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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 Elections

Vienna Town Council Election, May 2, 2017

The candidates for the three Town Council seats are all currently serving on the town council.

  • Carey Sienicki

  • Howard Springsteen

  • Tara Voigt

    The May 2nd Town of Vienna Election polling location is the Vienna Presbyterian Church, located at 124 Park St, NE, Vienna 22180

    Click here for the Town of Vienna Sample Ballot for May 2017.

    For information on the location and times of voting, please visit the Vienna Town Council website.

  • Upcoming Events

    New Members

    LWV of Fairfax serves residents of Fairfax County, including its towns and cities -- Clifton, Fairfax City, Herndon, and Vienna. Anyone can join -- men or women -- ages 16 and up. We hold both county-wdie events and small unit meetings across Fairfax County.

    We support issues, not candidates. We hold Candidate Forums, Forums on Issues, and write studies about FCPS, Fairfax County, Virginia and more. Teachers, professors use our studies for balanced, non-partisan research. Click here to read the LWV positions on issues.

    We are holding New Member Orientations for new members and are writing to each new member as he or she joins. Questions? Please write Judy Helein: or Beth Tudan at

    For information about joining LWVFA, please click here.

    Voter Registration Training Sessions

    Sunday, April 2, 2:30 to 3:30 pm Tuesday, April 18, 10:30 to 11:30 pm LWVFA Conference Room 4026 Hummer Road Annandale, VA 22003

    There will be two voter registration training sessions for new members and those who want to refresh their knowledge of the online process and the Fairfax League's procedures.

    More sessions may be scheduled as needed.

    Questions? Contact Bob Meredith at

    RSVP here to attend the training sessions.

    Radio Stars

    The Union Edge host Charles Showalter interviewed Olga Hernandez, LWV-VA Former President, and Beth Tudan, LWV Fairfax Executive Director, on the radio on Tuesday, March 21st. They discussed the League's surge in membership, Candidate and issue forums, and our activism on issues at the local and state levels.

    The program streams online at

    We will post the interview as soon as we have the link.

    For now, listen to League of Women Voters of Florida teams up with Teachers Unions

    LWVNCA Forum: A Place to Call Home: Affordable Housing Forum

    Saturday, April 8, 2017 9:30 to 3:30 pm Arlington, Virginia

    What are the Challenges? How are They Being Addressed? What Can We Do to Help? Lisa Sturtevant, Housing & Regional Economic Development and Local Area Panelists Register here.

    Note: LWVNCA is the LWV of the National Capital Area

    New Fairfax City LWV Unit Launch Meeting

    Wednesday, April 5th 7:15 pm Green Acres Center Room 112 4401 Sideburn Rd., Fairfax, VA 22030

    Join us for our "Launch Meeting" in Fairfax City. The League of Women Voters of the Fairfax Area (LWVFA) is starting a NEW Evening Unit Discussion Group in the City! Come meet us, become informed about our community, and engage others. Show Up and learn how to make a difference! Click here for the Fairfax City New LWV Unit Flyer. For more info, contact Ellen or Amy at

    Annual Meeting

    The League of Women Voters of the Fairfax Area 69th Annual General Fund Meeting and 35th Education Fund Meeting Saturday, April 22, 2017

    Waterford at Fair Oaks 12025 Lee Jackson Memorial Highway Fairfax VA 22033

    9:30 a.m. + Registration & coffee Noon + Luncheon

    Keynote Speaker: Cameron Sasnett, General Registrar, Fairfax County Office of Elections: "What's Next in Elections? Bridging 21st Century Technology with Democratic Principles"

    Please RSVP here whether you are staying for the luncheon or not.

    If you are staying for the luncheon (and we hope you do!), payment information is found here.

    For more, go to 2017 LWV of Fairfax Annual Meeting.

    "GerryRIGGED" and Redistricting

    We enjoyed the watching "GerryRIGGED" and discussing gerrymandering with so many of you on February 23rd at Cinema Arts Theater. We are considering holding more forums to watch the film together and to discuss gerrymandering reform.

    In the meantime, you can watch the film GerryRIGGED, here

    LWV of the Fairfax Area Group Discussion Meetings (aka: Units)

    We meet at areas around the County & City to discuss a monthly topic, in addition to the At-Large Meeting on the first Saturday of the month.

    All members and prospective members are welcome to attend any meeting --all meetings are public.

    March Program Topic: In March, we studied the nature of Opioid use and abuse, how we arrived at this dangerous point, examine the latest national data, identify some national initiatives, and study with more specificity Virginia's and Fairfax County's responses to this problem. Read the March Fairfax VOTER Newsletter which focuses on the OPIOID EPIDEMIC - The United States, Virginia and Fairfax County and take part in the dialogue.

    Note: there will be no regular unit meetings during April because of the Annual Meeting.


    A NEW EVENING DISCUSSION GROUP meeting in Fairfax City! Click HERE for information about the Fairfax City Evening Unit's first meeting on April 5 at 7:15 PM. Address with google map connection is on Upcoming Meetings page

    LWVFA May Unit Meetings

    Discussion Topic is The Dillon Rule in Virginia-

    LWVFA AT-LARGE MEETING & BRIEFING, Saturday, May 6, 2017, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. in the LWVFA Conference Room, Packard Center (located in Annandale Community Park), 4026 Hummer Road, Annandale, VA 22033.

    Eleven other unit group discussion meetings will take place across the county from May 8th to 11th.

  • Monday, May 8: Greenspring in Springfield, 1:30 pm
  • Wednesday, May 10: McLean Day, 9:30 am
  • Wednesday, May 10: Mt. Vernon Day, 9:45 am
  • Wednesday, May 10: Fairfax Station, 10 am
  • Wednesday, May 10: New Fairfax City Evening, 7:15 pm
  • Wednesday, May 10: Reston Evening, 7:30 pm
  • Thursday, May 11: Reston Day, 9 am
  • Thursday, May 11: Springfield (in Annandale at our office), 9:30 am
  • Thursday, May 11: Centreville / Chantilly, 10 am
  • Thursday, May 11: Fairfax / Vienna, 1:00 pm
  • Thursday, May 11: Mount Vernon Evening, 7:45 pm

    To see the full list and locations, click here.

  • Want to know more about LWV of Fairfax?

    Catherine Read talks with Olga Hernandez, past President of the League of Women Voters of Virginia about non-partisan redistricting and OneVirginia2021.

    Newsletters and Meetings

    The League of Women VotersŪ of the Fairfax Area conducts monthly unit meetings where we hold discussions. (See above)

    Our March Fairfax VOTER Newsletter focuses on the OPIOID EPIDEMIC - The United States, Virginia and Fairfax County

    Our February Fairfax VOTER Newsletter contains Part II of the Fracking in Virginia Study. Click here to view Part II in color.

    Our January Fairfax VOTER Newsletter contains Part I of the Fracking in Virginia Study. Click here for the color version of the January VOTER where Study illustrations and graphics are presented in color.

    For a calendar of all meetings, click here.

    2017 Facts for Voters

    Click here for the 2017 Facts for Voters.

    What Issues does the League of Women Voters of Fairfax support?

    The League of Women Voters takes action on an issue or advocates for a cause when there is an existing League position that supports the issue or speaks to the cause. Positions result from a process of study and member agreement.

    Click here to learn more about LWVFA's action.

    JOIN US!

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


    Never fear! We have plenty of opportunities for volunteers.

    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.

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