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.
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."
"The League looks forward to reaching a diverse new audience of listeners across the country," said Chris Carson, president of the League of Women Voters of the United States. "The Labor community has a strong record in elections and we embrace the opportunity to have thoughtful discussions about issues that impact American voters." Read More.
The WLRT gatherings--set for Jan. 18 and 25 and February 1, 8 and 15--will be held in various rooms in the GAB. Attendees are urged to check with the receptionist at the entrance. Check for more details on hotel reservations, strategy sessions the previous evening, and debriefing arrangements by going to "Election Modernization Initiative" under Members Information in the menu on our website. It is important to sign up for your preferred training session(s) on our Sign-Up Genius invitation.
The WLRTs mark their 36th year of existence this year. In 1980, female state legislators were looking to form an organization to educate and equip women to be more effective in changing the laws. The League was uniquely positioned to take on the task. Our leaders agreed to become the moderators of this weekly forum during the General Assembly session, designed as an exchange of information. The first session was convened in January of 1981.
Come and join your fellow Leaguers and coalition members in this fascinating peek inside the workings of our lawmakers' efforts. League of Women Voters Day in Richmond is scheduled for Wednesday, Feb. 1 when we will be recognized from the floor of the House and Senate.
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 The Problem: Our outdated paper-based voter registration system diminishes full participation of eligible Virginians in our elections.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.
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.
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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.
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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.