Making Democracy Work

About the League

What is our mission? How are we structured? What is our history?

Our Mission and Roles

The League of Women Voters is a nonpartisan political organization encouraging 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: we 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 League of Women Voters Education Fund, which is a 501(c)(3) corporation, a nonprofit educational organization. The League of Women Voters, a membership organization, conducts action and advocacy and is a nonprofit 501(c)(4) corporation.

Our Vision, Beliefs, and Intentions guide our activities.

History of the LWV Grand Traverse Area

Since the League of Women Voters-Grand Traverse Area, Michigan (LWVGTA) organized in 1960, the members have studied and acted on many issues; often the League has been in the forefront of political awareness.

Its area of organization initially included Grand Traverse and Leelanau counties and was expanded in 2000 to include Antrim, Benzie, and Kalkaska counties. Members are welcome from all counties in Michigan.

The LWVGTA has

  • Spearheaded efforts to bring a new library to the area
  • Held forums on topics such as Welfare, Health Care Issues, and Auto Insurance Reform
  • Promoted environmental responsibility since the 1960's, sponsoring a Community Pride Day devoted to cleaning the Boardman River
  • Co-sponsored a 6-week symposium on Preserving Environmental Quality in the Grand Traverse area
  • Prepared a booklet on pre-school and day-care services in the early 1970's
  • Set up and staffed a Community Planning Information Center at the Traverse City Public Library
  • Monitored federal government plans for the Sleeping Bear National Lakeshore and
  • Opposed a planned development proposal for the Platte River Harbor
  • Observed and monitored many governmental council, commission, board & trustee meetings

Many League members have gone on to serve on various civic commissions, task forces and boards, and to hold elective office throughout the region.

The League has worked in support of state and national positions on issues such as:

Land Use Campaign Finance Arms Control Home Rule for the District of Columbia Women's Rights Gun Control Voting Rights

History of the League of Women Voters