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2017 Statewide Primaries + Your Vote Counts

Are you registered to vote? Is your voter information up to date with your registrar? You only have until May 27 to take action to be able to vote in the Primary. Click Here for more information.

Important Information You Need to Know for Virginia's Primary Day

June 13 is Primary Day for the Republicans AND Democrats. This often leads to confusion on the part of some voters since you will be voting at your regular voting site regardless of which primary you choose. Here's what you need to know:

1. When you check in, you will be asked "Do you wish to vote in the Democrat Party Primary or the Republican Party Primary?" This allows the election officer to give you the proper ballot and note your choice in the pollbook.
2. State laws require separate ballots and pollbooks.
3. All persons qualified to vote may vote in either primary, but may not vote in both primaries.
4. You may not be challenged on your choice of a primary.
5. Virginia does not have a party registration. You will not be registered with that party.

The important thing to remember is to encourage your friends and neighbors to participate in this primary election. That's what the League is all about!

Wear Orange on Gun Violence Awareness Day

On Friday evening, June 2, the Virginia chapter of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America will host a Wear Orange rally at Market Square in Old Town, Alexandria in honor of Gun Violence Awareness Day. Programming includes remarks from elected officials and other special guests, and a performance by the Gay Men's Chorus of Washington, D.C. to pay tribute to the victims of the Pulse massacre and all LGBTQA people who have been victims of gun violence. Join us in your favorite orange as we gather with faith leaders, survivors, community leaders, and community organizations for this important event Can't Attend the rally? Show your support by wearing orange on June 2. .Read More.

Convention Time is rapidly approaching - Register by June 2

We are closing in on our convention date and Leaguers need to mark their calendars and register. The deadline for room reservations in MAY 12 to guarantee the League rate of $90/night +tax (Double Occupancy). Contact the hotel directly and be sure to let them know you are with the League.

Speakers have been contracted and should challenge members to plan ahead as we continue to work on the protecting voter rights. Nancy Rodrigues, Virginia Secretary for Administration, Dahlia Lithwick, Senior Editor of Slate, Lloyd Leonard, Senior Director for Advocacy of LWVUS, and Brenda Rogers, LWVUS Liaison to LWV-VA will bring up-to-date on key issues effecting the League.

Break out sessions planned include: 1) Voters' & Civil Rights in Virginia; 2) What's Next for Redistricting in Virginia? 3) Report on the 2017 United Nations Commission on the Status of Women; 4) Gun Safety: Can the Tide be Turned? 5) Transparency Virginia; 5) ERA: 2 Away!

In preparation for the convention, delegates who will be voting can review items that will be discussed under the Members Information page. Click Here

This year we are asking you to register and Pay Online using PayPal at SignUpGenius. Watch for instructions that will be available soon. Registration can be mailed in if you are uncomfortable paying online.

Click Here to register for the convention using the mail in registration form.

Click Here to register for the convention using the preferred SignUp Genius method.

League Announces the Release of Two New Reports

The League announce tow new reports.

Lois Page and Dianne Blais, Co-Presidents of the League of Women Voters of Virginia announced the release of reports on voter activities in Virginia in the 2016 elections and the 2017 General Assembly. According to Page, "We hope this is the beginning of increased data collection so that we can make a better case for the value of our efforts. Thanks to all who responded and made this possible."

"Virginia Results of the LWVUS Voter Service Study for the 2016 General Election" All thirteen of the Leagues in Virginia participated in this effort to varying degrees. Total voters registered to vote reached 2,100 due to the 2,300 volunteer hours put in at 155 events. All the usual methods and materials were utilized in the effort to register and encourage people to vote. Four key areas were examined and the lessons learned included: 1.) Voter registration - Leaguers could consider increasing the outreach to some of the other categories listed in the survey, such as in minority communities. 2.) Leagues might consider turning their voter registration drives into a more full-service voting information opportunity. 3.) Voter Protection and Get Out the Vote. We all need to find different ways to remind people to vote. 4.) Visibility and Recruitment - Leaguers have obviously learned the value of working with other organizations. 

Click here to read the full report.

"Working the General Assembly - The League in Action" Representatives from each League, 112 in all, responded to the request for input on their activities in support of the Election Modernization grant. Strategy sessions were held the night before each Women's Legislative Round Table (WLRT) to prepare and update participants on what to expect the following day. The 38 attendees over the five evenings were provided talking points for use with Legislators.

Seventy-two Leaguers reported on their visits to their Legislators (42 in all) after the WLRTs and 32 attended committee meetings the day before or later on Wednesdays. Around one-third of the state's Legislators were visited. Redistricting discussions were the number one topic (discussed 35 times), school discipline was second and voter suppression was third. Most visits were made by a single individual, but in other cases groups of two or more went together on visits.

Click here to read "Working the General Assembly".

Hear Ye, Hear Ye!! Calling all Virginians!!

This is an important election year for VA. The Governor, LG, AG, and all 100 seats in the House of Delegates are up for election.

If you know of any 17-year olds who will be 18 by the next General Election day (November 7th, 2017) please take note of the important information below. These 17-year old can register to vote now AND participate in the Primary on June 13th -- even though they're still 17!! They just need to be 18 by November 7th.

Here is the link to the VA Department of Elections website on how to register to vote & what the criteria for eligibility are. The easiest and most efficient way is Online, of course, where they can go ask their parents for their SS# in the privacy of their home. Read More

Keeping Up With the Times: Articles Worth Reading

Your Vote Counts. "Nobody will ever deprive the American people of the right to vote except the American people themselves and the only way they could do this is by not voting." Franklin D. Roosevelt