About the League
The League has worked for nearly 100 years educating, advocating for, and empowering voters.
Our Mission and Roles
The League of Women Voters is a nonpartisan political organization which encourages informed and active participation of citizens in government.
It influences public policy through education and advocacy. We never support or oppose any political party or candidate.
The League of Women Voters has two separate and distinct roles.
Voters Service/Citizen Education: we provide unbiased nonpartisan information abouelections, the voting process, and issues
Action/Advocacy: although we are nonpartisan, after study, we use our positions to advocate for or against particular policies in the public interest.
The League of Women Voters, a non-profit 501(c)3 corporation, finances voter service and citizen education activities, and conducts action and advocacy.
Our Work at the State Level: A Focus on Advocacy
- Some League members achieve satisfaction by:
- addressing their passion through involvement in the LWVDE Advocacy Corps
- few of us are registered lobbyists
- Others support the official lobbyists in other ways, by:
- researching issues
- sharing our professional expertise
- studying the implications of proposed legislation
- drafting letters to the editor, or Op Ed's (Opinion Editorials), or testimony
- tracking the status of bills as they work through the legislative process
- observing committee hearings or legislative sessions
- Members have changed roles as they learn more about what we do, such as,
- how accessible our legislators are
- observe legislators in action
- seeing LWV good work
- learn how much legislators respect our work
- legislators often consider our views on the bills on which they vote
Whatever our role, we are always inspired by the opportunity to learn more about our state government and work with other Advocacy Committee members who are knowledgeable and anxious to share their enthusiasm and experience with others. It's also interesting to:
- Participate in our monthly meetings
- first Wednesday of most months from 9:30 to noon in Dover
- deliberate on the pros and cons of legislation that affects all of us
- a part of the work of the League in advocating for positions
- help make democracy work here in Delaware
- contact Sandy Spence, the Advocacy Chair, if interested in coming to a meeting
A lot of our work can be done from the comfort of your home, researching and writing about the issues and we'll be happy to mentor you as you learn about our work.
Local Leagues in Delaware
There are three local Leagues in Delaware. Each one serves one of our three counties. They are:
Those who join a local League in Delaware are automatically members of the LWV of Delaware and The League of Women Voters of the United States.
To find other state and local Leagues, go here.
The LWVDE Board of Directors
- Co-presidents: Sue Claire Harper (LWVSC) and Carol Jones (LWVSC)
- 1st Vice President: Sandy Spence (LWVSC)
- 2nd Vice President: Linda Barnett (LWVNCC)
- Secretary:Kathleen Baker (LWVSC)
- Treasurer: Jill Itzkowitz (LWVNCC)
- Kyra Hoffner (LWVKC)
- Beverly Jackson (LWVKC)
- Coralie Pryde (LWVNCC)
- Les Stillson (LWVKC)
- Ellen Wasfi (LWVKC
- Jack Young (LWVSC)
In addition, local League Presidents are Board members:
- Kent County: Mary K Eggers
- New Castle County: Marjorie Johnson
- Sussex County: Gwendolyn Miller
- Letty Diswood (LWVNCC) Chair
- Penny Deiner (LWVSC)
- Martha Redmond (LWVSC)
- Donna Reed (LWVKC)
Two additional nominating committee members will be appointed from the board. The state president can appoint an additional 6 directors)