Our chapter supports a number of important issues including:
Redistricting is happening now! Learn more in this five part blog series
and the January 2023 update.
Check out our recap of the 2021 Legislative Session.
The League of Women Voters is nonpartisan. What does "nonpartisan" mean? Read this blog from LWV US President (and Hartford Native) Virginia Kase.
To learn more about these important issues facing our state, or to join in our work
please contact advocacy [at] lwvgh.org
Know your elected representatives and how to contact them.
This Excel file contains a worksheet of Connecticut legislators for both the House and Senate (separate sheets) including the towns they represent. The data is as of April 28, 2021.
The file also contains a pivot table that summarizes the information. While there are many utilities available to look up representatives by address or by town (e.g., CBIA, CGA), most do not allow users to download datasets for further usage. When there are multiple representatives representing more than one town, users must use a lookup utility that allows the user to input a specific address. Links to such utilities are provided in the pivot tables.
Connecticut uses the app Outreach Circle to keep in touch with members on legislative issues as they arise. Learn more on the Connecticut website.
Connecticut has its own process for how a bill becomes a law. Take a look at this PDF to understand our state's legislative process.
Find your Legislators and add your voice to bills that matter to you.
Each year, the Connecticut office hosts its Advocacy 101 Workshop. Rescources and a recording from the 2021 Advocacy Workshop are available on their website.
LWV US publishes a book entitled Impact on Issues. This book is designed to help League members use LWVUS public policy positions effectively at the national, state, local, and regional levels. The intention is to inspire Leagues to use national positions to act in their own communities.
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