How Does The League Select Issues for Emphasis?

In League, Program means the issues that we choose for concerted study, education and action at local, state and national levels. Program can include both education and action.

The Program Planning process is part of what makes the League a grassroots organization; each League member has the opportunity to influence the selection of issues where the local, state, and national League will focus time, talent and money.

Every two years, members of local Leagues engage in Program Planning. Based on the results of this, the Board of Directors makes recommendations to the biennial convention delegates about the program to be adopted for the coming two year period.

The League of Women Voters takes action on an issue only when we have a position addressing that particular issue. Members must study and come to consensus on an issue, in order to form a position. This grassroots process ensures that our advocacy is well considered by a broad range of people, understood by our members, and that we have a sense of the political environment.

The following issues documents provide the LWVUS and LWVNC public policy positions on which members can advocate at the local, state, and national level.

LWVUS Impact on Issues, 2022-2024 is a league document 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.

LWVNC Public Policy Issues 2023. LWVNC Public Policy Positions webpage