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Study - Consensus - Positions

The League of Women Voters takes action on an issue or advocates for a cause when there is an existing League position that supports the issue or speaks to the cause.

In the photo: Our Redistricting Committee at work.

Positions result from a process of study. Any given study, whether it be National, State, or Local, is thorough in its pursuit of facts and details. As the study progresses, a continuing discussion of pros and cons of each situation occurs. Prior to the results of the study being presented to the general membership, study committee members fashion consensus questions that are then addressed by the membership.

Additional discussion, pro and con, takes place as members (not part of the study committee) learn the scope of the study. After the members reach consensus, the board forms positions based on that consensus.

It is the consensus statement -- the statement resulting from the consensus questions -- that becomes a position. Firm action or advocacy can then be taken on the particular issue addressed by the position. Without a position, action/advocacy cannot be taken.

The LWV of Sussex County has not undertaken local studies on new issues, but bases action on existing state and national positions. Typically, as was the case with our project relating to redistricting of County Council, the local League undertakes considerable research on local issues to determine how to apply state and national positions to the local/county situation.

The LWV of Delaware Advocacy Corp information and Position Papers can be found here.

LWVUS has numerous positions published in a document called Impact on Issues. It contains national positions and documents the history of LWVUS action at the federal level. There are separate sections addressing four broad topics:

  • Representative Government
  • International Relations
  • Natural Resources
  • Social Policy

Latest LWVUS Action Alerts

Action Alert: Senate Shapes Healthcare    

The battle over legislation that would repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA) continues in the U.S. Senate where a small group of Senators are secretly working to make decisions that will cut coverage, raise rates and give the richest Americans tax breaks at the expense of everyone else.

Legislation passed by the U.S. House to repeal and replace the ACA fails to reflect the American values of fairness, community and concern for all. It will cut coverage for 14million Americans in the next year, raise premiums by 20% and give nearly $700 billion to the wealthy and big corporations. The Senate is trying to push us down the same disastrous path, pushing to gut coverage for people with pre-existing conditions while doing long-term damage to Medicaid. 

CALL the Capitol Switchboard (202) 224-3121 and tell your Senators:    

Any bill that moves forward must do the following:

Guarantee that pre-existing conditions can't be used to deny coverage or raise rates. Ensure health insurance rates and access do not discriminate against women Provide coverage of preventive care, limit out of pocket costs and prohibit life-time insurance caps Ensure that Medicaid recipients can continue to receive full health care services.     

It's your turn to make your voice heard. Call or email your Senators today and let them know where you stand.   We need a plan that reflects the American values of fairness, community, and concern for all.  

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