About

As a nonpartisan organization, the League of Women Voters does not take positions on candidates or political parties; instead we use our policy positions to advocate for or against particular policies in the public interest.

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The League of Women Voters has two separate and distinct roles.

Voters Service/Citizen Education

We present nonpartisan information about elections, the voting process and a range of issues. We produce voter guides and organize candidate debates and forums for primary and general elections.

Action/Advocacy

The League is a non partisan organization, which after study, uses our positions to advocate for or against particular policies in the public interest.

The League of Women Voters, a membership organization, conducts action and advocacy and is a nonprofit 501(c)(4) corporation.

Citizen Education Foundation

The League of Women Voters of North Carolina established in 1984 the Citizen Education Foundation, Inc., a 501(c)(3) nonpartisan, nonprofit, public-policy educational organization. CEF provides funding for research, publications and materials, and enables LWVNC to hold forums and to disseminate information and training to citizens. CEF projects must present fair, objective, non-partisan information to the general public. Projects cannot advocate for legislation or urge any action to affect legislation, and they cannot support candidates for office. Donations to CEF are tax-deductible.

Our Vision, Work, Goals

The goal of the League of Women Voters is to empower citizens to shape better communities worldwide.

The League of Women Voters is a nonpartisan political membership organization that

  • acts after study and member agreement to achieve solutions in the public interest on key community issues at all government levels.
  • builds citizen participation in the democratic process.
  • engages communities in promoting positive solutions to public policy issues through education and advocacy.

The League of Women Voters Citizen Education Foundation is a nonpartisan public policy educational organization that

  • provides information to voters in voter guides and candidate forums and debates.
  • builds citizen participation in the democratic process.
  • studies key community issues at all governmental levels in an nonpartisan manner.
  • enables people to seek positive solutions to public policy issues through education and conflict management.

We believe in

  • respect for individuals.
  • the value of diversity.
  • the empowerment of the grassroots, both within the League and in communities.

We will

  • act with trust, integrity and professionalism.
  • operate in an open and effective manner to meet the needs of those we serve, both members and the public.
  • take the initiative in seeking diversity in membership.
  • acknowledge our heritage as we seek our path to the future.

Policy Positions

League action occurs at every level of government after members reach a position on an issue. A League “position” is defined as: (1) a set of guidelines by which proposed government action can be measured; or (2) an expression of League goals against which proposed government action can be evaluated. League boards, with guidance from the membership, can then study proposed legislation or regulations, and have the flexibility to work with others to achieve our goals. The League board decides whether to support or oppose proposed measures on specific issues. Read full preface and national policy positions.

Representative Government

Government should be open, accountable, ethical and responsive to its citizens. Along with encouraging citizen participation, the League works to ensure barriers to voting are eliminated and government operates in a fair and open manner.

Social Policies

The foundation of our democracy rests in ensuring that every citizen has equal access to government services and opportunity. The League promotes social and economic justice, works to secure equal rights for all, and combats discrimination and poverty.

Natural Resources

By recognizing the interrelationships of air quality, energy, land use, waste management, and water resources, the League is able to work to promote an environment beneficial to life through the protection and wise management of natural resources in the public interest.

Fiscal Policies

How a democracy spends its resources determines what priorities are met, and what issues are ignored. LWV works to ensure that our governments’ fiscal policies are sound and that leaders at every level work to ensure programs are funded in a fair, reasonable, and responsible way.

Reproductive Choice

The State League’s position is based upon National consensus and position, which reads, “Protect the constitutional right of privacy of the individual to make reproductive choices.”

How LWV Adopts Positions

Archived Positions for Action

The History of the League

Since its inception, the League has helped millions of women and men become informed participants in government. In fact, the first League convention voted 69 separate items as statements of principle and recommendations for legislation. Among them were protection for women and children, the rights of working women, food supply and demand, social hygiene, the legal status of women, and American citizenship. Read more.