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League Positions

League Positions

The League positions are described on this page.

Issues and Positions

The League of Women Voters is a political organization for women and men which encourages informed and active participation in government and influences public policy through education and advocacy. We do not support or oppose any political party or any candidate.

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. Based on our positions, we take action in the public interest, advocating for or against particular policies, legislation, or ballot measures. Without a position on a particular issue, however, we cannot act or advocate. League members review positions annually and vote to re-adopt, modify, or drop the position.

San Jose/Santa Clara Positions

For detailed information regarding League issues listed below, please refer to our Position Statement. The San Jose/Santa Clara Position Statement covers the following areas:

  • Local Government Decision Making
  • San Jose City Charter Revision
  • Districted City Government
  • Local Governmental Ethics
  • Energy
  • Land Use and Planning
  • Development of the Coyote Valley
  • Transportation
  • Urban Renewal/ReDevelopment
  • Education
  • Housing

Santa Clara County Leagues Positions

The five Leagues in Santa Clara County have developed a set of positions on many subjects over the years using a study and consensus process. At least four of the five Leagues in the county agreed to each position. These positions may be used by the Leagues of Women Voters of Santa Clara County with authorization of the County Council to take stands on issues before county governmental organizations or on ballot measures.

Santa Clara County Leagues Positions

Bay Area Leagues Positions

The League of Women Voters of the Bay Area believes that government at the regional level should be structured so that it can effectively and responsibly solve those problems that transcend political boundaries. The LWVBA, by including all nine Bay Area Counties, makes possible League Study and Action on region-wide problems and issues.

Bay Area Leagues Positions

State of California League Positions

In the winter of even numbered years, members across California begin the program planning process by reviewing all existing positions and current issues with their local League members.

State of California League Positions. Also contains convenient links to similar national positions.

US League Positions