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The League of Women Voters is a nonpartisan political organization encouraging informed and active participation in government. It influences public policy through education and advocacy.

Are You Ready to Vote?

On November 4, 2014, Virginians will go to the polls to elect a US Senator, all 11 Congress members, and numerous local officials. And we will do so under a NEW VOTING LAW - requiring us to bring an official photo ID to the polls.

Most Virginians know very little about this new law. That's wrong. Below is what everyone needs to know - please link to this page and help spread the word.

Here's a quick summary of what you need to do to vote in Virginia on November 4.

Here's a short (English language) summary of the new Photo ID law.

Here's a short (Spanish language) summary of the new Photo ID law.

Questions? Call the Arlington Voter Registrar - 703 228 3456.

National Voter Registration Day

September 23 is National Voter Registration Day. The League will be at H-B Woodlawn, Wakefield, Washington-Lee, and Yorktown to register students over the extended lunch hour. See our calendar for details.

Absentee voting is underway in Arlington, and many voters are eligible to vote this way. Visit the Arlington County Voter Registrar to see if you are one of them.

The People's Debate, Candidates for US Senator, October 13

The League of Women Voters of Virginia and AARP Virginia are pleased to announce that Senator Mark Warner has accepted the groups' invitation to debate challenger Ed Gillespie during a statewide television broadcast on October 13.

The statewide-televised debate to be held at 7 p.m. on October 13 in Richmond. Media partners for the debate are WCVE-TV (PBS) and WTVR-TV CBS 6. The debate will be held at the WCVE-TV studio.

This unique debate, organized by The League of Women Voters of Virginia and AARP Virginia, will ask the candidates to go on record about issues important to all Virginians.

Special Election - 48th District - Aug 19, 2014

If you live in the 48th District, you will elect a new state House Delegate on Tues, Aug 19. Polls are open from 6 am to 7 pm.

48th District precincts: Crystal City, Crystal Plaza, Cherrydale, Wilson, Rosslyn, Dawson Terrace, Thrifton, Lyon Village, Woodlawn, Rock Spring, Yorktown, Madison, and Marshall.

No photo ID is needed for this special election. These IDs are acceptable: Virginia voter registration card; Social security card; valid Virginia driver's license or DMV ID card; Virginia concealed handgun permit; any identification card issued by Virginia government, any of its political subdivisions, or the federal government; a valid student ID card issued by a Virginia institution of higher learning; an employer ID with a photograph; a copy of a current utility bill, bank statement, government check, or paycheck showing the name and address of the voter.

League Opportunities - Summer Bulletin

We have more work than we can handle - help!

- Voter registration at four Arlington high schools in September

- New intergenerational "Article Club" for people who want to discuss provocative issues to busy to read entire books

- Public education around the new voter ID law

- Forum(s) on the history and future of Columbia Pike

- Forum on human trafficking in Northern Virginia

See details in our Summer 2014 Bulletin

Want to help? Email

The 2014 Elections Are Coming - Wanna Help?

The League of Women Voters is one of the oldest and most prominent democracy-promotion organizations in the world. We need help with the following activities:

- Voter registration in Arlington high schools and at farmers' markets and community events;

- Planning for a forum on the hidden problem of human trafficking in Northern Virginia;

- Public education around the new voter ID law.

Interested? Email us at

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National Voter Registration Day: Here's How to Participate

On September 23, people and organizations all over the country will mount a massive effort to register Americans to vote. Can you help?

We're in the midst of voter suppression efforts not seen in decades, so the stakes are high.

If you would like to be a part of the national movement to help people exercise their franchise, join the League's own Maggie Duncan and others for a Webinar.

Follow the link to register. The event will be August 7, 2014, 2-3 pm Eastern.

Candidate Forums - 48th District Special Election

On August 19, 2014, some Arlingtonians will vote in a Special Election to fill the seat of Del. Bob Brink. Absentee voting is underway; details are here.

