How Does the League Select Issues for Emphasis?
In League, we use the term "Program" to represent the issues that we choose for concerted study, education and action at local, state and national levels. Program can include both education and action.
The Program Planning process is part of what makes the League a grassroots organization. Each League member has the opportunity to influence the selection of issues where the local, state, and national Leagues will focus time, talent and money.
Every year, members of local leagues, including the League of Women Voters of Sacramento County, engage in Program Planning in order to help shape the coming year’s Program at either the National (even years) or the State level (odd years). Based on the results of this planning, the respective Board of Directors makes recommendations to the biennial convention delegates about the Program to be adopted for the coming two-year period.
The League of Women Voters of Sacramento County uses the same Program Planning process to obtain our members’ local-Program recommendations to our Board of Directors. The Board, in turn, uses members’ input to form recommendations to the delegates of our Annual Meeting. The adopted Program identifies our Issues for Emphasis. Below are this year's Issues for Emphasis.
Issues for Emphasis for 2019-20
The League of Women Voters of Sacramento County adopted the following Program at its May 20, 2019, Annual Meeting.
High Priority Issue – Making Democracy Work®
- Special focus in under-represented communities
- Includes all Voter Service programs, Street Vets, Voter’s Choice Act & Sacramento City Good Government Framework (ethics commission, transparency, independent redistricting commission).
Mid-Level Priority—Voter Representation via Electoral Process
- Education and advocacy as opportunities arise. Includes education on ranked choice voting and monitoring cities facing Voting Rights violation lawsuit threats.
Other Priority Issues—Criminal Justice Reform