Making Democracy Work

Because Democracy is not a Spectator Sport

The League of Women Voters is a nonpartisan political organization encouraging the informed and active participation of citizens in government. It influences public policy through education and advocacy.
No Lunch with the League in November due to the Veteran's Day Holiday. Please honor veterans by attending one of many local events.

Compare local, state and national candidates side-by-side at this one-stop resource. Helpful election information, too.


Watch recordings of candidate events sponsored by LWV South Bend Area and The American Democracy Project and Political Science Club of IU South Bend.

South Bend School Board Candidate Forum
October 10, 6:30 to 8:30pm
At Large: John Anella, Jasmine Brown, Cory Gathright, David James, Annette Malone, Jeannette McCullough, Karl Nichols, Maritza Robles
District 3: Scott Siler, Leslie Wesley<
Co-Sponsored by the School of Education
Watch the recorded South Bend School Board forum

U.S. House Candidate Debate - Indiana District 2
October 11, 6:30 to 8:00pm
Participants: Ron Cenkush (L), Lynn Coleman (D)
Watch the recorded U.S. House District 2 forum

Indiana House Candidate Debates
Wednesday, October 12, 6:30 to 8:30pm
Three Debates:
District 7 - Justin Chupp (R), Joe Taylor (D), James Gillen (L)
Watch the recorded District 7 debate
District 8 - Ryan Dvorak (D), Dick Pfeil (R), No Candidate (L)
Watch the recorded District 8 debate
District 21 -Jodi Buoscio (D), Ethan Legg (L), Tim Wesco (R)
Watch the recorded District 21 debate

Indiana Senate Candidate Debates
Wednesday, October 19th, 6:30 to 8:00pm
District 10 - David Niezgodski (D), Gerard Arthus (L)
Watch the recorded Indiana Senate District 10 debate
District 8 - Mike Bohacek (R), Maxine Spenner (D)
Watch the recorded Indiana Senate District 8 debate

Diana Hess Named 2016 Making Democracy Work Award Recipient

At it's 2016 Friend-Raiser held October 26, the LWV South Bend Area presented the annual Making Democracy Work Award to Diana Hess for her significant contributions to our community through the advancement of democracy and civic engagement. Diana is Executive Director of Neighborhood Resources Connection, Inc., and serve on the St. Joseph County Council, representing District E. Congratulations, Diana, and thank you for all you do for our community.

2016 Friend-Raiser Invitation

A Step Closer to Redistricting Reform in Indiana

At its final meeting on October 17, 2016, the Special Interim Study Committee on Redistricting passed a recommendation by a vote of 8 to 3 for the establishment of an Independent Redistricting Commission. While the final recommendation is not everything hoped for, it is a strong beginning and sets the stage for legislation in the 2017 General Assembly.

You will find more information, including a PDF copy of the Interim Study Committee on Redistricting's Final Report and a copy of the resolution adopted by the South Bend Common Council in support of redistricting reform here

Check back for information on next steps . . . coming soon.

Reform Recommendations of Indiana Coalition for Independent Redistricting

Indiana Coalition for Independent Redistricting Makes Its Recommendations

On September 19, the Indiana Coalition for Independent Redistricting, of which the LWVIN is a co-founding member, presented its recommendations to the Special Interim Study Committee on Redistricting. Key recommendations include:

  • Indiana should establish a citizen-led redistricting commission every 10 years consisting of 9 members: 3 Republican, 3 Democrat, and 3 unaffiliated.
  • All Hoosiers are eligible, but must apply for service.
  • Qualified candidates should be selected by lottery with efforts made to reflect the racial, ethnic, gender and geographic diversity of the state.
  • Redistricting criteria: Districts must be substantially equal in population, contiguous,comply with the U.S. Voting Rights Act, when possible they should not divide communities of interest, and the home addresses of incumbent elected officials should not be considered.
  • Recommendations by the commission should require an affirmative vote of at least 6 members and are subject to legislative approval.
  • Legislative changes, however, can not exceed 2% of the total population of a district and must be accompanied by a narrative explanation.

For more information on Redistricting Reform, visit LWV Indiana

Half-Price Student Membership

Join the League! LWV South Bend Area now offers a student membership rate of $25.00! A student is defined as an individual who is enrolled either full or part-time in an accredited institution.

Consider a gift student membership - you will be opening the door to lifetime of Making Democracy Work.

Did you know . . . The LWV South Bend Area

★ Visits area high schools to register voters - 1077 in 2012!
★ Registers new voters at schools and local events
★ Sponsors candidate debates and forums before every election
★ Organized and cosponsored B Green to Save Green, an environmental education program for low-income families
★ Hosts Lunch with the League, a monthly public event featuring a talk by local leaders, followed by discussion
★ Provides voter information at the community events such as the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day celebration and Michiana Monologues
★ Sponsors public forums on topics of community interest such as the Property Tax Cap Constitutional Amendment, Redistricting, and Economic Development in our area

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Meetings are held on the first Wednesday of each month at 5:30 pm at St Joseph County Public Library, Main Street, Downtown South Bend. Free Parking. Guests are welcome.