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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

Women's March

Saturday, January 21st

To find out more, including how to RSVP to let us know you'll be joining us, click here.

Questions? Email LWVFA Co-President, Wendy Fox-Grage: womensmarch@lwv-fairfax.org.

New Member Orientation

Come one, come all! We will hold New Member Orientations to introduce new members to the League and volunteer opportunities on the following dates:

Thursday, January 19, 2017 7-9 p.m. in McLean

Saturday, January 28, 2017 10:30-noon at the League Office in Annandale

Tuesday, January 31, 2017 10:30-noon at the League Office in Annandale

For questions and to RSVP, please write Judy Helein: NMO@lwv-fairfax.org.

Voters' Services Meeting

Saturday, January 28, at 12:30 pm in the LWVFA Conference Room, 4026 Hummer Road, Annandale, VA 22033

Voter Services Chair Sidney Johnson will hold a planning meeting on Saturday, January 28th at the Packard Center Conference room from 12:30 to 2:00 pm. Anyone interested in voter registration and candidate forums is invited to attend.

LWVUS honored us with a grant for National Voter Registration Day. Read our Voter Service report on our fall voter registration drives on page EF8 here.

Questions about the Voter Services meeting or something else? Email Sidney: voterservice@lwv-fairfax.org or call her by phoning 703-801-0359.

Film Screening of "GerryRIGGED" and Redistricting Panel.

Thursday, February 23, 2017 7:00 p.m

Cinema Arts Theater Located inside the shopping center: Fair City Mall Address: Fair City Mall 9650 Main Street Fairfax, VA 22031

To reserve your spot now, click here.

Volunteers for the GerryRIGGED film and panel, please sign up here.

Download the flyer for the GerryRIGGED film and redistricting panel.

LWV of the Fairfax Area Unit Discussion Meetings

We meet at areas around the county to discuss a monthly topic, in addition to the At-Large Meeting on the first Saturday of the month. In February, we will discuss Part II of the "Fracking In Virginia" Study and conduct consensus.(See Below)

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

LWVFA AT-LARGE MEETING & BRIEFING February Program Topic: LWV-VA Consensus on "Fracking In Virginia," Saturday, February 4, 2017, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., League Conference Room, Packard Center in Annandale Community Park, Annandale, 22003

Ten unit group discussion meetings will take place across the county from February 8th to 14th.

  • Wednesday, February 8: McLean Day, 9:30 am
  • Wednesday, February 8: Mt. Vernon Day, 9:45 am
  • Wednesday, February 8: Fairfax Station, 10 am
  • Wednesday, February 8: Reston Evening, 7:30 pm (note will meet at Reston Community Center-Hunters Woods, Room 3)

  • Thursday, February 9: Reston Day, 9 am
  • Thursday, February 9: Springfield (in Annandale at our office), 9:30 am
  • Thursday, February 9: Centreville / Chantilly, 10 am
  • Thursday, February 9: Fairfax / Vienna, 1:00 pm
  • Thursday, February 9: Mount Vernon Evening, 7:45 pm

  • Monday, February 13: Greenspring in Springfield, 1:30 pm

    To see the full list and locations, click here.

    LWVFA STUDIES FRACKING IN VIRGINIA in January & February

    What do you know about hydraulic fracturing ("fracking" for short) and where it is taking place in Virginia? A small but mighty LWV of Virginia (LWV-VA) Fracking Study Committee has thoroughly researched this much debated, political and environmental issue and has produced a voluminous report called "Fracking in Virginia," the first part of which is presented in the January 2017 Fairfax VOTER.(link below) The concluding text follows in the February Fairfax VOTER, along with the Fracking Study Consensus Questions which will be presented at the February unit discussion meetings

    Materials you will need to join in the discussion (both for January and February) are posted here: January 2017 Fairfax VOTER-in color; Discussion Questions (also printed in January VOTER); Appendices (from the Study Report); References for the entire report (from the Study Report); Fracking Study Glossary used in the Report; Fracking 2016 Consensus Questions. Part II of the study will be in the February Fairfax VOTER and will be posted here when published.

    The entire 20-plus page Fracking In Virginia Study Report will be needed to answer the January Discussion Questions and February Consensus Questions. To view background papers and other resources, including the final "Fracking In Virginia" Study Report, go to the LWV-VA Natural Resources website, http://www.lwv-va-natres.org/. Click HERE for Direct Link to the 11MB PDF file of the Report to download or read.

  • Upcoming Elections

    Fairfax City Mayoral Election, February 7, 2017

    For more information about the election, click here

    At the Candidate Forum for the Fairfax City Mayor Special Election on January 9th, the following three candidates appeared:

  • Michael J. DeMarco
  • David L. Meyer
  • Eleanor D. "Ellie" Schmidt

    Read The "Fairfax Times'" account of the Forum here.

  • Newsletters and Meetings

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

    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 2016 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.

    Inclement Weather Policy

    There are no weather cancellations at this time.

    JOIN US!

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

    Voice of America news story features LWV of Fairfax

    The Voice of America Pakistan featured LWVFA in an interview with our co-presidents and executive director at an event. This news segment will be shown in Pakistan about U.S. women voting. The League fights for your right to vote. Your vote is your voice. Watch here.

    "Under the Gun" Forum Held at McLean Community Center

    'Under the Gun' Presented in McLean: League of Women Voters holds documentary screening and expert panel at McLean Community Center. By Steve Hibbard of "The Connection"

    The film, narrated by Katie Couric, examined gun violence prevention in America by focusing on several of the gun tragedies in the U.S.

    Moderated by Ruth Hoffman, co-chair of the League of Women Voters' Firearms Safety Task Force, the panel discussion after the film included speakers Matt Bennett, one of the original founders of Third Way, a D.C.-based centrist think tank and advisor to the Sandy Hook families; and Peter Read, retired U.S. Air Force officer whose daughter Mary Karen Read, age 19, was killed during the Virginia Tech shootings in 2007. "You hear that this issue is a difficult political issue, but that shouldn't be an excuse for inaction," said Hoffman. "We cannot be complacent...I hope everyone will walk away from this conversation wanting to be part of the conversation. I know there's some middle ground."

    Read the rest of the article: "LWVFA's Under the Gun Forum Makes Cover of "The Connection in McLean

    Virginia Election Results Published

    Election Results: Check out the Election Results across Virginia

    Volunteers

    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.