Our Mission and Roles

The League of Women Voters is a non-partisan, issues-oriented political organization of women and men of all ages and backgrounds. The League encourages the informed and active participation of citizens in government. Formed in 1920 when women first won the right to vote, the LWV is dedicated to the principles of democratic government supported by a well-informed citizenry. The League works to increase understanding of issues, and influence public policy, through education and advocacy at the local, state and national level.

You are invited to join this nationally respected public service organization whose founders and current members are committed to promoting active and informed citizen participation in all levels of government.

The League of Women Voters has three separate and distinct roles.

  • Voter Service/Citizen Education: LWV presents unbiased non-partisan information about elections, the voting process, government, and issues
  • Study: LWV studies issues and is non-partisan in studying issues.
  • Action/Advocacy: LWV becomes partisan in Action/Advocacy after determining the will of its members through study and consensus.

LWVCC voter service and citizen education activities are funded from the League of Women Voters of Massachusetts Scharfman Education Fund, which is a 501(c)(3) corporation, a nonprofit educational organization. The League of Women Voters, a membership organization, conducts action and advocacy and is a nonprofit 501(c)(4) corporation.


Our By-laws and Key Policies

LWVCC operates under PDF iconBy-Laws adopted May 20, 1947, and most recently amended in May 2016.
Under the PDF iconNonpartisan Policy, LWVCC does not support or oppose any political party or candidate — essential to the effectiveness of its voter service and citizen education work and providing a solid foundation to its work on issues.  LWVCC may take action on governmental measures and policies in accordance with its positions.
LWVCC's Policy on Candidate Forums and Debates extends the principles of the Nonpartisan Policy to guide these opportunities to promote interest in the election, provide a fair forum for candidates, prepare voters to cast informed ballots, give voters an opportunity to judge candidates' character and relevant knowledge and skills, and document candidates' statements on their positions.

History of LWVCC

The Concord League of Women Voters was founded in 1930, including many of Concord's leading suffragists among its first members.  The League expanded to include Carlisle in the late 1960s.  More detail is in a short history of LWVCC - the League of Women Voters of Concord-Carlisle of Massachusetts.