League study group discussion around a table

Since its founding in 1920, the League of Women Voters has examined an array of public policy issues ranging from representative government and international relations to social policy and natural resources.

The League has a reputation for carefully and thoroughly studying issues – looking at all sides, accessing the best available research, consulting experts with contradictory philosophies, and considering both long-term and short-term consequences – in order to provide our members and the public with comprehensive, fair, and easy-to-understand educational materials.

Learn more about the study process.

Current Studies

Statewide Study on Population Health and Health Services

Delegates to LWVO’s state convention in 2017 voted to undertake a new study of Population Health and Health Services in Ohio. The study will address the issues of public health and health disparities, as well as the distribution of resources for health care. Health Services include health care, public health, and the creation of environments in which people have the opportunity to be healthy. The study committee chair is Tina Bhargava, of LWV Kent. The plan is to have the members of the committee meet via conference call to establish a study outline and timeline and to divide tasks. The committee will develop both study materials to be used by local Leagues and consensus questions that may lead to new positions. 

The study committee is now forming.  Join us!



Recently Completed Studies

Primary Election Systems

At the 2015 LWV Ohio convention, delegates approved a study of primary election systems. The PES Study Committee has been hard at work for the last year, and the LWVO Board wishes to thank them for all their hard work and dedication to examining this timely issue.
The PES Study Committee produced four fact sheets:

They also put together three white papers summarizing their research - PDF iconOhio municipal primaries survey &PDF iconan addendum related to municipalities with ranked choice votingPDF iconOhio statewide primaries survey - and PDF iconinterviews of experts and other state Leagues. Please note that the sample size in these surveys was not large enough to produce statistically valid generalizations, although they may be used for informational purposes.

Study Guide + Consensus Questions

Here is the position resulting from the study.

The National League keeps a clearinghouse of state and local studies.  Click here to research studies other League's have done and to upload your League's study/position information.