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Action and Advocacy

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The League of Women Voters takes action on an issue or advocates for a cause when there is an existing League position that supports the issue or speaks to the cause. That action can include testifying in the state legislature, attending commission meetings, asking our own state reps and senators and governor to support or oppose specific bills. We also advocate with the public, through print and forums, to explain issues and our positions.

Positions result from a process of study. Any given study, whether it be National, State, or Local, is thorough in its pursuit of facts and details. As the study progresses, a continuing discussion of pros and cons of each situation occurs. Prior to the results of the study being presented to the general membership, study committee members fashion consensus questions that are then addressed by the membership.

Additional discussion, pro and con, takes place as members (not part of the study committee) learn the scope of the study. After the members reach consensus, the board forms positions based on that consensus.

It is the consensus statement -- the statement resulting from the consensus questions -- that becomes a position. Firm action or advocacy can then be taken on the particular issue addressed by the position. Without a position, action/advocacy cannot be taken.

Review the national positions of the League of Women Voters in its publication "Impact on Issues" on the national League website: Click on this link to the page that summarizes all the national League's positions. Scroll down to see the link to the 2018-20 "Impact on Issues--Online Edition" where you can download the pdf. Here is the pdf link.

LWV New Hampshire positions can be seen here