Educating Citizens

A primary mission of the LWV is education of citizens through the distribution of unbiased, non-partisan information on candidates, ballot issues, and the voting process. The LWV Alachua County/ Gainesville regularly conducts local candidate forums and forums concerning local and state issues. The LWV has never and will never endorse candidates for any office. We do sometimes take positions on ballot issues, but never candidates.

We often bring different perspectives together to share information and we operate from the belief that even controversial topics can be discussed in a civil, fair and respectful fashion. We undertake this because we believe deeply that the public should hear different views on the issues facing our communities and our nation. An honest and respectful sharing of ideas is vital to the functioning of our democracy and so as a citizen, you can make your own best decisions on issues or candidates.

Educated and informed voters are the key to our democracy. We work to educate voters about candidates and we also distribute educational materials about state and local elections rules. In an effort to foster civic engagement and provide needed information to voters, League members host candidate forums and provide straightforward information on candidates and ballot issues. Through both print and online resources, including BeReadytoVote.com, we equip voters with essential information about the election process, including polling place hours and locations, ballot information, early or absentee voting rules, voter registration deadlines, ID requirements and more.

In addition to registering and educating voters, the League is committed to mobilizing voters year-round, each and every year, including for local and off-year elections. Through direct outreach, local activities and working with the media, we provide accurate and timely information to enable all eligible voters to vote.