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About the League

What is our mission? How are we structured? What is our history?

The League of Women Voters of Hingham

The League of Women Voters is a non-partisan political organization that encourages the informed and active participation of citizens in government. The League works to increase understanding of major policy issues and seeks to influence public policy through education and advocacy.

The Hingham League of Women Voters (with female and male members residing in Hull, Weymouth and Cohasset) is a local chapter of the League of Women Voters of Massachusetts and the League of Women Voters of the United States. Membership in our local League automatically enrolls the member in both our state and national organizations.

The League of Women Voters of the United States (organized in 1920 after women received the right to vote) initially focused on registering voters and encouraging citizens to vote. Today the League's focus also includes championing fair elections and voter education and advocacy. As an organization, the League does not support or oppose candidates; however, individual members support candidates and engage fully in the political process.

Our League is actively engaged in advocacy based upon research and member consensus. In keeping with our mission of encouraging citizen participation, it is no surprise that many of our members sit on town boards and committees and hold elective office in multiple towns.

Recent activities include:

LWVH Member Forums: e.g. south Hingham development, Hingham harbor development, Aquarion Water Acquisition Study, CPA program

Day on the Hill: members meet with our Legislators and participate in LWVMA program

State of the State: member forum with MA Representatives and Senator in a fireside conversation on legislative priorities

Candidates Night: public candidates forum for Hingham political offices

Sip and Chat: twice yearly informal member discussion on timely Hingham issues

Voter Registration: Hingham High School students

Warrant Review: public education forum

I Voted Today Stickers: distributed at polling locations

4th of July Parade: members and their families participation

Clearly, League of Women Voters members share a commitment to voter rights, education and civic engagement! We look forward to new people joining our League. Let us know if you would like to be our guest at a members' meeting to find out whether becoming a member interests you!

Our Mission and Roles

The League of Women Voters is a nonpartisan political organization encouraging the informed and active participation of citizens in government. It influences public policy through education and advocacy. We never support or oppose any political party or candidate.

The League of Women Voters has two separate and distinct roles.

  • Voters Service/Citizen Education: we present unbiased nonpartisan information about elections, the voting process, and issues.

  • Action/Advocacy: we are also nonpartisan, but, after study, we use our positions to advocate for or against particular policies in the public interest.

Other League Organizations

Massachusetts League of Women Voters: http://www.lwvma.org

League of Women Voters: http://www.lwv.org

History of the League of Women Voters