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How the League Works

How does the League take action on issues?

Advocacy

The League of Women Voters takes action on an issue or advocates for a cause when there is an existing League position that supports the issue or speaks to the cause. Without a position, action cannot be taken and advocacy cannot occur. The League's positions are formally adopted and recognized as its "program."

Program

"Program" is the League's term for the governmental issues chosen by members at the local, state and national levels for study and action. Program is the heart of League action. According to League Basics, a publication of the League of Women Voters of the United States:

Program is the League's reason for being, the basis for both advocacy and education efforts. League advocacy is based on member study and agreement on selected issues and involves concerted efforts to achieve public policies consistent with League positions. League lobbying promotes or opposes specific pieces of legislation. The LWVUS public policy positions are the official statements of position for each program area and reflect the program adopted by the most recent national Convention.

The League's citizen education activities provide information about public issues, including those on which we have a position. Voter services activities are designed to provide citizens with unbiased, factual information that they can use as a basis for reaching their own decisions.

Further, League Basics explains:

The League's legislative program consists of those governmental issues that the League has chosen for concerted study and action at the national, state or local level. The program process is specified in the bylaws and includes the following steps:
  • Formal adoption (by members at an annual meeting or by state/national convention delegates) of an issue for study.
  • Member study and agreement on broad concepts.
  • Formulation of a position by the appropriate board of directors.
  • Legislative action as directed by the board of directors.
  • Annual or biennial re-adoption of the position.

Current Program

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