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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 citizen 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. The legacy continues today. 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
that they can make informed decisions when they go to the polls. The
state and national league works for congressional reform. For
example, in 1993 the League won passage of the National Voter
Registration Act, the “motor voter” law. Currently, the state and
national Leagues are lobbyists and activists for the new voter
machines through the passage of the Help America Vote Act
Our nonpartisanship was inspired by 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. As we know, the League’s founders decided on the
latter option, though 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’s meetings 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
We never support political candidates or parties, nor do we 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 campaign publicly for
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.