THE LEAGUE OF WOMEN VOTERS OF THE UNITED STATES PROPOSED 2018-2020 PROGRAM

THE PROGRAM ADOPTION PROCESS 

The vote on the Proposed Program at Convention 2018 will be the culmination of months of Program Planning by state and local Leagues and Inter-League Organizations (ILOs). A proposed program was sent to Leagues along with the Program Planning Leaders Guide. The LWVUS Board recommended a continuation of the League-wide Campaign for Making Democracy Work®. A total of two hundred and thirty-seven (237) Leagues submitted recommendations to LWVUS.  In April, the LWVUS Board proposed a program based on recommendations from Leagues.  Delegates to Convention will vote on the Proposed Program and on any not-recommended items submitted in accordance with the LWVUS bylaws and voted for consideration by the Convention delegates. 

RECOMMENDATIONS IN BRIEF 

The Board recommends retaining all current LWVUS positions in the areas of Government, International Relations, Natural Resources and Social Policy for the 2018-2020 biennium. Based on the more than 95% of program planning responses from state and local Leagues and ILOs (totaling 226) that supported continuing the League-wide Campaign for Making Democracy Work® without modification, the LWVUS Board recommends continuing the Campaign for Making Democracy Work® as defined in the Program Planning Leaders Guide.

THE LEAGUE OF WOMEN VOTERS OF THE UNITED STATES PROPOSED PROGRAM FOR 2018-2020 

Based on Program Planning responses, the LWVUS Board recommends retaining all current LWVUS Positions in the areas of Representative Government, International Relations, Natural Resources and Social Policy. The LWVUS Board recommends a League-wide Campaign for Making Democracy Work®. 

Recommended Program: The Campaign for Making Democracy Work® 

The Campaign for Making Democracy Work® – includes ensuring a free, fair and accessible electoral system for all eligible voters by focusing on:

  • Voting Rights 
  • Improving Elections 
  • Campaign Finance/Money in Politics 
  • Redistricting 

The biennium has been an active one in ways that we never could have anticipated. There have been challenges to the right to vote and to fair and open elections at every level and in every branch of government. Leagues at every level have worked to protect and advance voting rights and election reform as well as fight efforts in Washington, D.C. and state legislatures to suppress the vote. 

At the same time, the League of Women Voters is undertaking an organization transformation to strengthen the organization while also engaging new and future activists around the League’s core issues. As we look to achieve our transformational goals around relevance, impact, focus and culture, we also look to the priority issues that are at the heart of the League’s mission. 

NOT-RECOMMENDED ITEMS ELIGIBLE FOR CONSIDERATION AND ADOPTION

To be moved for consideration at Convention, a not-recommended item must be moved for and granted consideration before delegates can debate adopting it as an amendment or substitute to the Proposed Program. Those moving for consideration for concurrence at Convention must have met the requirements of LWVUS Bylaws Article XII, Sec. 2 (b). Delegates advocating a not-recommended item should refer to Convention Rule 10.

PROGRAM ADOPTION AT A GLANCE

Friday, June 29, Afternoon Plenary

  • LWVUS Board presents the Proposed Program and moves for its adoption.
  • Delegates may move for consideration not-recommended items as amendments or substitutes to the Proposed Program. Items are debated (and possibly amended), and then voted for consideration. A majority vote is required.
  • If time, there will be debate on Proposed Program and any items that were granted consideration.

Saturday, June 30, Morning Plenary

  • There will be debate on Proposed Program and any items that were granted consideration.
  • The Proposed Program and any items that were granted consideration are voted on.
  • A majority vote is required to adopt Proposed Program and any item granted consideration; a two-thirds vote is required to adopt by concurrence.