What We Do
The League does many things to ensure that democracy works.
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.
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.
THEY REPRESENT YOU - TRY
A yearly directory of public officials in each League's county and the Legislature. Copies are free to the public. Download the latest PDF
BALLOT ISSUE MATERIAL
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.
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.
Ways we take action
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.