The League does not take a position on an issue without careful study at the local, state and national levels. We pride ourselves in investing the time to dig deep and find the facts that will inform our members about the issues. The League of Women Voters is respected for its commitment to in-depth research, community involvement and its 101-year history of educating voters.
National Issues Program
You can read the current LWV national issue positions in the Impact on Issues Guide. The 2020-2022 public policy issues guide has just been released.
LWV Convention Resolution, approved June 27, 2020: We Resolve First, That the League advocates against systemic racism in the justice system and, at a minimum, for preventing excessive force and brutality by law enforcement. We also call for prompt actions by all League members to advocate within every level of government to eradicate systemic racism and the harm that it causes; We Resolve Second, That the League help our elected officials and all Americans recognize these truths to be self-evident: that Black, Indigenous and all People of Color (BIPOC) deserve equal protection under the law and that we demand solutions for the terrible wrongs done, so that regardless of race, ethnicity, religion, disability, and gender identity or sexual orientation we may truly become a nation “indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.”
LWVNE Issues Program
A Summary of Legislative Priorities
The LWVNE conducts studies to better understand issues. Studies are the first step in the process of the League taking a position on issues, providing guidance and education
The League is currently conducting two studies:
- Reimagining Public Safety (RPS)
- Money in Politics (MIP)
The studies welcome new members. To join, contact RPS Chair, Krystal Fox at email@example.com or MIP Chair, Madeline McCrae at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Legislative Priorities Guidance for 2021
The League of Women Voters U.S. advocacy and litigation department is proud to present its finalized Legislative Priorities Guidance document to state and local Leagues. The 2021 Legislative Priorities Guidance provides valuable information on the League’s anticipated priorities for 2021 state and local legislative sessions across the country.
Using input the LWVUS received from League leaders during its August policy webinar on legislative priorities and additional information from previous legislative surveys, LWVUS has created this document to help local and state Leagues frame their work for 2021.
This updated guidance to state and local Leagues recommends legislative priorities under the Making Democracy Work® and People Powered Fair Maps® campaigns and in other urgent issue areas. These recommendations allow for a strong unified “voice” at all levels of League across the country.
LWVUS will continue to offer support to Leagues lobbying on these issues. Local Leagues should adopt these suggestions as they also make decisions about their priorities within their communities.
LWV Position on Electoral College
Abolishing the current process, which would require a constitutional amendment, has generated a lot of controversy. But instead of abolishing the Electoral College, there’s an alternative — a state-based approach called the National Popular Vote Interstate Compact . It’s an agreement among states that their electors will vote for whoever has won the national popular vote, regardless of who won the state’s popular vote.
The League of Women Voters supports the use of the National Popular Vote Interstate Compact as one acceptable way to achieve the goal of the direct popular vote for election of the president until the abolition of the Electoral College is accomplished. The League also supports uniform voting qualifications and procedures for presidential elections.
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