About LWV

The Canton League of Women Voters welcomes women and men from Canton and surrounding Farmington Valley towns.

Non-Partisan Policy

The League is strictly nonpartisan; we neither support nor oppose candidates or political parties. At the same time, the League is wholeheartedly political and works to influence policy through advocacy. We are the original grassroots citizen network, directed by the consensus of our members nationwide.

Officers and Directors of the Canton League adhere to the following non-partisan policy.

 

What We Do

The League of Women Voters is a non-partisan political organization that has fought since 1920 to improve our government and impact public policies through citizen education and advocacy.

The League’s enduring vitality and resonance comes from our unique decentralized structure. The League is a grassroots organization, working at the local, state and national levels.

Don’t let the name mislead you: League membership has been open to men since 1974!

The Canton League formed in 1972 and is still going strong.

Beside being part of a reliable and strong force at the state and national level, we get a lot done in our own town. Here is some of what we do for Canton:

  • study issues of local importance and, if we have reach a consensus on the subject, take action. See past local issues the Canton League has studied, many of which have led to concrete policies and changes in town. The most recent study was on mental health needs in the Farmington Valley.
  • provide services to voters including holding an annual Candidates Night and preparing an annual Voter Guide. We conduct voter registration drives including one for Canton High School seniors.
  • educate people about issues related to voting.
  • sponsor informational forums on topics of interest.
  • write and publish “Know Your Town,” an informational booklet about the town’s history, government and community organizations.
  • grant scholarships to graduating Canton High School seniors.
  • donate books annually to town and school libraries.
  • encourage residents to actively partake in community decisions.

We invite all men and women from Canton and area towns to join us!

 

Mission

The League of Women Voters, a nonpartisan political organization of men and women, encourages informed and active participation in government, works to increase understanding of major public policy issues, and influences public policy through education and advocacy.

 

History

Nationally —

Formed from the movement that secured the right to vote for women, the League still focuses on expanding participation in government and giving a voice to all Americans.

Carrie Chapman Catt founded the League of Women Voters during the 1920 convention of the National American Woman Suffrage Association, held six months before the ratification of the 19th amendment to the U.S. Constitution gave women the right to vote.

League founders believed that maintaining a nonpartisan stance would protect the fledgling organization from becoming mired in party politics. Yet League members were encouraged to be political, by educating citizens about and lobbying for government and social reform legislation.

That holds true today. The League is proud to be nonpartisan, neither supporting nor opposing candidates or parties, but always working on issues of concern to members and their communities.
League membership was opened to men in 1974.

See http://www.lwv.org/history for historical highlights of the League through the decades.

And in Canton –

Since its formation in 1972, the Canton League has been a trusted source working for the betterment of the community.

But it all had to begin somewhere.

Past President Evelyn Kubas wrote this “Short History of the League of Women Voters of Canton” in 2008.

LWV: Celebrating over 90 years of making democracy work!