About the League of Women Voters of Volusia County

Mission Statement of the LWVVC

[as adopted July 24, 2010]

The League of Women Voters of Volusia County, LWVVC, is a nonpartisan political organization that works to:

  • Encourage the informed and active participation of citizens in government.
  • Influence public policy through citizen education and advocacy.
  • Empower citizens to shape better communities.

The League does not support or endorse any political party or candidate (see our NonPartisan Policy). The League does take positions on selected issues that we study and discuss. When we have reached agreement on an issue, we take action to effect change. Our goal is to empower citizens to shape better communities. See also this brief history of LWVVC written by member and former LWVVC president Ann Smith.


What Kinds of Issues Does the LWVVC Study?

We tackle issues at all three levels of government. In recent years, League members have delved into these concerns and arrived at Positions.
  • Health Care: What kind of reform is needed at the national level? How should it be financed?
  • Preschool Education: What role should government play in providing quality child care?
  • Taxes: Should Florida implement a state income tax?
  • Public Schools: How much local control should be granted by the state?
  • Florida's Constitution: By what process should citizens be able to put proposed amendments on the ballot?
  • Water: What is the quality of Volusia County's water? Is our water supply adequate?
For a description of current LWVVC positions, see Positions. For areas of current study, see also Current Issues and Hot Topics. For a history of the LWVVC, see the text of the presentation made by former LWVVC president Ann Smith at the celebration of our 60th anniversary, September 26, 2009. For documents and studies prior to 2007, see Archived Documents

Frequently Asked Questions

  • How Does the LWVVC Serve Volusia County?

    • Voter Service: Prior to elections we moderate live and televised candidate debates and forums as requested by local organizations. See Fact Sheet for Candidates Forums
    • Voter Registration: LWVVC members go to meetings, events, and schools to register voters.
    • Citizen Information: Before elections, we provide speakers to explain the pros and cons of ballot issues such as proposed constitutional revisions.
    • Election Monitoring: Because we are known to be nonpartisan, we are asked to monitor of the elections of other organizations.
    • Service on Advisory Boards: Because League members are conversant on public policy issues, we are often appointed to local and state committees and commissions.
    • Observer Corps: Volunteer for the LWVVC Observer Corps and attend local governmental meetings to observe and report happenings to the League. See LWVVC Observer Corps Code and the LWVUS Resource Guide for more information. If you wish to learn more or to volunteer, contact Observer Corps Team Leader Pat Gadbaw. You may contact Pat by emailing mail@lwvvc.org, and it will be sent to Pat, who will get in touch with you. We are there to assure that voter concerns are being addressed.
  • Do you provide speakers?

    The League can provide speakers on the various subjects studied by the LWVVC or on voter issues in general. For more information, email us at mail@lwvvc.org.
  • What are LWVVC's current positions on issues?

    See Current Positions and for current studies see Current Issues and Hot Topics.
  • How Can I Become a Member?