Current Policy Priorities
The League of Women Voters is a peoples' organization that has fought since 1920 to improve our government and engage all Americans in the decisions that impact their lives. That being said, our primary actions focus on the issues of Making Democracy Work at all levels. Most of our time revolves around voting and elections. We never endorse or oppose political parties or candidates, but we are political.
Yet, there are many other issues that impact how our democracy functions. Our staff and issue specialists listen to Local Leagues as to issues of importance. Before every State Convention, Local Leagues inform us of directions we might take.
Voting and Elections
Since 1920, the League of Women Voters of Ohio has worked to improve the function of Ohio’s electoral and participatory democracy. From securing mail-in voter registration to recruiting poll workers today, we avidly support having a strong, functioning democracy.
A basic principle of the League of Women Voters is that every person deserves access to a high-quality public education. It is as fundamental to citizenship as is the right to vote. Public education is not a consumer item, but a resource for the common good that serves a civic purpose - effective self-governance.
Honesty For Education
Honesty for Ohio Education is a nonpartisan, statewide coalition that partners with diverse education stakeholders across the state to champion honest education and affirm cultures and identity in the classroom. As a coalition, we solicit input and feedback from partners and allies, prioritize diverse perspectives and experiences, and commit to learning and growing to advance our work.
Honesty Partners include state and local organizations, students, families, educators, legal professionals, healthcare providers, civic leaders, and faith communities.
Arming School Personnel
League of Women Voters Ohio (LWVO) opposes the arming of school personnel under any circumstances. LWVO supports alternatives to arming school personnel to create a healthier and safer school environment; supports the consideration of research into the effects of arming school personnel in the total decision process used to arm school personnel; and supports the consideration of the effects on targeted students including students of color in this decision to arm school personnel.
As an ally of reproductive rights organizations, we know that safe access to health care, including abortion, is essential to our democracy. The League of Women Voters will continue to stand in solidarity with all who fight to protect reproductive freedom.
The LWV of the United States' position is to protect the health and safety of citizens through limiting the accessibility and regulating the ownership of handguns and semi-automatic weapons. The LWVUS supports regulation of firearms for consumer safety.
The time is now to fight for a better democracy!
OHIOANS WANT FAIR DISTRICTS
When public officials (of ANY party) draw legislative district maps to only benefit their political party it hurts our democracy. This practice is called Gerrymandering. Learn more about the long history of this practice and what we are doing to combat it.
The League of Women Voters has been at the forefront of the environmental protection movement for decades, consistently supporting legislation to preserve our nation’s natural resources and protect our public health. We support 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.