The League of Women Voters takes action on an issue only when we have a position addressing it. If the members have not studied and come to consensus on it, the League has no position and therefore cannot take action. Studies (whether national, state, or local) are a defined process lasting one to three years, during which we undertake thorough pursuit of facts and details, both positive and negative, and come to consensus about policy.
What Is The Study Process?
- Study Committee members fashion consensus questions that are then asked of the membership as part of a study kit. Kits often include articles, books, data in the form of charts and graphs, videos, suggested speakers, discussion questions, and other resources. Members use the study kit internally and often with their community to better understand the issue.
- Consensus is the overall decision-making process by which substantial agreement among members is reached on an issue. Often this happens over the course of several meetings, but may include surveys and other methods. If the members reach consensus, the board forms recommended positions based on that consensus. Those recommendations are submitted to the Study Committee.
- The Study Committee then reviews all the submissions. It works to form a consensus statement - the statement resulting from the consensus questions - that becomes a recommended position.
- That recommended position is then reviewed and voted on by our members (usually by delegates at our Convention). The proposal may be approved, amended, or be rejected at that time.
- If a position is adopted, firm action can then be taken on the particular issue addressed by the position. Without a position, action can not be taken on that issue.
Read the national Guidelines for LWVUS Studies.
Studies from across the nation are in our League of Women Voters Education Fund Clearinghouse for studies.
Constitutional Amendment Study
The LWV PVP needs committee members to work on the LWVUS study listed below. If you are interested in participating in the study, please contact: Jo-AnneWaller [at] cox.net.
- What guidelines should be used in evaluating constitutional amendment proposals?
- What aspects of an Article V Constitutional Convention are important in conducting such a convention?
- Should the League support a constitutional amendment that will advance a League position even if there are significant problems with the actual amendment as proposed or it is being put forward by a procedural process the League would otherwise oppose?
Campaign Finance Study
There has been an update on the League of Women Voters stance on campaign financing. The LWV PVP needs committee members to work on the LWVUS study listed below. If you are interested in participating in the update, please contact: Jo-AnneWaller [at] cox.net.
- To enhance member understanding of the new schemes and structures used to influence elections and erode protections against corruption in our political process.
- To review possible responses to counter these schemes and structures in the current environment of rapid change.