What is our mission? How are we structured? What is our history?
The League of Women Voters has two separate and distinct roles.
Our Vision, Beliefs, and Intentions guide our activities.
Our members are also members of:
The reputation and credibility of the League are dependent upon the clear understanding by the community, the League members and the Board members of our non-partisan policy. The spirit of the non-partisanship policy is to encourage the greatest possible political activity, and to help members honestly and actively maintain the League's non-partisanship position.
The political activities of a spouse or relative of a Board member shall be considered separate and distinct from the activities of the Board member.
The League of Women Voters of Salinas shall not support or oppose any political party or candidate. The Board and each Board member have the responsibility to maintain the fact of non-partisanship of the organization. When questions are raised, decisions will be made on a basis of the specific situation.
The League of Women Voters of the Salinas Valley encourages participation in politics, in civic organizations, and on boards and commissions for all its members with the following exceptions for members of the board of directors:
1. The President and Voter Service Chair may not be active in a partisan political campaign or work publicly in support of a candidate for any elected office, partisan or non-partisan including, but not limited to endorsements, campaign contributions, buttons, bumper stickers or partisan letters to the editor.
2. A board member may not be active in a campaign for a ballot measure or an issue in opposition to a League position and shall not be assigned a League portfolio in which there is a conflict of interest.
3. Questions concerning board members' political activity shall be brought to the board for discussion and a final decision.
A member should not be assigned a League portfolio in which there is a conflict of interest, as determined by the Board.
A final discretionary power in maintaining the League's non-partisanship shall be the Board's responsibility.
This policy is subject to review at the request of a majority of the Board and shall be reviewed at the first meeting of each new Board.
Reviewed and accepted: December 1, 2002
Reviewed and accepted: July 17, 2003
Reviewed and Accepted: July 28, 2004