Where We Stand
The League of Women Voters is strictly nonpartisan; we neither support nor oppose candidates for office at any level of government. At the same time, the League is wholeheartedly political and works to influence policy through advocacy. We are the original grassroots citizen network, directed by the consensus of our members.
The League’s “good-government” positions represent 90 years of deliberative study and coordinated action at the local, state, and national levels. While over time the League’s legislative priorities change to reflect current needs of society and critical issues of concern, we remain true to our most basic purpose: to make democracy work for all citizens. Before arriving at a public policy position, the League carefully and thoroughly studies the issue – looking at all sides, accessing the best available research, consulting experts with contradictory philosophies, and considering both long-term and short-term consequences. (See Publications and Studies for the results of these studies.)
Then, based on the study, our grassroots membership – made up of women and men of all ages, backgrounds, and political persuasions – must reach consensus on a position before it is added to our program. Whether lobbying Congress, the Ohio General Assembly, or City Hall, the League speaks with one voice. Join us, and together we can make government more responsive and accountable.
The League of Women Voters maintains a set of governmental standards and policies, called Principles, from which all League activities and action derive. Our positions fall under four main areas of public policy: representative government, international relations, social policy, and natural resources. Some positions have been arrived at nationally, while others apply specifically to the state or local level. All of the positions below govern the League of Women Voters of Metropolitan Columbus.