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Action Request Process

The process begins with a completed request form submitted to the President.

Action Request by members(s)

An Action Request form should be posted on line and/or in print form for the concerned party to complete in order to call attention to a need for action and to guide the member in identifying the relevant factors.

Once completed by a concerned member, the form will be emailed and/or printed and sent to the attention of the LWV President or Vice President, who will forward it to the action chair.

The action chair will convene the action committee, virtually or physically, to evaluate the request, based on the Action Request form submitted.

Action Committee response

The action committee should perform the function of judiciously filtering action requests and proposing action when appropriate. The action committee shall have two weeks to:

  • study the request
  • research the situation
  • evaluate the proposed action
  • define viable options
  • make a recommendation to the Board, including whether to invite the concerned member to speak to the Board.

The committee should consider:

  • whether an existing LWV position applies
  • whether LWV action will make a difference
  • who will benefit and who will not
  • the community context
  • any third-party information in support of any LWV statement

Upon reaching its own consensus, the action committee should submit to the president a written recommendation for Board action or suggested options. The report should prioritize any options for action in light of available League and Board resources, especially time. The report will summarize the relevant information and include questions for discussion, if necessary.  

The goal of the action committee’s report is to facilitate understanding of the issue by the full Board and, when possible, to enable the Board to reach concurrence with the committee’s recommendation.

The president should submit the action committee’s report to the full board at least 3 days (and if possible a week) before the next board meeting.

Board consideration

The Board has the opportunity to take action, when formally requested by a LWV member or concerned citizen, on a problem that merits LWV action based on existing LWV positions. The Board will lean heavily on the action committee’s recommendation.  Yet, in any individual case, the Board must weigh many factors in deciding whether to act and what action to take.

  • Is it an appropriate issue for LWV action?
  • Is the issue one of the Board’s agreed-on priorities?
  • How does it fit with the program adopted for the year?
  • Are LWV resources available? (time, energy, knowledge, money)
  • Is it sufficiently urgent that it merits action in spite of failing some other test?

In responding to the action committee’s recommendation, the Board may do any of the following:

  • decline to act
  • table the issue
  • send the issue back to the committee for further study
  • take the action recommended by the action committee
  • take a different action

If the Board determines that action is warranted, it may:

  • create a new committee to respond to the issue
  • send a letter to the newspaper
  • publish an e-Catalyst article
  • make a statement at a City Council meeting (or other public meeting)
  • hold a What’s Up forum
  • consult with the state LWV
  • collaborate with other interested organizations
  • seek to build consensus in the community
  • concur with some other group’s position
  • take any other action

The President or Vice President will relay the Board’s decision to the applicant within a week of the board meeting.