Making Democracy Work

Issues and Advocacy


How LWV adopts positions

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. Our current LWVNC positions can be found "here".

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.

LWVNC Program/Positions for Action


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. Click here for link to the full text

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. Click here for link to the full text

Natural Resources: By recognizing the interrelationships of air quality, energy, land use, wast 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. Click here for link to the full text

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. Click here for link to the full text

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. Click here for link to the full text

LWVNC Archival Positions for Action: Impact on Issues

Issues for Emphasis 2015-2017

"At its 2013 Convention LWVNC adopted the following Issues for emphasis in the next two years:

Policies of LWV US

The LWVUS publishes a biennial summary of policy positions in Impact on Issues, 2012-2014. This publication includes the official statements of position for each program area, briefly traces significant past actions and achievements, and indicates links among positions and reflects the 2012-2014 program adopted by the 2012 convention.

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