Our Positions upon which Action is based
The League of Women Voters takes action on an issue and advocates for a cause when an existing League position supports the issue or speaks to the cause.
Biennially, the LWV-VA publishes its positions for its members. 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 when approved by the League board and the membership. Firm action or advocacy can then be taken on the particular issue addressed by the position. Without a position, action/advocacy cannot be taken.
The basis for action may come from local, state or national League positions. The positions of the national League are set forth in Impact on Issues. State League positions are set forth in Positioned for Action.