Purposes and Emphases

About the League of Women Voters of Tompkins County

After women got the vote in 1920, the League of Women Voters was established and Tompkins County organized an active League membership that same year. Today our organization includes people of all genders and we invite your participation. Any person 16 years or older may become a League member.

The League of Women Voters of Tompkins County is one of numerous Leagues active throughout the counties of New York State, all acting in conjunction with the New York State League and the National League (LWVUS).

The League of Women Voters is a nonpartisan political organization, meaning it never supports or opposes a political candidate or political party. However, the League acts on issues chosen by the membership for study and action. It may support or oppose specific ballot items.

The League encourages informed and active participation in government, works to increase understanding of major public policy issues, and influences public policy through education and advocacy. Our activities fall into three categories:

Voter Service The League is well-known for promoting informed voting. We provide voter registration, candidates forums, impartial information on ballot measures, and educational meetings on issues of public concern.

Program The League of Women Voters takes positions on local, state and national issues only after members have studied and reached agreement on them.

Advocacy The League never supports or opposes political parties or candidates. Based on positions developed through member study and agreement, the League does take action to support or oppose specific governmental policies.