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.

From Nashville's President...

We are often reminded of the unique nonpartisan role the League plays during an election season. Traffic to our website as well as a flood of phone inquiries are good indicators that the public looks to the League as a reliable source for information. Voter Service Director Jo Singer did a masterful job including election information on a 411 website covering the longest ballot in recent memory.

We are especially pleased with the impact of the information on our website-- explaining the roles of Tennessee's three levels of appellate courts along with the process for selection and retention of our appellate judges. Additional thanks to Melissa Holden, Barbara Gay, and Barbara Devaney for speaking to community groups about these important topics. We appreciate all of our League members who worked on this key election issue to keep Tennessee courts fair and nonpartisan.

With the August primary behind us, we are moving on to preparations for the November 2014 elections. The ballot will include four amendments to the Tennessee constitution dealing with:
1. Limitations to reproductive freedom
2. The process by which appellate judges are selected
3. A permanent ban on state income tax
4. Permission for veteran's groups to conduct lotteries

The LWVTN Action Committee, in coalition with other statewide organizations that share our policy priorities on these issues, will be developing resources to educate the public on the important implications of these amendments for Tennesseans. Meanwhile, LWVN also will be hosting forums and programs in Nashville on these topics. Be sure to come to our First Friday program on September 5 at Second Harvest Food Bank when the topic is Amendment 1 regarding reproductive freedom.

And, of course, voter registration activities have already started in anticipation of the November elections. Jo Singer and Ethel Detch registered voters at Glenn Elementary School Community Outreach and the West Nashville Night Out Against Crime event this month. New requests from other community groups are coming in, so please be on the lookout for "Volunteer Opportunities" alerts with times and places that you can help register new voters.

Lastly, if you haven't had a chance yet, please renew your LWVN membership now at and return your interest survey. Regardless of your level of involvement, your membership is greatly appreciated and helps amplify our message.

Debby Gould, President League of Women Voters of Nashville



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!

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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.