Making Democracy Work

Strengthening Democracy

The League of Women Voters, a nonpartisan, nonprofit political organization, encourages informed and active participation in government. The League influences public policy through education and advocacy. Anyone of voting age may become a League member.
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LWV Vision

The goal of the League of Women Voters is to empower citizens to shape better communities worldwide.

A nonpartisan political membership organization which:

ACTS

Acts after study and member agreement to achieve solutions in the public interest on key community issues at all government levels.

BUILDS

Builds citizen participation in the democratic process.

ENGAGES

Engages communities in promoting positive solutions to public policy issues through education and advocacy.

STUDIES

Studies key community issues at all governmental levels in an unbiased manner.

ENABLES

Enables people to seek positive solutions to public policy issues through education and conflict management.

LWV Mission and Roles

MISSION

The League of Women Voters is a nonpartisan political organization encouraging informed and active participation in government. It influences public policy through education and advocacy. We never support or oppose any political party or candidate.

ROLES

The League of Women Voters has two separate and distinct roles.

  • Voters Service/Citizen Education: we present unbiased nonpartisan information about elections, the voting process, and issues.
  • Action/Advocacy: we are also nonpartisan, but, after study, we use our positions to advocate for or against particular policies in the public interest.

LWV Beliefs

We believe in:

  • respect for individuals
  • the value of diversity
  • the empowerment of the grassroots, both within the League and in communities

LWV Intentions

WE WILL:

  • act with trust, integrity and professionalism
  • operate in an open and effective manner to meet the needs of those we serve, both members and the public
  • take the initiative in seeking diversity in membership
  • acknowledge our heritage as we seek our path to the future.

LWV Core Values

  • We are a nonpartisan political membership organization.
  • We believe that grassroots initiatives and consensus building are the strengths of our organization.
  • We believe that our organizational models the principles of good governance.
  • We consider well before taking action and prepare well before beginning to act.
  • We believe that citizenship requires knowledge, as well as the ability and will to act.
  • We believe that the responsibility of good government rests on the shoulders of its citizens.
  • We believe that the rights of citizens at home and abroad are interdependent.