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The League of Women Voters is proud to be nonpartisan, neither supporting nor opposing candidates or political parties at any level of government, but always working on vital issues of concern to members and the public.
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About Us

The League of Women Voters of the United States is a nonpartisan political organization operating at the local, state, and national level. The League of Women Voters is officially nonpartisan at all levels — it neither supports nor opposes candidates or parties. The League of Women Voters of Texas was founded in 1919. Texas has over 33 local Leagues. The League of Women Voters of Dallas was founded in 1938, and is a non-profit 501 (c) 3 organization.

There are no requirements to become a Member of the League!  Our membership is open to all U.S. residents who are 16 years of age or older.   Please join the Dallas League and help us in our work in Dallas County to:

  • Encourage informed and active participation in government;
  • Work to increase understanding of major public policy issues; and 
  • Influence public policy through education and advocacy. 

When you join the League of Women Voters of Dallas you become a member of a team of passionate voters who work in all 50 states, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and in more than 1000 local Leagues!

Our volunteers work year-round to register new voters, host community forums and debates, and provide voters with election information they need.  The Dallas League engages in Dallas County and at the Texas state level on legislative priorities and efforts to improve our elections. 


Membership in the League of Women Votes of Dallas includes membership in LWV-Texas and LWVUS. Each level of the League works on issues appropriate to that level of the League.

Mission & Impact

Empowering voters. Defending democracy.

Empowering voters focuses on registering voters, protecting voters’ rights and providing information needed to make an informed vote. LWV-Dallas gathers and publishes a printed Voters Guide and uploads local information into prior to elections.

Impact: Following the 2018 midterms, Dallas County Elections data showed that students registered by the League voted at twice the rate of their age cohorts who were registered by others. From an internal review, the May 2019 Voters Guide covered more races in Dallas County (103 vs 61) and had higher response rate from candidates than the Dallas Morning News’s guide.

Defending democracy focuses on increasing voter participation and civic engagement. The League provides materials and guidance on how to interact with the elected officials on issues that affect your life and your community’s life. League studies cover all aspects of an issue, including the widely differing opinions held on that issue. LWV-Dallas publishes a Your Elected Officials Listing and hosts unit meetings to discuss issues.

Impact: On average, League members are more informed about current issues and become more active in their communities that most non-members. Some League members have founded nonprofit service organizations or run for political office. The LWV is known for its nonpartisanship and is widely respected at the Dallas Level.

Diversity Statement

The League of Women Voters of Dallas (LWV-Dallas) in both its values and practices affirms its belief in and commitment to diversity and pluralism. LWV-Dallas welcomes any person to participate in any activity of LWV-Dalllas regardless of gender, race, religion, age, sexual orientations, national origin, disability or political persuasion. LWV-Dallas recognizes that diverse perspectives are important and necessary for responsible and representative decision-making. LWV-Dallas subscribes to the belief that diversity and pluralism are fundamental to the values it upholds and that inclusiveness enhances its capability to respond more effectively to changing conditions and needs. LWV-Dallas affirms its commitment to reflecting diversity in its membership, board, staff, and programs.

History of the League in Dallas - Early Years


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The Texas League of Women Voters was formed on October 19, 1919 in San Antonio. The Dallas Morning News reported that the Dallas Woman’s Suffrage Association became the Dallas League of Women Voters as soon as its President, Nora Boren Mahoney, got back to Dallas from the statewide meeting. The Dallas League’s number with LWVUS, which is a chronological listing of local Leagues in each state, is consistent with it being founded in 1919, but it may have become dormant at some point before 1938.

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The United States League of Women Voters was officially created on February 14, 1920. On August 26, 1920 Congress ratified the 19th Amendment giving American women the right to vote at the state and national level.

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The Dallas chapter was formed as a branch of the Texas League of Women Voters.

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The Dallas chapter began its first full year in September with Mrs. E. L. DeGolyer (Neil) as president, Mrs. G. Abbot as vice president, and 58 more members. Read more of LWV-Dallas’s history

100 Years of Women Voting

On August 26, 1920, notice that the 36th state had ratified the 19th amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which granted all American women the right to vote, was received by the U.S. Secretary of State and became law. Suffragists in America had fought on the national level for 72 years for the right to cast a ballot. While we celebrate this milestone, we know we have further to go so that all women – all people – can vote.

Learn more about the last 100 years of Women Voting from LWVUS.

Learn about Texas heroines from LWV-TX who made a difference in voter’s rights.