What We Do 

The League does many things to ensure that democracy works. 

  • Makes sure voters are registered through Voter Services
  • Informs the community of important issues and candidates
  • Publishes reports and studies
  • Takes action based on our positions through advocacy


Voter Services

The League encourages citizens to register and vote and to participate in government and politics. The League does this by sponsoring debates and providing nonpartisan information about voting procedures, candidates, and ballot issues. Voter Services projects are eligible for funding through the LWVWA Education Fund.


One of the reasons for the political effectiveness of the League is its reputation for thorough study. Complete facts and pros and cons are researched before consensus and action. Members study and discuss the issues in small units so that everyone has an opportunity to express an opinion.


As soon as a new issue is chosen by the membership we go after the facts. We draw on a variety of pro-con materials, develop our own resources, turn to experts and public officials for information, directly observe facilities and institutions and draw the community into the decision-making process through public meetings, surveys and media coverage.

Unit Study

The study material is produced and distributed to the members, who then may take part in unit discussions. Each member then has the opportunity to express an opinion in coming to consensus.


Results of the unit meetings are compiled and discussed at a League Board meeting. Consensus is arrived at and becomes the basis of League position and action. This process is followed at local, state and national levels.


We Inform:



  • Telephone Information Service
  • Voter Registration
  • Ballot Issues Guide
  • Speaker's Bureau Service
  • Candidate Forums
  • Debates


A yearly directory of public officials in each League's county and the Legislature. Copies are free to the public. Download the latest PDF


Objective analysis of ballot measures including the pros and cons.


In-depth studies on topics chosen and researched by our members. These studies are expected to lead toward political change.

Find detailed guides to the latest issues on our Toolkits page. 


The League of Women Voters is an action group. However, it may take action only on issues which have been extensively studied and on which the members agree. When the League has a position on any issue, separate material is published to promote the League's stand. This is not funded by the Education Fund to ensure the distinction between League action and Voters Services information.

Our actions

Ways we take action

  • Lobbying
  • Testifying at public hearings
  • Use of public forums and the media
  • Panel discussions
  • League Newsletters
  • Letters to public officials

It is the responsibility of each League Board to direct and plan League action, which may include "calls for action" to the membership.

The League Is


As an organization, the League does not support or oppose political parties or candidates.


The League takes action on selected governmental issues based on a firm foundation of careful study.


The League is dedicated to encouraging informed citizen participation in the political process.


Our members study all viewpoints and come to consensus before taking action on an issue.


The League is a volunteer, member-directed organization. Any citizen over 16 years old may become a member of the League.

The League of Women Voters of Washington is a 501(c)(4) non-profit organization.
The League of Women Voters of Washington Education Fund is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. LWVWA Education Fund contributions are tax-deductible to the extent allowable by law. The League of Women Voters Education Fund does not endorse the contents of any web pages to which it links.

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