The South Bend Area

The South Bend Area

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

Our Board of Directors meets the first Wednesday of each month at 5:30pm at St Joseph County Public Library, 304 S. Main St., South Bend. Parking is free, and guests are welcome. In case of last-minute changes, please call 574-220-5649 to confirm the meeting. Please let us know in advance if you wish to place an item on the meeting agenda.

Check out some of our latest updates below ...

Photo of Our Lady of the Road
Event Date: 
Nov 13 2020 - 12:00pm
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This month the League of Women Voters of the South Bend Area welcomes Dr. Margaret Pfeil and Dr.
Photos of Pat Hackett and Jackie Walorski
Event Date: 
Oct 28 2020 - 7:00pm
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Incumbent Jackie Walorski (R) and challenger Pat Hackett (D)  are running to represent Indiana's second congressional district in the U.S. House of Representative.

Photos of Michael Bohacek and Gary Davis
Event Date: 
Oct 16 2020 - 6:00pm

Indiana Senate District 8  candidates Michael Bohacek (R) and Gary Davis (D) debate the issues that matter to St. Joseph County voters.

Oliver Davis Jr. and Derek Dieter
Event Date: 
Oct 2 2020 - 6:00pm
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Michiana Access TV / Facebook

District 2 County Commissioner candidates Oliver Davis, Jr. (D) and Derek Dieter (R) debate the issues that matter to St. Joseph County voters.

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This list is subject to change. Updated 9/23/20.

This list is subject to change.

Vote Centers are open 6 am to 6 pm on Nov. 3, 2020.  Please wear a mask.  If you don’t have one, you will be given one.  However, voters who refuse to wear a mask will still be able to vote.

Check out this nifty interactive map of voting centers on the St. Joseph County website!


The League of Women Voters works year-round to empower voters and defend democracy. Our Annual Reports tell the story. 

As a service to our community, The League of Women Voters of the South Bend Area publishes the Citizen's Guide to Representative Government, a comprehensive collection of contact information for local, state, and national government offices, plus St. Joseph County voting information.

Local libraries, public offices, and businesses distribute the print edition the Citizen's Guide, and they are always available at community events where the League is present.

Elizabeth Bennion
Event Date: 
Oct 9 2020 - 12:00pm

Disempowering Voters and Denying Democracy: The Case Against the Electoral College

Cheryl Ashe is the recipient of the 2020 Making Democracy Work Award.

The 2020 Making Democracy Work Award-Cheryl Ashe tribute video was made possible through the efforts of many volunteers and organizations who support the work of the League of Women Voters of the South Bend.  Special thanks to:

Faith in Indiana logo
Event Date: 
Sep 11 2020 - 12:00pm

Strengthening Grassroots Democracy: The Work of Faith in Indiana

Photos of Cheryl Ashe and Christina Wolbrecht
Event Date: 
Aug 25 2020 - 7:00pm
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Cheryl Ashe - activist, organizer, leader, librarian, communicator and educator – is the winner of the 2020 Making Democracy Award.


Some 2020 League news  ...


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100 Years, 100 Gifts

Thank you for supporting LWV South Bend Area 's 100 Years, 100 Gifts campaign. Your generous donation will help the League begin its second hundred years of service on sound financial footing.

All donors will be recognized on our website at these two levels:

Click Events for information on our 100th Anniversary celebrations.
In 2020, we celebrate 100 years since the passage of the 19th amendment and the 100th birthday of the League of Women Voters! As our League plans its celebrations over the coming year, we are mindful of these important realities: 
  • The suffrage movement was characterized by racism that betrayed women of color.
Press Mention

                About a year from now, on Aug. 26, the United States will observe the 100th anniversary of women achieving the right to vote. 

                Well, white women of means, that is.

The annual Making Democracy Work Award recognizes an individual who has made a significant contribution to our community through the advancement of democracy and civic engagement. The award is presented at the League's annual Friend-Raiser.