The purpose of the League of Women Voters is to promote political responsibility through informed and active participation in government. The League of Women voters is nonpartisan in that it does not support or oppose any political candidate; it is political in that it takes positions on selected governmental issues after member study and agreement.
The League recognizes the role of the political parties in our form of government and believes that participation in the activities of the political parties is an essential ingredient of citizen responsibility. While the League urges its members to be politically active, certain constraints are necessary in order to maintain the nonpartisanship of the organization. The Board of Directors of the League of Women Voters of Orange County, Florida has established the following guidelines.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
The board has the responsibility of maintaining the fact of the nonpartisanship of the organization.
When Board a member plans to engage in political activity, that member must ensure that the activity will not affect the community’s perception of the League’s nonpartisanship.
The President and the Voter Service Chair may not take an active, visible role in a campaign for a political candidate or for a non-League issue.
Any Board member who chooses to run for elective office shall resign from the board when candidacy is announced.
Elected officials shall not hold Board positions.
The political activities of a spouse or relative of a board member shall be considered as distinct from the activities of the board member.
Once League (local, state or national) takes a position on an issue, members may not identify themselves as League members in publicly expressing an opinion that is in opposition to a League position.
Members representing the League in the community should be sensitive to their responsibilities. When acting in the public as League representatives, members must not allow partisanship to be discernible. These members should be fully aware of League position
SERVING ON COMMISSIONS
Members may serve on governmental commissions at their own discretion. If the appointment is League-related, the appointee should be fully aware of the League positions as they relate to the commission’s responsibility. Delegates of the League may not make any binding commitments for the League on major issues without approval of the Board.
Only the President or a member designated by the President may speak for LWVOC. Letters, press releases, speeches, etc. put forth in the name of the League shall be approved by the President before release.
Members in the leadership roles at unit and other public meetings have the responsibility to ensure the nonpartisanship of the meeting and its environment.
League’s roster is not to be made available for non-League use without board consent