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About the League of Women Voters of Florida

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.

National

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.

State

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.

Local

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.

We maintain a nonpartisan position

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.

Spotlight issues

LWV has been adapting to society's needs for a century. We focus on what we and a majority of Americans believe are the most pressing issues of the day. Currently, those issues include:

Our position process: Study & Action

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.

Issue Chairs

As a volunteer organization, our key issues are led by volunteers from throughout the state. These chairs are experts in the their field and have made these issues their life’s passion.

Become a member

Help bring about changes you want to see by joining your local LWVFL chapter!

P.O. Box 10884 Tallahassee, FL 32302-2884
Telephone: (850) 224-2545 | Fax: (850) 222-4485

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