OUR MISSION


The League of Women Voters is a nonpartisan political organization encouraging the informed and active participation of citizens in government. It influences public policy through education and advocacy. We never support or oppose any political party or candidate.

 

  • The League of Women Voters has two separate and distinct roles.

 

  • We present unbiased nonpartisan information about elections, the voting process, and issues.

 

  • Action/Advocacy: we are also nonpartisan, but, after study, we use our positions to advocate for or against particular policies in the public interest.

 

  • To conduct our voter service and citizen education activities, we use funds from the League of Women Voters of Florida Education Fund, which is a 501(c)(3) corporation, a nonprofit educational organization. The League of Women Voters, a membership organization, conducts action and advocacy and is a nonprofit 501(c)(4) corporation.

 

LEAGUE OF WOMEN VOTERS OF FLORIDA :

 

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ACTION & ADVOCACY



We are truly a grassroots organization...


 

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.

 

Positions result from a process of study. Any given study, whether it be National, State, or Local, is thorough in its pursuit of facts and details. As the study progresses, a continuing discussion of pros and cons of each situation occurs. Prior to the results of the study being presented to the general membership, study committee members fashion consensus questions that are then addressed by the membership.

Additional discussion, pro and con, takes place as members (not part of the study committee) learn the scope of the study. After the members reach consensus, the board forms positions based on that consensus.

 

It is the consensus statement -- the statement resulting from the consensus questions -- that becomes a position. Firm action or advocacy can then be taken on the particular issue addressed by the position. 

 

Without a position, action/advocacy cannot be taken.

VOTER EDUCATION



We make voting easier through varied voter education programs.


 

The League of Women Voters Education Fund conducts voter service and citizen education activities. It is a nonpartisan nonprofit public policy educational organization, which:

 

  • Builds citizen participation in the democratic process.
  • Studies key community issues at all government levels in an unbiased manner.
  • Enables people to seek positive solutions to public policy issues through education and conflict management.

 

Donations to the Education Fund, a 501(c)(3) corporation, are fully tax-deductible where allowed by law.

 

 

NON-PARTISAN POLICY



THE LEAGUE OF WOMEN VOTERS IS A NON-PARTISAN ORGANIZATION


 

The purpose of the League of Women Voters is to promote informed and active participation of citizens in their government through education and advocacy. The League is nonpartisan in that it does not support or oppose any political party or candidate; it is political in that it takes positions on selected public issues after member study and agreement.

 

The League recognizes the role of political parties in our form of government and believes that participation in their activities is an essential ingredient of citizen responsibility. While the League urges its members to be politically active, certain constraints are necessary in order to maintain the nonpartisanship, which has always been a major source of strength for the League. It is the cornerstone of our Voter Service program: candidates appear at our events because they trust our forums will be fair and impartial and they know they will be treated with respect. Candidates give information to League because they know it will not be used for partisan purposes. This reputation for fairness and independence accounts for the confidence placed in our positions by interested citizens, other organizations, and the media.

 

Individual Board members must recognize that as a result of close identification with the League, each board member has a special responsibility to see that his/her activities do not create a partisan impression. The Board of Directors of the League of Women Voters of Florida and League of Women Voters of Florida Education Fund has established the following guidelines: Each board member is responsible for maintaining the nonpartisanship of the League.

 

Board members may attend public political meetings, but not private political meetings, nor advise or work for parties or candidates, make financial contributions to parties or candidates, or state preferences for parties or candidates in writing or in speech. Board members are expected to resign upon declaring an intention to be a candidate or work for a candidate for public office.