Our Mission and Roles
The League of Women Voters of Fort Wayne, a nonpartisan political organization, encourages informed and active participation in government, works to increase understanding of major public policy issues, and influences public policy through education and advocacy. We never support or oppose any political party or candidate.
The League of Women Voters of Indiana, of which LWVFW is a part, 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 nonpartisan; however, after studying an issue, we often advocate for or against a particular policy felt to be in the public interest.
Voters Service/Citizen Education
We educate voters on the voting process and their rights through the use of brochures, encourage participation in voting and register voters. We participate in 15 to 20 community events a year (tabling) providing information on voting and other issues LWVFW is promoting. We register new citizens at the Naturalization ceremonies and provide information on voting and encourage informed voting at area high schools.
We develop candidate survey questions and partner with other groups or organizations to help get survey/questionnaire responses from the candidates. We use the Vote411 on line system to manage the survey and response process and publicize this voter information resource to voters.
We promote redistricting reform in Indiana. We monitor current legislative efforts at the state level and advocate actively for the passage of redistricting reform standards. We produced a voter education brochure on redistricting reform, educating voters on how maps are currently drawn and the need for change. Progress has been made on redistricting reform in states that have ballot initiatives. However, attempts at reform in Indiana have been blocked in the House Elections Committee.
We track voting rights legislation in Indiana and advocate against any legislation that suppresses voter rights. We share the information with local LWVFW members and the community. We also promote the use of a web resource, Ping the People. Our league will be working on issues/legislation dealing with natural resources, gun safety, and education.
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