Where We Stand

National Positions–Within this light-blue box are the areas that the National Organization has identified specific stances to take.  Please follow the links for more information on these areas.

Representative Government

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  • Citizens’ Right to Vote
  • DC Self-Government & Voting Rights
  • Apportionment
  • Campaign Fiance Reform
  • Selection of the President
  • Citizens’ Rights to Know/Citizen Participation
  • Individual Liberties
  • Reproductive Choice
  • Congress
  • Presidency

International Relationships

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  • United Nations
  • Trade
  • US Relations with Developing Countries
  • Arms Control
  • Military Policy & Defense Spending

Social Policy

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  • Education – Employment & Housing
  • Equal Rights
  • Fiscal Policy
  • Health Care
  • Immigration
  • Meeting Basic Human Needs
  • Child Care
  • Children at Risk
  • Violence Prevention
  • Gun control
  • Urban Policy
  • Death Penalty

Natural Resources

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  • Natural Resources
  • Resource Management
  • Environmental Protection and Pollution Control
  • Air quality
  • Energy
  • Land Use
  • Water Resources
  • Waste Management – Solid Waste
  • Nuclear Issues
  • Public Participation
  • Agricultural Policy

The LWVAZ uses ACTION ALERTS to notify our members and others about upcoming legislative votes that need to hear LWVAZ and its supporters’ voices.

The League of Women Voters takes action on an issue or advocates for a cause when there is an existing League position that supports the issue or speaks to the cause.

Positions result from a process of study. Any given study, whether it be National, State, or Local, is thorough in its pursuit of facts and details. As the study progresses, a continuing discussion of pros and cons of each situation occurs. Prior to the results of the study being presented to the general membership, study committee members fashion consensus questions that are then addressed by the membership.

Additional discussion, pro and con, takes place as members (not part of the study committee) learn the scope of the study. After the members reach consensus, the board forms positions based on that consensus.

It is the consensus statement — the statement resulting from the consensus questions — that becomes a position. Firm action or advocacy can then be taken on the particular issue addressed by the position. Without a position, action/advocacy cannot be taken.

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