League of Women Voters

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League of Women Voters,

voluntary public service organization of U.S. citizens. Organized in 1920 in Chicago as an outgrowth of the National American Woman Suffrage Association, it had as its original nucleus the leaders of the latter organization. The league was organized to educate American women in the intelligent use of their newly won suffrage. At its founding the league was primarily concerned with the status and rights of women, but it later broadened its interests to encompass the improvement of the entire political, economic, and social structure of the nation. It has directed its educational and research campaigns to those ends on local, state, and national levels. Formerly limited to female membership, the league voted in 1974 to accept men as full members. With headquarters in Washington, D.C., the organization has some 110,000 members.
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On the morning of August 19, 1976, the LWV sent telegrams to both Ford and Carter, asking them to participate in debates.
The challenge was not a result of the LWV telegram, but rather careful discussion among Ford's campaign staff.
We believe that the LWV has a perfect right, under the First Amendment, to seek to persuade officeholders, officeseekers, or the general public of its viewpoint on these or any other issues.
The LWVs of Arlington Heights (IL), Berea and Madison Counties (KY), Duluth (MN), Elmhurst (IL), the Hamptons (NY), Highland Park (IL), Jackson County (IL), Kalamazoo (MI), La Plata County (CO), LaGrange (IL), Montezuma County (CO), Salt Lake City (UT), San Jose/Santa Clara (CA), Snohomish County (WA), Sumter County (SC) and Tyler/Smith County (TX) are participating.
our League has gained new members as a result of the program." (LWV of San Luis Obispo, CA) "...
For the fourth consecutive year, The People Speak forums were organized in the fall by the LWVs of: Santa Barbara, CA; Clemson Area, SC; Columbia Area, SC (in cooperation with the Leagues of Florence and Charleston, SC); Sacramento, CA; South Bend, IN; Fairfax Area, VA; Marin-Polk Counties, Salem, OR; Maplewood/ South Orange, NJ; Lexington, KY; and Tyler, TX.
The excellent coordination among a few state and local Leagues and the LWVUS, especially the hard work done by the LWV of Utah, contributed to this progress.
From your own connection to the LWV, you know that our efforts are making an impact at the national, state and local levels.
Ask: Be sure that your conversation about League includes an invitation to join the LWV. Don't assume that it is implied.