The League of Women Voters of Falls Church is a nonpartisan organization that serves the citizens of Falls Church City by encouraging informed and active participation in government, working to increase understanding of major public policy issues, and influencing public policy through education and advocacy. The League of Women Voters never supports or opposes candidates for office, or political parties. Any use of the League of Women Voters name in campaign advertising or literature has not been authorized by the League.
In its 2010 decision in Citizens United v. FEC, the US Supreme Court lifted most restrictions governing political contributions by corporations and special-interest political action committees. The League program will review the negative impact that this unrestricted political spending has had on our democracy and include a discussion of what individuals can do in response.
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-Ed W. Gillespie - Republican
-Mark R. Warner - Democrat
-Robert C. Sarvis - Libertarian
-Micah K. Edmonds - Republican
-Donald S. Beyer, Jr. - Democrat
-Jeffrey S. Carson - Libertarian
-Gerard C. "Gerry" Blais III - Independent Green Party of Virginia
-Gwendolyn J. Beck - Independent
-Jody Acosta - Democrat
-Chris Johnson - Independent
Voter Registration: October 14, 2014 is the last day to register to vote for the November election. To register to vote, you can register online or change your registration at www.Vote.Virginia.gov, or you can download the voter registration application or visit the office of the Falls Church City Registrar at 300 Park Avenue, Suite 101.
New Photo ID Requirement: Please remember that effective July 1, 2014, photo identification is required to vote in person in Virginia. A photo ID is not required if you vote via absentee ballot.
Voters must submit one of the following acceptable forms of identification when voting:
-Valid Virginia Driver's License
-DMV-issued photo identification card
-Valid United States Passport
-Valid Employee photo identification card
-Other government-issued photo identification card
-Valid college or university student photo identification card (issuer must be an institution of higher education located in Virginia)
IDs with expiration dates must be current or not expired more the 12 months before the election. If you do not have an acceptable form of identification please contact the Falls Church City Registrar for a free ID.
Absentee Voting: Registered voters unable to go to the polls on Election Day may vote by absentee ballot by mail or in person with reason.
-Voting By Mail: To vote absentee by mail, obtain an application from the Falls Church City Registrar or online by downloading the application from http://sbe.virginia.gov/Files/Forms/VoterForms/VirginiaAbsenteeBallotApplication.pdf. Read and follow the instructions exactly. Your application must be received by the Registrar at least seven days before the election, or Tuesday, October 28, for the November 4th General Election. The office of Voter Registration and Elections will then send you an absentee ballot that you must mark and mail back in time to reach the electoral board before the polls close on Election Day.
-Voting In Person: To vote absentee in-person, visit the Registrar's Office within the 45 days preceding the election, fill out the absentee voting application, and vote on the e-Slate voting machine (the same type of machine as the one used at the polls on Election Day). In-person absentee voting begins on Friday, September 19, and ends at 5:00 pm on the Saturday before the election, November 1. State law requires every Registrar's office to be open for absentee voting on the two Saturdays immediately preceding each General Election from 9:00 am - 5:00 pm. Other special evening and weekend hours may also be scheduled.
Contact the Falls Church Office of Voter Registration and Elections at 703-248-5085 (TTY 711) or by email, or visit the Virginia State Board of Elections website for more information: http://www.sbe.virginia.gov/ or call 1-800-552-9745.
The League of Women Voters of Falls Church sponsored a public forum on September 28 to highlight changes in Virginia's election procedures and practices. The forum featured members of the Falls Church Electoral Board -- Renee Andrews and Margarette Shovlin -- and Falls Church General Registrar David Bjerke, and was moderated by Edith Holmes Snyder, president of the Falls Church League.
Among other issues, the panel highlighted Virginia's new photo identification requirements. Panelists addressed other election administration issues such as state legislation that would permit experimentation with vote centers and voting by mail. Audience members had the opportunity to share their ideas on how the voting process could be improved in what was a highly interactive session.
The League followed up with a guest column in the October 2, 2014 issue of the Falls Church News-Press on the photo ID requirement and what voters need to do to be sure that their votes in the November 4 General and Special Elections count.
The November 4th ballot includes races for the U.S. Senate, the U.S. House and the Falls Church City treasurer, an amendment to Virginia's Constitution, and a referendum on issuing bonds for an expansion of Mt. Daniel Elementary School.
Organized by LWV-VA and AARP Virginia, the debate asked the candidates to go on record about issues important to all Virginians that ranged from ethics to Ebola.
The four panelists for the debate included Kristin Goss, President, League of Women Voters of Arlington; Bob Blancato, State President, AARP Virginia; Craig Carper, Reporter, WCVE-FM; and Cheryl Miller, Anchor, WTVR-TV. Bill Fitzgerald, Anchor, WTVR CBS 6, served as moderator.
Follow news and comment about the debate on Twitter at #PeoplesDebate.