Making Democracy Work

About the League

What is our mission? How are we structured? What is our history?

Our Mission and Roles

The League of Women Voters is a nonpartisan political organization encouraging informed and active participation in government. It influences public policy through education and advocacy. We never support or oppose any political party or candidate.

The League of Women Voters has two separate and distinct roles.

  • Voters Service/Citizen Education: we present unbiased nonpartisan information about elections, the voting process, and issues.

  • Action/Advocacy: we are also nonpartisan, but, after study, we use our positions to advocate for or against particular policies in the public interest.

To conduct our voter service and citizen education activities, we use funds from the League of Women Voters Education Fund, which is a 501(c)(3) corporation, a nonprofit educational organization. The League of Women Voters, a membership organization, conducts action and advocacy and is a nonprofit 501(c)(4) corporation.

Our Vision, Beliefs, and Intentions guide our activities.

Other League Organizations

LWV Milwaukee County is a member of the Lake Michigan League of Women Voters, which was formed to work on the Natural Resources positions of the League of Women Voters of the US as they relate to environmental issues affecting the Lake Michigan basin and surrounding states.

History of the League of Women Voters

League of Women Voters Position on Voting Rights

The League's position states (in part): "Election laws should provide citizens with maximum opportunity for registration voting at the polls, and absentee voting including:
  • Convenient hours and places for registration.
  • Provision for adequately instructed deputy registrars.
  • Provision for poll watching.
  • Public observation of tabulation of votes.
  • Provision for adequate instruction of poll workers.
  • Provision for keeping accurate registry lists."