Monday, 03 August 2009 17:25
ABOUT THE LEAGUE OF WOMEN VOTERS
The League of Women Voters is a national organization that encourages the informed and active participation of citizens in government, and influences public policy through education and advocacy. The goal of the League of Women Voters is to empower citizens to shape better communities worldwide.
The League neither supports nor opposes political candidates and parties, but does take action on issues. League membership is open to all men and women who are U.S. Citizens and of voting age.
The League of Women Voters of the Bay Area is a regional inter-league organization comprised of all the local Leagues in the nine Bay Area counties (Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Napa, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Solano, and Sonoma). Currently, this covers 4,000 members in 20 local Leagues (Alameda; Berkeley/Albany/Emeryville; Benicia; Cupertino/Sunnyvale; Diablo Valley; Eden Area; Fremont/Newark/Union City; Livermore/Amador Valley; Los Altos/Mountain View Area; Marin County; North & Central San Mateo County; Oakland; Palo Alto; Piedmont; San Francisco; San Jose/Santa Clara; Sonoma County; South San Mateo County; Southwest Santa Clara Valley; and West Contra Costa County).
The League of Women Voters of the Bay Area carries out study and action on region-wide problems and issues. It also serves as a facilitator of, and vehicle for, inter-League communication among local Leagues in the Bay Area.
The League of Women Voters of the Bay Area has two separate and distinct roles:
Voter Service/Citizen Education – We present unbiased nonpartisan information about elections, the voting process, and issues. To conduct our voter service and citizen education activities, we use funds from the League of Women Voters Bay Area Education Fund, which is a 501(c)(3) corporation, a nonprofit educational organization.
Action/Advocacy – We are nonpartisan, but, after study, we use our positions to advocate for or against particular policies in the public interest. The League of Women Voters, a membership organization, conducts action and advocacy and is a nonprofit 501(c)(4) corporation.
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