Amendment to Conform Bylaws Adopted at LWVUS Convention 2016

During the 2016 LWVUS National Convention, delegates approved amendments to Article III, Section 2 of the bylaws pertaining to Types of Membership. Requirements around voting membership in League were changed. Voting membership is now open to non-citizens and to individuals 16 years of age or older. As League policy requires “consistency” in the first three articles of the bylaws of all Leagues, this memorandum explains how state and local Leagues and ILOs should amend their own bylaws to reflect those of LWVUS.

Bylaws and Certificate of Incorporation

The LWVUS Bylaws and the Certificate of Incorporation are available for online reading and as a downloadable PDF. You can also access the Sample Bylaws for state and local Leagues. Sample Bylaws can also be downloaded in PDF format.

About the Money in Politics Review and Committee

The Money in Politics Committee will conduct an update of the League’s position on campaign finance for the purpose of addressing the lack of member understanding and agreement as to whether financing a political campaign is protected speech under the First Amendment. The campaign finance position will be updated through a study and consensus process to consider: (1) the rights of individuals and organizations, under the First Amendment, to express their political views through independent expenditures and the finance of election campaign activities; and (2) how those rights, if any, should be protected and reconciled with the interests set out in the current position

Board Policy Handbook

A collection of policies for the League of Women Voters of the United States and the League of Women Voters Education Fund including: Governance Documents (Mission Statement, Bylaws and Trust Agreement), Board Responsibilities, Board Member Policies (Conflict of Interest, Nonpartisan), Financial Policies, Program Policies, Development Policies, Field Service Policies, Convention/ Council Policies, Communications Policies, Administrative Policies and Procedures Concerning State and Local Leagues.