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 the informed and active participation of citizens 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.

  • 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 of California 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, Beliefs, and Intentions guide our activities.

Other League Organizations

There are two Leagues within San Mateo County. Each serves a separate geographical area. LWV of North and Central San Mateo County serves the cities of San Mateo, Highlands, Belmont, Burlingame, Foster City, San Carlos, Millbrae, Half Moon Bay, Montara, Pescadero, El Granada, Moss Beach, Pacifica, Daly City, San Bruno, Broadmoor, South San Francisco, Colma, and Brisbane. For more information on LWV-North and Central SMC, please call 650 342-5853 LWV- South San Mateo County serves the cities of Atherton, East Palo Alto, Menlo Park, Redwood City, and Redwood Shores. For more information, contact LWV South SMC at 650 325-5780.

Our members are also members of:

See other Leagues in California and other state Leagues and local League websites.

History of the League of Women Voters