Making Democracy Work

Make Democracy Work in the Fredericksburg Area

The League of Women Voters is a nonpartisan political organization encouraging informed and active participation in government. It influences public policy through education and advocacy.

A message from our President on our one year anniversary

Birthday Cake

Hello Fredericksburg Leaguers!

Thanks to the State League, LWV-VA, the wonderful introduction done a year ago by Anne Sterling and the continued support of Linda Garvelink (currently First Vice President of LWV-VA) we have reached the one year mark. Thanks also to the 40 of you who have joined and are willing to be part of seeing democracy work in our area and the country.

If you read the latest Virginia Voter Express you know the June State Convention was a great success and we will be able to take part in the three program initiatives approved by the convention:

1. Updating the Mental Health Study "to include substance abuse, soup homes, changes in course to put mentally ill in treatment facilities not jails and inclusion of broader services provided by the Department of Behavioral Health and Development."
2. A task force to Update Women's Rights and VA Law based on current laws, and,
3. A task force on the LWV position on Education to include Charter Schools and School Vouchers in public education.

And of course our very important cause: Registering people to vote!!!! We have to take this seriously and make people aware that any change comes from the local level, no matter what you want to happen. In the Primary Election some localities only had between 3% and 20% turnout. It is our taxes that pay for the machines and precinct workers, etc., so it is important for us to see that as many people as possible know how important it is to get out and vote.

I just read that the most important thing we can do before the November Election is to get as many people as possible not only registered to vote, but to actually get the voters out on Election Day.

We are fortunate to have a very active Voter Services Committee and if you would like to help in the gigantic task of getting people registered, please join this committee.

I am hoping we will all have a chance to discuss the various opportunities to get involved in watching and acting in this community of four Counties and one City beyond registration.

There are many ways in which we can see how our area does business. Getting involved by attending meetings of the various public entities can be rewarding. Just in the City alone we have the Architectural Review Board, City Council and their Work Sessions, Transportation Commission, Zoning Board, School Committee and even the Electoral Board.

One year ago I came to the LWV organizational meeting thinking I would sit in the back row and just observe. But I realize how important it is for my family and all families to have a say in what goes on in our lives and the only way to do that is to get involved - really involved. At the convention I met and talked with so many women and men who are excited about what their Leagues are doing. They know they are making a difference in their communities.

We can do that!!! We can make a difference. Please come to our meetings, enjoy talking with others who want to get involved while we all celebrate the work that has gone on in the past year and the work which will be done in the future.

Cathie

LWV - VA Membership Handbook and our very own Elaine Diepenbrock's PP Presentation on the history of the League

2017 Membership Handbook and a PowerPoint History of the League

Membership Director, Linda Garvelink has announced the addition of two new tools now available on our website. A revised edition of the League's Membership Handbook that each local League can download, add local information, and have on hand for new members. Click Here for the Handbook

The second addition is a presentation of the history of the Virginia League. Elaine Diepenbrock, member of LWV of Fredericksburg Area, prepared this excellent PPT of the history of the League using LWVUS information as her background. The last part of the presentation is the specific to LWVFRA but that could be easily edited by any local League that wants to use it. Many thanks to Elaine for putting this presentation together. Click Here. for the presentation.

Positions

The League of Women Voters at all levels advocates and lobbies on issues on which it has statements of position. When legislation is being introduced or considered on a topic about which the League has a position, an Action Alert to the members may be issued.

Voter Guide

One of the primary missions of the League is to provide information to the general public on all aspects of the voting process + registering, voting in person or absentee, dates of elections location of polling places and information on the candidates. VOTE411.org is the primary vehicle used to convey much of this information, primarily at the local level.

Vote411.org

Redistricting

Redistricting remains an ongoing issue in Virginia. The League of Women Voters of Virginia has been very active in efforts to bring about a nonpartisan process for drawing legislative lines by a commission as described by the Redistricting Coalition of Virginia, formed in 2010 and of which LWV-VA is a member organization. LWV-VA has participated with the Coalition in educating and informing voters in Virginia about the importance of this issue.