Issues and Action
Join one of LWVNY's new Advocacy Groups
Our member Francine Rodger had an amazing idea to create issues-based Google Groups where League members interested in similar advocacy areas could talk to each other via email and monthly conference calls. The groups will be headed by the state office. Join either of the following start-up groups by emailing Jennifer@lwvny.org:
- General Advocacy Group: headed by Jennifer Wilson and Barbara Bartoletti
- Education Issues Group: headed by Education Finance Specialist, Marian Bott
Tell Congress: Do NOT repeal the Affordable Care Act without something to replace it
Send an email to your Representative.
Stand with the League today and tell Congress that they cannot repeal the ACA without a comprehensive plan to provide health coverage for all Americans. After you send the email, consider giving their office a call as well. Call 866-426-2631 and tell them: "Don't repeal the Affordable Care Act without an effective plan that will assure we have affordable, quality health insurance."
Stand with the League to stop voter suppression
Sign our petition to stop voter suppression and join our fight to ensure that elections are always free, fair, and accessible.
We continue to share the message on social media: "I will work with the League to stop voter suppression tactics that threaten our democracy and the right to vote." If you haven't already, please sign and share it!
10 Ways You Can Help Defend Our Democracy
Looking for ways to make a difference? Check out ten ways to help defend Democracy.
Letter urging abolishment of the Electoral College
Letter to Senators Schumer and Gillibrand and to Representative Tonko
The League of Women Voters has long advocated for the abolishment of the Electoral College and the direct election of the president and vice president. The League of Women Voters of Saratoga County has written a letter to our representatives urging action on this issue.
2017 Legislative Agenda
The League of Women Voters is nonpartisan, neither supporting nor opposing candidates for office. At the same time, the League works to influence policy and promote good government through advocacy and grassroots action. The legislative agenda of the League is arrived at through consensus after a thorough study of the issues. Our legislative priorities are reflected in the 2017 Legislative Agenda.
Constitutional Convention: 2017 Ballot Question
On November 7, 2017, voters will go into voting booths throughout New York State and, as they do every 20 years, will face the Constitutionally mandated question, "Shall there be a convention to revise the constitution and amend the same?"
- Convention Land – Road Map to a Constitutional Convention
- Website of Joint Project with Rockefeller Institute on Education of Public
Timeline, Events, Potential Issues, Publications, and more
Legislative Action Center
The League of Women Voters encourages the active and informed participation of citizens in their government. Use our legislative action center to find and contact your elected officials, or to send a letter to the editor of your local newspaper.
Make a Difference!Become involved in making sure our election system counts every vote. Help support electoral integrity for the upcoming elections:
- The League of Women Voters of New York has a Legislative Action Center that helps you contact your elected officials, or sign up for action alerts on important good government issues.
- Check your voter registration. If you are already registered, you can look up your voter registration and find your polling place on the New York State Board of Elections website or call the Saratoga County Board of Elections at 885-2249.
- Become a poll worker to help protect free and open elections.
- Join the League of Women Voters.
- Become Informed about what’s going on with our
- League of Women Voters - National and New York State
- VOTE411.org - The League’s nonpartisan resource for election and voting information.
- Project VoteSmart - Nonpartisan citizens’ organization provides candidate's voting records, campaign finances, performance evaluations by more than 200 liberal and conservative special interest organizations, biographical backgrounds, issue positions and public comments. View the website or contact student researchers on their hotline (1-888-VOTE SMART).
- Factcheck.org - Nonpartisan site checks the accuracy of political ads and allegations.
- Federal Election Commission - Official site of the government agency that regulates campaign finance.
Local League Positions
The League of Women Voters of Saratoga County has studied a number of local issues, and by consensus has adopted positions on the following issues:
These positions are PDF documents, and require Adobe Reader to view. Click here to download a free version of the Adobe software.
For a brief description of how Saratoga County is governed, read Saratoga County Government Fundamentals.
National League Positions
The LWVUS publication Imact on Issues contains official statements of position for each program area of national concern.