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Action, Advocacy and Policy Positions

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How We Make Decisions

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.

Positions are formally adopted at the Biennial LWVUS convention of delegates from all fifty states and the territories, and communicated to state and local leagues. State and local positions must be in harmony with the LWVUS positions but may be applied to local issues. State positions are formally adopted at the Biennial LWVNC convention of delegates from each of the local leagues. Local positions are formulated by the Board of Directors, frequently with input from all members, and communicated to all by special notices.

Current Issues

Current positions of LWV at the national level may be found here.

Current priorities of LWV North Carolina may be found here.

The LWV Lower Cape Fear has several official positions that we have developed in the last few years; they are set out below.

Position on Off Shore Drilling

This position was drafted by the Environment Action Team, approved by the LWV Lower Cape Fear Board of Directors and submitted to the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management in August 2017.

Brunswick County 2016 School Bond Referendum

The LWV Lower Cape Fear has adopted a position in support of the Brunswick County Bond Referendum for the public schools.

Statement of Support - Brunswick County Bond Referendum

New Hanover County 2014 School Bond referendum

LWV Lower Cape Fear adopted the following position in support of the 2014 school bond referendum:

Statement of Support - New Hanover County Bond Referendum

Schools Our Students Deserve

LWV Lower Cape Fear has joined with Public Schools First NC, NC Justice Center, NCPTA, NCAE, NAACP, and NCLWV to advocate for Public Education:


Please join us in advocating for Schools Our Students Deserve.

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