The League of Women Voters takes action on an issue only when we have a position addressing it. If the members have not studied and come to consensus on it, the League has no position and therefore cannot take action. Studies (whether national, state, or local) are a defined process lasting one to three years, during which we undertake thorough pursuit of facts and details, both positive and negative, and come to consensus about policy. Find the list of studies from across the nation in our League of Women Voters Education Fund Clearinghouse for studies.
League of Women Voters Roselle/Bloomingdale Completed Studies
Current League of Women Voters of Illinois Study
During the 2019 LWVIL Convention, League members voted to extend the completion time of the study to update the LWVIL Criminal Justice Position that had been approved in 2017, due to the complexity of its elements. Over 25 years old, our position was in need of significant updating to allow us to advocate for current day policy issues. Our local study committee is now forming. Email lwvrbmail [at] gmail.com">lwvrbmail [at] gmail.com if you are interested in participating.
What Is The Study Process?
- Study Committee members fashion consensus questions that are then asked of the membership as part of a study kit. Kits often include articles, books, data in the form of charts and graphs, videos, suggested speakers, discussion questions, and other resources. Members use the study kit internally and often with their community to better understand the issue.
- Consensus is the overall decision-making process by which substantial agreement among members is reached on an issue. Often this happens over the course of several meetings, but may include surveys and other methods. If the members reach consensus, the board forms recommended positions based on that consensus. Those recommendations are submitted to the Study Committee.
- The Study Committee then reviews all the submissions. It works to form a consensus statement - the statement resulting from the consensus questions - that becomes a recommended position.
- That recommended position is then reviewed and voted on by our members (usually by delegates at our Convention). The proposal may be approved, amended, or be rejected at that time.
- If a position is adopted, firm action can then be taken on the particular issue addressed by the position. Without a position, action can not be taken on that issue.
Read the national Guidelines for LWVUS Studies.