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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.

A Note About the Virginia Primary Ballot

The Virginia Department of Elections website now contains information on the candidates in the presidential primaries. Unfortunately it does not reflect the current list of candidates.

When the Republican Party officially notifies the Department of Election that Rick Santorum and Rand Paul (or others to come) suspended their campaigns and the Democratic party does the same about O'Malley. The Department of Election will put a note on the website.  There will be no posters at the polls; the parties will take care of that with their flyers at the doors if they desire.    The website is controlled by the Department of Elections.  The State Board of Elections sets policy; they are now two different entities.  The SBE drew the order of the ballot in December and ALL the ballots have been printed (we vote on paper now) so the names will still appear in that order as no one is going to cross the names out. To view the latest list published by the Virginia Department of Elections click here.

The League of Women Voters is encouraging more people who qualify to vote absentee by mail or in person to help with lines. So far they are planning for a 45 percent turnout, higher than during last fall's election. Most precincts are in schools and most will be open to students primary Day.

Keeping Up With the Times: Articles Worth Reading

Recommended reading for Leaguers desiring to stay abreast of current happenings of interest in the promotion of the advocacy and education of the Commonwealth's voters. Have a suggested article? Send the URL to

The Centennial Rally for Equal Rights February 16

ERA YESAnnouncing a rally at the Virginia State Capitol on Tuesday, February 16, 2016!
More than a century has passed since our foremothers rallied for suffrage on the Virginia Capitol steps in 1915. Suffrage was only the beginning. The Suffragists also worked for the Equal Rights Amendment. Read More


The 2016 Women's Legislative Roundtable kicked off on January 20. Sessions will continue to be held each Wednesday morning and a summary report will be posted on the website on the following Friday. To read these reports click here


The 2016 LWV-VA Legislative Directory is now available on line. Click here, download the file to your computer and use the + button to enlarge the document to a readable size. Print the sections needed and make your needed contacts.

A New Look at the Redistricting Issue

OneVirginia2021 recently released a video entitled "Jerry Mandering Announces Re-Election Campaign" that shouldn't be missed by anyone concerned about the current redistricting process in Virginia. Click Here to view the video.


The League of Women Voters of Virginia has just released two public service announcements--"2016 Resolutions for Voter Empowerment" and "Presidential Primary Day - Are You Ready? encouraging citizens to be ready for Virginia's March 1 Presidential Primaries.

The first video is called "2016 Resolutions for Voter Empowerment"--encouraging citizens to be ready for Virginia's March 1 presidential primaries. The under-one-minute video asks the viewer to resolve to vote in every upcoming election and to become aware of the issues. It also makes the point that normally very few voters decide who runs for President. To view the video, click here.

The second video is called "Are You Ready?" [for the Primary]. It includes more dates, including deadlines for requesting absentee ballots To view the video click here

January Issue of the The Virginia Voter Now Available Online

As we start the New Year and the beginning of the 2016 legislative session timely articles are included to help members keep abreast of the happenings in Richmond. Click here to read the Voter.

Key Articles include:
  • State League Releases Videos
  • League to Host Lobby Day
  • Local League Happenings
  • Liaisons to Local Leagues Appointed
  • Legislative Priorities for 2016
  • Effective Outreach Improves Voter Rates
  • Leaguers Appointed to State Advisory Commission

League Announces its Legislative Priorities for Upcoming 2016 General Assembly Session

Voting rights and voter protection, public safety, criminal justice, redistricting, safe protected environment and women's rights are the key areas that members of the League of Women Voters of Virginia will be lobbying for improvement when the legislature kicks off its 2016.

The Virginia General Assembly convened January 13th and will run through the middle of March to process hundreds and hundreds of legislative proposals during the 60-day session. The Virginia League of Women Voters is dedicated to analyzing these proposals and then advocating in support or opposition when they are supported by our Positions.

Setting priorities for action is necessary because of the vast number of legislative proposals. We want all members to be prepared to respond to requests for specific grassroots lobbying. Action alerts will give specifics on the bills so that members can respond with messages to individual legislators.

To learn more about the League's priorities (briefly summarized) for 2016 and ideas for action Click Here.

To read the League's brief position statements Click Here.

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