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.

Upcoming Event!

Join us and learn about Virginia's Eighth Congressional District Candidates. Ask questions and compare the candidates answers.

Can't make it to this forum? Check out an earlier recorded forum by the League of Women Voters of Fairfax Area.

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.

2016 Election Dates in Arlington

October 17 Deadline to vote in, or update your address for, the November election

November 8 General Election: President, US Congress, County Board, School Board

Are You Registered to Vote? Need to Vote Absentee? Want to find your polling place? Go to

Want to know who's running? Curious about their positions on issues? Go to

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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.

See this video to learn more about who we are.

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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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Check out our YouTube channel. See our past forums and learn about the League from your mobile device or computer. Enjoy!

YouTube Channel

Closing the Coverage Gap: Medicaid

Pictures from our Medicaid forum

Here's What We've Been Doing

Here are our recent Bulletins:

September 2016.

Summer 2016.

April 2016.

March 2016.

February 2016.

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.