The League of Women Voters is a citizens’ organization that has fought since 1920 to improve our government and engage all citizens in the decisions that impact their lives. We operate at national, state and local levels through more than 800 state and local Leagues, in all 50 states as well in Washington, DC, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands and Hong Kong.
Formed from the movement that secured the right to vote for women, the centerpiece of the League’s efforts remain to expand participation in the political process and give a voice to all Americans. We do this at all three levels of government, engaging in both broad educational efforts as well as advocacy. Our issues are grounded in our respected history of making democracy work for all citizens.
The League is nonpartisan, which means we don’t support or oppose candidates for public office. However, we are well known for hosting candidate debates and forums. We undertake this, and other important election work, because we believe deeply that the public should hear different views on the issues facing our communities and our nation. An honest and respectful sharing of ideas is vital to the functioning of American democracy.
Leagues at all levels conduct educational activities – whether they are related to understanding candidate views and ballot initiatives, or on a range of specific critical public policy issues. At the national level, the League of Women Voters Education Fund, a 501 (c )(3) organization, coordinates all of our elections and educational work. But being nonpartisan does not mean we lack opinions, or the willingness to express them.
Our opinions are formed after research, study and consensus. We are passionate advocates – both women and men – who work to influence policy on specific issues by speaking out and putting pressure on our elected leaders.
The League is a national organization, with strong and respected ties in states and localities around the country. Members are volunteers who work in their communities to help the realities of the America system of government live up to its ideals.
There are two ways to support the League this season without sending a penny. 1. Before you shop for your Thanksgiving meal, make sure you are enrolled in our Smith's donation program. 2. If you choose to shop at Amazon for those Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals, select [...]
Salt Lake Units to discuss a Utah Carbon Tax Swap Bill. In the weeks leading up to the 2019 Utah Legislative session speakers from the Salt Lake Citizens Climate Lobby will preview a carbon tax swap bill sponsored by Utah House Republicans Becky Edwards and Dixon Pitcher and Democrat Joel Briscoe. The bill, currently called HB403 promises an economically viable way to help clean our air and stabilize a changing climate while stimulating the economy.
The proposed Inland Port in Salt Lake City’s Northwest Quadrant was the subject of lively discussions across the valley and up to Park City at September’s League of Women Voters of Salt Lake unit meetings. Speakers from the Coalition for Inland Port Reform, a group of community organizations which now [...]