Making Democracy Work

League of Women Voters of the Jackson Area, Inc.

High School Registration Events 2017
The Jackson League, comprised of the Jackson metro area and the counties of Hinds, Madison, and Rankin, has a long history of engagement and advocacy. The Jackson League meets to listen to speakers from the community, to study local issues, to develop policy positions, to advocate for League positions, and to conduct voter service projects.

To keep up with the latest news and updates check out The Jackson Voter here.



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Recent Events

  • Nancy Loome of the Parents Campaign spoke on anti-public education bills being considered at the January 2018 Membeship Meeting

  • The "Be Counted" Voter Panel at MC School of Law was held Friday January 12, 2018. LWV-MS partnered with MS NAACP, MS Votes, Women for Progress in MS, and ACLU.

    *Beth Orlansky, an attorney with the Mississippi Center for Justice, discussed how voting is being suppressed by redistricting to give an advantage to one party and by lifetime disenfranchisement for many crimes. She also discussed things that can increase access to voting such as allowing pre-election voting and online voter registration---issues which will be before the legislature in 2018.

    *Robby Luckett, Ph.D., Associate Professor of History, and Director of the Margaret Walker Center for the Study of the African American Experience at Jackson State University, was the speaker for the October 2017 LWVJA meeting. His topic was "Protests and Civil Discourse", followed by a brief discussion of what both mean. He cited several examples of the history of protest in the United States, going back to the Revolutionary War, and stated that protest can lead to civil discourse and greater understanding of an issue.

  • September 30, 2017 marked the 34th Wellsfest celebration in Jackson and continuing our tradition, LWV-JA participated in the festivities with a Voter Registration/Voter Information booth. This year, the team was headed by our new Vice President for Voter Services, Anna Ingebretsen Hall. Anna was ably assisted by Jan Watson, Marcia Weaver, Dierdre Payne, Natalie Maynor and Gene Everitt.

  • 9/17 Membership Meeting at Municipal Gallery. Members spoke on the history and their current involvements with the League.

  • 4/28/17 Jackson Mayoral Debate with moderators Clarion Ledger editor, Sam Hall, and columnist, Jimmie Gates.
  • 4/22/17 Annual Meeting started with business agenda, followed by a speaker and lunch. Speaker: Flonzie Brown Wright The Civil Rights Movement in Contemporary Times
    Author Flonzie Brown Wright

  • 2/9/17. Legislative Day. Fran Leber was in charge of this great learning experience. Barbara Powell and Marcia Weaver for showing us around the Capitol. 22 people attended, including two non-members who decided to join today. All three local leagues were represented, and League members were introduced by legislators in both houses. Carolyn Townes accompanied Christy Wheeler from the Gulf Coast on a visit to the Secretary of State's office to get clarification on when a 17-year old can be officially registered to vote. It was explained that Mississippi law Section 23-15-11 states that a person must be 18 by the next General election in order to be registered.

Mississippi State Capitol
  • 1/28/17. Liz Crowell, lobbyist for Common Cause, spoke to us about current legislation. Proposals for early voting and online voter registration were in the House.
    Common Cause lobbyist

LWVJA Officers 2017 - 2018

President: Barbara Powell
Vice President for Administration/Programs: Delores Lee
Vice President for Voter Service: Anna Ingebretson Hall
Secretary: Megan Tidwell
Treasurer: Gene Everitt
Membership Director: Elaine Talbott
The Voter Editor: Savina Schoenhofer
National Items Director: Anna Ingebretson Hall
Public Relations Director: Carol Andersen
Social Media: Joy Parikh

Nominating Committee: Judy Barber, Chair; Fran Leber, Natalie Maynor

LWVJA Bylaws

The LWVJA Bylaws were updated at the April 2016 meeting. You may review the most recent edition of our Bylaws here.

Watch Bringing History to Life, a dramatization performed at the 2010 Annual Meeting: Part 1 and Part 2


LWV of the Jackson Area
P.O. Box 68214
Jackson, MS 39286-8214