The League of Women Voters is a nonpartisan political organization that encourages informed and active participation in government, works to increase understanding of major public policy issues and influences public policy through education and advocacy. This is the organization’s mission statement.
The League of Women Voters is organized to parallel the three levels of government: local, state and national. In some areas, local Leagues have formed Inter-League Organizations (ILOs) to address regional concerns. At each level, the League is governed by a volunteer president and board of directors.
In order to maintain its status as a part of the League of Women Voters, each local League is required to:
- Have bylaws, the first three articles of which should be consistent with those of the LWVUS. The remaining articles must provide for democratic procedures.
- Establish and maintain a nonpartisan policy.
- Hold an annual business meeting of the membership.
- Hold regular board meetings.
- Meet its financial obligations (per member payment) to the state and national levels of the League and adopt a financial plan for sustainability and for carrying out the League’s mission to its community.
- Have a plan for membership growth and retention that encourages a membership as diverse as the community.
- Act in ways that are consistent with League principles, positions and policies.
Women—and men (since 1974)—who are citizens and at least 18 years old may join the League as voting members. Associate (non-voting) membership is available for younger people and non-citizens. Joining at any level of the organization automatically confers membership at every level, and with that membership comes the opportunity to make an impact on local, state, regional and national public policy issues.
(Best practices corresponding to each of the above requirements are listed in the Leaders section of the League Web site.)