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The League of Women Voters is a nonpartisan political organization encouraging informed and active participation in government. We influence public policy through education and advocacy.
Are you interested in current events and topics? LWVFA members and visitors meet across the county to discuss our monthly program, which is published in the monthly newsletter, the Fairfax VOTER. Think of it like a book club where the topic is fascinating, but the book is only eight pages long (but with great footnotes!). Our December Program topic is Fairfax Schools Are Changing Schedules. We meet in different locations throughout Fairfax County. Some units meet during the day; others in the evening. For specific information on this month's meetings, please click here or go to This Month's Meetings button in Index at left. Questions? Contact for more.

LWVFA members, how was your experience with our voter outreach activities this year? Sidney Johnson, our Voter Services Chair, has written a survey to learn about your experience and participation. Your comments will be much appreciated and will help with planning for next year. There is no hard deadline; Sidney is compiling the results as they come in. She will stop doing so on December 1. Click here to complete The Voter Services' survey. If you have any questions, please contact Sidney at Thank you.

Would you like to hear what legislation the General Assembly will consider in January? Then come to the LWV-VA WLRT Pre-session on December 3rd in Richmond. The day begins with the Women's Legislative Roundtable Pre-Session (free) in the House Room 3, followed by a luncheon meeting ($40) and panel discussion in Senate Room 3. Speakers from a widely diverse sectors are invited. Speakers include non-profit advocates and members of the Governor's cabinet. To read more about this event, click here. To register for the luncheon, click here.

As we learned in our November study, Human Trafficking Part I: Slavery Still Exists Today?, human trafficking forces an estimated 27 million people worldwide--including people in the United States--into prostitution or involuntary labor. The National Human Trafficking Resource Center (NHTRC) reports that it received 742 phone calls from individuals seeking help in Virginia in 2013--the sixth-highest number of calls among all states and Washington, D.C., that year.

The Polaris Project, which runs the NHTRC and tracks federal and state laws on human trafficking, recommends that Virginia pass laws to provide assistance to human trafficking survivors, including creating "safe harbors" for sexually exploited minors.

American Association of University Women, AAUW, one of LWVFA's community partners, started a petition to urge the Virginia General Assembly to support legislation that would strengthen our state's laws in providing assistance to human trafficking survivors. Add your name today by clicking here.

House of Delegates District 34th Special Election Set for January 6th, 2015

Virginia House Speaker Bill Howell has set January 6th as the date for a special election to replace Republican Del. Barbara Comstock, four days after she resigns her seat to join the U.S. Congress. Two Republicans and one Democrat have now declared for the race. Craig Parisot and Al Johnson will vie for the GOP nomination in a firehouse primary on November 15th. Kathleen Murphy, who lost to Comstock by 422 votes in 2013, is currently the only Democrat to declare. 2015 Special Election for the VA 34th District The 34th District runs along the Potomac River and is comprised of parts of Fairfax and Loudoun counties.

Important Dates for January 6, 2015 Special Election

  • Dec 30: Voter Registration Deadline

  • Dec 30: Deadline to Apply for an Absentee Ballot by Mail

  • Jan 3: Final Day, In-Person Absentee Voting

  • Jan 6 : Absentee Ballot Return Deadline

Interested in learning the Election Results from November 4th? Click here to find the Fairfax County Election Results and click here to find the Virginia Results.

Are you interested in learning more about how ballot security in Fairfax County after the election? Then watch the Fairfax County 2014 Election Canvass video below. Canvassing is essentially an audit of the election results. The election machine tapes and precinct counts are double checked for any discrepancies.

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Who We Are & What We Do

The League of Women Voters of the Fairfax Area is a nonpartisan political organization that encourages informed and active participation in government, works to increase understanding of major public policy issues, and influences public policy through education and advocacy.

  • We discuss & study issues of local, national, state & regional concern. We inform ourselves, legislators & the general public about the results of our research.
  • We lobby for passage of laws we support & for the defeat of those we oppose, based on League positions.
  • We monitor elections & government activities.
  • We sponsor candidate debates & community forums about vital issues.
  • We testify at legislative & administrative hearings to insure citizen input in policy making decisions.
  • We publish & distribute issue-oriented material.
  • We advocate, we occasionally go to court to help clarify & enforce laws in the public interest.
  • We produce & distribute Voters' Guides to help citizens to choose candidates & to be prepared to vote on ballot questions.
  • We get INVOLVED! Join us in lively conversations & interesting issues!

The League of Women Voters never supports or opposes candidates for office, or political parties, and any use of the League of Women Voters name in campaign advertising or literature has not been authorized by the League.


Membership in the League of Women Voters is open to anyone -- men and women -- age 18 and older. JOIN US - click here for an application form.