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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.
The LWV of Delaware is active in Dover, the state capital, working primarily through volunteer, registered lobbyists and other members of the Advocacy Corps who support our advocacy work in many ways. The LWV of Delaware Advocacy Corp information and Position Papers can be found here.
In April 2018, the LWVDE produced a Lobby Guide on how to conduct effective advocacy. It was written as an introduction to the legislative process in Delaware. It also offers practical information about influencing it. You are encouragrd to take advantage to become knowledgeable about and involved in your government.
The LWVUS has numerous positions published in a document called Impact on Issues. It contains a short summary of thr League's public policy positions that can be used as a quick reference for the League's various thoughts on positions. This PDF document contains national positions and documents the history of LWVUS action at the federal level. There are separate sections addressing four broad topics:
- Representative Government
- International Relations
- Natural Resources
- Social Policy
A printed/published version of Impact on Issues 2018-2020: A Guide to Public Policy Positions by League of Women Voters of the United States | May 6, 2019, can be purchased through Amazon.com for $5.95.