Making Democracy Work

What We Do

Some of our local activities

VOTE411 Online Voter Guide VOTE411 is an online voters guide website hosted by the League of Women Voters USA.

The Delaware leagues will be participating in this program for the 2018 election year, compiling information on all candidates for elected positions statewide.

Voter Registration

Voter Registration Bolloons Voter Registration Table Voter Registration Flags
Carrie Hutson Community Day
Carrie Hutson, past President of LWVNCC, shown registering voters on Senior Day at Kirkwood Park, sponsored by Settlement House.

Patti Christopher heads the voter registration section of Voters' Services. After League members are trained to register voters by the Department of Elections, Patti makes arrangements with local colleges, schools, community organizations and other non-profits to register voters.

Please contact Patti Christopher if you would like to participate in voter registration work. You may contact Letty Diswood if you would like to sign up for the next voter registration training session.

Reaching Voters at the Peoples' Festival in Wilmington

New Citizen Packets

New Citizen Helpers
New Citizen Helpers (L-R): a Daughter of the American Revolution, Gladys Crespo and Robin Davis from the Service for the Foreign Born, and LWVNCC's Connie Georgov in the red blazer at right

For over twenty years Connie Georgov has led the effort to bring a League presence to ceremonies for new citizens. The ceremonies are held at the Carvel Government Building in Wilmington. Each time the ceremony is held, usually about 70 foreign-born men, women and children become U.S. citizens. Following distribution of naturalization certificates, the new citizens file past the registration table operated by the Delaware Department of Elections.

Eight times a year Connie and the League members who work with her distribute packets of voter information to new citizens. The packet includes a welcome letter, voting information, a list of citizen resposibilities and a roster of federal and state and local officials.

Leaguers who lend a hand with this activity feel gratified to have participated in this important first step for newly sworn-in citizens. Please contact Lorraine Boticelli if you'd like to participate; helping hands are always welcome and needed.

Candidate Forums

Candidate Forum LWV moderator
Carole Walsh moderates a Wilmington Mayoral Candidate forum at Salesianum High School in September 2016

The League of Women Voters has a long history with candidate debates. Between 1960 and 1984, the national League sponsored every presidential and vice presidential candidate debate. The League no longer sponsors these televised debates, but state and local Leagues across the country continue to sponsor candidate debates at the state and local levels, just as they always have.

LWVNCC sponsors and moderates forums at the local level, such as town council or city mayor races, and LWVDE sponsors forums for statewide candidates.

Candidate debates are a valuable service, providing one of the only opportunities voters have to listen to candidates offer more than just a brief sound bite. Debates provide an opportunity to hear what candidates are saying and to form your own opinions of the candidates based on your own observations.

Hot Topic Lunches for Meeting New People and Hearing New Ideas

Let's Do Lunch! The League holds a Hot Topic Luncheon (formerly called "Fun Lunch") once a month. We catch up with long-time friends, eat a nice lunch and learn something new. Hot Topic Lunch presentations range over a variety of topics including legislative updates, healthcare, environmental and social issues. Check the Calendar of League Events or the What's New page for upcoming Hot Topics. These lunches are open to the public; guests are encouraged to attend!

Hot Topic Lunchers

Great Decisions Discussion Groups

Newark Great Decisions Discussion Group Great Decisions is America's largest discussion program on world affairs. It is an arm of the Foreign Policy Association. Published annually, the Great Decisions briefing book highlights eight of the most thought-provoking foreign policy challenges facing Americans today. Great Decisions provides background information, current data and policy options for each issue and serves as the focal text for discussion groups.

The LWVNCC Great Decisions discussion group meets on the third Monday of each month at the Newark Public Library. All are welcome to attend. You may either email Vicky Kleinman to participate, or just drop in and listen to the discussion. Meeting dates and topics can be found on the calendar.

In past years LWVNCC has sponsored an additional Great Decisions group in Wilmington. If you are interested in attending or chairing discussions at another location, please contact us.

League Studies and Presentations

For information on League studies, please visit our League Studies page.

The League of Women Voters of New Castle County (LWVNCC) sponsors or co-sponsors many informational events that are open to members and community members alike. For notes from both recent and prior-year presentations, please visit our Activities and Presentations page.

Legislative Advocacy Work

LWV Advocacy Corps At the state level, League of Women Voters of Delaware (LWVDE) sponsors a legislative Advocacy Corps whose members come from all three counties. The corps includes volunteer registered lobbyists and additional League members who participate on a regular basis in the Corp's deliberations. They monitor all state legislature bills related to League issues.

For more information visit the LWVDE Advocacy Page.

LWVDE together with the Delaware Commission for Women publishes a Lobby Handbook to guide citizens in their political advocacy efforts in Delaware state.

Tenants' Associations Elections

Pat Todd Assisting residents of low-income housing projects in organizing tenants' councils and in holding elections is another important activity of our League. Working with the Delaware Housing Coalition (DHC), the statewide Association of Tenants and the Wilmington Housing Authority, the League serves as a third party overseeing the nominating process and conducting elections for tenants. The DHC and the League have written a manual for tenants explaining the nominating and election process for resident councils. For many years League member Pat Todd has directed this effort in New Castle County.

If you would enjoy helping with this project, please email Pat.     (photo courtesy Wilmington News Journal)

Community Events

DE Women's Marchers January 2017 The LWVNCC monthly newsletter helps keep members abreast of current league-sponsored and co-sponsored events, to foster greater participation in the community. It's one of the great benefits of joining the League!

A Wilmington Community Parade

Carrie Chapman Catt Awards

Carrie Chapman Catt, founder of the League of Women Voters and a vigorous proponent of the 19th Amendment, is the namesake for an important biennual fund-raising event in our local League.

The LWVNCC Carrie Chapman Catt Award was established to honor both this remarkable woman and people in our community who express some of her qualities. It is not necessary for recipients of the Carrie Chapman Catt Award to be League members though they often are.

Award recipients are chosen from members of the community who...

  • have made significant contributions to the community;
  • have awareness of community issues or problems and ability to respond to them in innovative ways;
  • are open to others;
  • carry on the Principles of the League. (See our Mission, Core Values and Principles page.)