Welcome to the League of Women Voters of Bellingham/Whatcom County!
The League of Women Voters is a non-partisan political organization encouraging informed and active participation in government. It influences public policy through education and advocacy.
We do not support or oppose any candidates for office or political parties. We want everyone to vote so our elected leaders represent our entire community. We are a voice for all, working to connect people directly with government. We provide and work from facts. We educate. We advocate for change.
What’s Happening/News of LWBWC
LWVBWC has gone to Washington!
The League of Women Voters of Bellingham/Whatcom County attended the League of Women Voters of the United States (LWVUS) Convention in Washington, DC. The LWVBWC delegates, along with other delegates from Washington, lobbied on Capitol Hill Thursday, June 16th. We visited both of Washington's senators, and were also able to secure an appointment with Congressman Rick Larsen. In those meetings, we discussed the Voting Rights Advancement Act, which is strongly supported by the League of Women Voters.
For the remainder of the week, our delegates represented LWVBWC at the convention, voting on a variety of matters that will impact national and local leagues. Two major items to pass at this year's convention were bylaws amendments: one to replace the word "citizens" with "persons" in the membership section, and the other to drop the voting member age minimum to 16. The language change to "persons" helps to clarify and affirm the League's commitment to inclusivity, since potential members may be studying to become citizens. Additionally, a literal reading of the existing bylaws would require proof of citizenship for every member of the League of Women Voters. Dropping the voting member age to 16 affords greater opportunities for civic-minded, interested high school students to participate in the League.
We are pleased to report that there were 784 voting delegates at this year's convention in Washington, DC - what a great opportunity to network with leagues across the nation and learn from one another! We look forward to implementing much of what we've learned at convention in the League of Women Voters of Bellingham/Whatcom County.
If you're interested in watching some of the proceedings, please check out the LWVUS YouTube channel here. You can also find the inspiring speech from the new Executive Director of the LWVUS, Wylecia Wiggs Harris, here.