Making Democracy Work


League members study issues to enable them to reach consensus and create an informed position on which to take action.

How we develop our stands on issues

The League of Women Voters takes action on an issue or advocates for a cause when we have a position that supports the issue or speaks to the cause.

Positions result from a process of thorough study. Any given study, whether it is National, State, or Local, is thorough in its pursuit of facts and details, both positive and negative. As the study progresses, a continuing discussion of pros and cons of each situation occurs. 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 can not be taken.

Consensus is the overall decision-making process by which substantial agreement among members is reached on an issue.

These positions are in addition to the ones held by the the National League and the State League.

Click here to find current positions of LWV North CountySan Diego