Making Democracy Work

About the League

What is our mission?
How are we structured?
The formation of the San Jose/Santa Clara League

Our Mission and Roles

The League of Women Voters is a membership organization. The League neither supports nor opposes any political party or candidate for public office. The League encourages informed and active participation in government, works to increase understanding of major public policy issues, and influences public policy through education and advocacy.

The League of Women Voters has two separate and distinct roles.

  • Voter 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.

The League of Women Voters, a membership organization, is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) corporation.

Our Vision, Beliefs, and Intentions guide our activities.

Other League Organizations

About the San Jose/Santa Clara League of Women Voters

In 1945, the first local chapter of the League of Women Voters in the San Jose area was formed with 27 members signing the by-laws. Later, the chapter became an area League known as the League of Women Voters of Central Santa Clara Valley, which it remained until 1973 when two separate Leagues were formed: Cupertino/Sunnyvale and San Jose/Santa Clara.