About the League of Women Voters Nashville (LWVN)
A Nonpartisan Organization Encouraging Informed and Active Participation of Citizens in Government
As a non-partisan organization, the LWVN maintains two components:
- 501(c)(3) Organization (tax-deductible donations)
All of our unbiased, non-partisan information on voting and citizen education is funded through tax-deductible donations through the League of Women Voters of Tennessee Education Fund, a 501(c) (3) organization.
- 501(c)(4) Organization (non-deductible donations)
After our members thoroughly study an issue of public policy, we develop an advocacy position. When legislative bills in the state legislature are introduced that directly address stated LWVTN positions, LWVTN volunteers and the LWVTN paid lobbyist make our organization’s positions known to state legislators. Lobbying for specific legislation (on either the local or state level) is not a tax-deductible activity and is paid for out of the non tax-deductible 501(c)(4) component of the organization.
The LWVN never supports or endorses political parties or candidates. While we encourage and enable all of our members to be civically and politically active, the organization maintains a strict non-partisan stance.
In addition to the positions adopted by The League of Women Voters at the state-level (LWVTN), the members of the Nashville League (LWVN) have adopted the following positions to guide their Strategic Focus for 2020-2021.
- LWVN provides resources for current and emerging voters:
- Voter registration, including outreach to under-represented voters
- Voter information regarding upcoming elections and candidates
- “Hot Topics” programs that inform the community about complex issues
- Candidate forums
- Support for restoration of voting rights for former felons
- LWVN advocates for free, fair, and transparent election processes:
- Secure, accurate voting procedures with voter-verified paper trails
- Full implementation of the Voting Rights Advancement Act
- Poll watching and reports for the public
- LWVN advocates for public policies to address needs of Nashville residents:
- High quality public education
- Efficient and accessible transportation options — biking, walking and mass transit
- Environmentally responsible reduction and management of waste
- Sustainable approaches to land use, growth, and development
- Improved access to high quality health care for Nashville residents
- Sensible gun control measures requiring background checks and restriction of guns in public places
- Programs to reduce poverty and promote self-sufficiency
- Efforts to sustain Nashville’s efforts as a welcoming city for immigrants and refugees
View LWVN Portfolio Goals Here
Current Board Members (July 2022 – June 2023)
The Advisory Committee serves as mentors to the Leadership Team.