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.
Positions are formally adopted at the Biennial LWVUS convention of delegates from all fifty states and the territories, and communicated to state and local leagues. State and local positions must be in harmony with the LWVUS positions but may be applied to local issues. State positions are formally adopted at the Biennial LWVNC convention of delegates from each of the local leagues. Local positions are formulated by the Board of Directors, frequently with input from all members, and communicated to all by special notices.
Current priorities of LWV North Carolina may be found here.
The LWV Lower Cape Fear has several official positions that we have developed in the last few years; they are set out below.
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