Action and Advocacy

Action and Advocacy

We are truly a grassroots organization...

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.

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.

Observer Corps

League members often observe local governmental bodies to note whether they are functioning according to legal requirements, to determine whether the public has full access to information and how they are treated by elected officials, and to identify issues that call for League advocacy. League observers monitor and report back -- they do not speak for the League, but a League statement may be made by a League spokesperson based on the information provided by the observer. Learn more about observing here.