About the League of Women Voters

History of the League of Women Voters

 The League of Women Voters of Tyler/Smith County was founded in 1952 as a chapter of the national organization League of Women Voters of the United States, which was created after the 75-year struggle to gain the vote for women ended with passage of the 19th amendment to the U. S. Constitution in 1919.

What Does the League Stand For?

The League Principles are concepts of government to which all Leagues subscribe. They are the beliefs shared by League members everywhere. Principles are the basis upon which national, state, and local program is adopted. The Principles themselves may be used to take action at any level of government. However, because they are broad statements, such action is usually taken in conjunction with current League positions. Additional information on their usage is found in the LWVUS publication Impact on Issues.

What Does the League Do?

Provides information to voters, works to involve residents in community issues, and studies and advocates on important topics related to government, the administration of justice, the environment, and social policy.

Who Joins the League?

Voting membership in the League is open to men and women of voting age. Non-citizens and under 18 are urged to join as associate or non-voting members.

  

 

 The League Principles

 The League of Women Voters believes

  • √ in representative government and in the individual liberties established in the Constitution of the United States.
  • √  that democratic government depends upon the informed and active participation of its citizens and requires that governmental bodies protect the citizen’s right to know by giving adequate notice of proposed actions, holding open meetings and making public records accessible.
  • √ that every citizen should be protected in the right to vote; that every person should have access to free public education that provides equal opportunity for all; and that no person or group should suffer legal, economic or administrative discrimination.
  • √ that efficient and economical government requires competent personnel, the clear assignment of responsibility, adequate financing, and coordination among the different agencies and levels of government.
  • √ that responsible government should be responsive to the will of the people; that government should maintain an equitable and flexible system of taxation, promote the conservation and development of natural resources in the public interest, share in the solution of economic and social problems that affect the general welfare, promote a sound economy and adopt domestic policies that facilitate the solution of international problems. 
  • √  that cooperation with other nations is essential in the search for solutions to world problems and that development of international organization and international law is imperative in the promotion of world peace.
  • √  that all powers of the U. S. Government should be exercised within the constitutional framework of a balance among the three branches of government: legislative, executive, and judicial.