Since its founding, the League of Women Voters committed to neither support or oppose any political party or candidate for public office. This tradition continues today to ensure that the League’s voice is heard above the tumult of party politics. The nonpartisan policy has added strength to the League’s position on issues. It has made possible wide acceptance of League voter service and other educational activities.
Nonpartisan means that the League never supports or opposes political parties or candidates or appointees. All League members need to remember that the League’s reputation for fairness is long-standing and hard-won and needs to be guarded. We invite you to read more about our Non-Partisan Policy
Although we DO NOT support candidates, we do research, recommend, and support ballot issues that are supported by League positions.
The League is a political organization and encourages members to participate fully in the party of their choice. It is an advantage to the League to have politically active members, and equally important, it can be a personally satisfying experience.
“In the League of Women Voters we have an anomaly; we are going to be a semi-political body. We want political things; we want legislation; we’re going to educate for citizenship. In that body we have got to be non-partisan and all-partisan. Democrats from Alabama and Republicans from New Hampshire must work for the same things.”
Carrie Chapman Catt at the League’s founding in Chicago, 1920
What does this mean for Members?
Individual League members are encouraged to be politically active. However, when they participate in partisan activities, they may not identify themselves as League members.
A League will be a strong and effective political force to the degree that it can deal with and accept controversy and live with uncertainty.
Keep in mind that conflict of interest may arise between a “board” member’s paid employment and her or his role in the League. Visit with a member of the Administrative Team with any concerns or questions you may have.
No member (including officers) may speak for the League unless they have first obtained review and approval by a majority of Administrative Team of the proposed statement.
Key Member Restrictions
Certain individuals who have high public visibility as officers or leaders of the League (Key Members) are restricted from partisan activity. Members can review the details in our Member Notebook.