Guest Commentary from the League of Women Voters: Nobody told me that

What does Wilton League of Women Voters do?

The Wilton League of Women Voters is part of a nationwide, state, and local grass-roots organization that does not support any particular candidates or parties. The league encourages informed and active participation in government, works to increase understanding of major public policy issues, and influences public policy through education and advocacy. Although the league doesn’t support or oppose political parties or candidates, its members do take stands on issues they have studied. Some of the topics the league has studied are local charter revision, school start times for adolescents, the Connecticut death penalty, immigration, and changes to election laws.

The league always welcomes new members of any age, gender, or political persuasion.

What are some of the activities the local League has sponsored?

The local league sponsors several programs:

•The annual Speak Up, Wilton — a conversation with local boards and townspeople, co-sponsored by the Kiwanis.

•“Reel Mondays” — thought-provoking documentaries, open to all, in conjunction with the Wilton Library. The schedule may be viewed at

•Voter registration sessions at community events and at Wilton High School with Wilton’s registrars of voters.

•Guest speakers at monthly league meetings and at community forums.

•Candidate debates with other sponsoring leagues. Look for our announcements for the schedule of debates before the November election.

•The Wilton League will welcome Connecticut Secretary of the State Denise Merrill as its guest speaker at the opening luncheon on Friday, Sept. 21, at the Silver Spring Country Club in Ridgefield.

How can I find out more?

For more information on joining the league, visit

This is a series of columns in which the Wilton League of Women Voters discusses commonly asked questions about Wilton’s town meetings and elections. The League of Women Voters encourages informed and active participation in government. For more information, contact us through our website or visit us on our Facebook page, Wilton League of Women Voters.