One of the many important business items at national convention is the review and possible amendment of the LWVUS Bylaws.  Below is the process that Leagues should use to propose an amendment.  All proposed amendments are reviewed by the Bylaws Committee.  Members of the 2014 committee include:

Norman Turrill, Chair (LWVUS)

Mary Klenz (LWVUS)

Alice Bartelt (OR)

Chris Carson (CA)

Gerry Cummins (CO)




1.   Review current LWVUS Bylaws

2.   Bylaw amendments must be submitted and approved by a state or local League board.  Individuals may not submit bylaw amendments. 

After your board has reached agreement, submit your proposed amendment(s) to the bylaws with the following information:

  • Your League name and state, and your League file number
  • Your name and board position
  • Your daytime telephone number and e-mail address
    • Your signature/authorization from local or state President, Co-President or Team Leader
    • Indicate the specific Article and Section being amended
    • Quote current bylaw and your proposed changes
    • Provide a rationale for each amendment
    • Use  [ ] brackets to denote words to be deleted
    • Use  ____  underlining to denote words to be added

Example of Proper Bylaws Proposal from a prior Convention

Article II

Purposes and Policy

Section 1. Purposes.  The purposes of the LWVUS are to promote political responsibility through informed and active participation [of citizens] in government and to act on selected governmental issues.

Proposed by LWV of Minneapolis (MN422)

Rationale (provided by LWV of Minneapolis):  In our community and all across the country, there are thousands of immigrants who are not yet citizens. We, as the LWV, work with them to inform them about democracy and prepare them to be good citizens. Even if a resident is not a citizen he or she has a right to understand the system and to take action to ask questions of their school board members who direct the education of their children. This is true for other local officials who daily impact the lives of residents. 

3. PROPOSALS will be considered ONLY if they are properly worded and received by March 1, 2014.  Send proposed amendments to the LWVUS Bylaws Committee, c/o K. McFarland Stratman, 1730 M Street NW, Suite 1000, Washington, DC 20036; by fax:  202-429-0854; by email:

4.  If you have any questions, please contact Kelly McFarland Stratman, Bylaws Committee staff, at 202-263-1311 or by e-mail,

5.  The Convention publication, which includes proposed amendments to the bylaws, will be available online and email notice sent to Leagues by April 30, 2014.  Printed hard copies will be distributed at Convention.

6.  Convention delegates will vote on any proposed changes to the LWVUS Bylaws that are submitted by the deadline and are moved during the Plenary.  There will be a bylaws Q&A session at Convention 2014.