League of Women Voters of Alabama 
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What is the League of Women Voters?

The League of Women Voters (LWV) is a non-profit, non-partisan organization that encourages the informed and active participation of citizens in government, works to increase the understanding of major public policy issues, and influences public policy through education and advocacy. The League never supports any candidate or political party. Membership is open to both men and women 18 years of age or older.

The LWV is a grassroots organization. The leadership, financial planning, and supporting positions are all determined by the membership through a closely protected democratic process.

The LWV is a multi-tiered organization. Membership in a Local League includes membership in the LWV of Alabama (LWVAL) and the LWV of the United States (LWVUS) with all benefits of those three organization. Joining the LWVAL directly as a member-at-large (recommended where there is no Local League in your community) entitles you to all benefits of membership in the LWVAL and the LWVUS.

The LWV began as a "mighty political experiment" designed to help 20 million women carry out their new responsibilities as voters. It encouraged them to use their new power to participate in shaping public policy. Today both women AND men are full participants in the League of Women Voters. (Don't let the name fool you!) For more information also read these articles:

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What benefits do I receive as a member?

As a member of the LWV of Alabama, you will receive:

  • Alabama and US Action Alerts - notice of pending legislation directly related to League positions, background information, and steps you can take to influence the fate of the legislation
  • Admission to members only web pages -
    • LWVAL Forum - online community for discussion of League and public issues
    • LWVAL Members - access to LWVAL tools and documents to educate you and enhance your participation in state League programs and activities
    • LWVUS Members - access to LWVUS tools and documents relating to national League programs and activities
  • One year subscription to The Alabama Voter, the LWVAL newsletter
  • One year subscription to The Voter of the United States, the LWVUS magazine
  • ... and MANY intanbible benefits (see "Why join?" below)

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Why join?

Action Alerts, League publications, and Internet access to League tools and documents are obvious benefits of League membership. But many League members claim that the intangible benefits are the most valuable. LWV fascilitates and encourages you to:

  • Participate in stimulating discussions of important public policy issues
  • Participate in a democratic process to determine League leadership, financial planning, and supporting positions
  • Develop your leadership skills
  • Contribute directly to the betterment of your community, state and nation by participating in LWV advocacy and education programs
  • Promote a strong American democracy

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Should I join the Local, State, or U.S. League?

Join a Local League if you live in or near one of these Alabama communities: Auburn, Baldwin Co., Birmingham, Gadsden, Mobile, Montgomery, or Tuscaloosa. Local membership also includes LWVAL and LWVUS (state and national) memberships.
Contact a Local League in AL to receive Local League membership information.

Join the LWVAL (State League) if you do not live near a Local League community. By joining the LWVAL directly, you will be referred to as a "member-at-large" or MAL. This also includes membership the LWVUS (national League).

If you do not live in Alabama, find other State Leagues and Local Leagues throughout the US. Or you may join LWVUS directly as a national member.

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How much are dues?

Annual membership in the League of Women Voters of Alabama includes membership in the League of Women Voters of the United States. Dues are:

  • $30 - Individual
  • $45 - Family Membership - for two persons living in the same household
  • $15 - Student Membership - for one who is enrolled full time in a college or university

Membership dues for Local Leagues in Alabama are slightly higher, but include membership in all three organizations - Local League, LWVAL and LWVUS. Contact an Alabama Local League for more information about membership in a local organization (East Alabama (Auburn/Opelika/Lee Co. area), Baldwin Co., Birmingham, Mobile, Montgomery, or Tuscaloosa).

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Who can join?

Any person 18 years of age or older who subscribes to the mission and principles of the League of Women Voters is eligible for full membership regardless of gender, race or ethnicity. Associate membership is available for non-US citizens. Associate members enjoy benefits of the organization but are ineligible to vote.

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Other questions?

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