What is our mission? How are we structured? What is our history? What are our positions?
The League of Women Voters is a nonpartisan political organization encouraging the 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 present unbiased nonpartisan information about elections, the voting process, and issues.
- Action/Advocacy: we are also nonpartisan, but, after study, we use our positions to advocate for or against particular policies in the public interest.
To conduct our voter service and citizen education activities, we use funds from the League of Women Voters of New Hampshire 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 Vision, Beliefs, and Intentions guide our activities.
Two active local Leagues and three recently formed units currently exist in New Hampshire:
- Greater Capital Area
- Kearsage/Sunapee Area
- Greater Nashua Area unit
- Seacoast Area unit (forming summer 2017)
- Peterborough Area unit just getting started (May 2017)
Do you live in Nashua or the nearby towns? Visit their official Facebook page for information about activities. All interested women and men are welcome to join or participate in activities and learn more.
The Seacoast area group is just getting started. Visit and Like their Facebook page for more information.
The Greater Capital Area local League has recently started a Facebook page
The Peterborough Plus unit formed Spring 2017. It covers, in addition to Peterborough, the towns of Antrim, Bennington, Dublin, Francestown, Greenfield, Hancock, Harrisville, Jaffrey, Sharon, & Temple. They have an email you can use to reach them: LWVpboroplus [at] gmail.com
We also have members in areas of the state who are not members of a local League or unit but who are valued members of the state League.
Local League members and members-at-large are also members of the League of Women Voters of New Hampshire. Local Leagues, members at large and League of Women Voters of New Hampshire members are automatically members of the League of Women Voters of the United States.
The web pages of Leagues outside of New Hampshire may be reviewed at other state Leagues and local League websites.
Read a short history of the League of Women Voters.
A 20 minute video giving some of the background of the League: Eleanor Roosevelt's involvement, promotion of the UN in the '40s, involvement in environmental issues, moderating the Presidential debates, working for voting rights and against bad redistricting. Watch the video
Download this pdf file for a list of LWV New Hampshire positions. Positions are categorized into government, natural resources, and social policy.