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Action and Advocacy

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The League of Women Voters takes action on an issue or advocates for a cause when there is an existing League position that supports the issue or speaks to the cause.

Positions result from a process of study. Any given study, whether National, State, or Local, is thorough in its pursuit of facts and details. A study committee researches information about the issue and prepares background information to present to the membership. The committee also develops consensus questions to be addressed by the membership.

Members learn the scope of the study and participate in group discussion about the pros and cons of each issue in the study. Through that discussion, the members reach consensus and the board forms positions based on that consensus.

It is the the statement resulting from the consensus questions,the consensus statement, that becomes a position. Action or advocacy can then be taken on the particular issue addressed by the position. Unless the League has a position on a particular public policy issue, the League cannot take action or advocate.