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Photo credit: Joan Loesch

The League of Women Voters of Dakota County is a nonpartisan political organization that encourages informed participation in government, works to increase understanding of major public policy issues, and influences policy through education and advocacy. We meet monthly and also host candidate forums, issue forums, and other events of interest to the community. Please attend one of our meetings or contact us for more information!


Citizens' Climate Lobby (CCL) is a non-profit, nonpartisan, grassroots advocacy organization focused on national policies to address climate change. CCL - Dakota County will hold its next meeting Saturday, July 14, at 10:30 a.m. at Burnhaven Library in Burnsville and will be hosting special guest Richard Painter, who is running for U.S. Senate. CCL - Dakota County will invite Senator Tina Smith and Karin Housley, who are running for the same seat, to attend their future meetings.

You can find more information about the work of CCL and Americans for Carbon Dividends on promoting carbon fee and dividend legislation here and the basics of their carbon fee and dividend proposal here.

At today's naturalization ceremony held at the St. Paul RiverCenter volunteers including many LWV members and a couple LWV Dakota County members registered 673 new voters! Pictured is Dee, a newly naturalized citizen originally from Somalia. Thanks to LWV Dakota County members Elise Smith-Dewy and Kathy Goodwin for participating!

Mid-Minnesota Legal Aid's Disability Law Center in conjunction with the Minnesota Secretary of State's Office will be conducting a survey of polling locations across Minnesota evaluating physical accessibility and other accommodations. They are seeking volunteers to help with this effort. Volunteers must be available to attend an in-person training and commit to visiting a minimum of 3 polling locations between August 7 and August 14. At each polling location a 40-question survey must be completed by the volunteer. Following a site visit, volunteers are asked to upload the information to a website within 48 hours to allow for compilation and analysis of the results.

If you are interested, MMLA will be hosting training sessions in Minneapolis Friday, June 29, from 1 - 3 p.m. and Wednesday, July 18, from 2:30 - 4:30 p.m. To sign up please use this form. You can find more information here and contact Pro Bono Director Kirsten Olson with questions at or 612-746-3705.

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