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Absentee Ballot Request Forms Coming By Mail

Vote Safe – Vote Absentee in June Primary

The Iowa Secretary of State is mailing Absentee Ballot Request Forms

to all registered voters in Iowa by the end of April. 

Fill out and return this Request for an Absentee Ballot - postage is prepaid and return ASAP, deadline for submitting absentee ballot requests need to be received by county auditor no later the May 22nd

You will then receive an Absentee Ballot, fill out and return the ASAP, postage is prepaid. 

You can track your absentee ballot at 

Voters can check their registration status and get registered to vote at Story County Auditor.  

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    Ames Resource Recovery System 2020 Report and Policy Recommendations

Ames Resource Recovery System 2020 Report and Policy Recommendations

The LWV of Ames and Story County has released its 2020 report and policy recommendations for the Ames Resource Recovery System. The report is available on the League’s website at

Waste Management Study Update Continues

An update of the League's local study of solid waste management is underway. Participation is welcome whether you have been involved previously or not. A page is maintained for the study and new resources have just been added to the page.

The Importance of the Census

The League of Women Voters invites the community to a program about the importance of the upcoming census. Individual participation in the census impacts our community's share of federal funding - or our piece of the pie - so join us as Susan Gwiasda, City of Ames Information Officer, presents information on the importance of the 2020 census, specifically how these results impact many programs in our community.

Thursday February 20th, 7:00 p.mNorthminster Presbytarian Church1416 20th St., Ames

Free and open to the public

Climate Crisis Parade

Sat, February 1, 2020Noon-3 PM

Cowles Commons 221 Walnut StreetDes Moines, IA 50309

Join more than 50 groups - as an individual, family, or
organization - to rally the media to cover the cause of so many urgent issues
of the 2020 election: CLIMATE!

Meet at Cowles Commons to hear influential climate
activists make the climate connections. 
Then we will march through the streets or skywalks (weather dependent)
to the Iowa Events Center, with our Iowa Caucus message: “We Challenge YOU
…!" - urging the media to do a better job covering climate.   Please note
that, because we’re working for the good of the planet and all its inhabitants,
we will not welcome those with offensive or violent messages. We also will not
include or welcome partisan messaging of any type.

Four speakers will kick-off the parade, Tyler LaMere and
Keely Driscoll. LaMere is a Winnebago activist from Nebraska and the daughter
of Michelle Free-LaMere. Driscoll is a member of the Meskwaki nation and a
student of international studies at the University of Iowa. They will be joined
by Isabelle Brace, co-state Iowa lead for Iowa Climate Strike, inspired by
Swedish activist Greta Thunberg, and Ako Abdul-Samad, the director of Creative
Visions, an Iowa non-profit serving the greater Des Moines area.

Our local LWV of Ames & Story County League is a
co-sponsor of the parade.  The climate crisis
issue is critical and in line with our own Waste Management
Study.  We hope that you are able to join
the parade.  For more information  and to register you can click
"going" on the coalition's Facebook event page, or indicate your
attendance at Eventbrite.

19th Amendment Centennial Commemoration Statewide Kickoff

The statewide kickoff for the 19th Amendment Centennial Commemoration is coming up on Feb. 14, 2020.

theme of the year’s events is “Hard Won. Not Done.”

As part of the kickoff event, award-winning journalist and writer Elaine Weiss will speak about the lessons of the woman suffrage movement and the relevance of its themes in 2020. She will deliver her talk, “The Woman’s Hour,” at 1 p.m. in the Great Hall of the Memorial Union.

The kickoff will also feature a performance of “The Yellow Rose of Suffrage” by Iowa State University theater professor emerita Jane Cox; breakout sessions that will address the often-overlooked contributions of African-American, immigrant and working class women and place the suffrage story into the larger context of the expansion of voting rights; and performances of suffrage songs and selections from a new musical, “The Suffragist.”

The kickoff is free and open to the public. For a full agenda of the afternoon's events, visit….

Events will continue throughout the 2020 calendar year. For more
information about the centennial celebration, to make a donation, and to view
the calendar of events, please visit the commemoration committee’s website at