The League of Women Voters, Montgomery County, Virginia
The League of Women Voters of Montgomery County organized in 1971.
Since then, it has been actively involved in educating and registering voters and in studying issues of local governmental importance.
Its activities include:
- Organizing candidate forums for local and county elections
- Preparing a “voter guide” on candidates, always in a nonpartisan way
- Compiling its annual directory of public officials serving Montgomery County at the national, state, county, and local levels, with information on voting and registration (“Facts”); distributing the directory through government offices, libraries, businesses, and other public places
- Conducting a study on school funding in Montgomery County
- Sponsoring or co-sponsoring public education events, such as the spring 2017 panel on Gerrymandering and the fall 2017 panel on voting rights and voter suppression
- Co-sponsoring, with the Lifelong Learning Institute at Virginia Tech, the community discussion group, Great Decisions
- Registering people to vote
- Publishing a newsletter, bulletin, with information on elections and issues of interest
The first study it undertook, in January 1974, compared Blacksburg's 1952 Charter with those of other Virginia municipalities and with the Model City Charter of the National Civic League. The study group recommended a new Charter for the Town of Blacksburg, and the membership voted consensus on this September 1974. The Town formed a Charter Commission that included two League members. This Commission presented its report and recommended a new Charter for the Town in November 1974. Blacksburg Town Council approved this new Charter that December.
Members represent a variety of political parties with personal viewpoints on the full spectrum of political beliefs, but all value the nonpartisan work of the League of Women Voters and its mission to educate voters and encourage their participation in the democratic system of governance.