Nonpartisan Political Organization Encouraging Civic Participation in Government
The League of Women Voters, a nonpartisan political organization, encourages informed and active participation in government, works to increase understanding of major public policy issues, and influences public policy through education and advocacy.
On February 14, 1920, six months before ratification of the 19th amendment to the Constitution granting women the right to vote, the League of Women Voters was formally organized in Chicago. A brief history of the League since then can be found on line at http://lwv.org/content/league-women-voters-through-decades.
The League is dedicated to ensuring that all eligible voters – particularly those from traditionally underrepresented or underserved communities, including first-time voters, non-college youth, new citizens, minorities, the elderly, and low-income Americans – have the opportunity and the information to exercise their right to vote.
The local Leagues are active in voter registration, especially of new citizens and high school and college youths, while the state League works with the Secretary of State’s office to increase voter participation in elections. Prior to elections, the local and state Leagues also offer live candidate forums and online Voters Guides that contain responses to candidate questionnaires. When citizens are asked to vote on complex state constitutional amendments, the state League offers online pro’s and con’s for each amendment.
In addition to these voter services, the national League, after careful study, adopts public policy positions, which its members use to advocate or oppose legislation. These positions are outlined in “Impact on Issues”.
The state League forms Committees with state-wide representation to study proposed legislation in its area of expertise. Applying the positions adopted by the national League, each Committee recommends that the LWV of Louisiana members support or oppose bills it considers importing. Presently there are six active state Committees:
CRIMINAL JUSTICEEDUCATIONENVIRONMENTHEALTHCAREVOTER SERVICEWOMEN’S ISSUES