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The women and men who are members of the League of Women Voters of South Carolina are found in 14 local Leagues serving about half of our 46 counties. Every day, South Carolina's state and local League members engage in hands-on work to safeguard democracy and improve our communities. The LWV is citizen-powered democracy in action. We not only promote the values of representative democracy, we embody them.
The League is the known and respected as a preeminent grassroots citizens’ network, directed by member consensus and committed to engaging citizens in our democracy so that it works for all Americans. The League is both strictly nonpartisan and wholeheartedly political in working to influence policy through advocacy.
In 2020, the LWW is celebrating the 100th anniversary of ratification of the 19th Amendment to the Constitution and the birth of the League, rooted in the suffrage movement, in that same year. The League was a "mighty political experiment" designed to help 20 million women carry out their new responsibility as voters.
The fact that half the population only secured the right to vote--the most fundamental democratic freedom--a century ago is a powerful reminder of how young American democracy is. Democracy must be carefully nurtured and fiercely defended by the efforts of an informed, active citizenry.
Since our founding in 1920, protecting and promoting the right of every citizen to vote has been a guiding principle of the League. South Carolina's state and local Leagues sponsor debates and forums to educate voters about where candidates stand on important issues. We register voters, offer them nonpartisan information about issues and candidates, and promote voter turnout. To ensure government is owned by citizens, not special interests, the LWV has been a strong advocate for campaign finance, lobbying and ethics reform at both the national and state levels.
The League does not endorse political parties or candidates, but it does study issues and arrives at member consensus to take positions on critical issues. The action priorities, which are set by the board and the membership, currently focus on redistricting, election integrity, voter protection, ethics, and money in politics. Other areas in which the League has been advocating in collaboration , often inwith other state organizations, include education, health care, environment, and utility regulation.
Take a few moments to explore websites for the LWVSC, LWVUS and local Leagues to find out all the exciting things that are happening. Contact us if you wnat more information. Please join us in our efforts to MAKE DEMOCRACY WORK for all.
Holley Ulbrich and Christe McCoy-Lawrence, Co-presidents