Making Democracy Work

Making Democracy Work in Virginia

The League of Women Voters of Virginia, a nonpartisan political organization of men and women, encourages informed and active participation in government, works to increase understanding of major public policy issues, and influences public policy through education and advocacy.

STAY INFORMED - there's an election coming near you soon.

MEET THE CANIDATES FOR 48TH DISTRICT SEAT + VA HOUSE OF DELEGATES + August 11

George Mason University's School of Public Policy & State & Local Government Leadership Center are proud to host a debate between the two candidates running to succeed Delegate Bob Brink (D) in the 48th District of the Virginia House of Delegates. Read More.

Comments Requested on Voter ID Regulations By Aug. 4

The League of Women Voters supports retention of the current definition of "valid" that was adopted on June 10th and urges you to submit comments to the SBE (now Virginia Department of Elections).  We believe that the current definition clearly reflects the purpose of the ID, which is to demonstrate that the person proposing to vote is the person whose photo is on the ID. Read More. To see the official comments submitted by the LWV-VA, Click Here.

ACTION ALERT - Comments Solicited on Targeted Regulations on Abortion Providers (TRAP)

Each of our boards should immediately--- strongly-- urge our members to post comments on the TRAP Review-- which we are very lucky to have happening. Our comments will put new leverage in the hands of the Governor. Right now, he needs a boost-- and deserves it. Read More.

SPECIAL CONVENTION EDITION OF THE VIRGINIA VOTER

Everything you ever wanted to know about the 2014 LWVUS National Convention is now available on line. To read the Voter, Click Here.

The State of Voting in 2014

The Brennan Center for Justice at New York University School of Law recently published an article on the "State of Voting in 2014," by Wendy Weiser and Erik Opsal that does an excellent job of summarizing today's situation. Read More.

2014 Positioned for Action Now Available

As a result of the last council meeting a revised position on uranium mining was adopted. The new policy is now on the website for your convenience.

To read the abbreviated version, click here.

To read the full version, click here.

VIDEO OF PANEL DISCUSSION FROM COUNCIL MEETING NOW AVAILABLE ON LINE

The panel discussion at the 2014 Council Meeting, entitled "Virginia's Election Practices and the Presidential Commission of Election Administration Recommendations" is now available on U-Tube. To view this video Click Here.

Business, Debate and Panel Made for an Interesting Council

Council Meeting 2014 was a satisfying mix of tending to League business, acknowledging League officers, hearing from local Leagues present, holding vigorous debate regarding a uranium mining amendment to our water positions, and kicking off our latest LWVUS grant for Public Advocacy for Voter Protection.

The afternoon program was a fascinating look at various local electoral board issues. Therese Martin, PAVP Coordinator, arranged for a star-studded panel of election experts. To watch the video recording of the proceedings click here. To view photos of the event Click Here.

LATEST GENERAL ASSEMBLY REPORT NOW AVAILABLE

To Read the General Assembly report, Click Here

PRESIDENT STERLING URGES U.S. CENSUS BUREAU TO CHANGE REPORTING SYSTEM FOR PRISONERS

The League of Women Voters of Virginia asks the Census Bureau to change the way it reports incarcerated prisoners for redistricting purposes.  Presently, the Bureau reports incarcerated prisoners as residents of their prison locations rather than as residents of their home addresses.  In Virginia, prisoners are not eligible to vote and remain residents of their home addresses while in prison. The Census Bureau's practice of counting prisoners as if they were residents of the prison leads to prison-based gerrymandering. Read More. Also read related article from the February issue of The Virginia Voter Here.

SUPPORT MEDICAID EXPANSION

Adequate health care for everyone is essential. The Affordable Care Act will pay 100% of the costs for expanding Medicaid for the first three years and 90% thereafter. Contact your legislators or write a letter to the editor and let them know we want Medicaid Exapansion in Virginia now. For talking points click here.

Read Linda Rice's Letter to the Editor

Urge Congress to Restore the Voting Rights Act

Representatives James Sensenbrenner (R-WI), John Conyers (D-MI), Bobby Scott (D-VA), John Lewis (D-GA), and Senate Judiciary Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-VT) introduced common sense legislation that would repair and restore the Voting Rights Act. This bipartisan effort to fix the damage done by the U.S. Supreme Court's decision in Shelby v. Holder is necessary to restore and protect the rights of voters across the country. Read More.

Tell Congress you support the Voting Rights Act!

EPA PUBLISHES CARBON POLLUTION STANDARD - THIS IS A GAME CHANGER!

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has published a groundbreaking new proposal, creating the first-ever federal carbon pollution standard for every new power plant built in America. This is a game changer for the climate + especially because power plants are our single largest source of carbon pollution.

Stand with the League and support this groundbreaking regulation to ensure a cleaner, healthier future for everyone. For more information, click here.





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