Making Democracy Work

About the League

What is our mission? How are we structured? What is our history? What is our non-partisan policy?

Our Mission and Roles

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

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.

To conduct our voter service and citizen education activities, we use funds from the League of Women Voters of California Education Fund, which is a 501(c)(3) corporation, a nonprofit educational organization. The League of Women Voters, a membership organization, conducts action and advocacy and is a nonprofit 501(c)(4) corporation.

Our Vision, Beliefs, and Intentions guide our activities.

Other League Organizations

Our members are also members of:

  • League of Women Voters of New York State
  • "League of Women Voters of the United States"<http://www.lwv.org/">.

History of the League of Women Voters

The League's Non-Partisan Policy

NON-PARTISAN POLICY League of Women Voters of the Plattsburgh Area

May 2008

  The League of Women Voters of the Plattsburgh Area shall not support or oppose any political party or candidate. The League discourages all members from making partisan comments at League meetings about elected officials, political party activates, or candidates that would tend to inhibit discussion by people with opposing views or political persuasions. The League endorses open and free discussion of political events which allows all points of view to be voiced. It is the responsibility of each member to guard the League's reputation for nonpartisanship. Members in leadership roles at units and other League public meetings have the responsibility to ensure the nonpartisanship of the meeting and its environment. Questions of a political nature such as those concerning petitions and distribution of pamphlets must be brought to the attention of the President.   All League members are encouraged to seek an active role in all aspects of the political process. Members are encouraged to run for political office, but may not campaign at League meetings. They may, however, identify themselves as candidates.   Board members must resign in writing before declaring an intention to be a candidate for public office. Board members who become politically active should do so as individuals and never as League members. The political activates of a spouse or relative of a Board member are considered separate and distinct from the activates of the Board member. Board members shall not sponsor or host coffees, meetings or fundraisers for incumbents, or candidates. As citizens seeking information, all board members may attend coffees or political meetings in order to hear the positions of candidates.   The President and Voter Service Chair shall refrain from any partisan political activities.   Note: Official League position statements are issued only by the President or designee. Action on issues should be done as an individual, not as a League member.