Making Democracy Work

About Us

What is our mission? How are we structured? What is our history?

Our Mission and Roles

The League of Women Voters of Scarsdale is a volunteer nonpartisan political organization that promotes political responsibility through informed and active participation of citizens in government. The League is nonpartisan in that it does not support or oppose any political party or candidate for public office, but the League encourages its members, as individuals, to take part fully in the political process. The League is political in that it takes positions on selected governmental issues after serious member study and consensus.

The League of Women Voters has two separate and distinct roles.

Friendly Timekeepers at LWVS Candidate Forum (Nan and Carolyn)
  • Voter Services/Citizen Ed.: we present unbiased nonpartisan information about elections, the voting process and issues at the national, state and local levels. The Scarsdale League sponsors Youth Services programs, such as Students Inside Albany, to educate young people about the democratic process. We also present speakers on issues of interest to our community at our bi-annual luncheons.

Former co-president, Janice Starr, opens the Membership meeting on the 2019 SBNC Election
  • Action/Advocacy: while we are nonpartisan, after study and agreement on positions through our consensus process, we advocate for or against particular issues in the public interest. To conduct our voter service and citizen education activities, we use funds from the League of Women Voters Education Foundation of New York State, which is a 501(c)(3) corporation, a nonprofit educational organization. The League of Women Voters of Scarsdale, a membership organization, conducts action and advocacy and is a nonprofit 501(c)(4) corporation.

Our Vision, Beliefs, and Intentions guide our activities.

Our Organization

2019-2020 Executive Committee

Our Committees and Portfolios

Read descriptions of each of the LWVS committees.
2018-2019 Co-President, Linda Doucette-Ashman and Board member and Social Media Portfolio co-chair, Joan Bowen

Other League Organizations

The LWV Scarsdale is also a member of:

History of the League of Women Voters

Read a short History of the League of Women Voters. The fascinating story of Scarsdale's Suffragists should not be missed!