Making Democracy Work

Encouraging Informed and Active Participation of Citizens in Government

The League of Women Voters is a nonpartisan political organization encouraging informed and active participation in government. It influences public policy through education and advocacy.

2015 Annual Meeting & Reception

Casa Azafrán 2195 Nolensville Pike Nashville, Tennessee 37211

Enjoy an intimate performance by Guitarist Mario DaSilva

followed by the

Annual Business Meeting

with presentation of 2015-16 Budget and LWVN Strategic Focus, Election of the 2015-16 Board of Directors, and Molly Todd Award Presentation accompanied by light hors d'oeuvres, dessert, and wine

Tickets: $50 per person or $95 per couple

Send checks made payable to: "LWVN" PO Box 158369 Nashville, TN 37215


Pay online below.


If you prefer, you may pay by cash or check at door (please RSVP by calling 615-297-7134 or email:

CLICK HERE to download the Meeting Packet.

From Nashville's President...

Thank you to all who made our Sunday Social on May 17 a fabulous event. Our celebration of the 1915 suffrage rally at Centennial Park was a resounding success. Event Chairs Cindee Gold and Hazel Thornton did an extraordinary job that made this a memorable occasion. Thanks also to our cookie bakers and especially Kelly Brown, Pat Armstrong, Barbara Devaney, and Judy Raines for their special contributions.

Our wonderful re-enactors--Betsy Chernau of the National Council of Jewish Women as Jenny Lowenheim Lusky, Dr. Rev. Judy Cummings of Delta Sigma Theta, Nashville Alumnae Chapter as J. Frankie Pierce, and Laura Creekmore of the Junior League of Nashville as Ann Dallas Dudley--recreated through the words of these inspiring suffragists the passion and drive it took for women to achieve the vote.

Candidates for the August elections also enjoyed the opportunity to mingle with potential voters and build energy for the August elections.

We look forward to seeing everyone at our annual meeting and reception at Casa Azafrán on Thursday, June 4. Melissa Holden has arranged an evening with delicious food and delightful entertainment. Now we need you to provide the charming company for the evening! Our annual membership meeting includes a short business meeting to approve the Nominating Committee's slate of officers and directors and the budget and over-arching Strategic Focus for the coming year. We also will announce the 2015 Molly Todd Award recipient. Please RSVP at

Campaign season is well underway in Nashville. In addition to a hotly contested mayoral race, there are over 130 candidates competing for Metro Council positions. Those of you living in Council District 34 will want to attend the LWVN candidate forum co-sponsored with the City of Forest Hills on Wednesday, June 10 from 5:30 pm to 6:30 pm at their city hall, 6300 Hillsboro Road.

Debby Gould, President League of Women Voters of Nashville



LWVN is gratified that Governor Bill Haslam announced on December 15 his administration's support for "Insure Tennessee"--a uniquely Tennessee plan "to provide health care coverage to more than 200,000 uninsured Tennesseans who earn less than 138 percent of the federal poverty level (FPL) without creating new taxes for Tennesseans." In addition, he said that he has received verbal approval from the federal government for his Insure Tennessee Plan. See both a one-page description of the plan HERE and the slides used during the governor's announcement HERE.




Consistent Voter Services

League members can impact the election process by volunteering to help educate the citizens of the community and provide opportunities for voter registration. Voter education and voter registration opportunities are continuous but peak during election years. Get involved by:

  • Planning and participating in candidate forums
  • Conducting voter registration drives at events such as the All About Women Conference and the Mayor's First Day of School Festival and assist other groups with drives
  • Speaking to groups on the voting process: community associations, schools, and GED classes
  • Working with others, such as the Tennessee Disability Coalition, to ensure access to the polls
  • Serving as poll observers on election days
  • Observing meetings of the Davidson County Election Commission
  • Monitoring and studying the election process
  • Supporting adequate resources for the election process

Strategic and Effective Issue Advocacy

League members can impact public policy by educating the public about issues important to good government and community well-being, and advocating for League positions on key issues. Because we live in the state capital, Nashville League members work on both local and state issues. We also answer calls to action from the LWVUS when issues are pending in Congress. Whatever your interests, you can get involved!

Specifically, the League advocates for access to health care; education to prepare students for responsible citizenry and the economy of the future; good stewardship of our natural resources; election processes that are fair and secure; and ethics and transparency in government. League members interested in issue advocacy can participate by:

  • Educating our members and the community by writing articles in the Voter, submitting op-ed columns, or planning and conducting public forums
  • Advocating for League positions on critical issues by writing or talking to elected officials

The League is a grass roots organization, guided by positions adopted by its members at all three League levels--local, state, and national. To learn more about the issues identified and supported by members, go to our ISSUES Page.

Please tell us how you would like to become involved by calling (615) 297-7134 or sending an email to or

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To join the League, click here: Membership to jump to our membership page where you will find our on-line or mail-in membership options. As a member you can serve on one of our committees, volunteer to work a voter registration booth, organize a candidate debate, write letters to your elected officials, work at the polls, etc. We encourage you to let us know your interests and area(s) of expertise. There is plenty to be done and we welcome your participation!

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If you prefer to donate to us without joining our organization, we would appreciate your support. Your donations help the League provide voter services, sponsor forums, participate in community events and be a strong advocate for good government policy.