Reviewed and re-adopted 07/23/2016 by Board of Directors, League of Women Voters of Wisconsin
The League of Women Voters, a nonpartisan political organization, encourages the informed and active participation of citizens in government, works to increase understanding of major public policy issues, and influences public policy through education and advocacy. We take action on public policy positions established through member study and agreement. We are political, but we do not support or oppose any political party or candidate.
The League believes that political parties are essential to the American system of government and that the participation of informed citizens is beneficial to the political parties and to the system. Consequently, the League encourages its members as individuals to be active in the political parties, in finding and supporting candidates for public office, and in seeking election to public office.
While serving on the Board of Directors, a League member shall not seek or hold a state-level elective office, nor shall any officer or director allow her/his name to be used in support of any candidate for a state or federal office. Board members in sensitive positions (e.g., president, vice presidents, action, and voter service) shall not seek delegate status in the political party caucus process. Any contributions by board members to a political party or candidate must be below the amount at which the contributor's name is required by law to be reported.
If a state officer or director desires to seek local office, s/he shall first notify both the state and his/her local League board. If the local League board believes that such involvement would jeopardize the non-partisan image of the local League, a letter stating the objection shall be submitted immediately to the state president. The state board shall resolve the matter as promptly as possible.
If the officer or director is a successful candidate, her/his resignation from the state board shall be submitted immediately. It shall be the prerogative of the state board to accept or reject the resignation, depending upon individual circumstances, such as conflict of interest.
A board member shall consult with the board to determine if there is a conflict of interest before accepting a position on an official statewide commission, board, or committee.
In all other political activity and public communications (e.g., social media), board members shall participate to the extent that League nonpartisanship is maintained. Officers and directors in especially sensitive positions, or who are widely known in the state as League leaders, shall exert special care in their own activity to guard the League's nonpartisanship.
It shall be the responsibility of the board of directors of the League of Women Voters of Wisconsin to ensure that League nonpartisanship is maintained.