Making Democracy Work

About the League

Who we are and what we do

Introduction to the League of Women Voters

The League of Women Voters is a nonpartisan political organization of women and men. Founded in 1920, the League encourages the informed and active participation of citizens in government, works to increase understanding of major public policy issues, and influences public policy through education and advocacy. It does not support or endorse any political party or candidate.

The League's Voter Service activities encourage citizens to register and vote and to participate in government and politics. The League provides factual information about voting procedures, candidates, and ballot issues.

Anyone over 16 may become a voting member of the League. A person who joins a local League also becomes a member at the national and state levels.

See History of the League at the national website.

The Montgomery County League

The League of Women Voters of Montgomery County organized in 1971. Since then, it has been actively involved in educating and registering voters and in studying issues of local governmental importance. The first study it undertook, in January 1974, compared Blacksburg's 1952 Charter with those of other Virginia municipalities and with the Model City Charter of the National Civic League. The study group recommended a new Charter for the Town of Blacksburg, and the membership voted consensus on this September 1974. The Town formed a Charter Commission that included two League members. This Commission presented its report and recommended a new Charter for the Town in November 1974. Blacksburg Town Council approved this new Charter that December.

See our Year in Review for 2016-17.

See Officers and Board Members Elected 2017

Vision, Beliefs, Intentions

The goal of the League of Women Voters is to empower citizens to shape better communities worldwide.

The League of Women Voters is a nonpartisan political membership organization which:

  • acts after study and member agreement to achieve solutions in the public interest on key community issues at all government levels

  • builds citizen participation in the democratic process.

  • engages communities in promoting positive solutions to public policy issues through education and advocacy.

The League of Women Voters Education Fund is a nonpartisan public policy educational organization which:

  • builds citizen participation in the democratic process

  • studies key community issues at all governmental levels in an unbiased manner

  • enables people to seek positive solutions to public policy issues through education and conflict management.

We believe in:

  • respect for individuals
  • the value of diversity
  • the empowerment of the grassroots, both within the League and in communities

We will:

  • act with trust, integrity and professionalism
  • operate in an open and effective manner to meet the needs of those we serve, both members and the public
  • take the initiative in seeking diversity in membership
  • acknowledge our heritage as we seek our path to the future.