Making Democracy Work

League of Women Voters (National) Positions

LWVUS public policy position statements serve as the basis for the national, state and local Leagues to take action. Position statements are adopted every two years at the national League of Women Voters Convention, after lengthy study and consensus by League members. The next League national Convention will be held June 25-27, 2020 in Washington, DC.

Public Policy Positions of the League of Women Voters United States

Impact on Issues: A Guide to Public Policy Positions 2018-2020
The Impact on Issues contains all LWVUS positions agreed to through study, consensus and concurrence.

League of Women Voters United States Priorities

Current LWVUS Voting Rights Priorities:
Expanding Voter Access
We fight to increase voters' access to the polls, including expanding early voting, automatic and online voter registration.
Congressional districts and government legislative bodies should be apportioned substantially on population. We oppose partisan and racial gerrymandering that strips rights away from voters.
Money in Politics
Elections should be about the voters not big money interests. It's time to limit SuperPACs and secret donors to protect representative democracy.
Fighting Voter Suppression
We challenge all efforts and tactics that threaten our democracy and limit the ability of voters to exercise their right to vote.

Other Current LWVUS Priorities:

Healthcare Reform
Every U.S. resident should have access to affordable, quality health care, including birth control and the privacy to make reproductive choices.
The Environment
As citizens of the world we must protect our planet from the physical, economic and public health effects of climate change while also providing pathways to economic prosperity.
The U.S. Census data is used to make decisions around education, healthcare, infrastructure, and political representation. With increased growth in the country, getting an accurate and complete count of every person living within is crucial to ensure that each state receives funding to support the number of residents in each state.
Immigration policies should promote reunification of immediate families; meet economic, business and employment needs; and be responsive to those facing political persecution or humanitarian crises.

Upper Mississippi River Region Inter- League Organization

LWV Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota and Wisconsin have established an Inter-League Organization (ILO) to pursue protecting the Upper Mississippi River Basin. ILOs are established because their members recognize the need to work together at the regional level to most effectively and responsibly solve problems that transcend political boundaries.

The Upper Mississippi River Region ILO operates under the LWV US Natural Resources positions. Gretchen Sabel, an LWV ABC member, is the Upper Mississippi River Region ILO president.

Click here for more information on the Upper Mississippi River Region Inter-League Organization.