The League of Women Voters (at all levels) only takes action on an issue after careful consideration which starts with a study of the issue and continues with the development of a consensus among members. The final step is the formation of a position, which is required before action will be taken on the issue. Another way to arrive at a position is through the use of concurrence.
We conduct studies through a defined process that typically lasts from 1 to 3 years. We pursue facts and details, both positive and negative. Study committee members then develop consensus questions that are presented to their membership. If the members reach consensus (substantial agreement), the Board of Directors forms a position based on that consensus. Action can then be taken on the issue addressed by the position.
The League of Women Voters Education Fund Clearinghouse contains study documents from Leagues at all levels (National, State, Regional, Local).
Leagues at every level take positions based on study and consensus among members. The League uses these positions to advocate for public policy changes. During the consensus process, members draw on balanced pro/con materials, develop their own resources, turn to technical experts and public officials for information, and reach out to the community through public meetings, surveys and media coverage.
The League of Women Voters of San Francisco has Positions in the following categories:
Concurrence is the act of agreeing with, or concurring with, a statement of position. A decision-making technique used by the League for some time, concurrence can work several ways. Groups of League members or League boards can concur with:
As a general rule, background materials presenting the pros and cons on the issue being considered are provided to Leagues and members in the concurrence process.