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LWVGO Members: Membership Renewal is Due

Membership renewal is easy. Just click here.

The link will take you to a general information page you need to fill out, then you will be directed to a form you can use to pay your renewal.

To renew your membership:

  1. Fill out your information, then click Submit.

  2. On the payment page, first select your Membership Type:

    1. First-time members can select New Membership and will be charged $47 ($45 plus $2 PayPal processing fee).

    2. Existing members should select Standard Renewal and will be charged $62 ($60 plus $2 PayPal processing fee).

    3. Those wanting to join or renew as two or more members in a household should select Household Renewal and will be charged $99.

    4. Student members are free and should select Student Membership –  we ask that you complete the membership process so we capture your information.

    5. If you’d like to also order a new, permanent name tag, select Standard Renewal + Name Tag or Household + Name Tag, then enter the name to include on the new name tag. You’ll be charged $10 extra and we’ll send you more info about where to pick up the name tag once it’s created.
  3. Click Pay Now. You’ll see a new page with PayPal information at the top. To pay with a card, click Pay with Debit or Credit Card at the bottom of the page.

  4. Enter your credit card information, then click Pay Now.

Please renew as soon as possible, and no later than the end of the day on Oct. 31.

Thank you for renewing your membership. Your membership provides the funds necessary to run our LWV office and programming events. We couldn’t do it without you!

Celebrating the Volunteer Creators of the Douglas County Voters’ Guide

Heroes of the League of Women Voters

Developing and providing the League of Women Voters’ Guide is a “herculean task.” It takes many dedicated volunteers who work tirelessly to produce the Guide in a very short time. Featured below are four volunteers who devoted over 300 hours developing the Guide for the 2018 Primary and General Elections. These volunteers are heroes of the League of Women Voters.

Kathy Dewell

This is the eighth Guide for Kathy who serves as editor of the League of Women Voters Greater Omaha (LWVGO) Douglas County Voters Guide that includes local political races.  Kathy believes the Guide is important so citizens make informed educated decisions on who they want to serve in political office, rather than relying on recommendations by parties, partisan groups, etc.  She emphasizes that lesser known races matter deeply to the health of our community. Kathy believes the Guide helps citizens understand what a candidate stands for and provides details on how he/she plan to carry out their beliefs.  Kathy works in IT for Mutual of Omaha, is married and the mother of two children ages, 17 & 19.

Rebecca Armstrong Langle

This is the 10th Voters’ Guide for Rebecca who has been helping LWVGO and the State League since 2012. Rebecca manages candidate information for the state offices and state legislature on the website for all Nebraskans. Rebecca is Vice President of Development at Nebraska Children and Families Foundation, is an alumnus of the New Leaders Council and is nominated for the 2018 Emerging Non-Profit Leader. From her political science education and experience working for Senator Ben Nelson, Rebecca is interested in education of voters and equality issues and generously gives back to the community. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her husband, Ryan and dog, Delilah.  

Laura Torres Olivera

Laura translated the Voters’ Guide into Spanish. Laura came to Omaha from Mexico City, Mexico 10 years ago. Growing up, Laura had the opportunity to live in France and Canada. She speaks English, Spanish and French. She is married and has one son who is studying at the University of Nebraska, Lincoln. In Mexico, Laura worked for Banco Nacional de Comercio Exterior (National Bank for Foreign Trade). Her activities focused on the improvement of foreign investment in Mexico. Laura is passionate about the promotion of democracy, transparency and the betterment of representative forms of government.

Lilia Franciscony

Lilia served as the proofreader of the Spanish language guide.  Recently retired from Omaha Steaks as a Bilingual Benefits Specialist, and prior to that, Lilia retired from Mutual of Omaha as a translator.   Lilia came to the United States from Caracas Venezuela 35 years ago to attend graduate school at UNO. Lilia has one daughter who lives here in Omaha. Lilia enjoys the League because it provides a clear consistent structure of support to the community and provides her with options to donate as much or as little time as her schedule permits. Her experience of living in another country, has made Lilia want to embrace and defend democracy as a right and a duty.

The Making of the Voters’ Guide &

The Voters’ Guide has been an institution in Douglas County for the past 50 years and is appreciated throughout the state. The LWVGO Voters’ Guide covers statewide races as well as local races in Douglas County. The Douglas County Election Commission requests the paper guides on the first day of early voting because voters ask for and expect it. The other Nebraska Leagues in Lincoln, Hastings and Seward did not provide local candidate Guides in 2018 but promote utilization of website for its content on statewide races (Legislature, Governor, and many state offices.)

The 2018 paper Guide was printed for the Primary and General Elections. The Voters Guide team was exemplary in providing the Guide on the day ballots were mailed out to the public, (35 days prior to the election) which is challenging because of the late deadline established for candidates filing for office.  The Voters’ Guide for the Primary election covered 46 offices/districts. The 48-page general election Guide covered 59 races and districts and was translated into Spanish.

