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State Board of Elections Updates Website
The Virginia State Board of Elections has updated its website to include a complete list of all candidates running for all offices in the November election. There are two lists: one for the state offices and the other for local offices. You can now reach these lists by clicking here
Don't remember who your elected officials are or which district you are in? Click here, enter your address and get the answers.
Redistricting Lawsuit Based Upon Virginia's Constitution
You may have read that OneVirginia2021has gathered some plaintiffs to sue state officials regarding the voting district lines in 11 state Senate and House Districts. Several of these plaintiffs are League members. The basis of this suit is that these district lines do not comply with the Virginia Constitution's stipulation that districts must be compact. While the League does not consider compactness the only criteria for fairness, it is the one in the Constitution that we can hang a lawsuit on. Named as defendants in the suit are some election officials we consider our friends but we all know who is responsible for the gerrymandered districts in question. To read the text of the suit, click here
Third Congressional District Comments Submitted
Things are happening in Virginia regarding the need to reform the redistricting process! Two items have just been put on the website that will be of interest in this fight. Your state board recently agreed to sign on to the comments sent to the Special Master who is in charge of redrawing the lines for the Third Congressional District. The deadline for those comments was September 18 and we were able to turn around getting board and LWVUS approval in a very short time. The comments were drafted by the President of the OneVirginia2021 Board of Directors. You may recall that the basis of the original decision was connected to racial inequality issues. To read these comments Click Here
League of Women Voters of Virginia Joins With Prince William County and Others to Commemorate 50th Anniversary of Voting Rights Act
Mark your calendars for September 25 at 5 p.m. and come out and join us to celebrate this historic day in our history. Listen to individual speakers, a panel discussion, try out the new voting equipment and even register to vote. The event will be held at the Little Union Baptist Church in Dumfries, VA. For more information, click here
To view a video on YouTube that was prepared by the PW County Communications Department containing interviews of some of our residents and footage of President Johnson and MLK, Jr., click here.
LWV of Virginia To Hold Public Forum on "Structures of Democracy"
"Money in Politics" and "Amending the US Constitution" will be the subjects of a public forum and workshop scheduled by the League of Women Voters of Virginia for October 1 in Richmond. The two topics represent subjects on which the LWVUS has prepared extensive materials and is asking for input from local Leagues nationwide. The public is encouraged to hear two speakers on the topics and to join in the discussion.
The forum will be held in the Virginia Capitol Building, House Rm. 3, through the entrance at 1000 Bank Street, starting at 9:45 with registration and coffee.
10:00 Dr. Dan Palazzolo, Prof. of Political Science, U. of Richmond: "Money in Politics" (to enhance our understanding of the new schemes and structures used to influence elections and erode protections against corruption, and to review possible responses to counter them)
11:30 Buffet Lunch Senate Room 3: (Cost $30.00 per person)
12:00 Gail M. Deady, Women's Rights Legal Fellow, ACLU of Virginia: "Amending the US Constitution" (to attempt to arrive at agreement on what the ideal process should entail, in view of the fact that the Constitution itself does not spell this out clearly)
1:00 Break/ (move back to House Rm. 3)
1:30 Workshop on LWV consensus process/ sharing of LWVUS- provided materials for the Money in Politics and Constitutional Amendment studies
To register for this event click here.
League of Women Voters Calls for Transparency in Virginia Redistricting Process
As the General Assembly meets in special session to redraw the maps for Virginia's congressional districts, the League of Women Voters of Virginia calls on the General Assembly to ensure that the process is as transparent as possible. Click Here
to read the full statement.
OneVirginia2021 Calls for Transparency in Redistricting; Sets Criteria for Fair and Open Process
LWV-VA is working closely with OneVirginia2021 on redistricting issues. The Governor has called a special meeting of the Legislature for August 17 on redistricting to comply with a court order on redistricting. We were among the first members of OneVirginia. Here's the latest "call to action" from its executive director! Please help and sign their petition, if you possibly can!
Click Here to sign the petition. To read the press release, click here
Dianne and Lois
2015 ELECTION CALENDAR
2015 is a busy election year in Virginia with all seats in the General Assembly and most local governing bodies up for election. A complete list can be found here
WELCOME CHANGES TO RESTORATION OF RIGHTS PROCESS ANNOUNCED
On June 23, 2015, Governor McAuliffe announced two changes to the restoration of rights process, representing th latest steps in pursuit of his priority to ensure all Virginians have the opportunity to exercise their voting and civil rights. Read More
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