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.
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LWV Friend-Raiser - October 14 6:00-8:00pm

Redistricting Reform - Time to Take Back Elections

In 2014, 44 out of 100 candidates for the Indiana House and 10 of 25 candidates for the Indiana Senate had no opponents.

Why? Because the General Assembly draws the district maps every 10 years after the federal census and legislatures draw maps for political advantage -- creating unfair electoral advantage for the majority party. The result? No competition and dismal voter turnout.

It's time to fix this sick system and put elections back in the hand of the voters.

The Indiana General Assembly has created a Special Study Committee on Redistricting that will work until December 2016 to create a reform recommendation for the legislature. We have a real opportunity to effect redistricting reform in our State but we must act now to educate and advocate for an independent redistricting process.

Join the Indiana Coalition for Independent Redistricting email alerts by sending an email to

More resources on the Redistricting Reform Page

Below you will find a link to the Special Committee's webpage and other to LWV resources.

Redistricting resources from LWVUS

She's Beautiful When She's Angry - September 23 at The Brick

Prepare to be inspired as you view this extraordinary documentary highlighting the women's liberation movement. "She's Beautiful When She's Angry" tells the story of one of the most important social movements of the 20th century featuring never-before-seen archival footage and new interviews.

Doors will open at 6pm and the film begins at 7pm. Admission is a $5 donation to the YWCA collected at the door to help pay for the film. There will be free popcorn and a cash bar on site.

1145 Northside Blvd., South Bend

Fall 2015 Candidate Events

Sponsored by the American Democracy Project and Political Science Club of IU South Bend and the League of Women Voters of the South Bend Area.

South Bend Mayoral Candidates

Incumbent: Pete Buttigieg (D)
Challenger: Kelly Jones (R)

Opening and closing statements. Audience may submit questions on note cards during the debate and/or email questions in advance to with the subject line of: SOUTH BEND mayoral QUESTION.

Tuesday, October 6, 6:00-7:30pm
IU South Bend Wiekamp Hall, Room 1001
IU South Bend Maps and Directions

South Bend Common Council

District 2 - Regina Preston (D) v. Henry Davis, Jr. (I)
District 5 - Robert Emery (D)
Uncontested candidates will also be in attendance.

Tuesday, October 20, 6:00-7:30pm
IU South Bend Wiekamp Hall, Room 1001
IU South Bend Maps and Directions

Mishawaka Common Council At-Large

Dan Bilancio (R), Joe Canarecci (D), Matt Mammolenti (D), Michael Ping (R)m John Roggeman (D)

Tuesday, October 13, 6:00-7:30pm
IU South Bend Wiekamp Hall, Room 1001
IU South Bend Maps and Directions

Mishawaka Common Council Districts

District 1 - Ben Blatt (R) v. Dale Emmons (D)
District 4 - Kate Voelker (R) v. Bryan Tanner (D)
District 5 - Nick Troiola (R) v. Mike Compton (D)
District 6 - Ethan Hunt (R) v. Ron Banicki (D)
Uncontested district candidates will also be in attendance.

Thursday, October 22, 6:00-7:30pm
IU South Bend Education & Arts Bldg, Room 1011
IU South Bend Maps and Directions

LWV Indiana 95th Anniversary Celebration - September 26, 2015

LWVIN invites us to attend this celebration, which includes an address by Professor Sheila Seuss Kennedy, recognition of LWV Indiana Lifetime Members, commemorative displays, League stories, review of League work.

Time: Noon - 2:30 p.m. Location: The Athenaeum in Indianapolis

Register before September 18! (contact Geri Pawelski for registration form:

Cost: $26 includes buffet meal and parking in Anthenaeum lot.

If you are interested in a carpooling to Indianapolis for this special event, please contact Lisa Plencner (

Current Positions Studies

Please plan to participate in these three important positions studies.

LWVIN Education Position Statement Concurrence

LWVUS Constitutional Amendment Study

LWVUS Money in Politics Review

Details are on the Current Positions Studies

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.