Making Democracy Work

About LWV of Merced County

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.

Visions, Beliefs and Intentions

The principles that guide our organization...

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.

About League

The League of Women Voters Merced County was established as a provisional League in February, 1955, and became fully accredited in the spring of 1956. Currently the LWVMC has 64 members. Since it was organized, the Merced League has studied issues on the local, state, and national level.

The following list reflects a sampling of the topics the LWV of Merced County has studied:

  • Merced County government
  • Merced City government
  • Juvenile problems and how they are dealt with in Merced County
  • Merced County Library
  • Administrative and financial structures of public education in California
  • California State Constitution to determine the need for methods of revision
  • State water policies and practices
  • National, local, and state health care issues
  • Conservation of water resources
  • Evaluation of United States Foreign Policy
  • Support of those national water policies and practices which promote coordinated administration, equitable financing and regional or river basin planning.
  • Merced County Library Study Update adopted May 2009. (The document is available at all branches of the Merced County Library.)

The League conducts studies on an ongoing basis. If you desire to participate in one of our studies and are a member, please do not hesitate to contact one of the board members. In the event you are not currently a member, please ask any member for a membership application. We welcome your participation because our government will only be as good as the level of participation by local citizens.

The most recent local study completed is the two-year comprehensive Merced County Library Study Update (May of 2009). The document is available at all branches of the Merced County Library. This study not only marks the completion of a major local study, it also sets the groundwork for future advocacy.