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LWV of Mississippi

State Leauge

Educating and advocating for the citizens of Mississippi! The League of Women Voters of Mississippi is a 501(c)4 organization with non-deductible dues. Our education fund is designated a 501(c)3 tax-deductible entity.

2017 Annual LWV MS meeting with Ray Mabus, Sec. of the Navy, Ambassador, Governor

Local Leagues

Our state has 4 local Leagues. They are:

League of Women Voters of the Gulf Coast : an active and growing Local League including the counties of Hancock, Harrison, and Jackson. The Gulf Coast League meets regularly to listen to speakers from the community, to study local issues, to develop policy positions, to advocate for League positions, and to conduct voter service projects.

League of Women Voters of the Jackson Area, Inc. a Local League with a long history of engagement including the Jackson metro area and the counties of Hinds, Madison, and Rankin. The Jackson League meets to listen to speakers from the community, to study local issues, to develop policy positions, to advocate for League positions, and to conduct voter service projects.

League of Women Voters of the Pine Belt, Inc. was formed in March 2016 in Hattiesburg to serve and the surrounding area. The active chapter keeps busy with voter registration drives and other events. Their goals are to improve our government and engage all citizens in the decisions that impact their lives.

LWV Oxford/North Mississippi Organizing in 2017, the League of Women Voters Oxford/North Mississippi serves the counties of Marshall, Union, Pontotoc, Calhoun, Yalobusha, Panola, Tate, Benton, Lee and Desoto. First meeting date: April 11, 2017.

Members at Large Members who do not live near a local league or unit are considered Members-At-Large (MALs) of the state League.

Our new MAL group, East Central Mississippi, located in Meridian, started organizing in 2018 and was approved by LWV-MS in 2019. They are making great contributions already and we look forward to their becoming a fully accredited local league next year.

Issue Positions

The League of Women Voters of Mississippi takes positions on issues when there is an existing U.S. League position that supports the issue or when the state has reached a consensus on the issue after deliberative study.

All positions result from a process of study. Any given study, whether it be National, State, or Local, is thorough in its pursuit of facts and details. First, a study committee is formed with a director to undertake an issue study. The study committee gathers all possible information on the issue and discusses pros and cons of all possible responses to the issue. The study committee fashions consensus questions that are to be addressed by the membership.

The consensus questions along with information gathered by the study committee are presented to the general membership of the League. The general membership then engages in additional discussion, pro and con, as they learn about the scope of the study. The general membership will then reach consensus on the issue using the questions and information provided by the study committee. From the consensus statements reached by the general membership, the board then forms a position statement. It is the consensus statement -- the statement resulting from the consensus questions -- that becomes a position upon which action or advocacy can then be taken.

No action or advocacy can be taken in the name of the League for which a position statement has not been developed.

Whatever the issues, the League of Women Voters believes that government policy, programs and performance must meet these criteria:

  • Competent personnel with clear responsibilities
  • Coordination among agencies and levels of government
  • Adequate funding
  • Effective enforcement, and
  • Well-defined channels for citizen input and review.

Click to read the LWV-MS positions on Representative Government, Social Policy, and Natural Resources.

Action & Advocacy

The League of Women Voters takes action on an issue or advocates for a cause when there is an existing League position that supports the issue or speaks to the cause.

Positions result from a process of study. Any given study, whether it be National, State, or Local, is thorough in its pursuit of facts and details. As the study progresses, a continuing discussion of pros and cons of each situation occurs. Prior to the results of the study being presented to the general membership, study committee members fashion consensus questions that are then addressed by the membership.

Additional discussion, pro and con, takes place as members (not part of the study committee) learn the scope of the study. After the members reach consensus, the board forms positions based on that consensus.

It is the consensus statement -- the statement resulting from the consensus questions -- that becomes a position. Firm action or advocacy can then be taken on the particular issue addressed by the position. Without a position, action/advocacy cannot be taken.

Click to read about LWV-MS action and advocacy efforts.

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