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.
Positions result from a process of study. Any given study, whether it be National, State, or Local, is thorough in its pursuit of facts and details. As the study progresses, a continuing discussion of pros and cons of each situation occurs. Prior to the results of the study being presented to the general membership, study committee members fashion consensus questions that are then addressed by the membership.
Additional discussion, pro and con, takes place as members (not part of the study committee) learn the scope of the study. After the members reach consensus, the board forms positions based on that consensus.
It is the consensus statement -- the statement resulting from the consensus questions -- that becomes a position. Firm action or advocacy can then be taken on the particular issue addressed by the position. Without a position, action/advocacy cannot be taken.
League program is the positions that LWVUS, LWVAL, and LWVGT have adopted through the study and consensus process. These are the positions we officially advocate or lobby for in the three levels of government. If a League member wishes to advocate for a different position, they may certainly do so, but must do so as a private individual and must not represent themselves as a League of Women Voters representative. We periodically receive action alerts from our state and national Boards to contact our elected officials on behalf of our positions. To access links to each of these position statements select one from the list below:
LWV United States
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