Making Democracy Work

Calendar of Events

We sponsor meetings and events for the public and League members.

Date & Time        Place        Description
Thursday, October 18, 2018
6:30 - 8:00 p.m.
Common Council Chambers
Whitewater Municipal Building
312 W. Whitewater Street
Whitewater, WI
Polling in the 2018 Wisconsin Midterm Elections. As the election of 2016 reminds those who might have forgotten, polling is not an exact science. It does, however, have an influence over many aspects of campaigns and politics these days.

Prof. Louis Fucilla of the Department of Political Science at UW-Whitewater, will give us the benefit of his insight into what polling can do. Please come along to listen less than three weeks before this year's November election.

During election seasons, voters see lots of polls. Often these polls show us results that seem to contradict one another. Take, for example, two recent polls in the race for the U.S. Senate in Arizona which were conducted at roughly the same time. One poll by a local ABC News station found that the Republican, Martha McSally, was up by 6 points while the other conducted by CBS News/YouGov found the Democrat, Kristen Sinema up by 3 points. How can two polls of voters from the same state conducted by trained pollsters find such different results? This talk will explore the science of polling and how concepts like sampling and probability influence the results we see reported in the news.

Additionally, the talk will be aimed at giving voters easy tools to use to help them be savvy consumers of election polling. No math skills beyond simple addition and subtraction required!

Thursday, November 1, 2018
 
  Nominations Due for the Making Democracy Work Award. Since 2010 the League of Women Voters Whitewater-Area has annually recognized a community leader who has demonstrated through their professional work or volunteerism, ways in which to improve the Whitewater community. The League then honors these exemplary citizens with a Making Democracy Work award, presented with great tribute and celebration at the League's annual holiday gathering in early December.

To read more about the award, visit our awards page on our website.

League Members: Nominations are due November 1 of each year. Please refer to the nomination form for details.

Thursday, November 15, 2018
6:30 - 8:00 p.m.
Common Council Chambers
Whitewater Municipal Building
312 W. Whitewater Street
Whitewater, WI
Hunger in Whitewater. Please join us for a panel discussion on Food Insecurity in Whitewater. The program will start with a review of the different components of food security (economic security, access to affordable & healthy food, nutrition assistance programs, and emergency food assistance). Our panelists representing the school district, the university and the city will then discuss how this issue is impacting our community and what we are doing about it.

Please bring a donation of non-perishable food to help supply the food pantry and the little food pantries located in Whitewater.

Tuesday, November 20, 2018
9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Holy Wisdom Monastery
4200 County Road M
Middleton WI 53562
608-836-1631, x100
State Issues Briefing. LWVWI Issues Briefing 2018 will take place on Saturday, November 10, between 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM, at the Holy Wisdom Monastery in Middleton. Members and nonmembers are invited to attend. Please plan to join us! Registration is now open.
Sunday, December 9, 2018
5 - 8 p.m.
841 Brewhouse
841 E Milwaukee St
Whitewater, WI 53190
Making Democracy Work Award Holiday Dinner. Save the date and plan to attend our Making Democracy Work award holiday dinner. Social hour will commence at 5 p.m. and dinner will be served at 5:30 at 841 Brewhouse. The award will be presented at 7 p.m. Stay tuned for more information.

If you would like to nominate someone for the award, please complete a nomination form and submit it by November 1, 2018.