Making Democracy Work

Election Modernization Initiative

LWV-VA recently received a grant to advocate for AVR (Automatic Voter Registration). We're excited about this grant and how our LLs (local leagues) can benefit by advocating for AVR, with promotion of redistricting reform and no-excuse-needed absentee voting (NEAV) as an added benefit.

LWV-VA Grant: ELECTION MODERNIZATION INITIATIVE

ELECTION MODERNIZATION INITIATIVE LWV-VA recently received a grant to advocate for AVR (Automatic Voter Registration). We're excited about this grant and how our LLs (local leagues) can benefit by advocating for AVR, with promotion of redistricting reform and no-excuse-needed absentee voting (NEAV) as an added benefit. What is Automatic Voter Registration (AVR)? Are we only speaking about AVR with the registrars and legislators?

Click here for more information about fulfilling the grant, including hotel reservations, surveys, RSVPs for the WLRT, and more.

Download the LWV-VA Grant Explanation of how Local Virginia Leagues Can Now Earn Money While Promoting a Some Good Causes here.

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The Problem: Our outdated paper-based voter registration system diminishes full participation of eligible Virginians in our elections.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 properly and fairly serve Virginians, 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.

Read our The Leave Behind on Automatic Voter Registration here. Watch for upcoming Bill numbers in an Action Alert.

Are we only speaking about AVR with the registrars and legislators?

We will focus on AVR and other election modernization proposals this year, but many other issues are of interest to Leaguers.

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. Read the 2017 LWV-VA Legislative Priorities here.

Read our The Leave Behind on Automatic Voter Registration here. Watch for upcoming Bill numbers in an Action Alert.

2017 WOMEN'S LEGISLATIVE ROUNDTABLES

2017 WOMEN'S LEGISLATIVE ROUNDTABLES

Virginia League Members and friends are cordially invited to gather at the General Assembly Building in Richmond for one or all of the series of Women's Legislative Round Tables on five consecutive Wednesdays starting January 18. Sessions are slated from 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. and will provide attendees a chance to meet some of our leading legislators and hear about their hopes and plans for this session.

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.

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 is scheduled for Wednesday, Feb. 1 when we will be recognized from the floor of the House and Senate.