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.

The League of Women Voters, 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. Any person 16 years or older, whatever their gender, may become a League member.

The League of Women Voters is nonpartisan, but we are political.  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. Please click the program tab in the menu on the left for details.

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.