Making Democracy Work

Faces and Places: An Historic Suffrage Tour

You are invited to join the League for a motor coach tour of historic sites on the Hudson River, including the Roosevelt Museum and Eleanor’s private cottage retreat. From there, journey to the Finger Lakes region and Seneca Falls, home of early suffragist activities and the first Women’s Convention. See Harriet Tubman’s home and visit the National Women’s Hall of Fame. Elizabeth Cady Stanton’s home is on the schedule for Rochester, and finish with a stop at beautiful Niagara Falls. Meet new friends from across Iowa and sample good food and wines of Upper New York State.

For more information about the tour, visit .

League Undertaking a Local Waste Management Study

The League is undertaking in 2019 a Local Waste Management Study. This is. in part, an update of earlier League studies and, also a broader examination of alternatives for the future of waste management in Ames and Story County. In 1973, the League of Women Voters of Ames completed a Solid Waste Management Study, which was one of the driving forces behind the conversion of the City of Ames from traditional solid waste disposal to the development of the Arnold Chantland Resource Recovery Plant. And in 1981, the local League completed an Ames Municipal Electric Utility Study, which was updated in 1988 and amended in 2004. From the perspective of 2019, an update and broadening of the earlier studies is in order. For more information, go to the page describing the new study in more depth.

Vote 411 for 2019 is now live.

Log onto BEFORE you vote on November 5!

Vote 411, providing information about candidate positions for the November, 2019 city and school board election in Story County, is now live.

The League of Women Voters, a nonpartisan organization dedicated to encouraging informed and active participation in government, invites you to check out their on-line voter guide at  The guide has important information for both those new to voting as well as veteran voters.  The website provides information on how to become a registered voter; the location of your correct polling place, information on early voting and absentee ballots, provides information on the candidates and their positions on important issues, and even allows the user to build a “ballot” of candidate preferences that can be taken to the polls on election day.

This year League of Women Voters of Ames & Story County has
invited candidates from 7 races in Story County to provide input to the VOTE411
voter guide.  Those races include the
Ames City Council, the Ames School Board, the Huxley City Council, the Huxley
Mayor, the Nevada City Council, the Nevada School Board and the Story City,
City Council. 

Check out this amazing voting
tool -  Then Vote on Tuesday, November 5.

Ames City Council Candidate Forum held on Oct. 1

The Ames City Council Candidate Forum was held on October 1 in the Ames City Council Chambers, and was moderated by Linda Hagedorn, LWV of Ames & Story County president.

Including the five candidates (Joe Van Erdewyk, Rachel Junck, Chris Nelson, Bronwyn Beatty-Hansen and Tim Gartin), five Voter Service members and the audience members, 55 people were in attendance.

If you weren't able to attend the forum, you can view a video of it on the city's YouTube channel at