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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.

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

Today (5/11/16) 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

Information in Preparation for Council

In order for delegates to prepare for the June council meeting, the agenda and the proposed Operating Fund budget are now available on our website.

Click Here for the agenda.
Click Here for the Operating Fund budget.
Click Here for the Education Fund budget.
Click Here for Minutes of the 2014 Council Meeting.
Click Here for schedule and the registration form.

Call for the Biennial Council Meeting of LWV-VA

When? Saturday, June 4, 2016 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Call to Council

Where? At the beautiful Virginia Diocesan Center at Roslyn, 8727 River Road, Richmond, VA. 23229

Who? Two members from each local League (preferably the president and another officer) plus the State Board will be voting members at the Council business meeting from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m.

Who else? Every Leaguer is urged to come as your state board is planning a very useful program

What program? Tentative plans call for a panel of Millennials who will give us insights into how we might reach and involve them (11:00-12:30), some updated information about expanded voter service initiatives, (during lunch from 12:30 to 2:00) and a series of League related workshops. (2:00 -2:45).

Food? Registrants at 9:00 will find coffee and snacks on hand, a cookie break will occur midmorning and the lunch is guaranteed to be delicious.

Overnight? Accommodations are available to persons wishing to stay overnight. More information to come.

In conclusion? Mark your calendars for June 4.

Click Here for schedule and the registration form.

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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