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Mission Statement: The League of Women Voters is a non-partisan political organization. We encourage the informed and active participation of citizens in government. We work to increase the understanding of major public policy issues and influence public policy through education and advocacy.

Vote411-Candidate Information

The League of Women Voters of New York State is pleased to announce the launch of, an electronic voter guide, for select primary races. You can read the press release here

Redistricting Forum

September 30--Redistricting Forum

Why is the NYS League supporting the redistricting amendment? You will be asked to vote for or against Proposal 1, the New York Independent Redistricting Amendment on the November 4th ballot. To learn more about the Amendment and find out why the League supports it, come to League's Forum on Redistricting on Tuesday, September 30th from 6:30 to 7:45 in the McChesney Room of the downtown library. This event is open to the public so tell your friends. You can contact Ruth Bonn for more information.

Schenectady Candidate Forum

October 8th, 7-9:30 PM
Black Box Theatre at Schenectady High School

Voter Services has been gearing up for the candidate forums throughout the County. In Schenectady, in particular, invitations have been mailed to sixteen candidates who will represent the city and county in the upcoming November 9th election. More info.

Whom Will We Send to Washington?

The public is invited to a LWV Forum featuring Jim Fischer and Paul Tonko, the two candidates for the House of Representatives seat in the 20th Congressional District of NY. It will be held at the Clifton Park-Halfmoon Library, 475 Moe Rd., Clifton Park, on October 23rd at 7 PM. More info.

Would you like to be involved in a study?

The New York State LWV is sponsoring two studies this year and would like the local chapters to form small groups to look at these issues and hold a consensus to develop a new position. More info

The newly forming Agriculture Study Committee met in December to plan for the study. Readings related to the study will were also discussed. (more info)

The League of Women Voters Ballot Access study will examine the role of both the main and third parties in the process of gaining access to the general election ballot. (more info)

Legislative Agenda for 2014

Each year the State LWV develops a list of four or five priority items to follow and lobby for in the NYS Legislature. This year's items

Schenectady Recycles! Seeking New Members

Schenectady Recycles! is a newly formed group with a clear mission and an ambitious, but achievable, goal. The group's goal is to increase recycling in the City of Schenectady from its current 8% to the statewide average of 34%. The group is actively seeking new members to help in this effort. (more info)