Making Democracy Work

Making Democracy Work

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.

Date Night!


You are invited to attend an ENCORE performance of The Yorktown Theatre Department's one act play, written by former Yorktown student GINNY MOHLER (`06), entitled The Girls Who Glow, on Thursday February 11 at 7:00pm, in the Yorktown auditorium.

The Girls Who Glow is a compelling one-act play adapted from Ms. Mohler's screenplay about the Radium Girls + teenage factory workers who were slowly poisoned while painting glow-in-the dark watches in the 1920's.

This play takes place in 1925. A mysterious illness propels teenage factory workers into a radical coming of age. The dying girls battle a corrupt system, seeking redress against the company that exposed them to toxic glow-in-the-dark paint for the sake of profits. Will they die penniless and forgotten or will justice be served? Come see the show to find out!

What will you resolve to do this year?

Next Opportunity to Vote: March 1, 2016 (Presidential Primaries)

March 1, 2016, is Primary Election Day in Virginia.

Virginians will help each party determine its candidate for President. Pick your ballot: Democrat or Republican. The deadline to register to vote in these contests is February 9, 2016.

Not 18 yet? If you will be 18 years old on or before November 8, 2016, you can register now to vote in the March 1 Presidential Primary - even if you will still be 17 years old on that day!

Absentee Voting

Application for a ballot to vote absentee by mail is due February 23 by 5 pm

In-person absentee voting is Jan 13 through Feb 27 (closed Jan 18 and Feb 15)

Think you're already registered? Take a moment to double check.

NOTE: If you have moved since the last election, even within the same apartment building, you will need to update your registration.

For further details or questions, contact the Office of the County Registrar: or 703-228-3456.

What Is the League?

Women can vote. Why are we still here? Because our democracy needs care and attention. Because we are fearless and relentless.

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We're doing a lot of important things for our community and we'd like you to help us get fellow residents registered to vote and voting with an informed voice. Join us. The League is open to men and women!

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Why Vote?

Because you get what you don't vote for. When you don't vote, other people make decisions for you and your tax dollars. Presidential elections get all the attention, but elected officials at the local and state levels make most of the policy decisions that affect you. Every election counts! When you vote, you are making decisions about:
  • Public school policy
  • Job training
  • Pay equity and fairness in hiring
  • Workplace safety
  • Minimum wage
  • Healthcare
  • Budgets
  • Taxes + sales, real estate, and personal property
  • Environmental issues + water and air quality, energy, climate change
  • Crime prevention and prison reform + probation and capital punishment
  • Foreign policy + war and peace
  • Affordable housing
  • Traffic patterns and transportation
  • Parks, recreation, and libraries
  • Potholes and trash collection
  • Social Security and Medicare
  • Higher education costs and student loan policies
  • Transportation
  • Voting restrictions

Your vote sends a message. Elected officials know who votes, and they pay attention to those citizens. Let your voice be heard in every election.

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Are You Ready to Vote?

Virginia Voting Law - requires everyone to bring an official photo ID to the polls. Most Virginians know very little about this new law.

Below is what everyone needs to know - please link to this page and help spread the word.

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.

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Closing the Coverage Gap: Medicaid

Pictures from our Medicaid forum

Here's What We've Been Doing

Here are our recent Bulletins:

January 2016.

November/December 2015.

October 2015.

September 2015.

Summer 2015.

April 2015.

March 2015.

February 2015.

January 2015.

Let us know if you would like to join us in planning events or doing policy advocacy.