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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.
LWVFA General Meeting is Saturday January 24, 2015 at the Country Club of Fairfax, 5110 Ox Road, Fairfax VA 22030. (registration & reservation form for lunch is in the Dec. Fairfax VOTER and attached).

Registration and Coffee at 9:00AM,
Business meeting starts at 9:30 AM. The business meeting includes selecting program topic suggestions for LWV-VA and LWVNCA for the 2015-17 biennium.
Speaker at 10:30 AM - Dr. Karen Garza, Fairfax County Public School Superintendent
(hired in 2013). The School Board has made some important schedule changes - full day Mondays for elementary school students effective this year, and later start times for high school students effective next year. She will discuss these changes, their impact on students' learning, health and the community. Her talk will be 30 minutes (starting at 11:00 a.m.) followed by a 30-minute Q&A.
Luncheon at 11:30 AM (Reservation Required) The luncheon is $35, but one may attend the meeting for free without lunch. Registrations due by January 16, 2015 to Mary Valder per registration form in December VOTER.

LWVFA in the News: League of Women Voters of Fairfax Presses for Reforms in Voting, Pay, and Redistricting

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

On January 6th, 2015, the Special election will occur to replace Republican Del. Barbara Comstock, four days after she resigns her seat to join the U.S. Congress. 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

November 24th: In-Person Absentee Voting Begins (Fairfax County Government Center)
December 30th: Voter Registration Deadline - In-Person: 5:00 p.m., Online: 11:59 p.m.
December 30th: Last Day to Apply for an Absentee Ballot by Mail
January 3rd: Final Day for In-Person Absentee Voting
January 6th: Absentee Ballot Return Deadline (7:00 p.m.)

Member, Virginia House of Delegates, 34th District Sample Ballot

Kathleen J. Murphy - D

Email: electkathleenmurphy@gmail.com

website: http://www.murphyfordelegate.com/

Craig A. Parisot - R

Email: info@craigparisot.com

Website: http://craigparisot.com/

Election Day Information: On Election Day polls are open from 6:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Voter Registration: If you are already registered at your current address, you do not need to register again.

New! Voter Photo ID Requirements, Valid from here on out as of July 1, 2014

Are you interested in legislation the General Assembly considers? Then come to the Women's Legislative Roundtable Sessions, sponsored and moderated by the League of Women Voters of Virginia. WLRT meetings are held at 8:30 AM every Wednesday during the Virginia General Assembly Session, starting the Wednesday after the General Assembly convenes in January. To learn more about the roundtable, read LWV-VA's brochure.

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 league@lwv-fairfax.org for more.

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.

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.

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.

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