League Positions

How are League positions developed?

Before advocating on an issue, League members study the issue carefully. After studying an issue from all viewpoints, members discuss the study’s results. Then members must agree on a new “Advocacy Position Statement.” Members re-examine position statements every year to make sure they are up-to-date. The Portland League takes positions on local issues, and can also act based on positions the state and national Leagues have taken.

Developing a new position on City government

In the fall of 2019, the League of Women Voters of Portland Education Fund published its report on a 2-year study of Portland’s City Government. (The study report is posted here.) Based on this study and a panel discussion of the results, League members discussed the study and answered  “consensus questions.” Members’ answers led to an updated City Government advocacy position, which was approved by the Board in January 2020.

Read the new City Government position here.

The new City Government position refers to the current LWV City of Portland Planning position and the current Regional Planning and Governance position.

All League positions must conform with the national League Principles

League Principles

LWV Portland positions related to local issues

All the current Portland League positions are in one document here.

Below the Portland League’s positions listed by category.

LWV of Oregon positions

LWVUS national positions