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Our Nonpartisan Policy

Our Nonpartisan Policy

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

The League recognizes the role of the political parties in our form of government and believes that participation in the activities of the political process 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 of the organization. The board has the responsibility of preserving the nonpartisanship of the organization.

The President, Voters Service Director, and any other Board member, whose position is deemed sensitive, shall not run for or hold elective office. If a Board member declares for an elective office, this member should resign from the Board.

Public notices released by the League announcing the resignation of a Board member to run for political office should be carefully worded to avoid the appearance of endorsing the resigning Board member's candidacy.

Board members shall not undertake any action, which will causwe them to be identified publicly as supporting any candidate for office or any political party. The President, Voters Service Director, and any other Board member whose position is deemed sensitive shall not actively participate in any political campaign.

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.

A member may serve on any public board, commission, committee, or coalition; however, that member does not represent the League unless officially designated as a League representative by the League Board.

Members in leadership roles at League meetings and public meetings have the responsibility to ensure the nonpartisanship of the meeting and its environment and to be aware of League positions.

Once League (local, state, or national) takes a position on an issue, members may not identify themselves as League members in publicly expressing an opinion that is in opposition to a League position.

Only Board of Directors-approved petitions may be circulated at League meetings.

The League's roster is not to be made available for non-League use without Board consent. This policy shall be reviewed at the first meeting of the new Board of Directors following the Annual Meeting.