Making Democracy Work

About the League

The LWV - 98 years of Making Democracy Work®. The League has worked for nearly 100 years educating, advocating for, and empowering voters.

What is our mission? How are we structured? What is our history?

Our Mission and Roles

The League of Women Voters is a nonpartisan political organization which encourages 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: although we are nonpartisan, after study, we use our positions to advocate for or against particular policies in the public interest.

We finance our voter service and citizen education activities from the Education Fund of the League of Women Voters of Delaware, which is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit educational corporation. The League of Women Voters, a membership organization, conducts action and advocacy and is a nonprofit 501(c)(4) corporation.

Our Vision, Beliefs, and Intentions guide our activities.

Our Work at the State Level: A Focus on Advocacy

Some League members achieve satisfaction by addressing their passion through involvement in the LWVDE Advocacy Corps. A few of us are registered lobbyists. But those of us who aren't comfortable with that role support the official lobbyists in other ways, by:

  • researching issues,
  • sharing our professional expertise,
  • studying the implications of proposed legislation,
  • drafting letters to the editor, or Op Ed's (Opinion Editorials), or testimony,
  • tracking the status of bills as they work through the legislative process, or
  • observing committee hearings or legislative sessions when the regular lobbyist is unavailable or busy at other hearings.

Some of us started out doing those kinds of things and learned enough about the work of the lobbyists that we found we could do that too! It's amazing to see how accessible our legislators are and to observe them in action + seeing their good work and the not so good work for ourselves. It's rewarding, too, to learn how much they (generally) respect the work of the League and consider our views on the bills on which they vote.

Whatever our role, we are always inspired by the opportunity to learn more about our state government and work with other AC members who are knowledgeable and anxious to share their enthusiasm and experience with others.

It's also interesting to participate in our monthly meetings where we deliberate on the pros and cons of legislation that affects all of us. And, then, feeling a part of the work of the League in advocating for positions developed by LWVDE and LWVUS o help make democracy work here in Delaware!

If you'd like to learn more about our work, please consider attending a meeting + on the first Wednesday of most months from 9:30 to noon in Dover. A lot of our work can be done from the comfort of your home, researching and writing about the issues and we'll be happy to mentor you as you learn about our work. For more information, contact Sandy Spence, the Advocacy Chair.

Local Leagues in Delaware

There are three local Leagues in Delaware. Each one serves one of our three counties. They are:

Those who join a local League in Delaware are automatically members of the LWV of Delaware and The League of Women Voters of the United States.

To find other state and local Leagues, go here.

The LWVDE Board of Directors and Education Fund Board

President: Joann Hasse
First Vice President: Coralie Pryde
Second Vice President: Carol Jones
Secretary: Christine Stillson
Treasurer: Beverly Jackson

Other Directors:

Janet Ambrose
Amystique Church
Sandy Spence
Les Stillson
Ellen Wasfi

In addition, local League Presidents are Board members:

Kent: Jill Fuchs
New Castle: Marjorie Johnson
Sussex: Martha Redmond

History of the League of Women Voters