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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.

League Voices Opinion on Voter Registration Failure

The League of Women Voters of Virginia recognizes that there is more than one source contributing to the failure of Virginia's online voter registration system during an unprecedented heavy load on the citizen portal. This crisis is a nonpartisan issue that demands action to protect the Virginians who intended to register online on Monday, October 17th. The extreme wait time online is similar to waiting in-person in a long line on the last day of registration and on Election Day at 7:00 PM. Those Voters are accommodated. So should those Virginians waiting to register online.

Wherever the burden of correction lies, action is needed immediately.

The League of Women Voters, a nonpartisan political organization, encourages informed and active participation in government, works to increase understanding of major public policy issues, and influences public policy through education and advocacy. We never support or oppose any political party or candidate.

Virginia Constitutional Amendments Explained

This year's election contains two statewide constitutional amendments are proposed for consideration by the voters of the Commonwealth. To review the amendments with a simple explanation, including the pros and cons on our website:

Click Here for the Right to Work Amendment

Click Here for the Tax Relief Amendment

Upcoming: State Consensus on Fracking

LWV-VA is preparing a fracking program for consensus that will culminate at LWV-VA's June Convention. Hydraulic fracturing (a.k.a. fracking or fracing) is a method to release natural gas and oil trapped inside bedrock that could not be economically retrieved with traditional methods. Fracking is a fiercely debated political and environmental issue. Advocates believe it is a safe and economical source of clean energy that provides jobs, assures energy independence, and boosts the economy. Critics claim it pollutes the air and drinking water, affects health, promotes seismic activity, contributes to the greenhouse gases, and will delay the development of renewable energy sources.

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.

Click Here to access information on fracking.

Probe looks at how dead Virginians came to be registered to vote in Harrisonburg: No fraudulent ballots were cast

Police in Harrisonburg, Va. are combing through voter-registration forms linked to a private group founded by a prominent local Democrat after an incident in which authorities discovered that 19 dead Virginians were registered to vote in the Shenandoah Valley city.

Click Here to read the entire The Washington Post article.

Virginia Supreme Court denies Republican effort to hold McAuliffe in contempt over felon voting rights

The Supreme Court of Virginia on Thursday rejected a Republican effort to have Gov. Terry McAuliffe held in contempt over his ongoing efforts to restore voting rights for felons.

In a unanimous one-page order, the Supreme Court said it would not force McAuliffe to return to court to prove that he is complying with the court's July 22 ruling that struck down the governor's first attempt to restore voting rights to more than 200,000 felons via executive order. The court also said it would not allow Republican General Assembly leaders to seek documents from the McAuliffe administration through a new discovery process. (Picture by Bob Brown/Times Dispatch.) Click Here to read more.

Electing a President

The presidential primaries, caucuses, and party conventions are over. On Tuesday, November 8, 2016, registered voters will cast their votes for president and vice president in the 58th presidential election. Many voters will also vote absentee on or before Election Day in many states. By voting, citizens choose the electors who will represent their states in the Electoral College that will meet at noon on the first Monday after the second Wednesday in December following their election (December 19, 2016) to cast their ballots as prescribed by law. This article is intended to review the processes, the players, and the timing of this quadrennial event.

Click Here to read the full study.

The League of Women Voters Is Changing

In its 96th year, the League of Women Voters (LWV or League) is committed to change. The clear message emanating from the recent LWVUS 52nd Convention in D.C. is that in order to meet the challenge of staying relevant in 21st century America, we must find ways to successfully engage today's fast-paced, technologically advanced, and more diverse electorate, even if that means changing the way we do things.

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.

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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