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, 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

Three local Leagues and a newly formed unit currently exist in New Hampshire:

  • Greater Capital Area
  • Kearsage/Sunapee Area
  • Upper Valley (Hanover area; currently doing only voter service work)
  • Greater Nashua area

Do you live in Nashua or the nearby towns? League members Sylvia Gale and Jan Schmidt have started a Facebook page that has generated growing interest in a League unit in Nashua. Visit the page if you are interested, or contact Sylvia or Jan. Initial exploratory meeting held in July 2015 was well attended, and the unit is now working on voter service activities. All interested women and men are welcome to join or participate in activities and learn more.

We also have members in areas of the state who are not members of a local League but who are members-at-large.

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. Positions are categorized into government, natural resources, and social policy.