Non Partisanship Policy
The League of Women Voters of the Oberlin Area may take action on governmental measures and policies in the public interest. However, it shall not support or oppose any party or candidate. Only the Board of Directors is authorized to approve the use of the LWV name in support of any issue.
The membership list of the LWVOA may not be used for any partisan purpose. Only the Board of Directors may approve the use of the list for any purpose other than information to the membership.
Members of the LWVOA, as individuals, are encouraged to be politically active citizens, but they are required to keep their partisan activities separate from LWV activities.
The President and Voters Service chair should refrain entirely from any public partisan political activity. Other Board members’ activities must be limited to preserve the League’s nonpartisan position. They should not chair fund-raising activities or campaign events or work in a significant way for any partisan or non-partisan candidate. They should not circulate petitions to place a candidate on the ballot. They may, however, sign such petitions.
If a Board member should declare to run for elective office, the member must resign or take a leave of absence from the Board. Board members should always take into consideration the impact of their activities on the local
Board members may serve on public boards, commissions, committees or coalitions.
However, their participation does not signify support of the LWV unless the member is officially designated as a LWV representative.
A board member may not work or speak publicly against a League position. The political activities of a spouse or relative of a Board member are to be considered separate and distinct from the activities of the Board member.
Adopted by the Membership on May 8, 2004.
Reaffirmed by the LWVOA Board of Directors, June 20, 2011