Making Democracy Work

About the League

The League of Women Voters is strictly nonpartisan; it neither supports nor opposes candidates for office at any level of government. At the same time, the League is wholeheartedly political and works to influence policy through advocacy.

Mission

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.

Vision, Beliefs, and Intentions

The goal of the League of Women Voters is to empower citizens to shape better communities worldwide.

The League of Women Voters is a nonpartisan political membership organization which:

  • acts after study and member agreement to achieve solutions in the public interest on key community issues at all government levels

  • builds citizen participation in the democratic process.

  • engages communities in promoting positive solutions to public policy issues through education and advocacy.

The League of Women Voters is a nonpartisan public policy educational organization which:

  • builds citizen participation in the democratic process

  • studies key community issues at all governmental levels in an unbiased manner

  • enables people to seek positive solutions to public policy issues through education and conflict management.

We believe in:

  • respect for individuals
  • the value of diversity
  • the empowerment of the grassroots, both within the League and in communities

We will:

  • act with trust, integrity and professionalism
  • operate in an open and effective manner to meet the needs of those we serve, both members and the public
  • take the initiative in seeking diversity in membership
  • acknowledge our heritage as we seek our path to the future.

Nonpartisan Policy

The League of Women Voters of the Stevens Point Area (LWVSPA) is nonpartisan. As an organization it does not support or oppose any political party or candidates for public office. The LWVSPA may take action for or against an issue or legislation following LWVSPA member study and agreement and/or based on National LWV positions.

The LWVSPA believes that political parties are essential to the American system of government and that the participation of informed citizens is beneficial to the political parties and to the system. Consequently, the LWVSPA encourages its members as individuals to be active in the political parties, in finding and supporting candidates for public office, and in seeking election to public office. Members are not eligible to serve on the Steering Committee while seeking or holding public office.

The Coordinator/Co-Coordinators, Voters Service Committee Chair, and any other Steering Committee member whose position has high visibility/sensitivity should not actively participate in any partisan political campaign.

Members may either post a LWV lawn sign, promoting voting, in their yard or a partisan sign promoting a candidate. Members may not have both a LWV and a partisan sign in their yard. Coordinator/Co-Coordinators, Voters Service Committee Chair, or other more public/sensitive positions should only post a LWV sign, promoting voting, in their yard.

In co-sponsoring an event, it is important that national LWV guidelines for non-partisanship are agreed upon before co-sponsoring. All co-sponsored activities must be approved by the Steering Committee.

The political activities of a spouse or relative of a Board member are to be considered as separate and distinct from the activities of the Board member.

There are no other specific restrictions on political activities. It is the responsibility of the Steering Committee individually and collectively, to insure that the community has no reason to question the nonpartisan position of the League of women voters of the Stevens Point Area, as an organization. This policy is to be reviewed and discussed annually.

Action and Advocacy

League positions may be used to advocate for or against particular legislation and or policies in the public interest. Browse 2 Stevens Point League positions below. See Local League Positions for additional positions.

Ecomunicipalities/Sustainability

The LWVSPA Ecomunicipalities position provides information regarding the objectives and conditions for Stevens Point.

Education

The League of Women Voters of the Stevens Point Area maintains the following positions regarding local education.

i. Support of a unified school district with current and projected enrollment and phasing out of inadequate or outdated schools ii. Continuous upgrading of school facilities which should be flexible for future and current needs in order to provide a complete educational program iii. Continued land acquisition in relation to area growth with the district iv. Effective communication among school board, administrators, teaching staff, fiscal body, and the public v. Equitable and adequate taxation to support school needs and the exploration of sources of taxation other than property tax vi. Upgrading of teachers' salaries sufficient to maintain a staff of qualified teachers vii. That the school district is fiscally independent

History of the Stevens Point Area League of Women Voters

Bylaws

2012 LWVSPA Annual Report

Other Leagues