Making Democracy Work in Virginia
The League of Women Voters of Virginia, a nonpartisan political organization of men and women, encourages informed and active participation in government, works to increase understanding of major public policy issues, and influences public policy through education and advocacy.
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STATE BOARD OF ELECTIONS CHANGES RULES YET AGAIN
Decision two weeks prior to election creates confusion and makes it harder for eligible Virginians to vote
Richmond, VA - Voting rights advocates today strongly criticized a State Board of Elections' (SBE) move to change the rules defining a valid voter ID as a decision that will confuse and make it harder for some Virginians to vote. In the absence of Vice Chair Bowers, Chairman Judd and Secretary Palmer voted to revise previously adopted regulations governing valid IDs. The new language, introduced for the first time today, eliminates as valid for voting purposes any ID that has expired more than 12 months before Election Day. Read More.
U.S. SENATE CANDIDATE ACCEPTS PEOPLE'S DEBATE INVITATION
AARP Virginia and the League of Women Voters of Virginia are pleased to announce that U.S. Senate candidate Ed Gillespie has agreed to participate in the People's Debate on October 13. - Read More
MEET THE CANIDATES FOR 48TH DISTRICT SEAT + VA HOUSE OF DELEGATES + August 11
George Mason University's School of Public Policy & State & Local Government Leadership Center are proud to host a debate between the two candidates running to succeed Delegate Bob Brink (D) in the 48th District of the Virginia House of Delegates. Read More
Comments Requested on Voter ID Regulations By Aug. 4
The League of Women Voters supports retention of the current definition of "valid" that was adopted on June 10th and urges you to submit comments to the SBE (now Virginia Department of Elections). We believe that the current definition clearly reflects the purpose of the ID, which is to demonstrate that the person proposing to vote is the person whose photo is on the ID. Read More
. To see the official comments submitted by the LWV-VA, Click Here
ACTION ALERT - Comments Solicited on Targeted Regulations on Abortion Providers (TRAP)
Each of our boards should immediately--- strongly-- urge our members to post comments on the TRAP Review-- which we are very lucky to have happening. Our comments will put new leverage in the hands of the Governor. Right now, he needs a boost-- and deserves it. Read More
SPECIAL CONVENTION EDITION OF THE VIRGINIA VOTER
Everything you ever wanted to know about the 2014 LWVUS National Convention is now available on line. To read the Voter
, Click Here
The State of Voting in 2014
The Brennan Center for Justice at New York University School of Law recently published an article on the "State of Voting in 2014," by Wendy Weiser and Erik Opsal that does an excellent job of summarizing today's situation. Read More
VIDEO OF PANEL DISCUSSION FROM COUNCIL MEETING NOW AVAILABLE ON LINE
The panel discussion at the 2014 Council Meeting, entitled "Virginia's Election Practices and the Presidential Commission of Election Administration Recommendations" is now available on U-Tube. To view this video Click Here
Business, Debate and Panel Made for an Interesting Council
Council Meeting 2014
was a satisfying mix of tending to League business
, acknowledging League officers
, hearing from local Leagues
present, holding vigorous debate
regarding a uranium mining amendment to our water positions, and kicking off our latest LWVUS grant
for Public Advocacy for Voter Protection.
The afternoon program was a fascinating look at various local electoral board issues. Therese Martin, PAVP Coordinator, arranged for a star-studded panel of election experts. To watch the video recording of the proceedings click here. To view photos of the event 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