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About Us

The League of Women Voters is a citizens’ organization that has fought since 1920 to improve our government and engage all citizens in the decisions that impact their lives. 

We operate at national, state and local levels through more than 800 state and local Leagues, in all 50 states as well in DC, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands and Hong Kong.

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The League is nonpartisan. We work with elected officials of all political persuasions. The League does not support candidates or political parties for public office. What gives us our strength? Information. We provide information to elected officials to assist them in making decisions. We provide information to members to assist them in taking action. We provide information to voters to assist them in making wise choices. We provide information that is accurate, comprehensive, and well-reasoned.

The League is a training ground. Many people become interested in public office after joining the League. League members in St. Paul have been elected to the School Board, the City Council, the County Board, and the state Legislature. Most members use skills learned in League to enhance their daily lives or to improve their job performance. Members abilities for doing research, making presentations, organizing material, and analyzing events can be developed or strengthened through involvement in League activities yet are useful anywhere.

Our Mission

The League of Women Voters, a nonpartisan political organization, encourages the informed and active participation of citizens in government and influences public policy through education and advocacy.

General Objectives

  1. Establishing positions on public policy through member participation and agreement
  2. Taking concerted actions that secure public policies consistent with league positions
  3. Enhancing citizen participation in federal, state and local government decisions
  4. Increasing citizen participation in the federal process

League Principles

The League of Women Voters believes in representative government and in the individual liberties established in the Constitution of the United States.

The League of Women Voters believes 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.

The League of Women Voters believes 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.

The League of Women Voters believes 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.

The League of Women Voters believes 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 which affect the general welfare, promote a sound economy and adopt domestic policies which facilitate the solution of international problems.

The League of Women Voters believes that cooperation with other nations is essential in the search for solutions to world problems, and that the development of international organization and international law is imperative in the promotion of world peace.

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

LWV is an organization fully committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion in principle and in practice. Diversity, equity, and inclusion are central to the organization’s current and future success in engaging all individuals, households, communities, and policy makers in creating a more perfect democracy. 

There shall be no barriers to full participation in this organization on the basis of gender, gender identity, ethnicity, race, native or indigenous origin, age, generation, sexual orientation, culture, religion, belief system, marital status, parental status, socioeconomic status, language, accent, ability status, mental health, educational level or background, geography, nationality, work style, work experience, job role function, thinking style, personality type, physical appearance, political perspective or affiliation and/or any other characteristic that can be identified as recognizing or illustrating diversity.

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