Making Democracy Work

About the League

What is our mission? How are we structured? What is our history?

Impact on Issues

The League of Women Voters publication, "Impact on Issues" is now available as an on-line edition. http://lwv.org/content/impact-issues-online-edition.

Impact on Issues is designed to help League leaders use LWVUS public policy positions effectively at the state and local levels.

In addition to the official statements of position for each program area, this guide briefly traces significant past actions and achievements and indicates links among positions. The LWVUS public policy positions "in brief" listed on pages 1-4 reflect the program adopted by the 2016 Convention of the League of Women Voters of the United States. This listing summarizes the official full statements of position, which are presented in bold type in the relevant sections of this guide.

Impact on Issues is an indispensable resource for League leaders. A clear understanding of LWVUS positions, how they interrelate and how they can complement and reinforce state, local and Inter-League Organization (ILO) positions will strengthen the League's "Impact on Issues" at all levels of government.

In applying LWVUS positions to state, local and regional issues, it is the responsibility of the appropriate League board, depending on the level of action, to determine whether member understanding and agreement exists and whether the action makes sense in terms of timing, need and effectiveness. Please refer to "Legislative Action: Working Together to Influence Public Policy" starting on page 1 for tools and procedures for an effective action partnership among the national, state and local levels of the League.

We Are the League

Click on this link to view a brief video introduction to the League of Women Voters: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5KUu4FH9GHA&list=UUzd5f5VyMYYrtCZKM3dYaXQ

The full video can be viewed here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=undHUR0ckQs&index=10&list=UUzd5f5VyMYYrtCZKM3dYaXQ

Our Local History

On February 14th, 1920, six months before the 19th amendment to the Constitution was ratified giving women the right to vote, the League of Women Voters was formed within the National American Woman Suffrage Association in states where woman suffrage had already been attained. While the original group included only women, men were invited to join the League beginning in 1974.

In 1983 a group of Montrose area women joined together to form a League of Women Voters unit in the county. Operating under a provisional status, they began working on the requirements needed to obtain full status - writing bylaws, making and publishing a county study, building a treasury and growing their membership. In 1987 they were recognized with full status.

In 2010, the Montrose County unit and the Delta County unit merged. The new LWV unit is known as the Montrose County unit.

The League of Women Voters is organized to parallel the three levels of government: local, state and national. Membership at the local level automatically includes membership at the state and national levels as well. At each level, a board of directors governs the League (see the LWV Bylaws for more details).

Our Mission and Roles

The League of Women Voters is a nonpartisan political organization encouraging informed and active participation 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 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.

Other League Organizations

Our members are also members of:

  • League of Women Voters of Colorado. Visit their website at www.lwvcolorado.org.
  • League of Women Voters of the United States. Visit their website at www.lwv.org.

History of the League of Women Voters of the United States