About LWV Minneapolis

Mission

The League of Women Voters, a non-partisan political organization…

Encourages informed and active participation in government

Works to increase understanding of major public policy issues

Influences public policy through education and advocacy

About Us

In the forefront of voter education and civic participation since women won the right to vote, LWV Mpls is now an organization of people dedicated to promoting civic participation at its best.

Grassroots

LWV takes positions on issues—local, regional, state, and national—based on research and study. Voting for consensus agreement is a hallmark of LWV positions.

Member-driven and supported

Members initiate and implement a wide range of projects and programs to support active citizenry such as voter registration, candidate forums and debates, community elections, education and action on issues in the community and in government. Members may join small “units” of members who meet regularly or “at large” where members have all the privileges of membership and participate as desired. Your membership automatically enrolls you as a member of both the state and national League of Women Voters.

Education and Action!

LWV researches public policy issues and produces reports for members, policy makers, and the general public; educates members on current affairs through neighborhood-based discussion groups, the Voter newsletter, and our web site; encourages citizen participation in government; and facilitates the democratic process at all levels, including assisting with elections for community and neighborhood groups. We encourage you to join online.

All are welcome!

League isn't just for women anymore. We invite you to join LWVMpls' non-partisan, grassroots efforts to study and act together on important civic issues, ensure open and honest election policies, and educate and inform voters about election issues. We have a rich history which includes programs, projects and volunteer opportunities.

What Does LWV Mpls Do?

Promotes education and action for a better democracy by:

  • Encouraging citizen participation in government and the electoral process through public education, voter registration, sponsoring candidate forums; and programs that encourage civic engagement
  • Researching public policy issues and reports results to members, policy makers, and the general public
  • Advocating for League positions that are based on research and member consensus
  • Educating League members on current affairs through neighborhood-based discussion Units that meet regularly; the Voter newsletter; and a content-rich web site
  • Facilitating the democratic process at all levels by assisting with neighborhood and community elections

LWV Mpls is a member-driven non-partisan organization. Members determine what issues will be studied, re-studied, or reviewed. Members bring topics of interest to a Program Planning Session, usually held in January. It is at this meeting that direction begins to take shape for the following year's work. Topics to be studied in depth must be approved and forwarded to the annual City Convention by the Board of Directors.
This process elicits lively discussion and an opportunity to leverage action on passionate convictions held by members. Studies of issues sometimes take up to three years to be completed, at which time members, after studying the materials and discussing them, answer consensus questions.

The responses to the questions are tallied and form the basis for positions upon which the League acts and informs. If a majority of members do not agree on a particular point, the League does not form a position from which to act on the issue. To view LWVMpls positions go to Program for Action. For a short summary of LWVMpls positions go to Positions in Brief.

At times, informational programs on topics where consensus is not expected are discussed in the Voter newsletter and at unit meetings or public forums. These may lead to full-blown studies where consensus is reached on issues. The League does not lobby or act on issues when it does not have a consensus position.