Virginia Voter, April 2021
President’s Message: Because We’re a League
LWV-VA Nominating Committee
Save The Date: Convention
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
Virginia Voter, March 2021
What Brought You to the League?
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
Virginia Voter, February 2021
Jim Crow Must Go! Support for SJ272
Partnership Spotlight: Delta Sigma Theta Sorority
Legislative Update: Pandemic Version
New Virginia Redistricting Commission Begins Work
From the Nominating Committee
It’s Trivia Time Again!
Calling All Social Planners
Virginia League Convention 2021 to be Held Online
Virginia Voter, January 2021
New Year Resolutions
Virginia’s New Bipartisan Redistricting Commission Begins to Take Shape
WLRT’s begin Jan. 13. League Day is Jan. 27
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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.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 18, 2020
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.
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.
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