Public Policy Issues
The League of Women Voters is nonpartisan, but, after study, we arrive at positions on issues and advocate for or against particular policies in the public interest. 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 given study, whether it be National, State, or Local, 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.
The League of Women Voters studies public policy issues at the local, state and national level. After careful study, the League of Women Voters of Missouri set the following priorities for 2019-20.
- Election Reform to Make Democracy Work (Protect Amendment 1, Fight Voter Suppression and Make Voting Easier)
- Complete Census Count (click here for a fact sheet)
- Medicaid Expansion
- Climate Change
- Environmental Protection
- Education (Pre-K through college)
- Reproductive Rights
- Equal Rights Amendment
- National Popular Vote
State Public Policy Positions for LWVMO: Guide to State Action 4-9-2019
For the National Public Policy Positions, click the link or go to https://www.lwv.org/league-management/other-issues-tools/impact-issues-2016-2018-online-edition