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Help support the League of Women Voters of Arapahoe and Douglas Counties' work in the community by designating us to receive your Amazon Smile donations.
There is no cost to you but Amazon donates every time you make a purchase from them.
Make it a habit to go to https://smile.amazon.com when you shop on Amazon. You can start shopping at amazon.com, but sometime before you click on 'Proceed to Checkout' you'll need to switch to smile.amazon.com.
You'll still see your order like before, but when you're in the 'smile.amazon.com' web page, your order will generate a contribution by Amazon.
Before you shop:
You need to sign up once in Amazon Smile before your first donation order and designate which charity you'll support, at https://smile.amazon.com.
Fill in the signup information. When asked to pick your charity, type in League of Women Voters of Arapahoe and Douglas Counties in the charity name field and hit 'select'.
Now, when you're ordering from Amazon in smile.amazon.com, you'll see 'Supporting League of Women Voters of Arapahoe and Douglas Counties' toward the top of the web page just below the Amazon product search box.
In the future, every time you order, as long as you are in smile.amazon.com before completing your checkout, your purchase confirmation will display 'You made a difference. Amazon will make a donation to the League of Women Voters of Arapahoe and Douglas Counties.'
Please note: If you don't purchase via the smile.amazon.com web page, no donation will be generated. You cannot fix a missing donation if you forget and don't check out on the smile.amazon.com web page.
2020 U.S. Census Day April 1
Be sure to be counted in the 2020 U.S. Census count on April 1.
Now is the time to submit your 2020 U.S. Census information so that a census take won't have to visit your home in May. Respond in one of three ways: online, by phone, or by mail.
Tip: Learn how to avoid 2020 U.S. Census fraud and scams. See their fraud web page here.
You'll never be asked for your Social Security number, your bank account information, or your credit card numbers. The U.S. Census has nothing to do with a political party wanting information and never asks for money or donations.
You can verify the identity of someone who contacts you for census information by calling 844-330-2020 (7 days a week 5 am to midnight Mountain Time). 2020 U.S. Census takers at your door are required to show official identification, which includes an ID badge with a Department of Commerce watermark, their name and photo, and an expiration date. They will have an official bag and laptop or smartphone with the U.S. Census Bureau logo. Call your local police if someone who comes to your door seems suspicious.
There is no citizenship question in the 2020 Census. The 2020 U.S. Census is very secure: They will track numbers not names. Census workers sign a pledge to not give out information for 72 years!
Every person's count is important. It will allocate $675 billion in funding for everything from roads to healthcare to schools to the environment and more. It's divided up based on the number of people where they are located.
There are also temporary jobs available in many areas, so you can apply if you're looking for a job that will not last past the summer.
To enter your information or for more census information, visit the 2020 U.S. Census web site here.
Connect For Health Colorado Special Enrollment 2020
Unemployed? The Colorado Health Exchange has opened an Emergency Special Enrollment Period through April 30, 2020. This is an opportunity for Coloradans who are uninsured or losing their jobs during to the Covid-19 crisis to arrange health care insurance. If you're uninsured or about to lose coverage, sign up by Friday, April 3 for coverage effective April 1, 2020. Sign up by Thursday, April 30 for coverage that starts May 1, 2020. Remember that the Connect for Health Colorado is the only place where you can get financial assistance for health care insurance based on your income level. For more information and to enroll, go to the Exchange web site here.
Colorado General Assembly Session Suspended
The 2020 Colorado General Assembly adjourned until March 30. They then met in a limited session on March 30 and April 2 because the Colorado Constitution allows for a three-day recess without formal agreement. The Senate adjourned.
Lawmakers were waiting for a Colorado Supreme Court to rule whether the legislative session can span 120 calendar days any time during the year or whether those 120 days must be consecutive.
Colorado's Supreme Court ruled 4-3 on April 1 that the General Assembly can extend the 120-day session beyond an original May 6 end date.
Visit the Colorado General Assembly web site for progress reports or to find your legislator here.
LWVCO Legislative Letter
Learn about the progress of bills in the 2020 Colorado General Assembly. The Colorado League of Women Voters Legislative Action Committee Legislative Letter is available on the State League web site here.
Send A Message
Tip: This resource is available from the League of Women Voters: Send A Message is the directory of Colorado Directory of National & State Officials for 2019 - 2020. You can view it here.
Communicating Effectively With Your Representative
On the subject of action alerts, here are some helpful tips on how to contact your representatives effectively from the Jefferson County League's newsletter:
A quick telephone call to your representative is easiest. Most legislators count calls supporting or opposing bills and those from their own constituents count the most.
Email is another good way to communicate with your legislator. Here are some tips to communicate your position to your representative:
• State the bill number in the subject line
• Keep the email short and to the point
• If you have a personal story relevant to the issue, include it
• Use bullets when possible to make it more readable
The League of Women Voters of Arapahoe and Douglas Counties celebrated 50 years in 2019.
League of Women Voters 100th Anniversary!
Join the League of Women Voters as we celebrate our 100th anniversary in 2020. We proudly support democracy through voter registration, voter education, and encouraging civic engagement. More info.