You have two opportunities to hear from the two candidates - Dave Foster (Republican) and Richard "Rip" Sullivan (Democrat):

- 8 a.m. Aug. 5, Fairfax Chamber of Commerce, 7900 W. Park Dr., Suite A550, in Tysons. Preregistration is required at; will cover business issues only.

- 7 p.m., Aug. 11, George Mason University, Founders Hall, 3351 Fairfax Dr., Arlington.

The 48th District covers these precincts: Crystal City, Crystal Plaza, Cherrydale, Wilson, Rosslyn, Dawson Terrace, Thrifton, Lyon Village, Woodlawn, Rock Spring, Yorktown, Madison, and Marshall.

For more information, check the Arlington Registrar's website.

Virginia Voters: Lots You Need to Know!

Virginia's new voter ID law is now in effect (except for the special election, per below).

Election Day is November 4, 2014. Arlingtonians will fill offices for U.S. Senator, U.S. Representative, County Board, and School Board. There will also be one proposed Constitutional amendment and several County bond referendum questions, as well as Special Elections to fill unexpired terms for Treasurer and (another) School Board seat.

Voters will need to bring an identification card with a photo. A list of acceptable ID's is here.

If you don't have a photo ID, you may obtain one for free from the Arlington Registrar: 2100 Clarendon Blvd, Suite 320, Arlington, VA 22201 Hours: 8 am-5 pm M-F

Voters in the 48th state legislative district will go to the polls August 19, 2014, in a special election to replace Del. Bob Brink. For technical reasons, the Photo ID law will NOT BE IN EFFECT for this special election. The ID rules for this special election only are here.

Annual Meeting, May 17

Calling all members to the 2014 Annual Meeting

Keynote speaker: Molly Ball, award-winning national political reporter, The Atlantic

Agenda: Voter education and other priorities for 2014-15; budget; officers and directors

9:30 am to Noon

Sheraton Pentagon City Hotel, 900 S. Orme St.

To register: See form in Bulletin, page 5

Registration Deadline: May 9

Opportunities to hear from Dem Candidates for the 8th CD

Below are some opportunities to hear from the Democratic candidates to succeed Rep. Jim Moran in Congress. The League is not sponsoring any of these events - just passing along the information in the interest of voter education.

May 5th, Monday 7:00-9:00 pm | FREE-tickets | GMU Arlington Campus George Mason University's School of Public Policy and State & Local Government Leadership Center are proud to host the Democratic Candidates for the 8th Congressional District Seat at this special Candidates Forum, at the GMU Founders Hall Auditorium + Arlington Campus (3351 Fairfax Drive, Arlington, VA 22201) Near Virginia Square metro. Doors open at 6:00 PM. This event is free with advance reservation. Seating is limited. Reserve tickets at

May 15th, Thursday 7:30 pm | FREE | McLean Community Center The Dranesville District Democratic Committee will host a public forum at The Alden Theatre at McLean Community Center (1234 Ingleside Ave, McLean, VA, 22101). More info at

May 18th, Sunday 10:00 am + noon | $12 | JCCNV Early Childhood Learning Center, Alexandria Beth El Brotherhood & Jewish Community Relations Council Political Forum at the Jewish Community Center of Northern Virginia Early Childhood Learning Center (3830 Seminary Road, Alexandria, VA 22304. Tickets required, $12 / $15 at the door. Tickets can be purchased at

May 21st, Wednesday 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm | FREE | Arlington, NRECA Auditorium. Progressive Democrats of America (PDA) is pleased to announce an 8th Congressional District Democratic candidate forum. Location: National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA) auditorium (4301 Wilson Boulevard, Arlington, VA 22203) , near Ballston metro.

March & April 2014 Bulletins

Appreciating Our Public Servants

We thank Arlington's state Senators and Delegates for an informative public forum on the 2014 legislative session.

And we thank Dorothy Nieweg - winner of a Virginia LWV "Making Democracy Work" award - for her decades of service to the cause of good government.

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