Making Democracy Work

Making Democracy Work!

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

Upcoming Events

"Under the Gun" Screening and Expert Panel

Thursday, October 27, 2016, 7 pm McLean Community Center 1234 Ingleside Avenue McLean, VA 22101

UNDER THE GUN, narrated by Katie Couric. America has failed to respond with meaningful action. What is keeping the two sides of this debate from finding common ground?

Panelists include:

Matt Bennett Matt is one of the original founders of "Third Way" (a DC based centrist think tank). Matt has spent 16+ years in the gun violence prevention space following the Columbine mass shooting. He served as an advisor to the Sandy Hook families after Newtown. Mr Bennett is widely recognized for his expertise on the politics and challenges within the gun debate.

Peter Read Peter is a retired U.S. Air Force officer with a two-decade military career stationed both in the United States and overseas. He is a graduate of the United States Air Force Academy and the Naval Postgraduate School, with degrees in International Affairs and National Security Affairs.

Peter Read's eldest daughter, Mary Karen Read, age 19, was killed on April 16, 2007, one of 32 students and faculty killed at Virginia Tech (VT). Since that time, Peter and his wife Cathy have worked on behalf of many causes in memory of Mary and her fellow Hokies.

Reservations are required for this free "Under the Gun" screening. To reserve, click here.

LWV of Fairfax Monthly Discussion Meetings

LWVFA Discussion Groups meet during the second week of the month to analyze a monthly topic.

Our October meetings will focus on "Electing a President." Read the October Fairfax VOTER Newsletter (Program Topic: Electing a President)

Click here to see the schedule.

Do you know What's on the Ballot?

Do you know What's on the Ballot in November?

Do you know who is running for office? Do you know their positions?

Find your personalized ballot at , the non-partisan League of Women Voters of the U.S. voter tool. Remember: local and state elections directly affect you!

Read more about the ballot in depth here.

Election Results: Check out the Election Results across Virginia

Are You Registered to Vote?

Click here to register to vote online.

Voter Registration Drives

Are you interested in registering people to vote? For more, click here.

Are you a college student looking to register to vote?

Voting and registering to vote can present college students with questions that don't ordinarily come up. Here are some answers that may resolve some questions for students.

To download College Student Voting Guidelines for Registration, Voting, and Absentee Ballots,<+files/2016_College_Student_Voting_Guidelines.pdf> click "here."

For more information about College Voting in Virginia, <+>

Absentee Voting

It's import to vote, but for many, voting on election day is a hardship or even impossible. There are many valid reasons why many people can't vote on election day. For more, click here.

Eighth District Candidate Forum

Watch our 8th District Candidate Forum, which was televised live at the Fairfax Public Access TV station on Inside Scoop, Monday, Sept. 19th:

Newsletters and Meetings

The League of Women VotersŪ of the Fairfax Area conducts monthly unit meetings where we hold discussions. Our October meetings will focus on "Electing a President."

Read the October Fairfax VOTER Newsletter (Program Topic: Electing a President)

For a calendar of meetings, click here.

2016 Facts for Voters

Click here for the 2016 Facts for Voters.


Never fear! We have plenty of opportunities for volunteers.

For high school students, click here.

For voter registration events, click here.

For community elections, click here. Due to our insurance, one must be at least 18 and a member of the League in order to volunteer for the community elections.

State League Voter Registration Promotion Video Just Released

In its continuing effort to encourage voter registration, the LWV-VA has released a video asking the viewer if she/he cares about various concerns that might cause a person to realize voting is important to the future of our nation. We hope that this video will get widespread distribution through websites and facebook pages of local Leagues and fellow coalition organizations before the October 17 deadline for registering in time for participating in the November election.

To view the video, click here..


Membership in the League of Women Voters is open to anyone -- men and women -- age 16 and older. For more, click here.