League advocacy is based on positions reached by the membership after careful study and discussion. National positions were studied by all members; state positions were studied by members within Tennessee; and local positions were studied by members in Knoxville.
The process is specified in the bylaws and includes the following steps:
- Formal adoption (by members at an annual meeting or by state/national convention delegates) of an issue for study.
- Member study and agreement on broad concepts.
- Formulation of a position by the appropriate board of directors.
- Legislative action as directed by the board of directors.
- Annual or biennial re-adoption of the position.
Local Leagues may work simultaneously on local, state, national and (if applicable) regional program issues, but action may be taken only in those areas where there is member understanding and agreement.
The League of Women Voters takes action on an issue only when we have a position addressing that particular issue. If members have not studied and come to consensus on an issue, the League has no position and therefore does not have a stand on that issue.