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LWV directory use not legitimate

It has come to our attention that some candidates for public office have distributed copies of the League of Women Voters’ nonpartisan directory of elected officials with the candidate’s name affixed to the cover. We would like to clear up the confusion caused by this misuse of League-produced citizen education material.  

The League of Women Voters is a nonpartisan political organization that neither rates nor supports candidates running for political office. We do, however, encourage active participation in government. To help citizens participate effectively, we publish a directory of elected officials that includes contact information for elective offices at the local, state and national level. We print 50,000 to 100,000 copies of the They Represent You (“TRY”) directory each year. The TRY is supported with donations from members, other organizations and local corporations. We distribute the directory free of charge through libraries, government offices, political parties and political organizations. Any label or imprinting attached to the TRY directory after distribution does not constitute endorsement or support from the League of Women Voters of Seattle. We do encourage you to pick up a copy of “They Represent You,” or bookmark it on our Web site: www.seattlelwv.org. It is our firm belief that “democracy is not a spectator sport” — and the League encourages you to learn more about your government and about candidates for public office.

Denise D. Smith

LWV Seattle

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