The League of Women Voters is a nonpartisan political organization encouraging the informed and active participation of citizens 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.
- 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 Florida 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.
LEAGUE OF WOMEN VOTERS OF FLORIDA :
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ACTION & ADVOCACY
We are truly a grassroots organization...
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.
We make voting easier through varied voter education programs.
The League of Women Voters Education Fund conducts voter service and citizen education activities. It is a nonpartisan nonprofit public policy educational organization, which:
- Builds citizen participation in the democratic process.
- Studies key community issues at all government levels in an unbiased manner.
- Enables people to seek positive solutions to public policy issues through education and conflict management.
Donations to the Education Fund, a 501(c)(3) corporation, are fully tax-deductible where allowed by law.
Top Ten Reasons to Join Today!
The League is on the move, and your voice is needed to keep up the fight for a better Florida! Here are some of our recent accomplishments:
1. Participated in a lawsuit that blocked the State of Florida’s attempts to illegally purge registered voters 90 days before an election.
2. Reduced gerrymandering by leading the charge for the Fair Districts amendments, which finally set clear rules for drawing political districts.
3. Eliminated roadblocks to voting by demanding that the Legislature reinstate early voting days and Sunday before Election Day.
4. Helped place the successful Water and Land Legacy Amendment on the election ballot by collecting over 25,000 signed petitions.
5. Campaigned to place and pass the Ethics Reform Amendment to the Tallahassee City Charter.
6. Helped to bring the Solar Farm to Tallahassee.
7. Successfully persuaded Florida voters to defeat nine out 11 amendments on the 2012 ballot, many of which would have severely eroded the rights of citizens and/or defunded local governments.
8. Worked with environmental groups to successfully pressure the Florida Department of Environmental Protection to halt the sale of state-owned conservation lands.
9. Successfully campaigned against Amendment 1 on the 2016 ballot which would have hindered the expansion of the use of solar energy, and for Amendment 4 which promotes the use of solar energy.
10. Formed the FL Coalition to Prevent Gun Violence, which prevented the passage of NRA-backed legislation that would have allowed guns in airports, on college campuses, and in government meetings, as well as allowing open carry for concealed weapons permit holders.