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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.

Area Leagues, PTAs Set Oct. 27 Screening and Expert Panel on "Under the Gun"

The League of Women Voters chapters of Falls Church and Fairfax and the Fairfax County Council of PTAs are sponsoring a screening of the new documentary "Under the Gun" at 7 p.m. Thursday October 27 at the McLean Community Center's theater, 1234 Ingleside Avenue in McLean.

The documentary, produced and narrated by journalist Katie Couric, examines the events and people involved in the debate over gun violence in the United States, why politicians find it difficult to take action and what is being done at the state and local levels.

The movie will be followed by a panel discussion featuring Matt Bennet, a founder of the "Third Way" centrist think tank in Washington, who has been working on responses to gun violence since the shootings at Columbine High School 17 years ago; and Peter Read, a retired Air Force officer whose daughter Mary Karen was one of 32 students and faculty killed in April 2007 at Virginia Tech University.

The event is free and open to the public, but reservations are requested. For more information or to make a reservation go to

Absentee Voting In Person Now Open in City of Falls Church

Persons wishing to cast an absentee ballot in person for the November 8 election can now do so at the Registrar's office in City Hall, 300 Park Avenue, Suite 101 East, the League of Women Voters of Falls Church reminds local residents.

In addition to regular business hours of 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekdays, the Registar's office will be open until 7 p.m. on Thursday October 27 and November 3 and from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday October 29 and November 5, which is the last day in which a voter can cast an absentee ballot in person.

Registered voters must meet one of the 19 eligibility requirements listed on the Virginia Absentee Ballot Application to vote absentee. Persons casting an absentee ballot in person must bring an acceptable form of personal identification when they vote.

Tuesday October 25 is the last day that a voter can request an absentee ballot by mail with some assurance that it can be returned by Election Day. Although the legal deadline for making a request is November 1, the Registrar notes that those ballots rarely get returned in time to be counted by the deadline for the election.

Voter registration for this year's election closed on October 17.

Non-partisan comprehensive information about the election is available at the League of Women Voters' comprehensive voters' guide at After a user enters his address, the voter can retrieve information about his polling place and the choices that will be on his ballot. (This address data is not retained by the League.) In the City of Falls Church, voters will consider candidates for president and Congress, as well as two proposed amendments to the Virginia Constitution and a referendum on a proposed $8.7 million bond for the Falls Church library. The League site includes answers to a series of questions posed to the candidates and information about both sides of the ballot questions.