The new requirement for Photo ID for in-person voting needs significant
broadcast to the public. Voters who have no Photo ID need to know that a free
Photo ID is available at election offices NOW. On August 6tha sudden change in the regulation has
eliminated some Photo IDs – those that are expired for over 12 months. The
resulting confusion requires diligence to inform the public. We are planning to
make phone calls to Voters who do not have DMV-IDs and possibly no Photo ID.***
Do you know someone
who does not have a Photo ID? Be sure to tell them that a free Photo ID is
available at Election Offices.
Yes, there is an
election on November 4th.
Officers definitely needed: This was just confirmed August 13th.Please consider being an Election
Officer. Some League members are EO veterans. It is a very logical,
educational, civic-minded job for League members. Ask Brenda Carswell and Judy
Anderson about what they do. The required training is excellent. Call Amy
Gambrill at the Prince William Election Office: 703-792-6473 and read
Many opportunities! And Training!
and places are being added to our schedule so there should be a time and place
for nearly all of us to help. (We have 39
members including some who have not yet renewed.)
there is voter registration training online that we highly recommend for all
members even if you have done it before or just want to be knowledgeable. It
only takes about 15 minutes. Once completed you will be well-informed but also
listed on the Virginia Department of Elections database as certified. There is
NO certificate to print this year even though the instructions may state that.
not need to order any voter registration forms – we have
In-Person training may become available at our Election
Expected and possible registration sites:
Sign up to help, please!
NOVA Community College:
September and October
Farmers’ Markets: Manassas
(Thursdays and Saturdays); Manassas Park (Tuesdays); Tackett’s Mill (Tuesdays)
September 20: 9:30 to 5 =
September 21: Latino
Festival in Manassas: 12 to 5
Registration Event: Sept. 23 to 30: VRE
Manassas Fall Jubilee 10 to 5 PM
Senior Centers and
Fall and Winter:High School Seniors
1. Candidate Meet and
Greet Events and Debates:
Meet and Greets
organized with Fairfax League and Loudoun League and with PW Committee of 100.
Work is progressing on dates and venues.Brenda is representing us and AARP on this. Those of most interest to
our members and PW area voters would be these:
Sept 18 -1st District Congressional
Sept 22 - 10th
District(Sully District Council &
District(LWVFA/AAUW) at Clifton Town
District(LWV-PWA & AARP) at
Coordinating with Leagues in Fairfax, Loudoun and the
Virginia League we will help publish the Voter Guide online that includes the
comparison of candidates for the U.S. Senate and Representatives from the 1st,
10th and 11th Congressional Districts. Members of the
joint-coordinating committee are writing questions for the candidates. There
are also races in the cities of Manassas and Manassas Park for City Council and
the Manassas City School Board.
Community Issue Research and Event Participation
Restoration of Rights Programs
inmates preparing to re-enter our community are reported at the Re-entry
Council quarterly meetings that Brenda and Carol have been attending. (Please
see Brenda’s report of the June 16th
meeting.) September 15th
is the next meeting.
is the next Community Resource Fair at the Adult Detention Center where we will
again provide Voter Education and Restoration of Voting Rights information
including booklets and brochures.
possible site for distributing Restoration ofFelons’ Rights is at offices of the Department of Social Services (DSS).
Some DSS offices in Virginia are reporting that some clients choose not to
register to vote there because they are released felons whose rights have not
Brenda Carswell attended a Human Trafficking forum that included a video of the
resulting tragedies and the significant impact that is here – even in our own
high schools. More programs for awareness and methods of control are needed.
(See her attached report.)
is also a major factor in the current immigration of unaccompanied children
from Central America. August 2nd
Carol attended a forum at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church in Woodbridge
where panelists clarified how some of these children are cared for in PW
County. The movie, “Which Way Home”, showed children traveling without adult
family members from Honduras through Mexico on top of trains. Kids in Need of
Defense (KIND) offers pro bono legal support to determine whether children
qualify for asylum. A grassroots coordinator for immigrants’ rights described
some advocacy work that the Church World Service does for unaccompanied
Outreach at Community
The July 20th Manassas Park
Election Expo gave Helen, Brenda and Carol the opportunity to meet members of
the Manassas Park community – the General Registrar, electoral board members,
city council members and candidates, members of the Delta Sigma Theta sorority,
NAACP members, and candidates for Congress. We shared information on the free
Photo ID for Voters who do not have an approved Photo ID, our “They Represent
You” brochure, the LWV-VA General Assembly Directory, and our Top Ten card with November 4th
election deadlines and the list of candidates.
August 2nd:We provided Voter education and at the
African-American Heritage Festival at Metz School where Brenda, Helen, and
Carol had conversations with at least 100 attendees and again provided our best
handouts to them. Candidates and representatives of two political parties
stopped at the tent so we were able to explain what voter education materials
we are providing. It is great to meet candidates in-person in “neutral’
AARP kindly shared their booth with us.
We received invitations for joint voter education-related
events including helping The Light of Life Church that meets at Stonewall
Jackson High with voter registration on August
16th; the AKA sorority’s September
13 Restoration of Rights program at the Kelly Leadership Center, and the September 16th candidate
forum in Arlington organized by the NOVA Urban League Young Professionals group
that encourages civic engagement.
Knowing Our Community
community issues besides trafficking and voting rights remain for our study and
participation including health care for the uninsured, mental health care,
pre-kindergarten program funding, environment protection, affordable housing,
women’s rights, immigration, and public safety.
as a member of thePrince William
Committee of 100 or just attending its meetings on community issues enhances
our awareness of current issues and provides opportunities for civic engagement
meetings of County, City, School Board, Planning Commission Meetings provide
outstanding opportunities for research of issues as well as how we may need to
advocate. We should be watching these live on TV or computer or viewing
recordings later. Attending the Prince William County Electoral Board meetings
keep us well-informed also – next meeting is September 5th at 2:00
PM at the election office.
Dates to Remember for planning and
Light of Life Church voter registration at Manassas Mall
LWV-PWA monthly planning and discussion meeting.
9:30 AM at the Manassas City Hall.
Women’s Equality Day; Celebrate Women’s Suffrage achievement: Ratification
XIX in 1920.
PW Electoral Board; 2 PM
Restoration of Felons Rights forum; Kelly Leadership Center
Re-Entry Council quarterly meeting
September 18: Debate, 1st
Congressional District candidates; Wyndham
September 20: Haymarket
Day: Voter Education/Registration
September 21: Latino
September 23 -26: VRE
Station voter education & registration
September 25: Re-Entry
Community Resource Fair: Adult Detention Center
Candidate Meet and Greet: 10th district; Clifton Town Hall
Voter education/registration at Manassas Fall Jubilee
Candidate Meet and Greet: 11th District; Westminster
December 3rd: LWV-VA Annual Pre-Session Roundtable: Richmond
2015: Signing of Voting Rights Act 50th Anniversary (August