Making Democracy Work

Calendar of Events

We sponsor meetings and events for the public and League members

Date & Time        Place        Description
Tuesday, October 18, 2016
12:00-1:00 pm
Missoula Public Library, Large Meeting Room Brown Bag Lunch Series: The mysterious Electoral College: An archaic or necessary finale in the race for the Presidency?. The Missoula League of Women Voters is hosting an hour-long discussion on the Electoral College, somewhat of a mystery to most of us, though it's been around for well over 200 years. In Montana, members of the winning slate of Electoral Voters will meet in Helena at 2pm on December 19th to cast their ballots, after citizens do so on November 8th at our polling places. The Electoral College comes and goes without much introduction every four years. This will be an opportunity to get better acquainted from three different perspectives, at a time when polls have showed that most Montanans and most Americans favor a national popular vote, rather than the Electoral College, to determine the winner of the U.S Presidency.

Firstly, UM Political Science Professor Christopher Muste will review the nature and reasons the Electoral College, especially why it was embedded in our nation's Constitution as the final critical step in the process for electing the President of the United States. Dr. Muste will cover some of the pros and cons for retaining or abolishing the Electoral College. And he'll look at the impact of current winner-take-all determination of the winner, as it affects political parties, and as the process relates to the actions and morale of citizen voters.

The second presenter will be Thelma Baker, a long-time Missoula resident and Republican party activist. She has been elected to her party's Electoral College slate for 4 different presidential election cycles so far. She has traveled to Helena 3 times to officially register an Electoral ballot, and will briefly share her impressions.

And finally, Nancy Leifer of the local League will briefly present the studied position of the National League of Women Voters on the Electoral College, the nuance of their recommendation to join a growing number of states in slightly altering the way the Electoral College functions + or else to abolish it.

There will be time for questions and discussion at the end. The event is free and open to the public. Tea will be available.

Tuesday, November 15, 2016
12:00-1:00 pm
Missoula Public Library, Large Meeting Room Brown Bag Series: National Voters Rights Act and Getting Money out of Politics. Presentation and discussion lead by Nancy Leifer, Missoula LWV Co-President