Making Democracy Work

Study, Action and Advocacy

grassroots involvement

League positions on issues, action and advocacy help shape communities. League members are involved at their local, state or national level through study, position development, action or advocacy on behalf of the position.

League Studies

League members determine local,state, or national issues to study. Study may include small group discussions or larger public forums. Members may develop a consensus around on issue and formulate a position or update an existing postion. All League meetings and study are open to the public however only League members are included in the consesus and postion development.

National and Wisconsin State League positions can be viewed through these websites. and

Local Leagues may use national and state leagues positions when addressing local issues.


The League of Women Voters takes action on an issue or advocates for a cause when there is an existing League position that supports the issue or speaks to the cause. See Advocacy Efforts listed in left side bar.

Positions result from a process of study, and discussion. After the members reach consensus, the board forms positions based on the consensus statement. Action or advocacy can then be taken on the particular issue addressed by the position. Without a position, action/advocacy cannot be taken.

Observer Corps

League members observe local school board and government meetings. Emerging or current issues of concern can be shared with members to help determine possible League study or action. Contact Us if interested in more information about the Observer Corps.

Privatization of Government Services

This study is a local study adapted from the national LWV Privatization study with goals to identify parameters and policy issues to be considered in connection with proposals to transfer federal, state or local government services, assets and/or functions to the private sector. It includes review of the community impact of such transfers, and identify strategies to ensure transparency, accountability, and preservation of the common good. Monthly meetings are scheduled at 6:00pm on the second Wednesday of each month for six months(starting in February 2012. Request further information through this website email.


Read the League's statement in support of using sustainable efforts with the redevelopment of the Stevens Point Mall.

Eco Friendly and Sustainable Principles with Mall Redevelopment

Groundwater in Central Wisconsin

Is there enough groundwater in Central Wisconsin for everyone? Explore the science and economics of groundwater. What can be done to maintain quality and quantity of groundwater in Central Wisconsin. The League's state and local environmental and sustainability positions stimulated interest in a Sept 30, 2010 public forum addressing the demands on our groundwater supply by consumers, municipalities, farmers, businesses and tourists. View power point presentations by Jen Stewart and Ken Shroeder UW-Extension and Ray Schmidt Portage County Planning and Zoning.

UW Ext.- Central WI. Groundwater and Economics

Irrigation Megatrends in Central WI

Science and History of Portage County Groundwater