LWVAZ Nonpartisan Policy

The League of Women Voters (at the national, state, and local levels) is a nonpartisan, political organization that encourages the informed and active participation of citizens in government.
After careful study and member consensus, the League influences public policy through education and advocacy.

The League of Women Voters of Arizona does not support or oppose any political party or any candidate. It does encourage its members, as individuals, to participate actively in all aspects of the partisan political process.

Members of the Board of Directors of the League of Women Voters of Arizona is nonpartisan and avoid any appearance to the contrary. LWVAZ board members take great care that all meetings of the LWVAZ adhere to our nonpartisan policy in every discussion and decision.

Criteria for LWVAZ for Advocacy

Here are the questions we ask when determining which legislation to follow:

  1. What are the priority issues for LWV to follow?
  2. What is the League position on those issues – based on our positions at the state and/or national level?
  3. What change are we attempting to achieve?

To help us in this area we also have the League principles that give us overarching guidance on any issues we are working on.

Request To Speak Information.  This is the tool that Arizona Citizens can use to have their comments read into the record when bills are under consideration in the COW (Committee Of the Whole).  Herein you will find information on how the RTS works, how to register on the RTS, get LWVAZ Action Alerts, and see past Action Alerts.

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We want to see Clean Elections strengthen with adequate funding mechanisms to deal with the demise of the matching fund provisions and the new rules under Citizen United and McCutcheon and allow funding for those candidates who want to run clean and transparent campaigns.

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The League of Women Voters of Arizona believes in the election system principle of greater vote representation. The LWVAZ maintains that election system reform that provides a stronger voice for the greatest number of voters should have a positive effect on voter participation. Therefore, the LWVAZ:

  • Supports changing the present election systems so that they more accurately represent the wishes of voters: Adopting the Instant Runoff Voting (IRV) system for single seat races; adopting proportional representation for multi-seat races, specifically Ranked Choice Voting.
  • Believes that education of the voting public is important to election systems.
  • Supports giving Arizona voters the option of more choice among election systems.
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We want an education funding plan that enhances the equal opportunity of all students to have access to high quality teaching and learning, supported by quality current learning materials and well maintained educational facilities. Voters should not have to make this type of choice — between clean campaigns and education.

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The League of Women of Arizona supports a state system that provides for a positive program to assist the economically disadvantaged in obtaining a greater measure of financial, physical and personal well-being, with emphasis on meeting basic human needs rather than on maintaining minimum expenditures. In order to assist persons in need, to assure the basic essentials of health and adequate standards of living, reduce dependency, and break the welfare cycle, the state of Arizona should:

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LWVAZ supports the selection of judges by appointment, with voter approval for retention; and the retention of a judge in office only by simple a “yes” vote or “no” vote. This bill would undermine the current merit selection process that assures our judges are free of political bias and possessed of the proper qualities of temperament and intellect, yet retains ultimate control of the courts in the hands of the people with a simple majority of a “Yes” or “No” vote. Why would voting retention of judges need more than a simple majority when voting for candidates need only 50% plus 1?

Think about how far we have come in 95 years…could the founders of the League of Women Voters imagine what 2015 would look like when they founded the League of Women Voters? Could they reasonably imagine that so much would change…would they fathom that so little would change? This year and every year, we should take the time to imagine where we would like to be in the future…where we would like our country, our state, and our respective communities to be. We have lofty goals, we have realistic projects, and we are continually succeeding in our endeavors as the League of Women Voters across Arizona.
Shirley Sandelands, President of the League of Women of Arizona, has a vision for the League of Women Voters in Arizona, and her vision includes building the League of Women Voters’ wherewithal to engage and empower the Arizonan citizenry with its collective power to advocate positive change for all Arizonans.
The LWVAZ has embarked on a new emphasis to engage Arizonans via social media outlets, which include Twitter and Facebook. The LWVAZ.org website has new tools to post comments about Bills we are following on Facebook pages specific to each of these bills. We have an open platform for dialogue, which means that opinions you may not agree with can and will be stated on these feeds…this is your chance to respond in your own words.
We hope that this process will motivate you to use the Request To Speak (RTS) to also convey these opinions to the Arizona Legislature on a host of bills in committee. We can only imagine what it was like for women in the United States 25, 50, 100 or more years before the LWV was founded…we know what it is like today.
Remember the words of our founder, Carrie Chapman Catt, “Winning the vote is only an opening wedge, but to learn to use it is a bigger task.”
The vote was, in her words… a tool to build a better nation…to provide for the common welfare…to help humanity upward.” Women’s voting power, she said, would benefit “all the weak and the erring…all the homeless and unloved.
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