The National League of Women Voters was established in February 1920, six months before the 19th Amendment to the Constitution was ratified, which gave women the right to vote following a 70 year struggle. In 1939 the League of Women Voters of Amherst was founded. League members study issues of local, state, and national significance and establish positions through member participation and agreement through consensus. Official League action comes after members agree on a position. The League may act by providing information to the public, obtaining public support for a position, lobbying, initiating legislation, or participating in court action.
The League of Women Voters promotes political responsibility through its Voters Service and Citizen Education activities. Members register voters, organize candidates’ forums, publish voting guides and disseminate general information on the legislative process and the function of government on the local, state, and national levels. The League supports positions but never supports a candidate or political party. Members are, however, urged to work as individuals in partisan activities.