Making Democracy Work

Because democracy is not a spectator sport

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.
Non-Partisan But Political: What Does It Mean?

The Mission of the League of Women Voters of the Cape Cod Area is to encourage the informed and active participation of citizens in government. LWVCCA takes action on selected governmental issues after study and agreement by our membership. We encourage members to be informed participants in political activity, but as a non-partisan organization, we neither oppose nor support any political party or candidate for public office, even when the office is unaffiliated with a political party. Our non-partisanship is the basis of the credibility of the LWVCCA and we carefully maintain it. Highly visible directors of our board of directors, such as the president and the voters service chair are prevented by our policies from undertaking any action that would publicly identify them with partisan activity.

In Our Education Role we provide non-partisan information to citizens with the understanding that they will use it to make their own decisions. We encourage others to register, to vote, and to communicate policy priorities to those in public office. We provide information and training on voting procedures, candidates, issues, effective lobbying and running for office. Candidate and issue forums are highly visible examples of our education initiatives.

In our Advocacy Role we are non-partisan, though we are political--in the sense that we seek to affect the outcome of legislation and/or policy. When we work with public officials on legislation or policy that addresses our concerns on an issue, it is because of their position on that issue, not because of their party affiliation. League positions are developed over the years, are updated from time to time but are basically consistent. On the other hand, the positions and platforms of political parties do change. At time they resemble our League positions and at other times they do not. It is important to not confuse politics with position activity. In our advocacy role, the League does speak out on its positions and the legislation supporting them.

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