Making Democracy Work

About the League

What is our mission? How are we structured? What is our history?

Our Mission and Roles

The League of Women Voters is a nonpartisan political organization encouraging informed and active participation in government. It influences public policy through education and advocacy. We never support or oppose any political party or candidate.

The League of Women Voters has two separate and distinct roles.

  • Voters Service/Citizen Education: we present unbiased nonpartisan information about elections, the voting process, and issues.

  • Action/Advocacy: we are also nonpartisan, but, after study, we use our positions to advocate for or against particular policies in the public interest.

To conduct our voter service and citizen education activities, we use funds from the League of Women Voters of the Upper Valley Education Fund, which is a 501(c)(3) corporation, a nonprofit educational organization. The League of Women Voters, a membership organization, conducts action and advocacy and is a nonprofit 501(c)(4) corporation.

Our Vision, Beliefs, and Intentions guide our activities.

Other League Organizations

Three other local Leagues exist in New Hampshire:

  • LWV Concord
  • LWV Kearsage/Sunapee
  • LWV Manchester

Four other local Leagues exist in Vermont:

  • LWV Champlain Valley
  • LWV Central Vermont
  • Black River (Ludlow) MAL
  • Southeast (Brattleboro) MAL

Local League members are also members of the League of Women Voters of New Hampshire or the League of Women Voters of Vermont.

The national organization is the League of Women Voters of the United States.

The web pages of other Leagues may be reviewed at other state Leagues and local League websites.

History of the League of Women Voters