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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.

TransparencyVirginia Issues Report on "Transparency in the Virginia Legislature"

Transparency Virginia (TV), an informal coalition of non-profit organizations that advocate at the General Assembly on behalf of issues important to their members, monitored the 2015 General Assembly session to determine how well lawmakers adhered to a basic set of transparent practices.

Among its observations, TV members found:

  • Multiple instances where public notice of upcoming House and Senate committee or subcommittee ("sub/ committee") meetings was so short as to make public participation nearly impossible;

  • Scores of bills in the House and Senate that were never given a hearing; and

  • In the House, 76% of bills and resolutions killed in sub/committee without a recorded vote or any vote at all, versus 7% of bills defeated in the same way in the Senate.

Click Here to view the entire report. A related news article from the Hampton Roads Pilotonline.com can be viewed here

State Board of Elections Decertifies WinVote Voting Equipment

The State Board of Elections (SBE) decertified the AVS WINVote equipment at its public meeting today.  The WINVote system is currently used in 30 localities, totaling more than 560 precincts around the state.  This decision was reached after careful review of the serious security concerns identified in this system, feedback from election officials across the Commonwealth, and public comments from Virginians, technology experts, and other stakeholders.  Decertification means the WINVote system can no longer be used in elections in Virginia, effective immediately. Click Here to read the full announcement.

LWV-VA BOARD HAS AGAIN VOTED TO FUND VOTE411

This is a big election year in Virginia; all 140 General Assembly seats are up for election as well as most local governmental positions.  As in 2013 all candidates who are certified to run for the House of Delegates and the Senate will be invited to provide answers to questions devised by the league.  Their answers will be posted as the online voters Guide on VOTE411.  Local leagues will be responsible for covering the General Assembly races within their leagues' jurisdictions.  Those races not covered by a local league will be queried by the state league.  State funding is available for local leagues that also want to cover their local races through VOTE411.  Please contact Sue Worden, Voter Service Director if your league plans to cover local races in addition to  your General Assembly races.   Local leagues need to plan a publicity campaign to ensure citizens know about VOTE411, and know how to access it for non-partisan voter and candidate information.  Visibility is vital for VOTE411's success.  Voters Guides are only useful if citizens know how and where to find it and view the information we gather.  Webinar training is available on inputting and posting your Voters Guides on VOTE411.  Now's the time to start thinking and training members for the 2015 election season!

Local League Presidents Tell State Board Like It Is

Local League presidents and State Board members gathered in Richmond on March 12 for a summit meeting to exchange ideas and let the Board know help they need to carry out their responsibilities. This one-day meeting focused on the following categories: Communications, Administration, Membership, Leadership, Action/Advocacy and Voter Service--all key elements of League efforts.

One League president remarked, "I feel like the Board really was interested in listening to our concerns and trying to help us." Discussions were lively, positive and informative, especially when members related experiences their League faced. Click Here to read the top 10 concerns raised or Click Here for the detailed lists.

FIRST CALL FOR THE 37TH LWV-VA CONVENTION - MAY 29-31

Final planning is well underway for the LWV-VA Biennial Convention in Charlottesville, Virginia. This year's theme is Tool Kit for Redistricting Reform: What it is, why it is needed, and how you can help. This will provide guidance for League activities over the next three years. As details are finalized, they will be made available on this website. To read the First Call, click here.

Click Here for registration form.





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