League program is the education and advocacy platform that we adopt every national Convention to move our mission forward.
Based on 300 Program Planning survey responses, the LWVUS Board recommends retaining all current LWVUS Positions in the areas of Representative Government, International Relations, Natural Resources, and Social Policy.
The LWVUS Board recommends continuing the League-wide program of Campaign for Making Democracy Work®: Voting Rights, Improving Elections, Campaign Finance/Money in Politics, and Redistricting.
The LWVUS Board also recommends to concur with the LWV of New York's Health Care Update and the LWV of California's Criminal Justice position, in accordance with LWVUS Bylaws Article XII, Sec. 2.
The Program Adoption Process
The vote on the Proposed Program at Convention 2022 will be the culmination of months of Program Planning by state and local Leagues and Inter-League Organizations (ILOs). A proposed program was sent to Leagues along with the Program Planning Leaders Guide in October 2021. A total of 300 Leagues submitted recommendations to LWVUS — a 45% increase in participation over the previous biennium.
In March 2022, the LWVUS Board proposed a program aligned with recommendations from Leagues. Three hundred program planning responses were submitted by state and local Leagues and ILOs. One hundred percent of participating Leagues supported continuation of the League-wide Campaign for Making Democracy Work® without modification.
The LWVUS Board recommends continuing the Campaign for Making Democracy Work®. Leagues at every level have worked over the past two years to protect and advance voting rights and election reform as well as fight efforts in Washington, DC, and state legislatures to suppress the vote.
The LWVUS Board also recommends concurrence with two state League positions: the LWV of New York Health Care and Financing of Health Care Update position and the LWV of California Criminal Justice position. The first, Health Care and Financing of Health Care, will update the 30-year-old LWVUS Health Care position, and the Criminal Justice position will create a Criminal Justice position for LWVUS and all state and local Leagues to use to address this critical issue.
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LWV Program Activity During 2020 – 2022
During the 2020 – 2022 biennium, LWV engaged in a major lobbying campaign in support of the For the People Act and the Freedom to Vote Act, as well as the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act, with action at all levels of League.
We partnered with the LWVUS Organizing team to launch an arc of escalation protest movement alongside People for the American Way (PFAW) and the Declaration for American Democracy (DFAD), called No More Excuses: Voting Rights Now (NME). NME was a series of protests in front of the White House demanding that the Administration use the full weight of the executive seat to bring voting rights to the floor of the US Senate for a vote.
We demonstrated our commitment to the Campaign for MDW®, as LWVUS President Dr. Deborah Turner and LWVUS CEO Virginia Kase Solomón — joined by Leagues across the country — participated in days of action at the White House and on Capitol Hill to showcase the need for passage of federal legislation to strengthen voting rights.
We continued the League’s national redistricting campaign, People Powered Fair Maps™, one of only a handful of nationwide campaigns since our founding campaign to enfranchise 20 million women to vote. This campaign saw LWV embark on a national effort to unite Leagues of all 50 states and the District of Columbia together for a coordinated national organizing and education effort to end partisan gerrymandering, and work to create district maps that are fair and reflective of the communities they serve.
We took the lead in litigation work relevant to the Campaign for Making Democracy Work®. LWVUS engaged in more than 40 lawsuits, and Leagues around the country played leadership roles in their communities, legislatures, and courts in all aspects of Making Democracy Work®. At the local, state, and federal levels, our work on voter protection and mobilization, election reform, money in politics, and redistricting is at the heart of the League’s mission and its future.
Delegates to Convention will vote on the Proposed Program and on any not-recommended items submitted in accordance with the LWVUS bylaws and voted for consideration by the Convention delegates.
Not-Recommended/Other Items for 2022 – 2024
Below are items/topics that were elevated by at least one League in the program planning process which were not included in the recommended program. To be moved for consideration at Convention, a not-recommended/other item must be moved for and granted consideration before delegates can discuss it as an amendment or substitute to the Proposed Program. Those moving consideration for concurrence at Convention must have met the requirements outlined in the LWVUS Bylaws Article XII, Sec. 2. Delegates advocating a not-recommended item should refer to the proposed Convention rules for more details.
Build Back Better
Citizens Right to Know/Citizen Participation
Climate Change (42)
Climate Change & Energy
CMDW® For All
Critical Race Theory (13)
Culturally Inclusive Curriculum (3)
DC Voting Rights (3)
Depolarize Political Climate
Digital Democracy Study (5)
Digital Equity (52)
Education and the Economy/Democracy
Election Officials Non-Partisan
Election Officials/Workers Safety
Election Security (12)
Electoral College (27)
Electoral College (Re-study)
Electronic Business & Social Media: Cybersecurity Responsibilities
Equality of Opportunity
Fighting Systemic Racism
Gun Safety (3)
Health Care Review NJ 32P
Impact Social Media
Information Security & Personal Information Protection