Making Democracy Work

About the League

How are we structured? What is our history? What is our mission?

Who are we?

We are women and men of the Piedmont Triad, working politically, but in a non-partisan way,on many issues.

Brief History of the League of Women Voters of the Piedmont Triad

The League in this part of North Carolina started with a Community Survey of Greensboro in 1949. In the 1980s we became the League of Women Voters of Guilford County and in 1999 we joined forces with the League of Women Voters of Winston-Salem/Forsyth to become the League of Women Voters of the Piedmont Triad. Male members joined our League as soon as the LWVUS made that possible. Today we have many active male members and we welcome their participation.

Over the years we have had sessions for the public called Civics 101, 102, 103, 104 covering general government in our area, the judicial system, and health care.

A former president has served as Mayor of Greensboro and our members currently serve on the City Council of Greensboro and the Board of County Commissioners while other members serve in the judiciary and in the general assembly.

In 2000 we followed the lead of another League in North Carolina and instituted lunch meetings, Lunch with the League. Our attendance has gone from approximately 35 to over 100 people at some meetings. We have speakers or panels on topics of interest to our League and to the community at large.

Over many years, the LWVPT has studied many topics and arrived at consensus to form positions for action. Our most recent local study was the jail and alternatives to incarceration in Guilford County.

Our Mission and Roles

The League of Women Voters is a nonpartisan political organization encouraging informed and active participation in our democratic government. The League influences public policy through education and advocacy. We never support or oppose any political party or candidate.

The League of Women Voters has two separate and distinct roles.

  • Voters Service/Citizen Education: we present unbiased nonpartisan information about elections, the voting process, and issues.

  • Action/Advocacy: we are nonpartisan, but, after study, we use our positions to advocate for or against particular policies in the public interest.

To conduct our voter service and citizen education activities, we use funds from the Citizens Education Foundation, which is a 501(c)(3) corporation, a nonprofit educational organization. The League of Women Voters, a membership organization, conducts action and advocacy and is a nonprofit 501(c)(4) corporation.

Our Vision, Beliefs, and Intentions guide our activities.

Board of Directors

Board of Directors, LWVPT 2017-2018

Co-president EmeritusJanice
Membership Co-ChairPeggy
Membership Co-ChairJanice
Fair Elections RTWalter
Fair Elections RTAndy
Publicity ChairEllen
Voter Services ChairCatherine
Immigration Reform RTWhitney
Lunch With League CoordinatorJudy
Chair Immigration Reform RTWhitney
Webmaster & Editor Voter ImpactMarlene
Chair Social MediaAddy

Adjuncts to the Board

Lunch with the League ReservationsBonnie
Environment RTDick
Environment RTJudy
Public Education RTDot
Public Education RTWillie
Social Justice RTAnna
Co-Chair Voter RegistrationGloria
Co-Chair Voter RegistrationBarbara
Co-Chair Sally Austin ProjectJoan

Other League Organizations

The League of Women Voters of the Piedmont Triad is one of several Leagues in North Carolina.

Our members are also members of:

See other Leagues in North Carolina.

History of the League of Women Voters

LWVPT By-laws

Each League has by-laws. The by-laws are modified as recommended by the national or state League or upon recommendation of a local committee. The bylaws of the LWVPT were last revised in January, 2017.

LWVPT Member Handbook

The LWVPT Member Handbook was recently updated.

LWVPT Public Policy Positions