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What is the League of Women Voters?

What is the League?


The League of Women Voters, a nonpartisan political organization, encourages the informed and active participation of citizens in government, and influences public policy through education and advocacy.


The League is open to any person who subscribes to the purpose and policy of the League. There are three types of membership.

  • Voting members, who are citizens at least 18 years old and enrolled in, a recognized local League.
  • Associate members, who are all other members enrolled in local Leagues (i.e., those under voting age and non-citizens).
  • Members-at-Large (MALS), who are members residing outside of the area of, and are therefore not enrolled in any local League.
    There are over 100,000 members of the League of Women Voters of the United States (LWVUS). There are Leagues in every state, Puerto Rico, Washington D.C. and the Virgin Islands.


The structure of the League parallels the representative system of the government under which we live. Our local, state and national governments are dependent one upon the other; the base is the individual citizen. The several League levels are also interdependent. Members determine the polices and programs at all League levels. Membership is simultaneous on all three levels where applicable.


The League acts in support of, or opposition to, selected governmental issues which its members have studied. It does not support or oppose candidates, factions or political parties. League members, as individuals, are urged to work in the political party of their choice. In order to protect the League's nonpartisanship policy, guidelines regarding the political activities of the Board of Directors are reviewed frequently.


The League is a non-profit organization financed by member dues and contributions, and through community and national finance drives which enable public-spirited citizens to help support the work of the League. Dues are collected at the local League level with Per Member Payment (PMP) assessments made by the National and State Leagues upon the local Leagues. A tax deductible LWV Education Fund can be used for publications and Voter Service information.

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