“The most important political office is that of the private citizen." - Justice Louis Brandeis
The League is wholeheartedly political and influences policy through advocacy. Though we mobilize people to create civic change, the League does not support individual candidates for office.
The League of Women Voters, District of Columbia has supported self government for the District since the 1920s and has endorsed statehood as a means of acquiring full rights since 1993.
In February 2016, the League released Advocacy for Full Rights for DC Citizens, a report that includes a League of Women Voters history of advocacy that encompasses the struggle to secure full rights dating from the establishment of the District of Columbia in 1801. The report also contains responses to six questions that the LWVDC Committee on Full Rights for DC Citizens posed to nine community organizations, 18 elected officials and the four political parties with ballot status in DC. We received 29 responses, which are presented in full.
See full report>>
In June 2016 the LWVUS Convention adopted a resolution strongly supporting "legislation that will establish statehood for the people of the District of Columbia."
The League of Women Voters, District of Columbia supports Ranked Choice Voting (RCV) for partisan contests in both primary and general elections. Ranked Choice Voting assures that the winning candidate will obtain a majority vote. The League believes that this system, which enables voters to rank candidates by preference, provides voters more voice in elections and leads to more representative government. With Ranked Choice Voting, the candidate with the broadest support of the voters is elected. Ranked Choice Voting also has the potential to lead to more informative campaigns that are issues-focused.” Approved unanimously by the Board of the League of Women Voters, District of Columbia, February 4, 2015.
Read more about the Electoral Processes study.
Ranked Choice Voting
LWVDC participated in the LWVUS study of Money in Politics in 2015-2016. The study began with a presentation on pay-to-play by WAMU investigative reporter Patrick Madden in October 2015 and ended with consensus meetings in February 2016 to provide input to the Board of the LWVUS. Since 1974 the League of Women Voters of the District of Columbia has supported public financing of local election campaign expenses. We favor the matching-end concept of controlling the public share of election campaign costs.
Read more about the local study>>
See here for the 2016 LWVUS position on Money in Politics.>>
Money in Politics
Since Home Rule went into effect, the District of Columbia has been required to submit its annual budget to Congress for review as they must all other DC legislation. On April 23, 2013, voters of the District of Columbia overwhelming voted "YES" on Charter Amendment 8, Local Budget Autonomy. The intent of the Amendment is to permit the Council to adopt the annual local budget, spend local funds, and permit the Council to establish DC's fiscal year.
The Amendment passed the required Congressional Review Period without action by Congress. However, the Attorney General and Mayor declined to implement it because they felt it violated US law. It has since gone through court decisions, but Congress is still interfering.
Local Budget Autonomy
LWVDC has held a position supporting the strengthening of gun safety laws since 1975. Until the Supreme Court Heller decision in 2007, the District banned handguns. The DC Council has since amended the law to conform with Heller, but Congress has threatened to relax it further. LWVDC has joined in amicus briefs with DC Appleseed and others. The most recent appeal we joined is Wrenn vs. District of Columbia (No. 15-7057). Wrenn et al. are challenging the District's requirement for a permit to carry concealed guns.
The League’s mission includes ensuring a free, fair and accessible electoral system for all eligible voters. The League works year-round to combat voter suppression through advocacy, grassroots organizing, legal action and public education.
The League is deeply committed to reforming our nation's campaign finance system to ensure the public's right to know, combat corruption and undue influence, and allow maximum citizen participation in the political process
Reforming Money In Politics
The League supports legislation that seeks to protect our country from the physical, economic and public health effects of climate change while also providing pathways to economic prosperity.
Defending the Environment
Support us today
Support the Advocacy of the League with a gift today. Your generosity supports our action and advocacy defending good government in the District of Columbia. Click on the button below ...