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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.

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.

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

Gun Safety Task Force Report

Ruth Hoffman (LWVFA) presented a Power Point presentation on firearms safety at the recent LWV-VA workshop in Charlottesville. The report covers three main points: 1.) Where does the Gun Violence Prevention (GVP) movement Stand? 2.) Where do we, as the LWV-VA, fit in? 3.) How can we/you take action and make a difference?

This presentation can be used by local Leagues for League and/or community events. Click Here to view Ruth's presentation.

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.

Registrars Overwhelmed With Needless Applications to Register to Vote

It appears that some of the 3rd party registration groups are really pushing people to register although they may already be registered. One woman has re-registered 3 times in 3 weeks! This is creating a problem for Registrars. Anything your League can do to help get the information out is appreciated.

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State League Voter Registration Promotion Video Just Released

In its continuing effort to encourage voter registration, the LWV-VA has released a video asking the viewer if she/he cares about various concerns that might cause a person to realize voting is important to the future of our nation. Co-Presidents Lois Page and Dianne Blais hope that this video will get widespread distribution through websites and facebook pages of local Leagues and fellow coalition organizations before the October 17 deadline for registering in time for participating in the November election.

To view the video Click Here.

State League Initiates Effort to Encourage College Students to Register to Vote

The League of Women Voters of Virginia Co-Presidents Lois Page and Dianne Blais have announced a major effort by the Leagues in Virginia to encourage college student to register to vote in time for the November election. "Many college students are so entrenched in college life studies that they forget they have a right and duty to participate in the election process. For various reasons they are not registered," stated Page. This has resulted in the creation of a campaign to provide questions and answers on registering to vote.

The League has prepared a flyer with five key questions in order to clear up misconceptions about the registration process. These flyers will be distributed around college campuses in Virginia by the 12 local Leagues around the state in time to allow students to register before the October 17 cut-off date.

Click Here to access the flyer.

McAuliffe Says Felons Whose Rights Are Restored Will Get 'Thorough Review' By State Agencies

Calling rights restoration "an issue of basic justice," Gov. Terry McAuliffe announced Monday that he had restored the rights of more than 13,000 felons on a case-by-case basis and will continue to do so for the rest of about 206,000 ex-offenders

He said felons whose rights he restores will have been subjected to a "thorough review" that involves more than a half-dozen agencies. McAuliffe's administration still has not released the list of the approximately 206,000 felons subject to his April 22 order that was overturned.

"We will proceed," McAuliffe said to the crowd of recently restored voters, elected leaders and administration officials during a noon ceremony at the Virginia Civil Rights Memorial on Capitol Square in Richmond. "I will not stand down."

The governor said each of the 13,000 people who had registered to vote before the Supreme Court overturned his order was mailed an individual letter Friday indicating that their rights had been restored after a review. Accompanying the letter was a voter registration card, so they can re-register.

Click Here to read the entire Richmond-Times Dispatch 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