Current League Action Priorities
-> Convenient absentee ballot drop off
-> Opportunity for absentee voters to correct procedural errors
- SB1097 Remove the witness requirement for absentee ballots
- HB 1883, HB 1890 Provide for state level preclearance of practices restricted under the federal Voting Rights Act
- SJ272 100% Right to Vote Constitutional Amendment — protecting the right to vote so it is not taken away upon incarceration
-> Letter to the Governor from LWV-VA president Deb Wake
-> One pager
- Campaign Finance Reform
- SB1101 National Popular Vote
- More Broadband Coverage
Understanding the Process: League Action and Advocacy
The League of Women Voters advocates on matters for which it has statements of Position. “Position” is determined by consensus of the members after thoughtful research and study.
“Study” ordinarily includes two years of research and analysis by a dedicated committee.
Where are the League’s Positions?
Action Alerts. When legislation in the General Assembly addresses a topic about which LWV-VA has a Position, an “Action Alert” may call for members to contact their legislators. Remember to log your action in the Advocacy Challenge: fill out the form here.
Contacting Legislators. When League members contact legislators, each of us speaks on our own behalf, as a constituent. Members do not speak for the League. Only the LWV President or a designee may contact elected or government officials on behalf of the League.
Issue Groups. LWV-VA members are invited to join statewide issue committees that gather virtually to share and learn about topics of interest. Educate, learn, and discuss news and advocacy. Learn more here, and bookmark the resources menu http://bit.ly/LWVVA-issues-
LEAGUE OF WOMEN VOTERS DAY – Every year, LWV-VA holds a day of advocacy during the state legislative session where League members come to Richmond to speak with their individual legislators. League Day, January 27, 2021, will be held virtually.
It is best to set up League Day meetings with your legislators’ offices in advance. Their contact information is available from the links on this page, or if you do not know your state legislators’ names, look them up by entering your address at whosmy.virginiageneralassembly.gov. Their names and contact info will appear below. Ask your Local League president or action chair if a member of your Local League is setting up group meetings with your area’s legislators for League Day.
Provided by Virginia21, this manual provides a great deal of useful information on how to do effective advocacy. Thank you Tim Cywinski for sharing with us. https://lwv-va.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/advocacy-manual.pdf
- Presentation shown at 2018 Pre-Session Event: http://bit.ly/LIS-presentation
- LIS User Guides: lis.virginia.gov/SiteInformation/LISUserguides.html
An LWV-VA Advocacy Training is available at this link, at approx. 1:01.22.