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State League Initiates Effort to Encourage College Students to Register to Vote

The League of Women Voters of Virginia Co-Presidents Lois Page and Dianne Blais have announced a major effort by the Leagues in Virginia to encourage college student to register to vote in time for the November election. "Many college students are so entrenched in college life studies that they forget they have a right and duty to participate in the election process. For various reasons they are not registered," stated Page. This has resulted in the creation of a campaign to provide questions and answers on registering to vote.

The League has prepared a flyer with five key questions in order to clear up misconceptions about the registration process. These flyers will be distributed around college campuses in Virginia by the 12 local Leagues around the state in time to allow students to register before the October 17 cut-off date.

Click Here> to access the flyer.

McAuliffe Says Felons Whose Rights Are Restored Will Get 'Thorough Review' By State Agencies

Calling rights restoration "an issue of basic justice," Gov. Terry McAuliffe announced Monday that he had restored the rights of more than 13,000 felons on a case-by-case basis and will continue to do so for the rest of about 206,000 ex-offenders

He said felons whose rights he restores will have been subjected to a "thorough review" that involves more than a half-dozen agencies. McAuliffe's administration still has not released the list of the approximately 206,000 felons subject to his April 22 order that was overturned.

"We will proceed," McAuliffe said to the crowd of recently restored voters, elected leaders and administration officials during a noon ceremony at the Virginia Civil Rights Memorial on Capitol Square in Richmond. "I will not stand down."

The governor said each of the 13,000 people who had registered to vote before the Supreme Court overturned his order was mailed an individual letter Friday indicating that their rights had been restored after a review. Accompanying the letter was a voter registration card, so they can re-register.

Click Here to read the entire Richmond-Times Dispatch article.

State Senator Surovell Introduces ERA Ratification Bill

Senator Scott Surovell, representing the 36th State Senatorial District, has prefiled Senate Joint Resolution 221 that would ratify the Equal Rights Amendment. This is good news for Leaguers in Virginia, who have been pushing for passage of the legislation for many years.

Only three more states are needed to ratify the amendment to the U.S. Constitution. Many Americans do not realize that the amendment has not been officially added to the constitution. Virginia is one of only 11 states that has not ratified this amendment.

Click Here to read the Senator's bill.

Fall Workshop Plans Finalized

Keynoting this year's workshop will be Meg Heubeck, UVA Center for Politics, Director of Instruction for the Youth Leadership Initiative. Her address is entitled "Promoting Civic Participation in an Age of Polarization." This timely topic will be of interest to all members as Election Day approaches.

In addition to Ms Heubeck's presentation, individual workshop topics include proposed Constitutional amendments, fracking study committee report, gun safety task force update, helpful information dealing with candidate debates/ Forums /Meet & Greets, issues, electronic media.

For more details and the registration form Click Here.

To learn more about Ms Heubeck, Click Here.

The Reason for Women's Equality Day is 96 Years Young!

On August 26, our nation celebrates the Women's Equality Day for the 96th time. In only four years, we will be celebrating the centennial of this historic day recognizing the ratification of the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which gave women the right to vote and to full citizenship for the very first time. Read More.

Appeals court strikes down North Carolina's voter-ID law

A federal appeals court on Friday struck down North Carolina's requirement that voters show identification before casting ballots and reinstated an additional week of early voting, finding that legislators had acted with "discriminatory intent" in imposing strict election rules.

To read the article in the Washington Post click here

Voting Rights Group Successfully Intervenes in Virginia Voter Purge Case

League of Women Voters of Virginia said proposed purging would have threatened eligible voters in November election.

At Friday's federal court hearing in Alexandria, Virginia, the League of Women Voters of Virginia's request to intervene in an ongoing legal battle there was granted. A self-styled "election integrity" group had sued the city's registrar in an attempt to pressure her into conducting an unnecessary and improper purge of the voter rolls in advance of the 2016 election.

To protect eligible voters from unlawful disenfranchisement, the League had also filed a proposed legal brief supporting the City of Alexandria's effort to dismiss the plaintiffs' claim that the city's process for updating its voter rolls violates the National Voter Registration Act (NVRA).

Click Here to read the full text of the press release.

Analysis: Virginians Whose Voting Rights Have Been Restored Overwhelmingly Nonviolent, Completed Sentences More Than A Decade Ago

On May 11, Governor Terry McAuliffe released a statistical analysis of demographic and other characteristics of the population of former Virginia felons whose rights the Governor restored with his historic April 22nd order.

The analysis reveals that the average time since release and completion of parole or probation is 11.1 years. The average age of this population is 45.9 years. Previous to his April 22nd order, Governor McAuliffe offered immediate restoration of rights to nonviolent felons and imposed a 3-year waiting period on any violent felons. According to this analysis, 93.4% of individuals covered by the April 22nd order would have been qualified before that date.

To read more of this report Click Here

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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