Virginia Voter, April 2021

Virginia Voter, April 2021

Contents:

President’s Message: Because We’re a League

LWV-VA Nominating Committee

Save The Date: Convention

Redistricting Update

Action Issue Group: Spring is for Cultivation

Domestic Violence Issue Group Forming: Call for Members

It Took Faith to Move Mountains: Virginia is the First Southern State to Abolish the Death Penalty

Marijuana Legislation: A Start but Not Far Enough

Criminal Justice Reforms

All Virtual General Assembly Has Ended

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Virginia Voter, March 2021

Virginia Voter, March 2021

Contents:

What Brought You to the League?

Advocacy Challenge

Advocacy and Testimony Roundup: Beyond Voting and Elections

All You Need to Know About the General Assembly’s Work on Election Legislation

Domestic Violence Issue Group

Gender Balanced Representation Demands Systemic Strategies

Make Space for the League

After the Vote: Virginia Women in Politics

SAVE THE DATE: 2021 Convention

LWV-VA Nominating Committee

LWVUS Volunteer Lobby Corps

Easy Ways to Support LWV-VA: Passive Giving

National Deaf History Month

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Amendment #1 Passes at the Polls

Citizen-led, transparent process to replace current, broken system

Virginians voted Tuesday to establish a bipartisan and citizen-led redistricting commission, thwarting the practice of politicians picking their constituents.  

The Amendment, which took two years to bring to the voters, after having to pass two different sessions of the General Assembly, creates a redistricting commission rather than having maps drawn by the majority party. Districts will need to be drawn in accordance with strict requirements of federal and state laws that address racial and ethnic fairness and provide opportunities for racial and ethnic communities to elect candidates of their choice.

“Politicians have benefitted from a system where they picked their own districts for too long. The amendment provides for a citizen-led commission which will take redistricting out of backroom political maneuverings,” said Deb Wake, President of the League of Women Voters of Virginia. “All of the proceedings of this commission are open to the public and transparent, bringing much needed sunlight to the process. Thanks to Governor Northam for inserting enabling language so the process can start immediately.”

The League has been working for fair redistricting for many generations and will continue to work to make sure there is citizen involvement and oversight of the process. We support #PeoplePoweredFairMaps.

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Commending Governor Northam on Voter Protection Proposals

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 18, 2020
Richmond, VA

EMPOWERING VOTERS. DEFENDING DEMOCRACY.

Today, Virginia Governor Ralph Northam made recommendations aimed at supporting the health and safety of voters and poll workers during the pandemic.

“We commend the Governor on his elections proposals and urge the General Assembly to adopt them,” said Deb Wake, president of League of Women Voters of Virginia. “Voters should not need to choose between their health and their right to vote, a cornerstone of our democracy. Secure and flexible access to voting will preserve public health and safety.”

The governor’s plan to permit voters to deposit their absentee ballots in secure drop boxes will preserve voter health. More than 30 states now permit voters to deposit their ballots in strong, tamperproof drop boxes. 

The League also supports the governor’s proposal for prepaid return postage on absentee ballots, and budget provisions that will enable absentee voters to correct errors on their ballots. These recommendations will help ensure that all voters can make their voices heard at the polls.

The League of Women Voters of Virginia strongly supports these important measures for access to voting and urges the General Assembly to adopt them. 

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The League of Women Voters was founded in 1920 when U.S. women won the right to vote.  We work to encourage informed and active participation in government and to influence public policy through education and advocacy.  The League is dedicated to empowering voters and defending democracy.  We are proud to be nonpartisan, neither supporting nor opposing candidates or political parties at any level of government, always working on vital issues of concern to members and the public.

For more information, visit the League of Women Voters of Virginia at lwv-va.org and on social media @lwvva and @leagueofwomenvoters.

Copyright © 2020 League of Women Voters of Virginia. All rights reserved.
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