News from the League of Women Voters, St. Cloud Area (LWVSCA)
Anniversary of Founding of the League of Women Voters
We gathered with members and friends on Saturday, February 17, 2024, at the Kelly Inn to celebrate the 104th anniversary of the founding of the League of Women Voters on February 14, 1920. Our two guest speakers, social studies teachers in School District #742, held everyone's attention with their impressive knowledge of state education standards pertaining to civics and government classes. Follow us on Facebook to learn more about our special events.
Precinct Caucuses: February 27, 2024
Precinct caucuses are meetings run by Minnesota’s political parties at which the respective parties may endorse candidates, select delegates, and set goals and values that can be incorporated into party platforms. Participants must be eligible to vote in the next general election, live in the precinct, and generally agree with the principles of the political party hosting the caucus. The Secretary of State's website has information about where precinct caucuses are being held. Find caucus locations.
Presidential Primary: March 5, 2024
The first major event of the General Election Year will be the Presidential Primary on March 5, 2024, when Minnesota voters will go the polls and select who they want to be nominated for President of the United States. You must be a registered voter to cast a ballot and can pre-register online or at your county office through February 13. After February 15, you can register in person on March 5 by following the requirements for same-day registration. See the "Voting" and "Elections" sections of this website for direct links to the information you need.
The General Election will held on November 5, 2024, and will include a number of open seats for the U. S. Congress and State of Minnesota. Plus, there will be many local races on the ballot for municipal, school board, and county offices. The League of Women Voters will be tracking filed candidates in our area and planning candidate forums.
All Minnesota voting law changes implemented in 2023 will apply during the upcoming 2024 Election Year: 1. automatic voter registration when obtaining state issued IDs (option to opt out); 2. preregistration of 16- and 17-year-olds; and 3. and restoration of voting rights for ex-offenders living in their communities.
UPCOMING Monthly Meetings
Oue slate of monthly topics planned for 2024 started with “Diversity, Equity and Inclusion” in January, followed by “Minnesota's Green Bank” in February. Coming up: “Book Bans,” "US Supreme Court," and “St. Cloud Community Policing Updates.” Background information for each meeting will be published when information is available from the convener.
"What's Driving the Current Wave of Book Bans?”"
Wednesday, March 13, 2024, 1:00 pm
Great River Regional Library and via Zoom
Librarians, library boards and educational institutions are receiving an unprecedented number of requests to remove or relocate books. Book banning is not new, and the current efforts have become a political issue. What is driving the current wave of book bans? We will delve into more detail about the types of books being banned, the arguments for their removal, and the consequences of book banning on local communities, including our own.
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