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Positions and Concensus

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 national, state or local study 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.

National, State and Local Positions

On the basis of its formally established principles, the League of Women Voters of the United States (LWVUS) sets positions for Leagues at all levels. You can read more about League principles and the national positions in Impact on Issues, a publication of LWVUS.

The League of Women Voters of Indiana (LWVIN) sets additional Indiana positions for itself and the statewide membership. State positions must not conflict with national positions.

Local Leagues in Indiana create and maintain their own local positions. These must not conflict with national or state positions. Local positions are available from the Indiana local Leagues.

Additional Resources

The following resources provide further insight into the processes that pertain to positions.