Making Democracy Work

About the League

What is our mission? How are we structured? What is our history?

Our Mission and Roles

The League of Women Voters is a nonpartisan political organization encouraging informed and active participation in government. It influences public policy through education and advocacy. We never support or oppose any political party or candidate.

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.
    Candidate Forum, 2012, Bob Reader and Tom Hawk, Debbie Nuss Moderator

  • Action/Advocacy: we are also nonpartisan, but, after study, 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.

Our Vision and Principles guide our activities.

Our Partner Leagues

The LWV Manhattan/Riley County does not act alone. We are part of a powerful network of Leagues across the country.

We are guided by the principles and platforms of The National League of Women Voters of the United States.

Within the State of Kansas, we partner with the Kansas League of Women Voters and with local Leagues. Together, we work to help Kansas become informed, empowered, and ready to participate in our democracy.

Our partner organizations are Kansas Local Leagues:

We are all members of the League of Women Voters of the United States.

History of the League of Women Voters