The League promotes political responsibility through informed and
active participation of citizens in government.
As a nonpartisan organization, the League of Women Voters
neither supports nor opposes any political candidate or party. The
League does, however, take stands on issues after careful study.
Study brings knowledge that makes League positions credible and
respected. Members examine facts and alternative points of view
before arriving at conclusions on selected issues.
Consensus evolves from informed discussion and
deliberation during and at the conclusion of a study. Every member's
view is important in the LWV. Positions are reached when there is
general agreement among members during the exchange of ideas.
The League takes action to promote its program positions established
during study and consensus. Action strategies include advocating
for legislation and ballot issues, testifying before governing bodies,
and expressing opinions in the media.
In recent years the LWV-Kalamazoo Area has participated in studies, sponsored public meetings and taken action on the following important issues,
among others. When appropriate for the scope of the issue, this
work is accomplished in collaboration with the League of Women Voters
of the United States and of Michigan.
- Affirmative Action
Access to State Government
- Poverty Reduction
& Mentally Ill Persons
Services and Community Participation
An educational goal of the LWV is to provide accurate nonpartisan
information about candidates and ballot issues. The LWV works for
increased citizen understanding of the electoral process by:
- Printing Voter Guides covering national, state and local
elections and distributed throughout Kalamazoo County
our voting guide information on our web site
voter registration information
- Conducting or cosponsoring
candidate forums and forums on ballot issues
in the Community
Using research and communication skills
and knowledge of public affairs gained in the LWV, League representatives
have served on civic boards and committees in their communities.
As individuals, many LWV members use their League experience in
elected and appointed positions in national, local and state government
and civic organizations.