The Voters’ Guide team contacts candidates during each election cycle and invites them to participate in the print and online editions of the Voters’ Guide. Candidates provide their biographical information and their positions on selected issues. Candidates are aware in advance that the biographies and answers will be printed exactly as submitted without edits for content, spelling, punctuation or grammar. They are asked to submit their answers online in the website.  The process of “making” the Guide is a detailed complicated undertaking, below is a condensed listing of the steps to making the Voters’ Guide:

  • Contact Election commission and Secretary of State to determine if any district boundaries have changed.  If boundaries have changed, purchase updated GIS files from the Commission and upload.
  • Obtain a list of candidates from the Election office, which does not always include the candidates email address.  Volunteers try to obtain missing email addresses.
  • Form questions for candidates by a committee to obtain their position on several key issues, these questions are inputted into
  • Prepare with offices on the ballot set up, develop email templates for candidates
  • Send candidates a postcard to make them aware they will be receiving an email with details on how to participate in the Voters’ Guide.  Next, they receive an email invitation with a link to answer the candidate questions on vote411 website
  • Send reminder emails to candidates who do not respond
  • Format paper Voters’ Guide for printing

Funders of Vote411 & Voters Guide

Thanks to the Nebraska Civic Engagement Table for helping fund the Douglas County Voters Guide!

Meet the League: Join Us for New-Member Orientation & Happy Hour on Sept. 18

LWVGO’s membership directors will be hosting Meet the League, a quarterly social-hour and new-member orientation session, from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Tues., Sept. 18 at Corkscrew Wine & Cheese in Rockbrook Village (10924 Prairie Brook Road).

Join us to learn more about LWVGO and the work that we do in Omaha, as well as to meet fellow area leaders and voters.

Meet the League serves as a new-member orientation event, but all members and prospective members are welcome.

RSVP on Facebook and/or send any questions about the event to See you Sept. 18!


Join Us for Our 2018 Annual Meeting

The League of Women Voters of Greater Omaha will hold our annual meeting from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, April 14 at the Field Club of Omaha, 3615 Woolworth Ave.

The annual meeting is a celebration of the past year’s accomplishments as well as an opportunity to look ahead. Meeting activities will include votes to approve new bylaws and the incoming leadership board. There will also be a keynote speaker discussing Women in Public Policy as well as a light breakfast and buffet luncheon with vegetarian options.

The annual meeting is open to all, though only LWVGO members may vote.

To attend, fill out the registration form below by no later than Tuesday, April 3. Cost of attendance is $30. You can pay via the form below or by cash or check at the event, though we strongly encourage registration by the deadline, regardless of payment.

More information on our keynote speaker:

Dr. Jodi Benenson, Assistant Professor, School of Public Administration University of Nebraska-Omaha, will talk about UNO’s inaugural “Women and Public Policy Week” held earlier this month.

“Women and Public Policy Week” brought together the voices and expertise of UNO faculty, staff, students, community partners–including the League of Women Voters– and policymakers to discuss issues related to women and public policy across the city, state, nation and world.

Benenson’s primary research interests include social policy, nonprofit organizations, civic engagement, and inequality. Previously, she was a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Jonathan M. Tisch College of Civic Life at Tufts University. At Tufts, she worked on several projects in the areas of youth civic engagement, political learning and engagement in higher education, and national service and employment. Prior to returning to graduate school, Benenson worked in the nonprofit sector in the Twin Cities.She received a B.S. and M.P.A. from Indiana University and a Ph.D. in social policy from the Heller School for Social Policy and Management at Brandeis University.

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Join Observer Corps

Want to get to know your local government and help make democracy work? Join Observer Corps!

Observer Corps are a structured way for individuals to exercise their right to know. They provide a valuable service to the community. They help ensure that citizens are aware of the decisions that impact their lives and they promote government transparency and accountability.

An observer is an individual who attends a governmental meeting, notes what happens at the meeting, and reports back to the League and through the League to the community. By attending public meetings of local governmental bodies/agencies, observers learn more about what their government is doing. They learn about the issues facing their community and are empowered to take action, if warranted. They also learn how issues are being addressed.

Observers generally do not “act” on issues in these meetings as a representative of the League (observers should not provide commentary or testimony on issues on behalf of the League). Instead, observers attend meetings to gather information. Through the process, their presence encourages better, more transparent government.

Anyone is welcome to become an observer. Non-members are welcome to join and all participants are encouraged to bring a friend!

How much time does it take?

Observers can choose when they are available and how much time they are able to spend observing. They can choose to observe bodies that meet during the day, in the evenings and that are held weekly, twice per month, monthly or every other month. Observers can also choose to “virtually attend” meetings at any time they like by watching/listening to recordings available online. If there is a large enough response, we may be able to “double up” observers and even have rotating schedules (one meeting on, one meeting off), if desired.

To become an observer:

  1. Fill out the interest survey here:
  2. Attend a brief training session with one or both of the observer corps leaders. (This can be done in person or online.)
  3. Attend your first meeting! We can provide outlines for taking notes if you like.

Any questions?

Contact Alex Garrison at or Linda Duckworth at