League of Women Voters Austin Area

Empowering Voters. Defending Democracy.

aka LWV-AA   |   AUSTIN, TX   |  https://www.lwvaustin.org

Mission

Mission: Empowering Voters. Defending Democracy. Vision: We envision a democracy where every person has the desire, the right, the knowledge, and the confidence to participate. Value: We believe in the power of women to form a more perfect democracy.

Ruling year info

2016

President

Mari Robinson

Main address

3908 Avenue B

AUSTIN, TX 78751 USA

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EIN

81-3447172

NTEE code info

Voter Education/Registration (R40)

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Voters Guide

The Voters Guide is a vital part of LWV’s Voters Service and Citizen Education efforts. It is an unbiased, nonpartisan report of candidates' views and/or ballot issues. In the Voters Guide, the League does not take a position in support of or opposition to the candidates, parties, or issues covered, and provides equal coverage of all candidates and initiatives on the ballot. The Voters Guide is a valued service that LWV provides for our community. It is truly an effort to encourage the informed participation of citizens in the election process. Many citizens and their communities have come to depend on information provided in Voters Guides, and they are a major reason people join and/or support the League.

The League of Women Voters Austin Area publishes Voters Guides for all local, primary, and general elections in Travis County and Williamson County. This includes candidates for US representative, Texas state senator and representative, mayor, city council, county commissioner, county judge, county attorney, district judge, district attorney, sheriff, constable, and local school boards. Also covered are ballot initiatives such as propositions to change city charters and local bond elections. In partnership with the League of Women Voters of Texas, Voters Guides also cover candidates and/or ballot issues voted on by the entire state, including U.S. senator, governor, lieutenant governor, attorney general, comptroller, various commissioners, state supreme court, and court of criminal appeals. They also include some regional races (i.e., state board of education and courts of appeals) where the regions may encompass multiple counties and be served by multiple local Leagues.

All candidates in contested races that will appear on the ballot are invited to participate, including all parties and independent candidates. Standard questionnaires are sent to the candidates and their responses are printed verbatim. The responses are available as a downloadable PDF via the league's website and via the interactive website VOTE411.org, where voters can create a customizable ballot. For major elections in even numbered years, hard copy Voters Guides are printed and distributed throughout Travis County and Williamson County.

Population(s) Served
Adults

First Vote! is a free, non-partisan, TEKS aligned program offered to high schools to support voter education and registration in high school curricula for juniors and seniors. Trained volunteers utilize effective age-specific Get Out The Vote methods and research to empower young voters and answer youth questions related to voting. First Vote! offers voter registration drives during lunch and class periods. In-class presentations are couples with quick voter registration drives inside the classroom. The program is flexible to meet the individual needs of schools and teachers. The program offers presentations of varying time lengths and voter registration tables that best fit the needs of students and teachers during the school hours. First Vote! has serviced thousands of students in the Austin-area, and primarily works with schools in the counties of Travis and Williamson.

Population(s) Served
Adolescents

The LWV-AA Voter Registration and Turnout program is dedicated to educating voters, mostly in person, about their rights and options with regard to voting and voter registration. To that end, we work closely with local elections officials, schools, businesses, and organizations to hold voter registration events and engage with local voters.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Adolescents

In carrying out our mission of encouraging informed and active participation in government, the League of Women Voters Austin Area moderates many candidate debates and forums. We are committed to providing fair, nonpartisan candidate forums that are open to the general public.

During election season LWV-AA frequently hosts Candidate Forums featuring candidates on local ballot races in the Austin area (County Commissioners, AISD, City Council, etc.).

Population(s) Served
Adults

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Goals & Strategy

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The League of Women Voters Austin Area (LWV-AA) is an all-volunteer, nonpartisan, grassroots civic organization. We encourage informed and active participation in government, work to increase understanding of major public policy issues, and influence public policy through education and advocacy.

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League of Women Voters Austin Area

Board of directors
as of 5/4/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mari Robinson

Moriah Powers

Deborah Voss

Pam Bixby

Alissa Sughrue

Angie Hardy

Jessica Foreman

Mubaraka Malbari

Amy Willson

Jennifer Delk

Valerie DeBill

Gretchen Otto

Joyce Jackson

Bill Rodriguez

Organizational demographics

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

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