What is our mission? How are we structured? What is our history?
The League of Women Voters has two separate and distinct roles.
In the last 6 years or so, the LWVSI, in partnership with the Shelter Island Association(SIA), has held candidate forums for Town offices and judgeships. Before this time the SIA held its own forum. In joining forces we were able to ensure better attendance at the forums while maintaining our non-partisan policy.
Finally, we actively promote voter participation with registration drives and distribution of our stickers--"Just Voted"-- at the polls on election day to enhance voter awareness.
The LWVSC is active in representing us before the Suffolk County Legislature; serves on a number of legislative task forces and committees; and takes up county-wide issues such as the reapportionment of Suffolk County Legislative districts. LWVSC also publishes an annual Directory of Public Officials.
LWVSI is also a member of the LWV of New York State that takes up statewide issues and is active in communicating with and lobbying the State Legislature. The LWVNY website presents a wealth of detailed information about voter education as well as the statewide legislative agenda.
There are 48 chapters and 3 Members-at-Large (MAL--leagues that are just being formed)in New York State. The LWVNY has a number of free online publications available to the public including the 2012 Voters Guide; a Guide for College Students; and a Guide for First Time Voters, to name just a few.
Finally, all 50 state leagues fall under the auspices of the national association, the LWV of the United States. The LWVUS represents the League before Congress; conducts studies on various important political issues through a consenus process; and holds biennial conventions that bring together voting members of all 50 states. The LWVUS website also provides important voter and league-member information.