The League of Women Voters, through a consensus process with all local leagues, has adopted positions and takes action on the following subjects at three levels: national, Virginia, and Charlottesville Area. For information on any positions, call the League office at 970-1707.

National - See LWV US "Summary of Public Policy Positions" at

Representative Government

Campaign Finance Reform: LWV CVA Summary Report on Consensus Meeting, January, 2016
Election Process
Citizen Rights
Congress and the Presidency
Voting Rights

International Relations

Arms Control
Military Policy and Defense Spending
United Nations

Natural Resources

Resource Management
Pollution Control
Environmental Protection
Public Participation
Recycling and Waste Management

Agriculture Policies

Social Policy

Equality of Opportunity
Child Care
Meeting Basic Human Needs
Fiscal Policy
Federal Role in Public Education Position
Gun Control
Urban Policy
Meeting Basic Human Needs
Health Care
Early Intervention for Children at Risk
Violence Prevention
Death Penalty
Sentencing Policy
Human Trafficking


Election Laws - See new 2011 Position

Adult Domestic Violence
Fiscal Policy
Air Quality
Intergovernmental Relations
Child Care
Juvenile/Adult Restorative Justice
Juvenile Justice
Restoration of Civil Rights for Virginia Felons
Children at Risk
Land Use
Delegation of State Power to Local Government
Mental Health
Water Supply & Distribution
Financing of Public Education
Women's Rights/ Virginia Law


Child Care
Health & Family Life Education & Health Services in Area Public Schools
Natural Resources
Regional Library System

LOCAL POSITIONS - As described in the 2015-16 Membership Directory


Action: Support of community based efforts to improve the quality and affordability of and accessibility to child care in the Thomas Jefferson Planning District. To advocate for: 1) increased business and local government support for child care and 2) improved information for parents and the community at large regarding available child care and the quality and performance of child care providers. [2001]


Action: Support of equal access to a quality public elementary and secondary educational system from pre-kindergarten through high school with adequate funding, competent personnel, well-maintained facilities, and adequate resources and supplies. Support of specified statements to assure quality education, particularly addressing the needs of diverse student populations in the Charlottesville Area school systems, including the City of Charlottesville, Albemarle County, and Fluvanna County. Support for local policies that promote learning by recognizing that the basic needs of all children include health care and adequate nutrition.  Support and funding for pre-kindergarten programs and full-day kindergarten programs for all students.  Support for curriculum and programs that prepare students for a 21st century workforce by providing emphasis on scientific, technological, engineering, and mathematical skills.  Support of all aspects of community education. Support of specific ways to attract and retain quality classroom teachers and to encourage excellence in teaching. Continued monitoring of local school systems, with special emphasis on expenditures and funding sources, education and extracurricular programs, salaries and responsibilities, and citizen involvement. Special attention to potential major changes in local school systems.  [2013]


Action: Support of long-range planning; sharing and/or consolidating resources, services, and structures; and increased cooperation between Charlottesville Area and the University of Virginia. Support of a fair and flexible tax system necessary for responsive government, using the following criteria in evaluating taxation proposals and/or reform measures: equity, including the ability to pay and benefits received; consistency with social and economic goals of the community and the LWV; efficiency of administration, including computation, payment and collection methods, and public understanding; adequacy of revenue, including ability to adjust to changes in economic conditions. Support for increasing the number of magisterial districts in the County to an odd number (7 or 9). Support for a mix of urban and rural residents in each district, taking into account natural geographic boundaries and communities. Encourage the Board of Supervisors to appoint a task force to study the feasibility of seeking a charter for the County. Support of the Sustainability Accords, particularly of the section on Government Goal: Governmental decisions are made in an environment that promotes widespread, informed, and civil public participation. [1990]


Action: Support of the following health services and programs:  a dedicated health facility which conforms to state and national guidelines; a full time health professional for each school health facility; school advisory boards which include health professionals, parents, and community members; a qualified and trained director of school health programs; and health and family life education in our area schools which includes: regular periodic review of curriculum to ensure updating with new information or materials and to meet needs that are identified, more age-appropriate comprehensive sexuality education, continued training of teachers in health and family life curricula and issues, use of experts to participate in health and family life education of students and teacher training, identifying additional resource materials and making them available to students, parents and teachers, increasing community and family understanding of and involvement in health and family life eudcation.  (2013)


Action: Monitor and take action on housing programs in the City and County under LWV/US Housing Positions. Work for availability and affordability.



Action: Support of equal access to a quality regional library system with well-qualified personnel and adequate facilities, resources, and services. Support of appropriate levels of local funding. Monitor major changes in library services.


Action: Support of a balanced transportation system with fixed-route bus service offered day and evening for the entire urban population and, where the need can be demonstrated, fixed-route rural service. Support of coordinated transportation services. Work to implement development of bike paths. Monitor traffic patterns and problems in the greater Charlottesville area.