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Developing Action and Advocacy Positions: Our Process

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.

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.

The League's Position Statement on Selection of the President, as Revised by the 2010 Convention

> The League of Women Voters of the United States believes that the direct-popular-vote method for electing the President and Vice President is essential to representative government.
> The League of Women Voters believes, therefore, that the Electoral College should be abolished.
> We support the use of the National Popular Vote Compact as one acceptable way to achieve the goal of the direct popular vote for election of the president until the abolition of the Electoral College is accomplished.
> The League also supports uniform voting qualifications and procedures for presidential elections.
> The League supports changes in the presidential election system--from the candidate selection process to the general election.
> We support efforts to provide voters with sufficient information about candidates and their positions, public policy issues, and the selection process itself.
> The League supports action to ensure that the media, political parties, candidates, and all levels of government achieve these goals and provide that information.

Please click HERE to download the LWVUS' position paper on the selection of the President of the United States.