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

The League encourages people to register, obtain a photo ID, and vote every year. Your vote is your voice in government and it will count.

See for information on all candidates and ballot issues for the November election. For more on VOTE411, see "Get Connected" on this page below and the "Elections" page.

What's New?


Redistricting has changed the boundaries of the 3rd, 4th, and 7th Congressional Districts (CD). For many in the Richmond metro area, their member of Congress will change. You can check your District on the Virginia Department of Elections website at


Many area voters used different voting equipment in the November 2015 election for the first time. The most common new equipment is optical scan equipment, where you fill in a paper ballot that is then placed in a machine to be scanned and counted.


As of 2014, you must present one of the following acceptable forms of photo identification when voting in Virginia:

  • 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 an expiration date must be current or not expired more than 12 months before the election.

If you do not have an acceptable form of identification please contact your local voter registration office for a free ID.

Get Connected

VOTE411 is an online service of the League of Women Voters that provides voting information, including the ability to compare candidates and their answers to specific questions on issues. Go to the website, enter your address, and use the Voter Guide feature to "build your ballot" for the November election. You can print, email, or text the information to use as a reference when you vote. The Voter Guides in pdf format for Richmond Metro Area candidates and ballot issues are available on our Elections page.

Check out the latest LWV-RMA newsletter at The Leaguer

Visit the League of Women Voters of the United States' website at
Our State League's website address is Both will help you stay up-to-date with what is happening!

The Virginia Public Access Project, a neutral, non-partisan initiative, has up-to-date information on our elected officials and candidates, including information on contributions. Access this at

Want to see what is happening to bills in the General Assembly? Visit

On Facebook? Check the national League page at

and our local League page at

Want to contact your U.S. Representative or Senator?

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