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Help us make history and reclaim $12 billion for schools and local communities

Support apportionment of congressional districts and elected legislative bodies at all levels of government based substantially on population.

Reduce the risk of war through support of arms control measures.

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Many communities in California have been underrepresented or undercounted in past Censuses. The 2020 Census will decide how billions of federal dollars are distributed in California. An undercount could impact funding for our schools, health services, child care, emergency services and many other programs.The 2020 Census will decide the number of California’s Congressional members and Electoral College votes. A complete count means more people in power who truly represent and advocate for our communities.

California’s budget is the next most critical document for our governance, second only to the State’s constitution. The budget is a comprehensive document as it is the financial plan for the State and impacts its operations. Since it is such a critical document, it is important for Californians to have at least a broad working knowledge of the budget as well as the process for drafting, enacting and implementing it.

The LWVC has a position supporting an orderly and simplified State Constitution. While not currently a priority for action, this position is used in conjunction with other positions when the League acts on both legislation and ballot measures.

The California State Assembly members are limited to three terms ( 6 years) since 1996. The State Senate members are limited to two terms (8 years) since 1998. These term limits are lifetime, not consecutive. The Governor can serve two terms of four years, with a limit of two terms. This constitutional limitation was passed in November 1990.

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Protect the citizen’s right to know and facilitate citizen participation in government decision-making.

Support responsive legislative processes characterized by accountability, representativeness, decision making capability and effective performance.

Secure for the citizens of the District of Columbia the rights of self-government and full voting representation in both houses of Congress.

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We advocate at the state and local level to promote representative outcomes through majority-win election methods, and for election procedures that encourage voter turnout - especially among underrepresented communities.

Tax Policy. Support adequate and flexible funding of
federal government programs through an equitable tax
system that is progressive overall and that relies primarily
on a broad-based income tax.

Federal Deficit. Promote responsible deficit policies.

Funding of Entitlements. Support a federal role in
providing mandatory, universal, old-age, survivors,
disability and health insurance.

Voter frustration with California government abounds. What will improve the performance of California government?

Oppose major threats to basic constitutional rights.

The LWVC just completed an update study of the initiative and referendum process in California. As a result of the study, the League adopted an updated position.

The LWVC supports an efficient, effective and equitable balance of responsibility and authority among the levels of government, with accountability to the public.

The LWVC supports measures that enable the judicial system of California to provide adequate access to legal services to all who need them. While not a current priority for action, when we have members who monitor the issue, the League voice can be heard.

Work to limit reliance on military force. Examine defense spending in the context of total national needs.

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Elections, and our political system overall, should prioritize ordinary voters, not big money, special interests.

Open government is a basic principle for the League. We believe that democratic government depends upon informed and active participation in government. For people to be both informed and to participate in a meaningful way, the government must protect the citizen’s right to know. This includes giving adequate notice of proposed actions, holding open meetings and making public records accessible.

Ensure transparency, accountability, positive community impact and preservation of the common good when considering the transfer of governmental services, assets and/or functions to the private sector.


Redistricting is a priority issue for education and advocacy at all levels of the League.

The League of Women Voters supports the constitutional right of privacy of the individual to make reproductive choices.

Promote the election of the President and Vice-President by direct-popular-vote. Support uniform national voting qualifications and procedures for presidential elections. Support efforts to provide voters with sufficient information about candidates.

Local governments – cities, special districts and counties – are the entities closest to the people. They all have locally-elected governing boards and provide most of the direct services to citizens. In 1910, the Separation of Sources Act gave specific authority to local governments and the state to collect taxes,set rates and obligations. Today, they have very little control over their financial resources.
Read more about the relationship between state and local finances.

We believe California’s budget should invest in services and infrastructure for the future. We oppose arbitrary across-the-board budget cuts and believe that all options, including revenue increases, must be on the table in budget negotiations. The Governor and the Legislature have an obligation to protect California's people and our future.

Promote a dynamic balance of power between the executive and legislative branches within the framework set by the Constitution.

Support U.S. trade policies that reduce trade barriers, expand international trade and advance the achievement of humanitarian, environmental and social goals.

Promote U.S. policies that meet long-term social and economic needs of developing countries.

Support a strong, effective United Nations to promote international peace and security and to address the social, economic and humanitarian needs of all people.

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The League of Women Voters has been fighting for voting rights for a hundred years. In California, we have spearheaded cutting-edge reforms to make voting more accessible, convenient, and fair.

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