What Is the League of Women Voters' Mission?
The League of Women Voters is a nonpartisan political organization that encourages informed and active participation in government, works to increase understanding of public policy issues, and influences public policy through education and advocacy. Our goal is to empower citizens to shape better communities worldwide. To accomplish this goal, we pledge to act with trust, integrity and professionalism and to operate in an open and effective manner to meet the needs of those we serve.
We do this by:
- studying and making recommendations on key issues at all government levels
- building citizen participation in the democratic process
- engaging citizens in seeking positive solutions to community, state and national issues.
What are our Principles?
We work at the local, state, and national levels to develop and implement programs that are based on our principles. These principles affirm and promote:
- the respect for individuals,
- the value of diversity,
- decision making and implementation at a grassroots level,
- the power of collective decision making,
- a representative government that protects individual liberties established in the Constitution of the United States,
- informed and active participation in government that is the groundwork for a democratic government,
- governmental bodies that protect the citizens’ right to know by giving adequate notice of proposed actions, holding open meetings, and making public records accessible,
- a responsible government that maintains an equitable and flexible system of taxation, promotes the conservation and development of natural resources, shares in the solution of economic and social problems, promotes a sound economy, and adopts domestic policies that facilitate the solution of international problems,
- efficient government that includes competent personnel, the clear assignment of responsibility, adequate financing, and coordination among the different agencies and levels of government,
- equitable solutions to world problems that are developed through cooperation with other nations
- the development of international organizations and international laws that promote world peace, and
- the right of every citizen to vote, to have access to free, quality public education, and to be guaranteed they will not suffer legal, economic, or administrative discrimination.