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Nonpartisanship Explained

We are proud to be nonpartisan, neither supporting nor opposing candidates or political parties at any level of government but always working on vital issues of concern to members and the public.  

Issues Are Not Partisan 
The League’s advocacy work is issue-based, and we arrive at our positions based on careful study and input from League members. We can agree with a politician or candidate on an issue, but that doesn't mean we endorse the candidate. 


If a party or a politician takes a similar position to the League on an issue, it doesn't make the issue or the League partisan. Issues may evolve over the years, but our allegiance will always be first and foremost to  the voters.

Democracy Is a Civil Rights Issue
Our mission to empower voters and defend democracy has not changed in our 100 years. Wanting every eligible voter to have equal access to the ballot box is not partisan. Wanting a strong democracy in which everyone has an equal voice and equal representation is not partisan. This work is crucial to having a representative democracy.

Our Nonpartisan Activities: 

• Voter education, including nonpartisan candidate forums 

VOTE411, our nonpartisan guide to voting and candidates

• Election observation

• Advocacy in line with our positions, which are adopted by grassroots League membership every two years

Political Affiliations of our Members and Leadership
If you join the League, we assume that you are passionate about making democracy work, no matter your political affiliation. North Dakotans of all political affiliations are welcome to join our organization. We never request information on our members’ political affiliations.  

The LWVND Board of Directors, who are elected by our members to serve two-year terms, have limits on the political activities they may engage in. Board members may not run for, nor hold, any partisan elected office at any level of government.

All Are Welcome! 
Whether you identify politically as a Republican, Democrat, Independent, Libertarian,  conservative, liberal, moderate, progressive, apolitical, or another political perspective, you have a  place in the League, as long as you are committed to our belief in an inclusive democracy.

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