Who We Are
The League of Women Voters of Fort Wayne 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 are a nonpartisan; grassroots organization open to men and women.
What We Do
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.
Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
LWV is an organization fully committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion in principle and in practice. Diversity, equity, and inclusion are central to the organization’s current and future success in engaging all individuals, households, communities, and policymakers in creating a more perfect democracy.
There shall be no barriers to full participation in this organization on the basis of gender, gender identity, ethnicity, race, native or indigenous origin, age, generation, sexual orientation, culture, religion, belief system, marital status, parental status, socioeconomic status, language, accent, ability status, mental health, educational level or background, geography, nationality, work style, work experience, job role function, thinking style, personality type, physical appearance, political perspective or affiliation and/or any other characteristic that can be identified as recognizing or illustrating diversity.
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