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.

LAST CHANCE TO COMMENT ON PROPOSED PHOTO ID REQUIREMENTS

Over 400 comments have been posted on Virginia's Town Hall in response to a proposed State Board of Elections regulation that would overturn one they adopted in early June, supported by the LWV, which allows the use of eligible IDs with expired dates for voting in elections beginning this November. Deadline for comments is August 4.  Read More.

U.S. SENATE CANDIDATE ACCEPTS PEOPLE'S DEBATE INVITATION

AARP Virginia and the League of Women Voters of Virginia are pleased to announce that U.S. Senate candidate Ed Gillespie has agreed to participate in the People's Debate on October 13. - Read More.

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.

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.





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