League of Women Voters | Advocate
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After careful study and discussion with the membership, LWVN develops positions regarding important public policy issues on the local, state and national level. These positions become the basis for advocacy work with the public and their elected representatives.  The national organization of LWV frequently takes legal action when states or the federal government have infringed on the rights of citizens to have access to the ballot or to run a free and fair election.

 

Members identify a range of local issues from comprehensive transportation planning to budgetary support of the Davidson County Election Commission for advocacy. LWVN was an initial advocate for creation of a metropolitan government in 1963 and continues to ensure high standards through representation on the Metro Council Board of Ethical Conduct.

 

Concerns about the future of Metro Schools prompted LWVN to develop positions opposing public funding of private school vouchers as well as opposition to authorization of for-profit charter schools in the state.

 

LWVN volunteers, in collaboration with Tennessee Immigrant and Refugee Rights Coalition (TIRRC), assist as “citizenship coaches” for Nashville residents applying for U.S. naturalization citizenship. As one of the founding member groups for the Coalition for Education on Immigration, LWVN supports local policies that make Nashville a “welcoming city” for immigrants and refugees, including those fleeing Middle Eastern countries for crisis.

advocate1League members communicate frequently with the Davidson County delegation in the state legislature to advocate for the priorities adopted by the state league, LWVTN. Policies that promote expanded voting access, preserve sunshine laws, and maintain open government are perennial issues.

Additionally, LWV supports good government policies that protect the rights of citizens, maintain a social safety net for our most vulnerable, ensures quality public education, and is fiscally responsible.  During the legislative session, LWV members receive weekly action alerts from LWV lobbyist, Stewart Clifton.  Members who are not receiving the alerts should contact lwvnash@gmail.com

In keeping with the League’s national election reform agenda, LWVTN continues to advocate steps that Tennessee can take to increase voting accessibility including:

* Secure on-line portals for voters to change their address

* Permanent and portable statewide voter registration

* Expanded early voting sites and dates

* Permission for college/ university students to use college ID’s for voting identification.

LWVTN successfully promoted on-line voter registration that will go into effect in July 2017.

 

Through coalitions and collaboration with other organizations, League volunteers amplify their voice.

 

* LWVTN representation on the board of Tennessee Coalition on Open Government, www.tcog.info reflects the organization’s commitment to transparency in government.

 

* A member of the Tennessee Health Care Campaign http://www.thcc2.org/, the League is a strong advocate for InsureTennessee and other programs that promote healthy outcomes for all citizens.

 

* As an organizational member of Tennessee Conservation Voters http://www.tnconservationvoters.org, the League advocates for standards to preserve water and air quality. Inadequate regulations of fracking and ridgetop removal are major concerns.

 

* LWVTN supports public funding for quality voluntary pre-K programs as well as full state funding of the Basic Education Program (BEP) to address K-12 educational needs for all students in the state.

Using the strength of its members across the nation, the national LWV organization  focuses on fundamental issues that “make democracy work” including:

– Campaign finance reform

– Procedures for amending the U.S. constitution

– Restoration of the Voting Rights Act

– Non-partisan redistricting commissions

National membership consensus issues become the basis for national advocacy efforts on topics. They include:

– Immigration reform

– Expanded health care access

– Enforcement of EPA air quality standards

– Background checks for guns