MEMORANDUM

To: State and Local League and ILO leaders

From: Pat Donath, Chair, LWVUS Bylaws Committee

Subject: 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.

Each League board should review and approve the language. Because this is a conforming amendment, it is not necessary to bring this issue to all members.  Please note that Leagues cannot specify something different than the amendment approved at the LWVUS National Convention.

The previous language read:

Article III, Section 2. Types of Membership.

A. Voting Members. Citizens at least 18 years of age who join the League shall be voting members of local Leagues, state Leagues and of the LWVUS; (1) individuals who live within an area of a local League may join that League or any other local League; (2) those who reside outside the area of any local League may join a local League or shall be state members-at-large; (3) those who have been members of the League for 50 years or more shall be life members excused from the payment of dues.

B. Associate Members. All others who join the League shall be associate members.

The new language as approved at the LWVUS National Convention reads:

Article III, Section 2. Types of Membership.

A. Voting Members. Persons at least 16 years of age who join the League shall be voting members of local Leagues, state Leagues, and of the LWVUS; (1) those who live within an area of a local League may join that League or any other local League; (2) those who reside outside the area of any local League may join a local League or shall be state members-at-large; (3) those who have been members of the League for 50 years or more shall be life members excused from the payment of dues.

B. Associate Members. All others who join the League shall be associate members.

For further information on the proposed amendments and rationale for their proposal, please see the Convention Workbook and Program.  And for more information about the actions taken at Convention, please see the Report of Convention Action.

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