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Study & Consensus Process

The League of Women Voters takes action on an issue or advocates for a cause when there is an existing League position that supports the issue or speaks to the cause.

Positions result from a process of study. Any given study, whether it be National, State, or Local, is thorough in its pursuit of facts and details. As the study progresses, a continuing discussion of pros and cons of each situation occurs. Prior to the results of the study being presented to the general membership, study committee members fashion consensus questions that are then addressed by the membership.

Additional discussion, pro and con, takes place as members (not part of the study committee) learn the scope of the study. After the members reach consensus, the board forms positions based on that consensus.

It is the consensus statement -- the statement resulting from the consensus questions -- that becomes a position. Firm action or advocacy can then be taken on the particular issue addressed by the position. Without a position, action/advocacy cannot be taken.


The Tacoma-Pierce County League of Women Voters have adopted the following positions. League members may lobby or otherwise advocate within Pierce County consistent with these positions.

Affordable Housing

Biodiversity/Land Use

Library Services

Mental Health


Pierce Conservation District

Pierce County Budget

Pierce County Government


Tacoma City Government


Water Resources

League of Women Voters of Washington positions are here.

League of Women Voters of the United States positions are here.