Making Democracy Work

Encouraging Informed and Active Participation of Citizens in Government

The League of Women Voters is a nonpartisan political organization encouraging informed and active participation in government. It influences public policy through education and advocacy.

With 130 candidates and 3 Metro charter amendments on the August 2016 ballot, there is a lot of information for any voter to track! Fortunately, LWV provides as an important tool for the informed voter. Voters can use this information to build their own ballots.

Early voting runs from July 17th through August 1st. Election day is August 6th.

From Nashville's President...

We enjoyed a delightful LWVN Annual Meeting event at Casa Azafrán! During the balmy June evening in the building's courtyard with good food, wine, and guitar music in the background, we welcomed our new board members and said goodbye to outgoing ones: Freda Player, Jo Singer, Beth O'Shea, Carol Ballenger, Linda McFadyen-Ketchum, and Sue Bredensteiner. While we will continue to draw on the wisdom and experience of these talented League members, we are especially sorry that Sue and her family are moving to Washington state and she won't be pinch-hitting for us in the future. Our hard working Nominating Committee, chaired by Brenda Gilmore, has given us wonderfully talented replacements who were elected at the meeting. Please read more about all of our board members in the June Nashville Voter Addendum--"Meet Your 2015-2016 LWVN Board"--and welcome new members Hasina Mohyuddin, Tamanna Qureshi, Katie Alexander, Madeline Garr, and Leigh Lindsey. This has been a tumultuous month for the Davidson County Election Commission (DCEC) with budget uncertainties for the 2015-2016 fiscal year leaving in doubt the future of early voting sites for the August and September elections. While we are pleased that a funding compromise between DCEC and Metro Council has resolved the issue successfully, details of the problem were initially reported inaccurately by the media. From time to time, I join Hazel Thornton, LWVN Voter Service director, in attending DCEC meetings. We both attended meetings in June and were disappointed to see that media representatives were not present at a critical session. Indeed, our Observer Corps reports are often the only independent reporting of these important discussions that impact the election process in Nashville. These reports are included in the Nashville Voter and posted on our website. On June 10, LWVN partnered with the City of Forest Hills to present a forum with candidates running for Metro Council District 34, which encompasses Forest Hills, Oak Hill, parts of Green Hills and Bellevue. In a standing room only crowd at the Forest Hills City Hall, I had the pleasure of moderating the discussion between candidates Angie Henderson and Steve Butler. My thanks to League members Barbara Gay, Susan Mattson, and Karen Weeks for assistance in conducting a flawless forum. While there is no shortage of mayoral forums hosted by other organizations before the August 6 election, we are pleased to be planning ahead. LWVN will partner with Vanderbilt University and NewsChannel 5 to host a televised debate slated for August 24 should there be a run-off election for mayor in September. Debby Gould



Consistent Voter Services

League members can impact the election process by volunteering to help educate the citizens of the community and provide opportunities for voter registration. Voter education and voter registration opportunities are continuous but peak during election years. Get involved by:

  • Planning and participating in candidate forums
  • Conducting voter registration drives at events such as the All About Women Conference and the Mayor's First Day of School Festival and assist other groups with drives
  • Speaking to groups on the voting process: community associations, schools, and GED classes
  • Working with others, such as the Tennessee Disability Coalition, to ensure access to the polls
  • Serving as poll observers on election days
  • Observing meetings of the Davidson County Election Commission
  • Monitoring and studying the election process
  • Supporting adequate resources for the election process

Strategic and Effective Issue Advocacy

League members can impact public policy by educating the public about issues important to good government and community well-being, and advocating for League positions on key issues. Because we live in the state capital, Nashville League members work on both local and state issues. We also answer calls to action from the LWVUS when issues are pending in Congress. Whatever your interests, you can get involved!

Specifically, the League advocates for access to health care; education to prepare students for responsible citizenry and the economy of the future; good stewardship of our natural resources; election processes that are fair and secure; and ethics and transparency in government. League members interested in issue advocacy can participate by:

  • Educating our members and the community by writing articles in the Voter, submitting op-ed columns, or planning and conducting public forums
  • Advocating for League positions on critical issues by writing or talking to elected officials

The League is a grass roots organization, guided by positions adopted by its members at all three League levels--local, state, and national. To learn more about the issues identified and supported by members, go to our ISSUES Page.

Please tell us how you would like to become involved by calling (615) 297-7134 or sending an email to or

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Join the League!

To join the League, click here: Membership to jump to our membership page where you will find our on-line or mail-in membership options. As a member you can serve on one of our committees, volunteer to work a voter registration booth, organize a candidate debate, write letters to your elected officials, work at the polls, etc. We encourage you to let us know your interests and area(s) of expertise. There is plenty to be done and we welcome your participation!

Make a Donation!

If you prefer to donate to us without joining our organization, we would appreciate your support. Your donations help the League provide voter services, sponsor forums, participate in community events and be a strong advocate for good government policy.