Virginia Voter, September 2023

Virginia Voter, September 2023

President’s Message

Toolkits

Legislative Priorities
 
Disability Voting Rights Week
 
Oral History Project
 
Virginia Student Voting Summit
 
Voter Service on Campus
 
Student Internships
 
Help Update Vote411
 
Membership Committee Needs You
Observing the Polls
 
“The Janes”
 
September 2023 Calendar
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Virginia Voter, June 2023

Virginia Voter, June 2023

President’s Message: We Have Much to Celebrate!

2023 Board Candidates

Partner News – Equality Virginia: Pride Update

Partner News – Moms Demand Action: Wear Orange 2023 – June 2-4

Juneteenth Presentation – How Mis- and Dis- Information Targets People of Color

Voting and Elections Issue Group: Know Before You Vote

Issue Group News: The Child Care Issue Group Wants YOU!

Local League Highlight: LWV-Fredricksburg Area

Be A LWVUS Lobby Corps Volunteer

 

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VIRGINIA VOTER, November 2022

Virginia Voter, November 2022

President’s Message: Happy 102nd Birthday to Us!

First Vice President: It’s Time for Pre-Session!

Advocacy: Wednesdays = Women’s Legislative Roundtables and League Day!

Poll Worker Survey

Voting and Elections Issue Group: Virginia – One of Three States That Mandate Risk-Limiting Audits (RLAs)

Nominating Committee: Time of Transition for LWV-VA State Board 

Program Director: What Is Consensus?

First Vice President: LWV-VA 2023 Convention

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Virginia Voter, September 2022

Virginia Voter, September 2022

President’s Message: I Pledge Allegiance

Event: Why You Should Care About Childcare

Event: The Virginia Budgetary Process – 101 with Sen. Janet Howell and Del. Vivian Watts

From LWV-VA Voter Services: Celebrate September 20, National Voter Registration Day, and New Virginia Registration Laws

Local League Highlight: Charlottesville Area – New Health Care Committee Forms

From Voting and Elections Issue Group: Prohibition on Services to Elections Officials

Partner News: REV UP Virginia & Disability Voting Rights Week: Increasing the Power of the Disability Vote

Event: Challenge Racism: A Series of DEI Events

Important Dates is September

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Virginia Voter: June 2022

Virginia Voter: June 2022

President’s Message: Working Towards Allyship

Gun Violence: What Can You Do?

Mark Your Calendar for DEI Trainings and Workshops!

June 21 Primary – Redistricting Requires Research

YOUR LEAGUE NEEDS YOU!

Mattaponi Tribe: Forming the Sacred Circle Again

LWV of the Prince William-Fauquier Area Celebrates Sponsorship of the 100+ Consecutive Black Lives Matter Vigil

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2021 LWV-VA Annual Report

Power to the People

Voting is power. Although former male slaves gained the right to vote with passage of the 15th amendment, and women won the right to vote in 1920 with the passage of the 19th amendment, it really wasn’t until the passage of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 that most Black voters were able to exercise their right to vote. This year we worked to pass the Virginia Voting Rights Act to provide minority protections at the state level. 

Improved access to the ballot was critical during the pandemic so that voters could exercise their power to vote without unduly risking their health. While 45 days of No Excuse Absentee Voting was passed in 2019, new laws were added in 2021 including the requirement for registrars to cure ballots (correct errors on absentee ballot envelopes) received/postmarked by election day, paid postage for absentee ballots, and the location of drop boxes.

League members were also key to getting a first passage of a constitutional amendment to protect voting rights that are automatically restored upon release from felony incarceration. We’ll push for legislative passage a second time so that voters can choose at the ballot box next November.

We advocated for passage of campaign finance reform–which took the form of a bipartisan study whose continuance we hope will be renewed in the upcoming session. Reforms are necessary to protect the voices of all voters–not just those with the largest pocketbooks.

Covid highlighted inequities in broadband access across the state and we pushed for funding to increase internet availability so that all Virginians could have the necessary tools for jobs and schools.

While we were not able to get legislation passed to permanently remove the witness requirement from absentee ballots, we were able to get the requirement waived for elections held while the state was under a medical emergency. In the coming legislative session, we will renew our efforts to remove the barrier of a witness requirement so that voters living alone, or who have a disability, are able to cast their ballots confidently and independently. 

We supported bringing the redistricting process into the sunlight with the creation of a bipartisan, citizen-led commission. A corps of dedicated members blogged about the process and provided testimony. A few months ago, we successfully litigated to protect the 2020 law that eliminated prison gerrymandering and instead counted prisoners at their last known address rather than in a prison far from home and representation.

We are proud of our work to restore the power of the vote to Virginians and give voters more control over choosing who represents them. We invite you to join the League, renew your membership, and get involved in an issue group or one of our short-term projects. Please contact me with any questions and, if you’re able, consider making a donation to support our work.

With your support, we can continue to defend democracy and empower voters.

Deb Wake, LWV-VA President

 

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