League Requirements

The LWVUS bylaws state that the national League board “may grant full local League recognition to groups that have fulfilled the requirements of their state boards and those adopted by the national convention. These requirements are to be seen within the framework of the League’s mission statement and are to serve as a continuing gauge of a League’s health and wellbeing.

Mission Statement
The League of Women Voters, a nonpartisan political organization, encourages informed and active participation in government, works to increase understanding of major public policy issues, and influences public policy through education and advocacy.


  • The League must have bylaws, the first three articles of which must be consistent with those of the LWVUS. The remaining articles must provide for democratic procedures.

  • The League must establish and maintain a nonpartisan policy.
  • The League must hold an annual business meeting of the membership.
  • The League must hold regular board meetings.
  • The League must meet its financial obligations to the state and national levels of the League.
  • The League must have a plan for membership growth and retention that encourages a membership as diverse as the community.
  • Any advocacy pursued by the League must be consistent with League principles, positions and policies.

Each local League president is responsible for seeing that the local League satisfies these requirements and should consult with the state League immediately if there are concerns about fulfilling them. The national board liaison for each state is, of course, available to consult with local and state Leagues on these requirements.


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League of Women Voters of the US
June 2007