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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.

WOMEN'S LEGOSLATIVE ROUNDTABLE NOTES FOR JANNUARY 19 NOW AVAILABLE

Each week after the Wednesday WLRT session the notes on the items discussed will be posted our WLRT page usually on Friday. There will not be any further announcements on this feature. To read these notes click here.

LEAGUE ISSUES PAPER ON "VOTING BEFORE ELECTION DAY"

Just in time for the opening of the 2015 General Assembly session, the LWV-VA issued a policy paper on the benefits and challenges of expanded early voting in Virginia. This paper, supported by the League of Women Voters Education Fund through a Public Advocacy for Voter Protection grant, was commissioned by the LWV-VA and prepared by the Election Law Program of the College of William & Mary Law School. It is designed to be used as background information by Virginia's legislators, election officials, civic organizations and citizens. The paper does not advocate any specific changes in law or practice and does not support or oppose any specific bill or regulation. For a copy of the paper, Click Here.

NEWS ARTICLE ON TRANSPARENCY VIRGINIA PRESS CONFERENCE

Transparency Virginia (TV) held its inaugural press conference on January 11. Anne Sterling represents the League of Women Voters of Virginia, one of the charter organizations of TV. The Richmond Times Dispatch has filed its report on the Transparency Coalition press conference.  Read More.

WINTER EDITION OF THE VIRGINIA VOTER NOW AVAILABLE ON WEBSITE

Highlights of This Issue
  • Information on the upcoming League Lobby Day
  • Hear about what Leaguers observed about Photo ID
  • Learn has been done with our Voter Protection Grant from the LWVUS Education Fund
  • Local League activities that deserve a state-wide mention
  • Learn what happened at the WLRT Pre-session  
  • Update on progress is being made in restoring felons' civil rights
  • Find out about a new League-led coalition called Transparency Virginia 

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LEAGUE LOBBY DAY SCHEDULED FOR FEBRUARY 4 IN RICHMOND

The day begins at 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.  The location is the General Assembly Building, Senate Conference Room, 3rd Floor West. Legislators join the group and talk about their priorities for the session. At 9:30 members are encouraged to seek out their representatives.  Read More.

Governor McAuliffe Announces $28 Million in Funding for New Voting Machines Across Virginia

Governor Terry McAuliffe announced that he is including $28 million in his budget to provide new voting machines to precincts across Virginia so all polling places will have uniform, state-of-the-art equipment for the 2015 November elections. Read More

TRANSPARENCY COALITION CONVENED BY LWV-VA AND VA NEW MAJORITY

The mission of the group, according to LWV-VA President Anne Sterling is to "eliminate the shortcuts on full, ethical and transparent procedure at the General Assembly.  A range of practices will be targeted, including use of voice vote that prevent knowing how each legislator voted, short notice on docket changes, and denial of citizens' right to attend committee meetings on the floor of the House or Senate."  Read More.

REDISTRICTING PANELISTS CONSIDER GERRYMANDERING AT LOUDOUN LWV FORUM

Greg Lucyk, President of OneVirginia202,says that gerrymandering is "corruption." "It is the deliberate manipulation of boundaries to disadvantage another group. This is no different from using funds illegally." Read More




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