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The League of Women Voters is a nonpartisan political organization encouraging the informed and active participation in government. It influences public policy through education and advocacy.

Second Call for the LWV-VA Convention

Announcing the second call for the LWV-VA Convention which will be held June 10 & 11 in Leesburg, VA. Click here to see the flyer.

Governor McAuliffe to House Republicans: Drop Your Defense of Gerrymandered Districts and Work with Me on Nonpartisan Redistricting

In the wake of yesterday's Supreme Court ruling on Virginia's House of Delegates redistricting plan, Governor Terry McAuliffe sent a letter today to House Speaker Bill Howell and Majority Leader Kirk Cox urging the Republican leaders to drop their legal defense of Virginia's gerrymandered district lines and work with him to pass a nonpartisan redistricting plan.

To read the full text of the letter Click Here.

To read the Supreme Court's 7-1 opinion Click Here.

Why this nearly 100-year-old organization is seeing a resurgence thanks to Trump's election

By Colby Itkowitz February 9 at 6:57 AM

A friend suggested to Marie Gauthier (on right) that she check out the League of Women Voters as a way to channel her sudden urge to be more civically engaged after November's election. But Gauthier had to call her friend back with bad news. It looks wonderful, she recalled telling her friend, but there's not a chapter here in Franklin County in central Massachusetts. To which her friend replied: "So, maybe you should start one then."

Read entire article Here.

Standing Room Only for WLRT on League Day in Richmond

League Day at the General Assembly was attended by Leaguers from 12 Leagues around the state with over 40 people in total. Many arrived the day before and attended a strategy session to hear the latest happenings from Carol Noggle, our Legislative Coordinator. Attendees felt the session answered the questions on their minds and helped them better understand what to pass on to their legislators. Read More.

LWV-VA Receives Grant for Election Modernization Initiative

LWV-VA recently received a grant to advocate for Automatic Voter Registration (AVR). We're excited about this grant and how our Local Leagues (LLs) can benefit by advocating for AVR, with promotion of redistricting reform and No-Excuse-Needed Absentee Voting (NEAV) as an added advocacy focus.

WHAT IS AUTOMATIC VOTER REGISTRATION (AVR)? The Problem: Our outdated paper-based voter registration system diminishes full participation of eligible Virginians in our elections. Our online voter registration system is cumbersome and not always available in a timely way. Resources for modernization are limited. Virginians do not have full confidence in the election process. The Solution: We need to make common sense reforms to modernize Virginia's voter registration system to be smart, secure, and efficient so every eligible Virginian can make their voice heard without barriers and obstacles. Modernization is needed in order to serve Virginians properly and fairly, to promote confidence, and to ensure integrity in our election administration. How we get there: It will take all of us lifting up our voices to ask our elected officials to support modernization of our voter registration system. Our influence is needed to decrease the barriers to participation in voting and to promote the integrity of our elections.

For details about this initiative, how you can be involved, go to our website under "Election Modernization" under "Members Information" or Click Here.

2017 Legislative Priorities Announced

Although we will focus on AVR and other election modernization proposals this year, many other issues are of interest to Leaguers. Our Priorities are available on our website. Click Here.

The Virginia General Assembly convenes January 11th to process hundreds and hundreds of legislative proposals during the 45-day session. The League of Women Voters of Virginia is dedicated to analyzing these proposals and then advocating in support or opposition when they are germane to our Positions. Setting priorities for action is necessary because of the vast number of proposals. Go to "Legislative Priorities" on the Members Information section of the menu for the updated list of the legislative focus of Virginia's Leaguers.

Upcoming: State Consensus on Fracking

LWV-VA is preparing a fracking program for consensus that will culminate at LWV-VA's June Convention. Hydraulic fracturing (a.k.a. fracking or fracing) is a method to release natural gas and oil trapped inside bedrock that could not be economically retrieved with traditional methods. Fracking is a fiercely debated political and environmental issue. Advocates believe it is a safe and economical source of clean energy that provides jobs, assures energy independence, and boosts the economy. Critics claim it pollutes the air and drinking water, affects health, promotes seismic activity, contributes to the greenhouse gases, and will delay the development of renewable energy sources.

League of Women Voters of Virginia - Natural Resources website has been developed to provide members with a source of materials for League studies pertaining to natural resources.

Click Here to access information on fracking.

The League of Women Voters Is Changing

In its 96th year, the League of Women Voters (LWV or League) is committed to change. The clear message emanating from the recent LWVUS 52nd Convention in D.C. is that in order to meet the challenge of staying relevant in 21st century America, we must find ways to successfully engage today's fast-paced, technologically advanced, and more diverse electorate, even if that means changing the way we do things.

As newly elected LWVUS President Chris Carson said in the June 24 "League Update" about the 2016 Convention: "There were key themes of change, focus, engagement and urgency woven into each corner of the weekend." She further states: "We've invited you on a change journey to work with us in telling our collective story and creating our winning plan. That means accelerating the pace of change within the League and having a bias toward action, taking advantage of alternative engagement opportunities, focusing our agenda, and wrestling with the tough questions of whether our current structure and approaches reflect a 21st century organization." Click Here to go directly to the full article.

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