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.

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MAKE PLANS NOW TO ATTEND THE 2014 COUNCIL MEETING - APRIL 26

It is an even numbered year, and that means it's Council Meeting time. President Anne Sterling has announced that this year's meeting will be held on April 26 in Fairfax County at the Hilton Garden Inn in the Fair Oaks area. Two delegates from each League are allowed officially to vote, but all Leaguers are encouraged to turn out for this biennial event. Of special interest is a panel of election experts who will discuss the topic "Virginia's Election Practices and the Presidential Commission On Election Administration Recommendations" Read More

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.

FEBRUARY EDITION OF THE VIRGINIA VOTER IS NOW AVAILABLE

Items contained in this issue include: President's Message, First Call for Council, "Making Democracy Work" Awards Luncheon Information (including Registration form); Prison Based Gerrymandering, Program Planning Effectively, New Website Arrangement, Women's Monument in Richmond, Carswell Recognized for Service, Health Care Working, Women Affected by ID Changes, Hernandez Compiles Directory, State Board Recommends New Position, Revisiting Election Process in Fairfax, and League Lobby Day Invites Action. Click Here to read this issue.

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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