Making Democracy Work

About the League

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 encouraging informed and active participation 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 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.

Our Vision, Beliefs, and Intentions guide our activities.

League of Women Voters of Santa Cruz County

The history of the League of Women Voters of Santa Cruz County includes the following milestones:

  • First recognized as a provisional League in April 1965
  • Achieved full League status in October 1966
  • Incorporated in February 1968.

The list of Past Presidents of the local League dates back to 1965. The President presides at meetings and facilitates the activities as determined by the Board of Directors. The Board of Directors of the local League plans and directs the work necessary to carry out programs on selected governmental issues as adopted by the members.

The Bylaws of the League of Women Voters of Santa Cruz County includes, among others, articles about purpose and policy, membership, the Board of Directors, officers, financial administration, meetings and voting rights.

Other League Organizations

Our Santa Cruz County League is one of two local Leagues in the Monterey Bay area. The other one is:

Our members are also members of:

See other Leagues in California and other state Leagues and local League websites.

History of the League of Women Voters