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Government Basics

Check out this LWV-BMC white paper for a broad range of information on local, state, and federal government.

Government Connections

See links here for local, county, state, and federal governments.

Find Your Indiana Legislator

Remember, your legislature works for you! Here's a way to find your legislators.

Understanding the Legislative Process

The Indiana Capital Chronicle featured an introduction to the legislative process by Andy Downs. He was the Director of the Mike Downs Center for Indiana Politics at IUPUI (now Purdue Fort Wayne).

Writing a Letter to the Editor

Make your voice heard in your local press.

Fact Checking Resources

Take a look at this list of resources that will help sort out the "news" you hear.

Follow that Bill!

Try Open States to follow a bill as it moves through the Indiana legislature or the legislature of other states.


Listen in on some discussions with experts.

Community Conversations

See what League members and citizens are talking about with A Minute of Civics and Word on the Street

LWV-BMC provides information on how our government works, particularly at the local level, in order to promote active participation in our democracy at all levels. The Civics Education Committee engages with adults and youth to provide tools to obtain the civics education necessary for good citizenship. We act as an educational resource, developing articles, presentations, white papers, and other materials needed to convey factual information about government and governmental issues to the general public. We believe that all education should be ongoing—there will always be a new crop of voters needing to understand their government and more students needing to learn how to be informed voters.

How well do you know our governing documents? Click these links:

Declaration of Independence

"...when in the course of human events..."

U.S. Constitution

"We the people of the United States, in order to form a more perfect union..."

Bill of Rights

"Congress shall make no law...abridging the freedom of speech..."

Amendments 11-27

"...The right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied...on account of sex."

Indiana Constitution

"...that justice be established, public order maintained, and liberty perpetuated..."

Indiana Political Maps

Monroe County Documents

Bloomington Municipal Code

Ellettsville Municipal Code

Ever wonder how to conduct a civil (and civilized) discussion in today's contentious atmosphere? Click on the image to access our civil dialogue page, with guidelines that will help both individuals and organizations.