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About the League

The League of Women Voters of Asheville-Buncombe County

About the League of Women Voters

Mission: The League of Women Voters is a nonpartisan political organization that encourages informed and active participation in government, works to increase understanding of major public policy issues and influences public policy through education and advocacy.

Membership: The League is a volunteer organization whose members are its most valuable asset. Women and men of voting age join the League to work for civic improvement.

Legislative Program: The League's legislative program consists of those governmental issues that members have chosen for concerted study and action. Once an issue has been studied and members agree on a position, the League works to achieve public policies consistent with that position.

Non-partisanship: The League takes positions on issues, but neither supports nor opposes any political party or candidate (appointed or elected) for public office.

About Our League

The League of Women Voters is a nonpartisan political organization encouraging the informed and active participation in government. It influences public policy through education and advocacy. We never support or oppose any political party or candidate.

The League of Women Voters has two separate and distinct roles.

  • Voters Service/Citizen Education: We present unbiased, nonpartisan information about elections, the voting process, and issues.

  • Action/Advocacy: Our actions and advocacy are also nonpartisan, but, after study, we use our positions to advocate for or against particular policies in the public interest.

To conduct our voter service and citizen education activities, we use funds from the Florence Ryan Education Fund, which is a 501(c)(3) corporation, a nonprofit educational organization dedicated to:

  • Building citizen participation in the democratic process.
  • Studying key community issues at all government levels in an unbiased manner.
  • Enabling people to seek positive solutions to public policy issues through education and conflict management.

The League of Women Voters, a membership organization, conducts action and advocacy and is a nonprofit 501(c)(4) corporation.

The League of Women Voters promotes:

Universal voter registration and effective election laws
Fair, honest and open campaign practices
Protection of our natural resources and environmental quality
Responsible local, state and federal fiscal policies
Safe, affordable housing and child care
Women's issues
An effective criminal justice system
Fair and equitable taxes
Campaign finance reform, redistricting reform, voter-owned elections, & Instant Runoff Voting (IRV, also known as ranked choice voting)
A health care system that provides access to a basic level of quality care for all residents and controls health care costs. (The League supports the "single payer" approach.)
Abolition of the death penalty

The League of Women Voters of Asheville-Buncombe County's Issues for Emphasis for 2013-2014 are:
-Advocate for an independent, non-partisan redistricting commission in North Carolina
-Advocate for voting rights
-Observe and educate re: issues of local, regional, and state powers of governance ("home rule")
-Gather facts about the make-up and membership of city and county boards & commissions
-Advocate for common sense solutions to gun violence

As always, the League will continue to provide reliable nonpartisan information through public forums, voter guides, and the annual publication Facts for Voters, which helps citizens make contact with elected and appointed officials. Additionally, the League may advocate in accordance with any League position at the local, state, or national level studies.

The League of Women Voters supports equal rights for all under state and federal law and was active in opposing NC's Amendment One. The League supports legislation to equalize the legal rights, obligations, and benefits available to same- gender couples with those available to heterosexual couples. The League supports legislation to permit same- gender couples to marry under civil law.

These are just a few of our many issue positions! Click here for more information about our issue positions.

The League is also a member of a number of other wonderful coalitions, including but not limited to:
-North Carolinians for Redistricting Reform: http://www.ncredistrictingreform.com
-North Carolina Voters for Clean Elections: http://www.ncvce.org/
-North Carolina Conservation Network: http://www.ncconservationnetwork.org/
-North Carolina Women United: http://www.ncwu.org/
-North Carolina Women Matter: http://ncwomenmatter.org/
-Together NC: http://togethernc.org/
-NC Open Government Coalition: http://www.elon.edu/e-web/academics/communications/ncopengov/
-NC Coalition for Lobbying & Government Reform: http://www.nclobbyreform.org/
-NC Coalition for a Moratorium (on the death penalty): http://www.ncmoratorium.org/

The League in North Carolina

Here in the Western North Carolina region, there is a local league in Henderson County [http://www.lwvhcnc.org/] and a member-at-large unit in Madison County. For contact information and for general information on statewide activities, go to the LWV North Carolina website: http://www.rtpnet.org/lwvnc. For information on the national organization, go to: http://www.lwv.org.

History of the League of Women Voters