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Council & Convention

More than 1,000 League leaders from across the country met in Chicago, Illinois for the League of Women Voters' 53rd National Convention in June 2018. 

Creating a More Perfect Democracy

Council & Convention In Depth

Plan to come early and stay late to enjoy some of the many Chicago attractions.

The "Empowering Voters. Defending Democracy." Awards reflect the Leagues' vision for a democracy where every person has the desire, the right, the knowledge and the confidence to participate.

The April 26 webinar was recorded.

This schedule is subject to change. Please continue to check back for updates and more information.

A motion to adopt these rules will be made at the opening plenary. Amendments may be offered at this time and require a majority vote to adopt.

A list of questions developed to help Leagues ask specific questions that will assist them in identifying issues and problems that may exist at various points in the election process.

Visit Chicago’s celebrated architecture, both old and new.  

At this time we have reached our capacity and are unable to accept additional registrations. 

Deadline for submission extended to April 27. 

Tickets are now on sale for the Comedy Night fundraiser on Friday evening at the Chicago Hilton. This event is hosted by the LWV of Illinois and features The Second City Improv All-Stars. 

Per LWVUS Bylaws, in order to vote at Convention 2018, a League must have met its Per Member Payment (PMP) obligation in full for fiscal year 2017-18 (July 1, 2017-June 30, 2018), as well as for previous fiscal years. Leagues that are unable to fulfill their financial obligation and wish to vote at Convention 2018 may file a hardship claim with the LWVUS Board.

The process that Leagues should use to propose amendments to the bylaws for Convention 2018.

The program planning process is one of the important ways we focus our grassroots work to align the organization on our issue priorities and our mission. 

Learn more about the historic Hilton Chicago.

We invite you to save these dates and plan to join hundreds of passionate and engaged leaders for this vibrant national gathering in Chicago next June.

Guide to Program Planning 2016-2018 includes a letter from LWVUS President Elisabeth MacNamara;  Planning LWVUS Program for 2016-2018 which outlines our work and the LWVUS Board proposal for a campaign: Making Democracy Work; and the Guide to Program Planning.  These materials provide information about the program planning process, report on our activity in 2014-2016, and present the LWVUS proposal for education and action in the next biennium.

To help you plan ahead, here are some key Convention-related dates.