The League of Women Voters of the United States was founded in 1920 and believes in representative government and in the individual liberties established in the Constitution of the United States.
The LWVUS believes that all powers of the U.S. government should be exercised within the constitutional framework of a balance among the three branches of government: legislative, executive, and judicial.
The LWV believes that democratic government depends upon informed and active participation in government and requires that governmental bodies protect the citizen’s right to know by giving adequate notice of proposed actions, holding open meetings, and making public records accessible.
The LWV believes every citizen should be protected in the right to vote; every person should have access to free public education that provides equal opportunity for all, and no person or group should suffer legal, economic, or administrative discrimination.
The LWV believes efficient and economical government requires competent personnel, the clear assignment of responsibility, adequate financing, and coordination among the different agencies and levels of government.
The LWV believes responsible government should be responsive to the will of the people. Government should:
* maintain an equitable and flexible system of taxation,
* promote the conservation and development of natural resources in the public interest,
* share in the solution of economic and social problems that affect the general welfare,
* promote a sound economy, and
* adopt domestic policies that facilitate the solution of international problems.
The League of Women Voters believes cooperation with other nations is essential in the search for solutions to world problems and that development of international organization and international law is imperative in the promotion of world peace.
These principles of the LWV guide members in the decisions of what local, state, and national issues should be studied. Following education and discussion meetings on a specific issue and once consensus agreement among members is reached on an issue at the local, state, or national level, action to advocate is determined by Boards at each appropriate level. Then action campaigns are organized and conducted.

The LWV is a nonpartisan, multi-issue organization, open to men as well as women, which encourages informed and active participation in government, works to increase public understanding of major policy issues and influences public policy through education and advocacy. For information about the League, visit the website: or send a message to LWV, PO Box 101, Crawfordsville, IN 47933