South San Mateo County

South San Mateo County

Atherton • East Palo Alto • Menlo Park • Portola Valley 
Redwood City • Woodside

LWVUS - Celebrating our 99th Birthday!

Be Informed   •  Be Active  •  Be Democracy in Action


The League of Women Voters encourages informed and active participation in government. We work to increase the understanding of major public policy issues and work to influence public policy through education and advocacy.  The League's primary community efforts include:

  • registering voters
  • moderating local candidate forums and debates
  • conducting state proposition presentations
  • providing voters with Election Voter Guides

We never support or oppose candidates or political parties.

National Voter Registration Day - Tuesday, September 24, 2019

National Voter Registration Day - Tuesday, September 24, 2019
Register • Vote • Be Heard!


LWVSSMC Voter Registration Events
We Need Volunteers!

Boys & Girls Club, Moldaw-Zaffaroni Clubhouse
2031 Pulgas Avenue, East Palo Alto

Cañada College
4200 Farm Hill Blvd, Redwood City

Need Volunteers! - 1 - 3 PM & 3 - 5 PM

Fair Oaks Community Center
2600 Middlefield Rd, Redwood City

Menlo Park Library, Belle Haven
413 Ivy Drive, Menlo Park

Need Volunteers! - 2 - 4 PM

Menlo Park Main Library
800 Alma Street, Menlo Park

Redwood City Main Library
1044 Middlefield, Redwod City

Need Volunteers! - 1 - 3 PM & 3 - 5 PM

We still need volunteers, so please contact if you can join us.  No special experience is necessary, and we provide training in nonpartisan voter registration procedures to all our volunteers beforehand. 


Spotlight Event

LWV South San Mateo County Annual Kick-Off Event

Saturday, September 21, 2019
9:00am to 12:00pm

Lida Urbanek's Home
75 Tuscaloosa Avenue, Atherton
See map: Google Maps 

Our Annual Kick-Off Event launches our 2019/2020 community activites calendar which includes presentations on local, state, and national issues, candidate forums, voter outreach, and much more!

2020 Census - Everybody Counts!

Speaker: Melissa Vergara -- Fellow, San Mateo County Office of Community Affairs

Melissa Vergara will be presenting the county’s 2020 Census efforts to ensure a complete and accurate count. LWVSSMC is working closely with San Mateo County to ensure that the 2020 Census is a success.

Coffee and President’s Welcome  - 9:00am - 9:45am
Speaker - 9:45 - 10:45am
Business Meeting - 11:00 - Noon


Spotlight News

Local League

Informative Breakfast Meeting
with East Palo Alto Mayor, Lisa Gauthier

Breakfast with East Palo Alto Mayor, Lisa Gauthier

On Saturday August 17, 2019 LWVSSMC hosted a
Breakfast with EPA Mayor Lisa Gauthier.
Mayor Gauthier described her lifelong ties to the
community. She indicated that the biggest overall
issue EPA faces is that it has only 2.5 square
miles of real estate which makes every decision
Mayor Gauthier then handled questions
and discussions of East Palo Alto’s challenges with 
housing, development and cultural diversity.
She finished by encouraging audience members to
be open to change and a diverse community, and to work together to continue to make East Palo Alto a wonderful place to live.


LWV California

Interested in Climate Change?
Join the LWV California Climate Change Task Force



LWV Wins Redistricting Litigation in Battleground States

Last week, a federal district court in Ohio ruled in favor of the League of Women Voters of Ohio, invalidating the 2011 redistricting maps. Read more about this win in the LWV press release - fair congressional district maps. The week prior, another federal district court ruled in favor of LWV Michigan by invalidating the congressional and state legislative redistricting plans in Michigan. Ultimately, both cases were egregious attempts to disenfranchise voters, but LWV is winning in court 5:1, and this is all due to the amazing work Leagues are doing across the country.


Voters Protected Against Illegal Voter Purge in Texas

The League of Women Voters of Texas and other civil rights groups reached a settlement with Texas state officials last month to end the discriminatory purging of the state’s voter rolls. The settled lawsuit was raised in opposition to a purge effort in January that was based on a flawed list of possible non-U.S. citizens. The purge included thousands of naturalized citizens who were eligible to vote. Read press release - Texas purge ended.

Upcoming Events

Event Date: 
Oct 3 2019 - 7:00pm
Event location: 

Congregational Church of San Mateo

A Conversation:
The Color of Law: The Hidden History Shaping Our Communities Today

Event Date: 
Oct 17 2019 - 6:30pm
Event location: 

Fair Oaks Community Center

Join New Voices for Youth for an evening with NV Staff, students, and alums!

Event Date: 
Sep 24 2019 - 4:00pm
Event location: 

South San Francisco Main Library

Donuts for Democracy - Voter Registration & Pre-Registration for 16- and 17-year olds

Event Date: 
Sep 24 2019 - 3:00pm
Event location: 

Board Chambers of the San Mateo County Board of Supervisors

Examining San Mateo County‘s adoption of the California Voters Choice Act:
2018 election cycle

Event Date: 
Sep 28 2019 - 9:30am
Event location: 

LWV North & Central San Mateo County Office

Volunteers Needed!

Event Date: 
Oct 5 2019 - 11:00am
Event location: 

Menlo Park Council Chambers

Presenter: Harriet Harvey-Horn

Event Date: 
Sep 21 2019 - 1:00pm
Event location: 

Sunnyvale Presbyterian Church

Our country is having trouble making important decisionsand solving problems in the United States. 
Americans find it harder and harder to even talk with one another.

Event Date: 
Sep 25 2019 - 11:30am
Event location: 

The Arillaga Family and Recreation Center

You are invited to join elected officials and colleagues for an early discussion with the five leading candidates for the California Senate seat.