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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.

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LWV-Arlington - Voter Registration

The Arlington League will be registering voters this summer and fall.

Here's what you need to know about voting in Virginia.

Here are some of the upcoming dates and locations for League voter registration:

September 19: Nauck Civic & Community Pride Day. 12-5 pm, Drew Model School. The Arlington Voter Registrar's office will also be there to help residents check their registration status, get information about their polling location, try out the new voting machines, apply to vote absentee, and obtain a photo ID (now required to vote).

September 2015: Arlington High Schools. Dates TBA. In conjunction with National Voter Registration Day (September 22). Students who will be 18 on or before November 3, 2015, may register to vote.

"Inside Scoop" State Senate and House Candidate Forum--Catch it in-person or from your computer/tablet/phone!

This year we are trying something different because there are so many candidates. For the State Senate and the House of Delegates candidates, the event will be broadcast live on a special extended edition of "Inside Scoop" (Fairfax Public Access television).

All of the candidates have been invited to respond to questions from a studio audience for an hour and then to meet with the public informally in a conference room next to the studio. Viewers at home will be able to e-mail or phone in questions during the broadcast to or 1-571-749-1166. To join the live audience, go to the studio. Directions are on the Channel 10 website. To stream the program, go to Ten minutes before the program starts, touch the WATCH LIVE button on the screen. The streaming will last till the program ends. A videotape of the broadcast will be posted both on the League of Women Voters of the Fairfax Area (LWVFA) website and on YouTube.

Click here to download the Flier (& share it with friends!)

Medicaid Expansion: Who Benefits? - September 10, 2015

Virginia is one of approximately 20 states that have not accepted federal funds to expand the Medicaid health program to a broader population. Should we do so? What are the benefits and potential drawbacks? Please join us for a public forum. (Downloadable flyer here.)

September 10
7-9 pm

Joe Flores, Deputy Secretary, Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources
Sheila Ryan, Director of Clinical Services, Arlington Free Clinic
Joe Vidulich, Vice President, Government Relations, Fairfax Chamber of Commerce
Mary Margaret Whipple, Regional Director for Community and Member Outreach, Virginia Hospital and Healthcare Association; former state Senator
Massey Whorley, Senior Policy Analyst, The Commonwealth Institute for Fiscal Analysis in Virginia

Arlington County Department of Human Services
2100 Washington Blvd., Sequoia Plaza
Visitor parking available across the street from 2100

To register, click here.


Why Redistricting Matters - June 4, 2015

Brian Cannon, OneVirginia2021
Sara Fitzgerald, League of Women Voters

If you missed the event, the video is here.

Sponsored by the Leagues of Women Voters of Arlington and of Falls Church, the Virginia Interfaith Center for Public Policy's Northern Virginia Chapter, and OneVirginia2021

Thursday, June 4, 2015, George Mason University, Arlington Campus

Human Trafficking: Action Update

  • >>UPDATE, April 2015<<
    Virginia lawmakers unanimously passed, and Governor McAuliffe signed, a human trafficking bill. The law defines the offense and establishes penalties, providing a big help to law enforcement. Details here. Thanks to everyone for your advocacy!

Virginia has one of the highest rates of human trafficking in America, but we have NO ANTI-HUMAN TRAFFICKING LAW. We can change this. Here are easy things you can do:

1) Support a vigorous advocacy effort by the American Association of University Women by signing the group's petition here. The deadline is JANUARY 30, 2015.

2) Call or email your state Senator to say you support these bills:

3) Call or email your state Delegate to say you support this bill:

What We're Up To in 2015

Here are our recent Bulletins:

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.

Who Can Afford to Live Here? Housing and Arlington's Future

Thanks for a great panel, everyone!

The Arlington County Board is considering recommendations from a major new study of affordable housing. Among the findings: Affordable housing is fast disappearing in our community.

The League held a forum on why that might matter for our economy, our quality of life, and our values.
Thanks to Emily and the staff of the Arlington Mill Residences for serving as our hosts.

And huge thanks to our insightful panel:
- Yvonne Aiken - Mom, resident, member of the board of the Arlington Partnership for Affordable Housing
- Catherine Bucknam, Director of Community Relations, AHC Inc.
- David Cristeal, Director, Arlington Department of Housing
- Russell Danao-Schroeder, Senior Housing Planner, Arlington County
- Harry Godfrey - Young professional, lifetime resident, commentator on affordable housing and the Millennial generation
- Nina Janopaul, President, Arlington Partnership for Affordable Housing
- Pat McGrady, Senior resident, longtime affordable housing activist
- Walter Tejada, Arlington County Board Member

The conversation was moderated by the Hon. Mary Margaret Whipple, former state Senator and former Arlington County Board member.

Crossing Boundaries: A Forum on Transportation

Thanks to the League of Women Voters of the National Capital Area and all the participants for a fascinating forum on the future of transportation in our region!

Missed the event? Speaker highlights are here

Shyam Kannan, WMATA Director of Planning
Ross Capon, Railroads expert
Tom Fairchild, Technology & mobility expert
Stewart Schwartz, Coalition for Smarter Growth
Dan Reed, Planning consultant, Nelson Nygaard
Garritt Knapp, Center for Smart Growth, UofMD
Rich Kuzmyak, Renaissance Planning Group
Aldea Douglas, AARP

Back From Richmond: Thanks to Our Lawmakers

Thanks to Sen. Barbara Favola, Sen. Adam Ebbin, Del. Alfonso Lopez, and Del. Patrick Hope for a fascinating insider account of how they got good legislation through - and how they blocked some bad bills!

The post-session forum was sponsored by the League of Women Voters of Arlington and the Arlington Branch of the American Association of University Women.

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.

Read about our work in our Summer 2015 Bulletin.

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Join us. We have more projects than we can handle, and we are a fun and flexible bunch.

Are You Ready to Vote?

Virginia has a NEW VOTING LAW - requiring us 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 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.