How Does the LWV Take Political Positions? Consensus!
The League of Women Voters is a proudly non-partisan organization that supports no candidates or parties. However, LWV is political. LWV takes advocates and takes action only when there is an existing League Consensus Position that supports a specific issue or speaks to a certain cause. It should be understood that LWV, national, state, and local, takes Consensus Positions on various issues that are all the result of study and consensus. Some of these positions, e.g. voter rights and protection, home rule for Maricopa County, or environmental conservation and sustainability, may or may not be favored by a political party, but they were achieved by careful, nonpartisan consideration. Information on Where We Stand as a League is available through this website.
Consensus Positions Process: Positions result from study. Each LWV Study, be it national, state, or local, is thorough in its pursuit of facts and effects. During the Study Process, a continuing discussion of pros and cons about each topic 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 League membership. Additional discussion, pro and con, takes place as members (not part of the study committee) learn the scope of the study. When League members reach consensus through this process, the board helps frame a Consensus Statement rooted in that consensus. It is the Consensus Statement — the statement resulting from the consensus questions — that becomes the LWV Consensus Position. Firm action or advocacy can then be taken on the particular issue addressed by the position. Without a Consensus Position, action/advocacy cannot be taken.
Also, the League of Women Voters ‘speaks with one voice’ at the national level, meaning that state or local Leagues do not act against a National position nor do local Leagues act against a state position.
The League of Women Voters of Metro Phoenix has its own positions on local issues. The current positions of LWVMP are:
Charter Home Rule for Maricopa County.
The League of Women Voters of Metropolitan Phoenix supports charter home rule for Maricopa County. As defined in the Arizona Constitution, an elected charter committee is required to compose a proposed charter. Maricopa County voters would then vote on the proposed charter as well as appointment vs. election of row officers and taxation as additional and separate questions. (Updated May 2014)
The League of Women Voters of Metropolitan Phoenix supports adequate and appropriate vocational and technical education.
The League of Women Voters of Metropolitan Phoenix supports measures to encourage conservation and the use and development of sustainable and environmentally sound energy.