Issues

Public Policy Issues

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 2020.

  • 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 (Amendment 2 on the Aug. 4 ballot)
  • 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/impact-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.  League members take 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.

  1. richard dullum

    Are you all aware of the Oklahoma notary requirement on absentee ballots being struck down by their Supreme Court, May 7, 2020, at the lawsuit brought by their League of Women Voters? Our requirement in Missouri can therefore be struck down similarly. I’m sure Oklahoma will lend you the lawyers!

    • Dear Mr. Dullum,

      Thank you for your kind and informative message. We are also proceeding in a lawsuit on this matter. Our lawyers will give oral arguments in the Missouri Supreme Court on June 15 and hope for a ruling later next week. However, can you provide the Oklahoma counsel’s contact info and I will pass it on to our attorney, but the Missouri Supreme Court will only be looking at Missouri law.
      Best regards,
      Marilyn McLeod

  2. Josephine Clark

    I am a registered voter in St. Louis County. I lost my purse with all of my ID and phone!!! Is there any humanly way that I can still be allowed to vote on November 3?
    I am sending this on my granddaughter’s phone, until I can replace mine.

    • Sorry to hear about your loss, but don’t worry about voting. Acceptable forms of ID to vote include a recent utility bill or bank statement with your current address.

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