stay for a brief reception with the candidates following the debate. Per sponsor rules, we ask you to refrain from wearing partisan or campaign-specific clothing or accessories to this televised debate. Candidate literature will be available at the reception following the debate.

This event is sponsored by the American Democracy Project of IU South Bend and the League of Women Voters of the Elkhart County, with additional volunteer support from the Political Science Club of IU South Bend. It will be broadcast by our official media partner ABC57. Other local media outlets are welcome — and encouraged — to tap into the feed, cover the event, and interview the candidates.

March 15th League meeting on the Impact of the DACA repeal

1 Mar

League of Women Voters of Elkhart County March Meeting

Thursday March 15th 5:30-7pm

Impact of the DACA repeal

Elkhart IVY TECH COMMUNITY CENTER 22531 C.R. 18 Goshen

Presented by Tony Flora:  President of the North Central Indiana AFL-CIO. Find out how the  DACA repeal will impact

 the economy, society and families .

Snacks will be provided by the League, reservations are appreciated

Call ANGIE  574 322 0403  ( reservation responses on line will not be collected this month)

Public welcome

related articles:

Dreamers, supporters rally at Elkhart County Courthouse | News | Ending DACA could cost economy up to $200 billion, CATO expert says How the decision to end DACA affects Dreamers – CBS News Study: The Impact of DACA Program Repeal on Jobs – Stand With Dreamers

Ending DACA could cost economy up to $200 billion, CATO expert says How the decision to end DACA affects Dreamers – CBS News

How the decision to end DACA affects Dreamers – CBS News

Study: The Impact of DACA Program Repeal on Jobs – Stand With Dreamers


Reminder Feb 15th 5:30 to 7pm LWVEC meeting on Gerrymandering

11 Feb

How can Gerrymandering steal your vote? Why does the League want new redistricting laws?

What you need to get your new voter ID – why does it discriminate against poor people and women?

Drop in and check us out after work                          League of Women Voters of Elkhart County

Speaker Lisa Plencner, past State LWV President

February 15th  5:30 – 7pm


22531 C.R. 18 ( Hively)

  open to the public- you do not need to be a League member to attend .  Free snacks will be provided. This is a casual meeting, you can leave at any time. We hope to answer all your questions. For additional information  264-7281



November 15th LWV meeting “Career Pathways” Elkhart schools curriculum

6 Nov

via November 15th LWV meeting “Career Pathways” Elkhart schools curriculum information from LWVEC

26 Oct

On Election Day, Tuesday November 7, voters across the country will head to the polls to cast their ballots in thousands of state and local elections. If you have elections in your area, now is the time to think about how and when you’ll vote, and encourage your friends and family to do the same.

What do you need to vote? The League is proud to provide, our digital voter guide for all election-related material. This one-stop-shop includes registration deadlines, absentee and early voting information, polling place locations, and ID requirements where they exist. In hundreds of communities nationwide, we will also have detailed information about candidates and issues on the ballot.
Who represents your beliefs? Up and down the ballot, candidates are asking you to hire them to represent you. You, and your friends and family, have important decisions to make that will impact your community and our country.
Enter your address at to build your personalized voting guide that may include which offices and ballot questions you will see when you vote, as well as nearby candidate debates and forums, so you can hear directly from the candidates on the issues that matter most to you.
Voting allows us to make an impact on critical issues and policies. Please encourage the people in your life to vote in this year’s important elections, and to find the information they need at
Thank you for Making Democracy Work®.

Maggie Bush
Programs & Outreach DirectorPlease try to attend candidate forums and ask them questions

The League would incourage you to attend candidates meetings and ask them questions. It is a sad fact that because of Gerrymandering our elected officials do not have to vote as there constituents want them to -and never hold any town halls or attend  debates. When ask questions about their votes ,( our representative voted to cut Medicare by $487 billion after her 1.5 trillion cut to Medicaid failed to pass the Senate) they refuse to answer. Many times decisions are made behind closed doors when open meetings and voting are traditionally  required. This happens from city planning all the way up to Washington DC . Please, don’t let our democracy go to the way side.  Hold your elected officials accountable, be informed about the issues, and get out and VOTE.

Gerrymandering Forum- LaSalle branch library 3232 Ardmore Trail S.Bend

17 Oct


The Community Forum for Economic Justice will hold a public forum on the issue of redistricting and gerrymandering. Topics of discussion will include
— how the democratic process is thwarted through the manipulation of local and federal districts that favor the party in power
— various mechanisms used to suppress voter participation
— the case before the Supreme Court, Gill v. Whitford, which challenges the constitutionality of the partisan gerrymandering plan drawn up by the Wisconsin legislature in 2011

When: Tuesday, October 17, 7 PM
Where: LaSalle branch library, 3232 Ardmore Trail, South Bend

Lisa A Plencner,
Court Administrator, St Joseph Circuit Court
Past Co-President, League of Women Voters, Indiana
Bob Raz, Indivisible Indiana District 2
Moderator: Darryl Heller, Director, Civil Rights Heritage Center

Health Care Forum Oct 10th 5:30-7pm Lerner Crystal Ballroom

9 Oct

Source: Health Care Forum Oct 10th 5:30-7pm Lerner Crystal Ballroom

Photos from the September 20th meeting

24 Sep



Panel Photo: left Kelsey McClure from Elkhart County Voter Outreach. Kelsey, along with Chad Clingerman helped people determine if they were purged and were there to register Voters. Kelsey answered many questions  asked about voting, registration, and purging. County clerk Wendy Hudson and chief deputy clerk Chris Anderson were also on hand to answer questions. Students ask if it was better to register at home or school. The hours of operation of poling places was questioned. She was asked what happeded to the voter registration files seized by Pence. We were told differant states had differant rules for purging. For information on your voting status, go to


At center is Gail Pebworth. Gail told us some league history. Did you know that the League, with Eleanor Roosevelt’s help, was instumental in getting the United Nations on the ground. We cover many subjects: environment, education, & health for example. We are known for protecting voters rights and getting out the vote. This year we have two law suits involving voter suppression. We stopped doing the Presidential debates in 1987 when the 2 parties planted the questions changed the participation of the debates -see you tube film.

On the left is Jonathan Watson J.D. from Anderson, Agostino & Keller who is a law professor at IUSB. He reviewed the NAACP/LWVIN lawsuit against Connie Lawson for release of Voter information at the request of the Trump Commission without abiding by Indiana Constitutional provisions. The second NAACP/LWVIN lawsuit involves purging voters because they have the same name and birthdate as someone else in the county. The issue in this case is that Indiana did not inform people they were purged. Professor Watson discussed the constitutionality of these cases and other voter suppression laws.

NAACP members and students from Ivy Tech and Goshen joined the Elkhart League of Women Voters and others who enjoyed a free picnic lunch while learning about voter suppression issues.  Get informed, Socialize, Help you community. Join the League.

 New treasurer is Evelyn Rice. Thank you Dan Kmitta for your service. If you have not paid your $45 dues yet. send them to Evelyn Rice 23480 Greenwood Blvd. Elkhart 46514.


Published by Bev Wiemeri

Call your Senators:Donnelly 202-224-4814 Young 202-224-5623

20 Sep

TELL THEM TO VOTE NO FOR GRAHAM CASSISY BILL. bill will affect people with disabilities , pre-existing conditions, will take away the spending cap, and put each State in charge of their own insurance. And we all know how Indiana feels about womens health concerns. The League’s stand is for good women and Children’s health-  Additional Numbers Donnelly home office 574 288-2780   Young 317 226-6700

Come to the American Association of University Women Health Care Forum

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