Making Democracy Work

About the League

What is our mission? How are we structured? What is our history? What are our positions?

Our Mission and Roles

The League of Women Voters is a nonpartisan political organization encouraging the informed and active participation of citizens in government. It influences public policy through education and advocacy. We never support or oppose any political party or candidate.

The League of Women Voters has two separate and distinct roles.

  • Voters Service/Citizen Education: we present unbiased nonpartisan information about elections, the voting process, and issues.

  • Action/Advocacy: we are also nonpartisan in our advocacy work, but, after study, we use our positions to advocate for or against particular policies in the public interest.

To conduct our voter service and citizen education activities, we use funds from the League of Women Voters of New Hampshire Education Fund, which is a 501(c)(3) corporation, a nonprofit educational organization. The League of Women Voters, a membership organization, conducts action and advocacy and is a nonprofit 501(c)(4) corporation.

Our Vision, Beliefs, and Intentions guide our activities.

Other League Organizations

Two active local Leagues and three recently formed units currently exist in New Hampshire:

  • Greater Capital Area (disbanded summer 2018)
  • Kearsage/Sunapee Area
  • Greater Nashua Area unit
  • Seacoast Area unit (forming winter 2018-19)
  • Peterborough Area unit (began May 2017)
  • Mt. Washington Valley unit (began March 2018)

Do you live in Nashua or the nearby towns? Visit their official Facebook page for information about activities. All interested women and men are welcome to join or participate in activities and learn more.

The Seacoast area group is just getting started. Visit and Like their Facebook page for more information.

The PeterboroPlus unit formed Spring 2017. It covers, in addition to Peterborough, the towns of Antrim, Bennington, Dublin, Francestown, Greenfield, Hancock, Harrisville, Jaffrey, Sharon, & Temple. They have an email you can use to reach them:

In Jan. 2018 some former and potential League members in Laconia expressed interest in forming a local unit under the new and easier unit procedures. If you are interested in doing this, email us via "membership" on our Contact Us page.

We also have members in areas of the state who are not members of a local League or unit but who are valued members of the state League.

Local League members and members-at-large are also members of the League of Women Voters of New Hampshire. Local Leagues, members at large and League of Women Voters of New Hampshire members are automatically members of the League of Women Voters of the United States.

The web pages of Leagues outside of New Hampshire may be reviewed at other state Leagues and local League websites.

History of the League of Women Voters

Read a short history of the League of Women Voters.

A 20 minute video giving some of the background of the League: Eleanor Roosevelt's involvement, promotion of the UN in the '40s, involvement in environmental issues, moderating the Presidential debates, working for voting rights and against bad redistricting. Watch the video

LWVNH positions

Download this pdf file for a list of LWV New Hamphsire positions. (Note that this documents has not yet been updated to included the new Education position. See below.) Positions are categorized into government, natural resources, and social policy. You may also read these online on our Positions page.

New position on Education was adopted by the state board on Jan. 18, 2018. It amends the old position in the document above. It covers primarily funding issues, will be expanded as our study continues this year. LWVNH position 2018 on public education.