- Our Mission
- What We Believe
- What We Do
- Organizational Structure
- Standing Committees
- Democratic Party History at a Glance
- The Democratic Donkey
The Lee District Democratic Committee values inclusion. We invite all Democrats, regardless of race, color, creed, national origin, sexual orientation or disability, to join us.
- register voters
- perfect the Democratic organization within the county
- encourage the expression of positions to elected officials on
- do all within our power to aid in the victory of the Democratic Party’s nominees in all elections
What We Believe
Democratic Party Platform
The National Platform is an official statement of the Party’s position on a wide variety of issues. A new Platform is adopted every four years by the Democratic National Convention.The most recent platform is from the 2012 Convention in Charlotte, September 4-6. The next Democratic National Convention will be July 25–28, 2016, in Philadelphia.
What We Do
Virginia has elections every year and each year the Lee District Democratic Committee registers new voters, organizes all the precincts in the District, protects the vote at the polls, supplies campaigns with important resources, makes sure our voters know who is on the ballot, where they stand on the issues, where to vote, and how to vote absentee. And we get our voters out to vote on Election Day. That’s how we win. That’s how we move Fairfax County forward, and your contributions of time and money help make that happen.
Everyone who votes in Virginia must be registered in advance. Registering new voters is a critical part of winning every election. Each year, we organize voter registration drives to locate new voters or voters who have moved recently and are not yet registered. We get them registered to vote and make sure they know where and when to vote on Election Day.
The precinct is the basic building block for all elections. Getting volunteers connected and talking to their neighbors is the most effective way to increase turnout and win elections. Each year we train local precinct captains and other volunteers on how to organize their precincts, recruit and manage volunteers, talk to their neighbors and get them out to vote.
Each year our election protection team organizes volunteer poll watchers and lawyers in targeted precincts to help people exercise their right to vote and prevent many common forms of voter suppression. We have run into wrongful ID checks, missing and provisional ballot confusion, unfair absentee and provisional ballot rejections, electronic poll book problems, and misleading robocalls (targeting African American precincts). Our election protection volunteers helped make sure votes were counted that otherwise might have been suppressed.
We work with campaigns to deliver materials to inform voters about who is on their ballot, what they are running for, where they stand on the issues, where and when they can hear the candidates speak, important dates and deadlines for registering to vote and Election Day voting, where their polling location is, how to get a ride to their poll, laws and rules governing elections, how to vote absentee, how to avoid voter suppression and more.
Absentee Ballot Program
Each year, many people are unable to make it to their local polling location on Election Day because they are long-distance commuters, physically handicapped, students away at college, out of town on business or vacation, or deployed military. Fairfax County Democratic Committee’s absentee ballot program ensures these people are able to exercise their right to vote by mail-in ballots or early-in-person voting at a location near their home or work.
Summer Intern Program
Each Summer, FCDC sponsors an internship program for about 30 to 50 high school and college students. They help us get organized by contacting voters, improving our contact data, helping with mailers, making campaign buttons, and working at events such as rallies, parades, fairs, and festivals. The interns meet elected officials, go on field trips to the U.S. Capitol, and pick up good job experience that can pay off when they get out of school.
All of our meetings are open, and we look forward to meeting you. You don’t have to be a member to attend or participate.
Here’s where we fit in:
- Democratic National Committee
- Democratic Party of Virginia
- Congressional District Committee (there are 11 congressional districts in Virginia; three represent Fairfax County. Lee District is part of the 8th and 11th districts.
- Fairfax County Democratic Committee. This is the smallest officially recognized entity in the Democratic Party structure.
- Lee District Democratic Committee (Lee Dems). Because Fairfax County has a population of 1.131 million (2013) and is divided into nine magisterial districts, each magisterial district has its own Democratic committee.
- Democratic Party of Virginia
Lee District, south of Alexandria City, has a population of 130,000. In the Democratic Party structure, it’s represented by the Lee District Democratic Committee (Lee Dems), a component of the the Fairfax County Democratic Committee (FCDC).
Membership is generally for a two-year term (members can join at any time within a biennium, and must renew their membership each biennium). The next biennium is 2016-17. Lee Dems will elect officers and committee chairs for the 2016-17 biennium on December 12, 2015. Members in good standing as of December 1, 2015, may vote in this election. To join, fill out this form and submit payment or a fee waiver request online, or contact info@leedems for more information.
FCDC has several Standing Committees. Each of these has representatives from each Magisterial District Committee; these Standing Committees meet regularly. Members of the Lee District Democratic Committee are encouraged to serve on one or more of the following FCDC committees.
Lee District is composed of 24 precincts (Bush Hill, Cameron, Clermont, Crestwood, Fairfield, Forestdale, Franconia, Garfield, Greenspring, Groveton, Hayfield, Huntley, Hybla Valley, Island Creek, Kingstowne, Lane, Lynbrook, Mount Eagle, Pinewood, Pioneer, Rose Hill, Van Dorn, Villages, Virginia Hills).
Across these 24 precincts, Lee District is represented by two United States Congressional Districts (the 8th and 11th), four Virginia Senate Districts (the 30th, 35th, 36th and 39th), and three Virginia Delegate Districts (the 39th, 43rd, and 44th).