LWVK NON-PARTISAN POLICY (Revised 2021): In accordance with the League Bylaws, the LWVK shall not support or oppose any political party or any candidate. The spirit of the nonpartisan policy is not to see how much political activity is possible within the policy, but to be actively and honestly nonpartisan. The Board has the responsibility to maintain the nonpartisanship of the organization. The Board recognizes the necessity of imposing some limitations on Board members’ political activity to protect the nonpartisan reputation of the League.
- Elected Office.
Officers and directors shall not run for, nor hold, state elective office but may run for nonpartisan local public elective office after consultation with the LWVK Board, and with the President of the affected local League.
- Political Party Office.
Officers and directors shall not serve in any position in a political party.
- Campaign Contributions.
Officers and directors may not attend fundraising events or make campaign contributions for any partisan race.
- Social and Other Media.
A Board member shall not indicate her/his political affiliations or candidate preferences at any level of government in the media, including on social networking sites or other public venues that also prominently identify her/him as a member of the LWVK Board.
Additional Clarification. If a Board member plans to engage in political activity, that member must seek the Board’s decision as to whether the activity could affect the community’s perception of LWVK’s nonpartisanship.
Officers and directors may:
- Have party affiliations
- Participate fully in issue campaigns, referendums, and petitions
- Attend receptions and coffees for candidates in order to learn about the candidates
- Attend precinct meetings, caucuses, and precinct conventions
- Speak as a private citizen before legislative bodies
Off-board positions, spouses, and office staff/interns are not restricted by these policies.
Some situations may require Board approval when it is not clear what the policy should be.
Examples include state appointments; visible support of a candidate (yard signs, phone calls, etc. where you are not anonymous); leadership in an organization that endorses candidates.
Obtain clearance from the Board before there are problems. All individual advocacy is personal. Do not speak for the League unless authorized; League’s nonpartisan policy protects our reputation and our tax status.