Items from the League of Women Voters Web Site
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Read each of the short paragraphs below for discussion and writing.

The mission of the League Women Voters is to.

Promote an open governmental system that is representative, accountable and responsive; that has a fair and adequate fiscal basis; that protects individual liberties established by the Constitution; that assures opportunities for citizen participation in government decision making; that provides sound agricultural policy; and that preserves public health and safety through gun control measures.

 

The following paragraph is the League of Women Voters' "Statement of Position on the Citizen's Right to Know/Citizen Participation, as Announced by National Board, June 1984." Read it carefully.

The League of Women Voters of the United States believes that democratic government depends upon the informed and active participation of its citizens at all levels of government. The League further believes that governmental bodies must protect the citizen's right to know by giving adequate notice of proposed actions, holding open meetings and making public records accessible.

 

According to the League of Women Voters, "three main factors determine whether a person is an active voter." They are:

    • Contact with candidates, political parties, family or peers who encourage participation
    • Understanding the impact that the election will have on daily life;
    • The availability of information about the candidates, the issues, and the nuts-and-bolts of the voting process itself."

 

What do you think is meant by the phrase "active voter?"

 

What might be the impact of an election on daily life?

 

How should information about the candidates and the issues be made available?