Making Democracy Work

LWVUS Positions & Studies

LWVUS Positions

The position statements of the League of Women Voters are collected in at fundamental document called "Impact on Issues." This booklet includes the official statements of position for each program area, briefly traces significant past actions and achievements, and indicates links among positions. The LWVUS public policy positions reflect the 2014-2016 program adopted by the 2014 convention of the League of Women Voters of the United States; the "positions in brief" listed there summarize the official statements of position included in this guide. This document is updated following biennial convention.

A PDF version of the 2014-2016 LWVUS Impact on Issues

Constitutional Amendment Study

The LWV Constitutional Amendment Committee will study the process of amending the U.S. Constitution.

The Committee has provided a Reading Guide on Amending the Constitution by Convention as well as a Constitutional Amendment Study Summary of Articles Dealing with Article V Constitutional Conventions

The Committee has published the consensus questions for the Local Leagues to begin considering.

The timeline for this study is as follows:

Late Summer 2015-December 1, 2015 Leagues hold consensus meetings.

December 1, 2015 Consensus reports (electronic) from Leagues due to LWVUS.

Late January 2016 LWVUS Board Meeting Consensus reports and resulting position(s), if any, approved.

Money in Politics Review

The Money in Politics Committee will conduct an update of the League's position on campaign finance for the purpose of addressing the lack of member understanding and agreement as to whether financing a political campaign is protected speech under the First Amendment. The campaign finance position will be updated through a study and consensus process to consider: (1) the rights of individuals and organizations, under the First Amendment, to express their political views through independent expenditures and the finance of election campaign activities; and (2) how those rights, if any, should be protected and reconciled with the interests set out in the current position.

The timeline for this study is:

Spring 2015--Education materials posted periodically at LWVUS website. Leagues are encouraged to use these materials for member and community meetings.
Fall 2015--Study guide and consensus questions posted. Leagues hold consensus meetings.
February 1, 2016--Consensus reports (electronic) from Leagues due to LWVUS.
April 2016 national LWV board meeting--Consensus reports and resulting position(s), if any, approved.

In late spring 2015 the Money in Politics Committee will be providing Leagues with background education materials on money in politics. Check the MIP Committee webpage regularly for new postings. Leagues are urged to use these materials for presentations to inform members and the community and to prepare members for the study and consensus process on First Amendment issues involved with political speech.

To prepare, Local Leagues may want to consider reading The New Soft Money Professor Daniel P. Tokaji & Renata E. B. Strause have authored an e-book entitled The New Soft Money and with their permission, we have linked to a copy. The entire book is well worth reading. Sections of Chapter 1 including The New Rules of the Game, pp.17-23 and The Players, pp.23-27 cover the issue of coordination and are of particular interest to Leagues as we examine the current system of campaign finance reform.

Stay tuned to the Money in Politics Review section of the LWVUS website for additional materials and further updates.