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.

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.

League of Women Voters Name and Logo Guidelines

The League of Women Voters’ logo, like our name, is our identity. It conveys the full collective power of the LWV mission to the public, our members and supporters. It is very important to maintain the integrity and consistency of our trademarked name and logo. Over the years we have seen attempts to capitalize on the League’s brand through deceptive alterations of our name and/or logo by other organizations. The name and logo have been legally trademarked by LWVUS and are owned by LWVUS on behalf of all the state and local groups who are part of our organization. Hence, LWVUS is responsible for protecting our brand and, in turn, those who are part of our family need to use it appropriately. We have established these guidelines in order to maintain the integrity of and reinforce our identity.