LWV PRINCIPLES

The League of Women Voters maintains a set of governmental standards and policies from which all activities and action derive. The League believes:

  • In representative government and in the individual liberties established in the Constitution of the United States;
  • That democratic government depends upon the informed and active participation of its citizens and requires that governmental bodies protect the citizen’s right to know by giving adequate notice of proposed actions, holding open meetings, and making public records accessible;
  • That every citizen should be protected in the right to vote; that every person should have access to free public education which provides equal opportunity for all; and that no person or group should suffer legal, economic, or administrative discrimination;
  • That efficient and economical government requires competent personnel, the clear assignment of responsibility, adequate financing, and coordination among the different agencies and levels of government;
  • That responsible government should be responsive to the will of the people; that government should maintain an equitable and flexible system of taxation, promote the conservation and development of natural resources in the public interest, share in the solution of economic and social problems that affect the general welfare, promote a sound economy, and adopt domestic policies that facilitate the solution of international problems; and
  • That cooperation with other nations is essential in the search for solutions to world problems, and that the development of an international organization and international law is imperative in the promotion of world peace.

Whatever the issue, the League of Women Voters believes that government policy, programs, and performance must meet these criteria:

  • competent personnel with clear responsibilities,
  • coordination among agencies and levels of government,
  • adequate financing,
  • effective enforcement and
  • well-defined channels for citizen input and review.

 

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