Doing hands-on work to safeguard democracy
The League of Women Voters of Seattle-King County believes that sensible, responsible civil discourse and action based on substance rather than partisanship is essential for civic improvement and that we can help make democracy work through informed participation in government.
The League, while political, is non-partisan and does not support, rate, or endorse candidates. We do, however, sponsor free, non-partisan candidate debates, monthly public forums and ballot issues forums. We also advocate on issues such as education, transportation, land use, ethics and healthcare.
The League of Women Voters of Seattle-King County, a nonpartisan political organization, encourages informed and active participation in government, works to increase understanding of major public policy issues and influences public policy through education and advocacy.
The League is a volunteer, member-directed organization of men and women. Any citizen over 18 may become a member of the League. Joining the League of Women Voters of Seattle-King County automatically confers membership at state and national levels and with that membership comes the opportunity to work on local, state, regional and national issues.
The League is Non-Partisan
As an organization, the League does not support or oppose political parties or candidates.
The League is Political
The League takes action on selected governmental issues based on a firm foundation of positions derived from careful study. The League uses these positions as a basis to support or oppose governmental policies or ballot issues. The Board of Directors makes decisions to support, to oppose or to take no position on an issue.
The League is Grassroots
Members suggest subjects and issues for the agenda at program planning meetings in January of each year. At the Annual Meeting in May, members select which of these issues should be researched and studied.
We actively solicit our members' opinions and study all viewpoints before the Board of Directors and members at Annual Meeting accept positions on issues.
The League is a Resource for the Community
The Speaker's Bureau is a group of League members prepared to speak on civic engagement and election issues, as well as monitor candidate debates. Request a speaker for your class or organizer.
The League monitors elections for organizations and resident councils. Request an election monitor
The Observer Corp is a group of League members that attends local government meetings in order to make sure the League is up-to-date with what is happening in the community. Corp members submit their observations using this form.