Fighting to make democracy work for all Floridians since 1939
We are the Florida chapter of the League of Women Voters (LWV), a nonpartisan political organization.
LWV operates on three tiers to effectively engage with voters and government at all levels.
The League of Women Voters, founded in 1920, grew out of the women’s suffrage movement. It works to improve government systems and influence public policies through advocacy and education. The League of Women Voters of the United States and League of Women Voters Education Fund operate at the national level. However, the League’s enduring vitality and resonance stem from its decentralized structure that includes more than 800 state and local chapters.
LWV has chapters in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, and Hong Kong. These provide essential support to national efforts, while at the same time advocating and educating on the state level to achieve a more inclusive, comprehensive reach. A group of women from Winter Haven, Winter Park, and St. Petersburg initiated the League of Women Voters Florida (LWVFL) in 1939.
LWV is a grassroots organization. Local chapters support state chapters while working locally to further increase participation and influence. LWVFL has 30 local chapters statewide striving to promote engaged citizenship. Members hold candidate forums, issue Voter Guides to inform citizens on local races and ballot amendments, and sponsor public forums to encourage Florida voters and elected officials to broaden their understanding of key issues.
Since its inception, LWV and its chapters have remained nonpartisan, never endorsing or opposing particular political parties or candidates. This helps messages on issues and legislation remain above partisan politics. It also promotes inclusion for greater citizen involvement, and has allowed the League to develop a strong, trusted voice for its advocacy and education campaigns.
Study and Action is LWVFL’s guide to public policy positions, updated and published every two years. It provides information about the League’s positions and work on issues facing Floridians and Americans in the areas of government, education, justice, social policy, sustainability, and natural resources. All League members are encouraged to participate in the study and action process, from the adoption of a study to achieving a consensus to its conclusion with action.