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Public Policy Positions

How the League Determines its Positions

The Consensus Process

The League of Women Voters (LWV) is a unique, multi-issue, activist network that derives its strength from the energy and commitment of several hundred thousand members and supporters nationwide. It is a nonpartisan, political organization that encourages the informed and active participation of citizens in government and influences public policy through education and advocacy.

Founded in 1920 at the culmination of the 72-year struggle to gain women's suffrage, the League took as its first charge helping to educate 20 million women on how to exercise their new political rights and responsibilities. Although programs and priorities have changed over the years, the League has remained true to its basic purposes:

The League is organized to parallel the three levels of government: local, state, national.

Members of LWVCNM are also members of LWVNM, and LWVUS. Any citizen over 18, male or female, may become a member of the League. League members decide through program planning sessions what issues deserve study at the local, state, and national levels. Members participate in the studies and add their voices to the consensus. Action is the culmination of this process.

These are the public policy positions of the League, as of 2011:

The entire Member Handbook has been posted, as of 12.21.2011.