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.
LWVIN Convention April 18-19 - Registration due March 15. Info at Contact Geri Pawelski for info - FacebookTwitter

South Bend City Clerk Debate - April 7, 6:30pm - 7:30pm

Candidates Derek Dieter and Kareemah Fowler
Location: Wiekamp Hall 1001, Indiana University South Bend
Moderator: Dr. Jamie Smith, IUSB

American Democracy Project of IU South Bend
IUSB Political Science Club
League of Women Voters of the South Bend Area

South Bend Common Council At-Large Candidate Forum - April 14, 6:30pm - 8:00pm

Candidates - Berry, Donaldson, Ferlic, Hamann, Lark, Price, Voorde, & White
Location: Wiekamp Hall 1001, Indiana University South Bend
Moderator: Dr. Elizabeth Bennion

American Democracy Project of IU South Bend
IUSB Political Science Club
League of Women Voters of the South Bend Area

South Bend Common Council Candidate Forum -- District Candidates - April 22, 6:30-8:00pm

Candidates in contested district races Niezgodski, Davis, Goodchild, Kelly, Preston, & Michel.

Candidates in uncontested races (i.e. Scott, Broden, and Emery) have been invited to introduce themselves and meet with voters after the forum.

Where: Room 1001, Wiekamp Hall, IU South Bend

League of Women Voters of the South Bend Area
American Democracy Project
Political Science Club of IU South Bend

A call for Nominations - Maud Wood Park Award

The Maud Wood Park Award honors a LWV South Bend Area member who has served the League by making significant contributions to the growth and strength of the League or to the advancement of civic engagement in our community by promoting voter education, encouraging citizen participation in the democratic process, or advocating for public policy issues. The second annual Maud Wood Park Award will be presented at our Annual Business Meeting on June 10. (Not to worry, you will be receiving information regarding that meeting in due time.) Award selection is made by your Board of Directors.

Please contact Lisa Plencner with any questions or to return your completed nomination:

Nomination form Maud Wood Park Award Nomination Form

Save the Date!!! LWVSBA Annual Meeting Announced!

We hope that you can join us on June 10, 2015 for our annual meeting. This meeting is where we cover our accomplishments for the past year, elect new board members and talk about the future of our League!! Sounds like work - but really there is ample opportunity to visit with fellow League members and get to know some pretty awesome people!!

Watch here for details.

Politically Speaking - Hosted by our own Dr. Elizabeth Bennion

Watch the March 1 installment of WNIT's Politically Speaking, which focused on Indiana Election Laws. The panel featured LWV South Bend Area vice president, Lisa Plencner, Moderated by Dr. Elizabeth Bennion.

The program focused on Indiana Election Law and the panel included LWV South Bend Area vice president Lisa Plencner, State Senator John Broden, State Representative Tim Wesco, and Elkhart County Clerk Wendy Hudson. Senator Broden and Politically Speaking moderator Elizabeth Bennion are also LWV South Bend Area members.

New 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 local events - at least 40 events since 2008
★ 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
★ Hosts Evening with the League, a monthly gathering of members and friends
★ Sponsors public forums on topics of community interest such as the Property Tax Cap Constitutional Amendment, Redistricting, and Economic Development in our area

Want to learn more? Contact us at today.

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.