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About the League Of Women Voters
of the Wilkes-Barre Area
The League of Women Voters of The Wilkes-Barre Area is a nonpartisan organization that presents citizens of the Wilkes-Barre area with information so that they can make informed decisions when they vote on election day.
The League of Women Voters was founded in 1920 as an outgrowth of the suffragist movement. When women were finally granted the right to vote, the suffragettes evolved into the League of Women Voters to provide education on voting and the political process. The newly enfranchised women were not just voting for the sake of voting, but instead were responsible and active participants in the process because of the education received from the founding League members. This legacy continues today as your local League educates the community on voting and the democratic process. We do this through sponsored debates, the Voters’ Guide, and the Government Directory.
The purpose, then and now, is to present information to citizens so they can make informed decisions when they go to the polls. The state and national Leagues work for congressional reform. For example, the League won passage of the National Voter Registration Act ( the “motor voter law” ) in 1993. After the irregularities of the 2000 elections, the state and national Leagues lobbied for and raised awareness of the need for new voting machines, resulting in the 2002 Help America Vote Act (HAVA). We are currently raising awareness of voter suppression and lobbying for fair redistricting. (See the National-LWV website for other issues we are addressing.)
Our nonpartisan status stems from the experience of the women’s suffrage movement — clearly, women needed support of men in both parties to win the right to vote. After gaining this right, leaders in the suffrage movement considered two options: founding a separate political party for women, or forming a group that could work toward certain political goals and legislation, as well as educating all citizens on voting while working within existing political organizations. The League’s founders decided on the latter option, although it was not until the mid-1930s that nonpartisanship was institutionalized in the LWV.
Nonpartisan status allows us to work effectively in voter education. The community knows that candidate forums and the Voters’ Guide will present information without bias. We educate high school students about the voting process, and help with voting machine instruction and registration. We are respected in our community because our citizens know that we will be fair in our presentations.
We never support political candidates or parties, nor do things that would appear to support one over another. Our local W-B League focuses on education, while our state and national affiliates take positions on political issues and work hard to preserve our rights and better our society.
While the League is nonpartisan as an organization, its members are encouraged to be active in politics and their political party as long as they act for themselves, and never in the name of the League. Members of the League with political affiliations should not be involved in activities such as registering voters, observing public meetings for the League, or participating in candidate meetings sponsored by the League. Board members are not permitted to run for or hold political office, or to campaign publicly for political candidates.
Objectives Relating to Leadership
The League seeks to provide an environment for members to become politically knowledgeable through education and discussion, and to provide political debates and education on issues, which leads to informed citizens and a healthy democratic system.