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. The League does not support or oppose candidates or political parties.
There are certain terms that are unique to the League of Women Voters- "League Lingo." Some are listed here to help new members and remind all of us. More will be printed at a later date.
ACTION: Promoting the League's positions on local, state and national public policy issues to government officials, the media and the public.
Action Alert: Request from the LWVUS or state League to take action in support of a League position.
Annual Meeting: Local year-end business meeting to elect officers and directors, vote on bylaw changes and adopt a budget and program of work for the next year.
Associate Member: A nonvoting member of the League, such as a person under 18 years of age or a non-citizen.
Consensus: Collective opinion of a substantial number of League members, representative of the membership as a whole, after objective study of an issue.
Concurrence: Agreement by League members with a position on an issue reached by a small group of members or by another League.
Convention: A state or national League meeting held every other year at which delegates elect officers and directors for the biennium, adopt program, make bylaw changes and adopt a budget, usually for one year. Local Leagues send delegates to state convention, local and state Leagues send delegates to national convention.