Making Democracy Work

Encouraging Informed and Active Participation of Citizens in Government

The League of Women Voters is a nonpartisan political organization encouraging informed and active participation in government. It influences public policy through education and advocacy.
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With 130 candidates and 3 Metro charter amendments on the August 2016 ballot, there is a lot of information for any voter to track! Fortunately, LWV provides as an important tool for the informed voter. Voters can use this information to build their own ballots.

Early voting runs from July 17th through August 1st. Election day is August 6th.

From Nashville's President...

The upcoming election for Nashville's next mayor has garnered a lot of public attention and more forums than I can count. It is almost a certainty that with seven viable candidates, there will need to be a run-off election on September 10th. In anticipation of this event, the League is joining with NewsChannel5 and Vanderbilt University in hosting a Mayoral Run-Off Debate on August 24th. It will be broadcast live from Ingram Hall, Blair School of Music, located at 2400 Blakemore Avenue, from 7:00-8:00 p.m. Rhori Johnston of NewsChannel5 will moderate the debate. Although the event is free and open to the public, we are encouraging you to reserve a seat by going to We are also in need of several volunteers, including debate timekeepers, for this event. Please contact me if you are interested.

Once again LWVN is providing to give voters an extra tool to learn more about the candidates. This should prove especially useful for the Metro Council races. The August ballot also includes three Metro Charter amendments. Amendment One addresses Metro Council term limits; 2 LWVN Voter--July 2015 Amendment Two with Metro Council term limits and the size of Metro Council; and Amendment Three proposes requiring a higher percentage of local workers on Metro-financed construction projects. While LWVN does not have a position statement on any of these amendments, we do encourage you to review them in advance of voting since even the ballot summaries are quite wordy.

Through a Technology Grant from the Frist Foundation, LWVN is giving our website a much needed facelift this summer to make information more accessible to the public and increase its usefulness. We are grateful for their support and look forward to sharing our new look with you next month. Debby Gould



Consistent Voter Services

League members can impact the election process by volunteering to help educate the citizens of the community and provide opportunities for voter registration. Voter education and voter registration opportunities are continuous but peak during election years. Get involved by:

  • Planning and participating in candidate forums
  • Conducting voter registration drives at events such as the All About Women Conference and the Mayor's First Day of School Festival and assist other groups with drives
  • Speaking to groups on the voting process: community associations, schools, and GED classes
  • Working with others, such as the Tennessee Disability Coalition, to ensure access to the polls
  • Serving as poll observers on election days
  • Observing meetings of the Davidson County Election Commission
  • Monitoring and studying the election process
  • Supporting adequate resources for the election process

Strategic and Effective Issue Advocacy

League members can impact public policy by educating the public about issues important to good government and community well-being, and advocating for League positions on key issues. Because we live in the state capital, Nashville League members work on both local and state issues. We also answer calls to action from the LWVUS when issues are pending in Congress. Whatever your interests, you can get involved!

Specifically, the League advocates for access to health care; education to prepare students for responsible citizenry and the economy of the future; good stewardship of our natural resources; election processes that are fair and secure; and ethics and transparency in government. League members interested in issue advocacy can participate by:

  • Educating our members and the community by writing articles in the Voter, submitting op-ed columns, or planning and conducting public forums
  • Advocating for League positions on critical issues by writing or talking to elected officials

The League is a grass roots organization, guided by positions adopted by its members at all three League levels--local, state, and national. To learn more about the issues identified and supported by members, go to our ISSUES Page.

Please tell us how you would like to become involved by calling (615) 297-7134 or sending an email to or

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Join the League!

To join the League, click here: Membership to jump to our membership page where you will find our on-line or mail-in membership options. As a member you can serve on one of our committees, volunteer to work a voter registration booth, organize a candidate debate, write letters to your elected officials, work at the polls, etc. We encourage you to let us know your interests and area(s) of expertise. There is plenty to be done and we welcome your participation!

Make a Donation!

If you prefer to donate to us without joining our organization, we would appreciate your support. Your donations help the League provide voter services, sponsor forums, participate in community events and be a strong advocate for good government policy.