About the League
What is our mission? How are we structured? What is our history?
Our Mission and Roles
Our Mission: Empowering Voters. Defending Democracy.
The League of Women Voters has fought since 1920 to improve our systems of government and impact public policies through citizen education and advocacy. The League is a nonpartisan grassroots organization, working at the national, state and local levels.
League of Women Voters of the Pikes Peak Region (LWVPPR) has been active since 1937.
LWVPPR members actively promote voter and civic education for the public and themselves. You can find League volunteers registering voters in high schools and naturalization ceremonies, discussing campaign finance in public forums and presenting the pros and cons of the issues on your election ballot.
The League of Women Voters is strictly nonpartisan; it neither supports nor opposes candidates for office at any level of government. At the same time, the League is wholeheartedly political and works to influence policy through advocacy. It is the original grassroots citizen network, directed by the consensus of its members nationwide. Locally, LWVPPR has taken positions on parks, water quality and health care, among other topics.
The League of Women Voters has two separate and distinct roles.
- Voters Service/Citizen Education: we present unbiased nonpartisan information about elections, the voting process, and issues.
- Action/Advocacy: after study we establish positions on issues, and we use our positions to advocate for or against particular policies in the public interest.
To conduct our voter service and citizen education activities, we use funds from the League of Women Voters Education Fund, which is a 501(c)(3) corporation, a nonprofit educational organization. The League of Women Voters, a membership organization, conducts action and advocacy and is a nonprofit 501(c)(4) corporation.
“Nonpartisan” means that the League does not support or oppose any political party or candidate.
A) Partisan political (campaign) literature may be distributed at organized League meetings only if all candidates for a given race are provided the opportunity to participate.
B) Admin Team members are allowed to participate in political activities and campaigns after evaluation of the proposed activity by the entire Admin Team at an Admin Team meeting. Admin Team members shall disclose the extent of their proposed activity prior to commencing the activity.
C) All other members of the LWVPPR shall, if they wish, participate in political activity without restrictions.
The League of Women Voters is known for its grassroots organizing and its study of issues before taking action. League positions may be taken at the local, state, and national level. For more information on what those positions are, visit:
Learn more about how our local League decides on its positions on our Program Planning page.
Other League Organizations
State and local Leagues comprise a vast grassroots lobby corps that can be mobilized when necessary. For more information about the state and national Leagues please visit their sites online.
League of Women Voters of Colorado
League of Women Voters of the United States
Learn more about local Leagues around the country
History of the League of Women Voters
Read a short LWV History
Empower Voters & Defend Democracy
Learn how LWVPPR works in Teams
to make democracy work.