Making Democracy Work

A Voice for Citizens and a Force for Change in the United States

The League of Women Voters of Falls Church is a nonpartisan organization that serves the citizens of Falls Church City by encouraging informed and active participation in government, working to increase understanding of major public policy issues, and influencing public policy through education and advocacy. The League of Women Voters never supports or opposes candidates for office, or political parties. Any use of the League of Women Voters name in campaign advertising or literature has not been authorized by the League.


Your Vote Counts!On November 4, 2014 citizens of Falls Church will vote for the following offices and referendums:

  • US Senator for Virginia. Vote for only one candidate. Candidates include:

-Ed W. Gillespie - Republican
-Mark R. Warner - Democrat
-Robert C. Sarvis - Libertarian

  • US Congressional Representative for the 8th District of Virginia. Vote for only one candidate. Candidates include:

-Micah K. Edmonds - Republican
-Donald S. Beyer, Jr. - Democrat
-Jeffrey S. Carson - Libertarian
-Gerard C. "Gerry" Blais III - Independent Green Party of Virginia
-Gwendolyn J. Beck - Independent

  • Proposed Virginia Constitutional Amendment:

Question: Shall Section 6-A of Article X (Taxation and Finance) of the Constitution of Virginia be amended to allow the General Assembly to exempt from taxation the real property of the surviving spouse of any member of the armed forces of the United States who was killed in action, where the surviving spouse occupies the real property as his or her principal place of residence and has not remarried? Yes or No.

  • City Treasurer: Special election to fill an unexpired term ending December 31, 2017

-Jody Acosta - Democrat
-Chris Johnson - Independent

  • Proposed bond referendum for the City of Falls Church Schools

Question: Shall the City of Falls Church, Virginia, be authorized to contract a debt and issue its general obligation bonds in an aggregate principal amount not to exceed Fifteen Million Six Hundred Thousand Dollars ($15,600,000.00) for the purpose of paying the costs incident to constructing, reconstructing, equipping and/or reequiping, in whole or in part, the Mount Daniel Elementary School, and shall Ordinance No. ____ of the City authorizing the issuance of such bonds be effective? Yes or No.

Voter Registration: October 14, 2014 is the last day to register to vote for the November election. To register to vote, you can register online or change your registration at, or you can download the voter registration application or visit the office of the Falls Church City Registrar at 300 Park Avenue, Suite 101.

New Photo ID Requirement: Please remember that effective July 1, 2014, photo identification is required to vote in person in Virginia. A photo ID is not required if you vote via absentee ballot.

Voters must submit one of the following acceptable forms of identification when voting:

-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 expiration dates must be current or not expired more the 12 months before the election. If you do not have an acceptable form of identification please contact the Falls Church City Registrar for a free ID.

Absentee Voting: Registered voters unable to go to the polls on Election Day may vote by absentee ballot by mail or in person with reason.

-Voting By Mail: To vote absentee by mail, obtain an application from the Falls Church City Registrar or online by downloading the application from Read and follow the instructions exactly. Your application must be received by the Registrar at least seven days before the election, or Tuesday, October 28, for the November 4th General Election. The office of Voter Registration and Elections will then send you an absentee ballot that you must mark and mail back in time to reach the electoral board before the polls close on Election Day.

-Voting In Person: To vote absentee in-person, visit the Registrar's Office within the 45 days preceding the election, fill out the absentee voting application, and vote on the e-Slate voting machine (the same type of machine as the one used at the polls on Election Day). In-person absentee voting begins on Friday, September 19, and ends at 5:00 pm on the Saturday before the election, November 1. State law requires every Registrar's office to be open for absentee voting on the two Saturdays immediately preceding each General Election from 9:00 am - 5:00 pm. Other special evening and weekend hours may also be scheduled.

Contact the Falls Church Office of Voter Registration and Elections at 703-248-5085 (TTY 711) or by email, or visit the Virginia State Board of Elections website for more information: or call 1-800-552-9745.


The League of Women Voters of Falls Church (LWVFC) held its annual meeting on Saturday, May 17, 2014, at Tea With Mrs. B, a Falls Church business located at 136 West Jefferson Street.

Virginia House of Delegates Representative Marcus Simon was the guest speaker and discussed his first legislative session and issues of concern to his Falls Church constituents.

Delegate Marcus Simon addresses League members and guests during LWVFC's annual meeting in May.

The 63rd annual meeting was a joyful occasion as LWVFC recognized the winner of its 2014 scholarship: graduating George Mason Senior Allyson Della Queva, who plans to attend Northern Virginia Community College in the fall. The League also honored Falls Church Electoral Board Chair Renee Andrews, LWVFC's nominee for and recipient of the state League's annual "Making Democracy Work" award.

From left to right, incoming LWVFC Membership Co-Chair Sarah Snyder with scholarship winner Allyson Della Queva, and her mother, Esther Della Queva.


Voters in Virginia can now register or make corrections in their registration information online.

Thanks to a partnership between the State Board of Elections and the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV), citizens can now complete these processes online if they can provide the Virginia DMV customer identifier number that is displayed on driver's licenses or DMV-issued identification cards. Citizens who do not have that number can still fill out the registration application online, but they will be required to print it out and return the completed application to the appropriate local voter registration office.

All voter registration application submissions are subject to review and approval. Citizens will be notified by mail by the local voter registration office once their application has been processed. Go to for more information or to register.

This year, the November 4 general election will decide the races for US Senator for Virginia and US Congressional Representative for the 8th District of Virginia. October 14 is the last date to register to vote in the November election.

Check this website,, for more information about elections and candidates as election dates approach.