Making Democracy Work

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

"Under the Gun" Screening and Expert Panel

Thursday, October 27, 2016, 7 pm McLean Community Center 1234 Ingleside Avenue McLean, VA 22101

Co-sponsored by Leagues of Women Voters of the Fairfax Area and Falls Church and Fairfax County Council of PTAs

UNDER THE GUN, narrated by Katie Couric. America has failed to respond with meaningful action. What is keeping the two sides of this debate from finding common ground?

Panelists include:

Matt Bennett Matt is one of the original founders of "Third Way" (a DC based centrist think tank). Matt has spent 16+ years in the gun violence prevention space following the Columbine mass shooting. He served as an advisor to the Sandy Hook families after Newtown. Mr Bennett is widely recognized for his expertise on the politics and challenges within the gun debate.

Peter Read Peter is a retired U.S. Air Force officer with a two-decade military career stationed both in the United States and overseas. He is a graduate of the United States Air Force Academy and the Naval Postgraduate School, with degrees in International Affairs and National Security Affairs.

Peter Read's eldest daughter, Mary Karen Read, age 19, was killed on April 16, 2007, one of 32 students and faculty killed at Virginia Tech (VT). Since that time, Peter and his wife Cathy have worked on behalf of many causes in memory of Mary and her fellow Hokies.

Reservations are required for this free "Under the Gun" screening. To reserve, click here.

For more information, click here.

For the press release, go to LWVFA Announces screening of Under the Gun and expert panel

On-line Voter Registration Problem

On-line voter registration problem

Due to the number of Virginians who intended to register online on Monday, October 17th, the voter registration deadline has been extended to Friday, October 21st at 11:59 pm. Life doesn't often give us second chances. Seize this opportunity by registering online now. Do not delay! Click here.

Do you know What's on the Ballot?

Do you know What's on the Ballot in November?

Do you know who is running for office? Do you know their positions?

Find your personalized ballot at , the non-partisan League of Women Voters of the U.S. voter tool. Remember: local and state elections directly affect you!

Read more about the ballot in depth here.

Election Results: Check out the Election Results across Virginia

Absentee Voting

It's important to vote, but for many, voting on election day is a hardship or even impossible. There are many valid reasons why many people can't vote on election day. Check them out to see if you can vote with an absentee ballot or with an "in person absentee" ballot. For more, click here.

LWV of the Fairfax Area's Meals Tax Forum

On September 29th, the LWV of the Fairfax Area held a forum with panelists on pros and cons of the issues.

Moderator: Mary Kimm, the award-winning journalist and editor of the Connection Newspapers.

Speaking in opposition to the Meals Tax: Supervisor Pat Herrity (R-Springfield) and Jon Norton from Great American Restaurants

Speaking in favor of the Meals Tax: School Board member Pat Hynes and Phil Niedzielski-Eichner, management consultant

The panel took written questions from the audience. Questions were submitted in advance by writing email and survey.

Published on Oct 3, 2016. The video was taped by volunteers. Some parts were edited out because of poor sound or video. This video is the property of the League of Women Voters of the Fairfax Area. No part of it may be used to either support or oppose the Meals Tax Referendum.

Eighth District Candidate Forum

Watch LWV of Fairfax's 8th District Candidate Forum, filmed live at Fairfax Public Access.

Candidates competing for United States House of Representatives' 8th District:

Donald S. Beyer, Jr. (D) Charles A. Hernick (R) Julio Gracia (I)

Newsletters and Meetings

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

Our November Fairfax VOTER Newsletter features our General Meeting and articles about voting, the environment, and our "Under the Gun" and Meals Tax forums.

Our October meetings focused on "Electing a President."

Read the October Fairfax VOTER Newsletter (Program Topic: Electing a President)

For a calendar of meetings, click here.

2016 Facts for Voters

Click here for the 2016 Facts for Voters.


Never fear! We have plenty of opportunities for volunteers.

For high school students, click here.

For voter registration events, click here.

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.


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