Making Democracy Work

Our Mission

What do we do? What do we believe? What is our history?

Vision, Beliefs, and Intentions

The goal of the League of Women Voters is to empower citizens to shape better communities worldwide. The League of Women Voters is a nonpartisan political membership organization which:

  • Acts after study and member agreement to achieve solutions in the public interest on key community issues at all government levels
  • Builds citizen participation in the democratic process engages communities in promoting positive solutions to public policy issues through education and advocacy.

The League of Women Voters Education Fund is a nonpartisan public policy educational organization which:

  • Builds citizen participation in the democratic process studies key community issues at all governmental levels in an unbiased manner
  • Enables people to seek positive solutions to public policy issues through education and conflict management.

We believe in:
  • Respect for individuals
  • The value of diversity
  • The empowerment of the grassroots, both within the League and in communities

We will:
  • Act with trust, integrity and professionalism
  • Operate in an open and effective manner to meet the needs of those we serve, both members and the public
  • Take the initiative in seeking diversity in membership acknowledge our heritage as we seek our path to the future.

Our History

The League of Women Voters of the Nassau County, first organized in 1920s, is one of the three Inter-League Organizations in NYS.

Thus, the LEAGUE OF WOMEN VOTERS OF NASSAU COUNTY emerged, not as a directive from state and national Leagues, but at the instigation of local Leagues and their members, seeking to form a level of League structure to manage studies of regional problems and to take action at the regional level of government to attain the goals of League program, adopted through traditional procedures.

See also League History from the League of Women Voters of the US.

Voter Education

The League of Women Voters of the US Education Fund, and the League of Women Voters of NYS Education Foundation conducts voter service and citizen education activities. They are a nonpartisan nonprofit public policy educational organizations, which:

  • Build citizen participation in the democratic process.
  • Study key community issues at all government levels in an unbiased manner.
  • Enable people to seek positive solutions to public policy issues through education and conflict management.
  • Donations to the Education Fund and Education Foundation, a 501(c)(3)corporation, are fully tax-deductible where allowed by law.

Action and Advocacy

The League of Women Voters of Nassau County believes that government at the regional level should be structured so that it can effectively and responsibly solve those problems that transcend political boundaries. The LWVNC, by including all of the Leagues within Nassau County, makes possible League Study and Action on region-wide problems and issues.

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 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. Firm action or advocacy can then be taken on the particular issue addressed by the position. Without a position, action/advocacy cannot be taken. National positions are arrived at by consensus of Leagues throughout the nation, and state ones throughout NYS.