LEAGUE OF WOMEN VOTERS
League of Women Voters of the United
States was established
in 1920, when
amendment to the Constitution granted women the right to vote.
evolved from the Women’s Suffrage Movement.
The League of Women Voters of Connecticut (LWVCT) was
the Weston League in 1963.
are local leagues in communities across the country, representing
members and supporters nationwide.
Together, these Leagues comprise the League of Women Voters
United States (LWVUS).
Voters, a nonpartisan
political organization, encourages the informed and active
citizens in government, works to increase understanding of major
through education and advocacy.
We are a
group of men and
women who seek
to improve the quality of democracy in our country by increasing
knowledge of candidates and issues. We
for good government at the local, state and national levels.
Service includes the distribution of
non-partisan information on candidates and issues,
registration and voting, and presentation of candidate events;
- Education includes
programs that encourage citizen discussions of public policy
affecting all three levels of government, as well as issues of
- Study and
Action includes study, consensus and
action on governmental issues selected by the members.
Voters is a
nonpartisan organization. We do NOT
endorse candidates. We DO take stands
issues after careful study and consensus.
Our stand on issues is strengthened by our nonpartisanship.
encouraged to join a political party, to involve themselves in
decision-making and to actively work for the candidates of their
choice. But speaking out and action
must be done in
member’s own names and not in the name of the League or with
member’s League ties.
League of Women
Voters of Weston operates outside its traditional by-laws which
officers, appointed Directors and portfolios for all Board
members. Instead, with the blessing
of the League of
Women Voters of Connecticut, a Steering Committee meets monthly,
July and August, and collectively undertakes traditional work
Board member portfolios.
INFORMATION ABOUT THE LWV OF WESTON
League of Women Voters of Weston operates under a Non-Partisan
Guidelines for Action adopted originally in 2002
MEMBERSHIP & DUES
is open to any
United States citizen of
voting age. An associate membership
is available to
resident non-citizens and person under eighteen years of age.
dues of $50.00
include State and National membership.
Dues are payable on July 1st of each year and are
by November 15th. Dues for two
of one household are $75.00.
meetings are usually held monthly
(except in July and August) and are open to all interested
members. A “Convener” presides and a
notes. these positions being determined for the year at Annual
Meeting. Local League roles:
Membership, Finance Drive
Coordinator, “Speak Up” Coordinator/team, Voter Service
Manager, and other positions as needed, are agreed to by
Meetings are usually held monthly
July, August and December) and are typically open to the community
the League. “Forum
Demand” is the
League’s way of reacting to specific issues as they arise, which
the forefront of the
interests, and which the League determines need open discussion.
TYPICAL CALENDAR - AND WE NOTE THE LEAGUE IS IN AN ALWAYS FLEXIBLE, QUICK TO ACTION MOOD:
January “Program Planning” for the
activities and points of action
specialty of the LWV of Weston, who began this exercise in open
1992; an annual event where the Board of Selectmen and the
Commissions and Committees as well as State Legislators are
answer questions from the public
moderator in charge) as the budget process and the new year get
April- Open programs
Meeting & “Betty
Hill Forum on
International Affairs” since Year 2000.
Picture stories available and new in 2012, online video.
- we try to
“Legislative Wrap-Up” depending on the availibility of our
and August - the
continues work on upcoming Fall elections, cooperating
Congressional debate (s) as well as Legislative contests, and
election season coming and reviews non-partisan policies.
Work also begins after Party conventions and
August Primaries to begin acquiring photographs of candidates
and October -
Service activities including debates for contested offices. Other activities as needed to assure
turnout on Election Day!
November - Election Night Reporting
Associated Press and preparation for new version of League of
Weston’s “Know Your Town” (which has names and contacts for all
and Local officials and lots, lots more).
Work with Weston Forum to produce “Voter’s Guide" in
including supplying photos of all candidates on the ballot.
in addition to celebrating the holiday season, the Weston
planning for its upcoming “Speak Up” as well as “Program
exercises. In addition there is
with LWVCT (“The League of
Connecticut”) on lobbying our Legislators prior to the upcoming
either in January (“long session” thru June in odd numbered
(“short session thru May in even numbered years).
note: Weston LWV began as an
League, breaking away from the LWV of Westport, in 1962 - our 50th year
independent operation came and went! From
In 1962, the League became a
League. Local program focused on preparing the "Know Your Town"
booklet. Nov. 1963, Weston received its League
3,000 copies of "Know Your Town" went to press at a cost of
booklet continues to be updated after local elections and is
and long-time residents.
LEAGUE DEVELOPS A POSITION AND
TAKES A STAND HISTORICALLY - IN THIS, ITS 100th TEAR THESE PRACTICES ARE BEING RE-EXAMINED!
of all, some definitions of terms are necessary.
profession has its own “lingo” and
League vocabulary for those seeking change and those advocating
as League representatives, whether locally or at other levels,
be familiar with this "lingo" - offered
positions or principles by making public statements, lobbying
litigating, monitoring and through citizen education.
by League members
or boards, with a position reached by another League, for example. The LWVCT “concurred” with positions of
Pennsylvania and New Jersey
and education topics in the past.
substantial number of members through study and discussion of an
issue. It is the most often used in
the League for
reaching member agreement.
meeting at which
League delegates elect officers, adopt a budget, and choose study
priorities. Conventions are
State and National levels.
COUNCIL - A
meeting of LWV
delegates held in years between conventions and with a more
representation to review programs and adopt a budget.
- League members who attend and report on meetings of public
commissions. Reports may be presented
the League and the public: Weston LWV
began an online “Observer Corps Report” at the time of the Charter
Commission’s meetings of 2003, the first entries, and it is kept
PMP - Per
or assessment -
monetary support for State and National levels decided by
and paid by local Leagues.
areas of Steering
Committee members' focus.
governmental issues are determined through member study and
concurrence or through judicious application of the League’s
chosen by the
members for study and action at each level of the League.
in the upcoming year, action will be taken on many
“Water Supply Protection in Weston.” The
Weston LWV “action agenda” can be seen here
SERVICE - this
registration, distribution of non-partisan citizen information
turnout, including producing voter’s guides in print or
candidates’ events including local and regional League moderated
reporting and more.
WOMEN VOTERS OF CONNECTICUT - STATE ACTION PROGRAM
LEAGUE CONTACTS FOUND IN “KNOW
and Washington D.C. are the
physical locations of
levels of League in Connecticut for our
Have any questions? Contact
contact our representatives in government we recommend a more
touch. The offices of our elected
governmental officials at State and National levels can be found
“Know Your Town.”