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The League of Women Voters, a non-partisan political organization, encourages informed and active participation in government, works to increase understanding of major public policy issues, and influences public policy through education and advocacy. All phone numbers on this site are for area code 941 unless otherwise indicated.  Visit us on  facebook.   For voting information, scroll down to our Voter Information Center


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We invite you to learn more about current issues, talk with experts and decision makers, and enjoy meeting others at these interesting events.

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All phone numbers on this page are in area code 941, unless otherwise indicated.



You’re Invited!  Hot Topic Programs on the big issues of the day



https://tse1.mm.bing.net/th?id=OIP.M3967ea12b4e538780723f3006a552850o2&pid=15.1&P=0&w=230&h=155Monday, January 9.  Charter Schools:  alternative education in Manatee County 

Charter schools are a growing part of the educational choices in Manatee County and our state, offering more options for students and parents.  Topics will include how they differ from the other public schools, the rules they follow, public funding, and their challenges. What happens if they fail?  Exploring these issues will be:  Cynthia Saunders, Deputy Superintendent of Instructional Services, and representatives from several local charters: Terence Divine, Assistant Principal, Manatee School for the Arts; Kimberly Penman, Principal, Rowlett Academy for Arts; Becky Canesse, CEO of Just for Girls, and Neil Phillips, CEO, Visible Men Academy.

After their presentations, there will be questions from the audience.  The free event will be held at the Bradenton Woman's Club, 1705 Manatee Ave. W, from 12 to 1 pm.  Reservations are not required. Doors will open at 11:30 am for lunch and social time ($5 donation for lunch).  For more information, call 941-729-9248



https://tse1.mm.bing.net/th?id=OIP.M007398abc706d9f5095c79ab6003734fo0&pid=15.1&P=0&w=182&h=159Monday, February 13.  Making Florida the "Sunshine State" with Solar Energy

Florida ranks 3rd in the nation for rooftop solar potential, but only 14th for solar installation. The Sunshine State is now poised to grow "green" energy while saving homeowners money.  To encourage this growth and make installation easier and cheaper, solar co-ops are now forming around the state.   Speakers will discuss the policies, opportunities, cooperative efforts, costs and how to find a reputable dealer:  Mike Antheil of the Florida Solar Energy Industries Association and Mary Dipboye, of Florida Solar United Neighborhoods, who started the first solar cooperative in Florida. FLSUN links customers with vendors in Florida communities.

After their presentations, there will be questions from the audience.  The free event will be held at the Bradenton Woman's Club, 1705 Manatee Ave. W, from 12 to 1 pm.  Reservations are not required. Doors will open at 11:30 am for lunch and social time ($5 donation for lunch).  For more information, call 941-729-9248




https://tse2.mm.bing.net/th?id=OIP.M9a1a281b01a6de8e8954cba776977950o0&pid=15.1&P=0&w=300&h=300Monday, March 13.  Is Manatee County Ready for Charter Government?

Most of Manatee's nearby counties have the charter form of government, also called "Home Rule".  Charter is considered a more flexible form, able to shape its government to fit the needs of its community and provide for more public participation.  This program will explore what charter changes, the pros and cons of charter, the experiences of nearby counties, why we did not adopt one proposed in the past, and how Manatee could adopt one now.  LWVMC president Rosalie Shaffer will give a presentation on the basics of charter.  Lordes Ramirez of the Sarasota County Council of Neighborhood Associations will talk about how Sarasota's charter works and its opportunities for citizen involvement in government.  Former Manatee County Commissioner Jane vonHahmann will discuss the prior effort to obtain charter government for Manatee County.

After their presentations, there will be questions from the audience.  The free event will be held at the Bradenton Woman's Club, 1705 Manatee Ave. W, from 12 to 1 pm.  Reservations are not required. Doors will open at 11:30 am for lunch and social time ($5 donation for lunch).  For more information, call 941-729-9248.  Did you miss it?  You can watch it now on METV-Charter government program.   Citizens can initiate a County Charter by petition.

You can help in this effort by downloading and signing the petition form at:  Petition for Charter Government.  Please also ask others to sign.




Special Event:  LWV of Manatee Annual Meeting and Program  “This Spaceship Earth: Towards a Crew Consciousness"


https://tse1.mm.bing.net/th?id=OIP.M0c8d86011df566e1f1ac49273faf9d42o1&pid=15.1&P=0&w=300&h=300The public is invited to our program on Earth Day, which will feature globally renowned speaker and writer David Houle, often called "America's Leading Futurist." Author or co-author of seven books on future trends, he has won numerous awards, including two Emmys and the Peabody Award. He was part of the team that created and launched MTV, VH-1 and CNN Headline News. He has given over 800 talks in 14 countries. Locally, Houle is the Futurist in Residence and Guest Lecturer at the Ringling College of Art and Design. 


“This Spaceship Earth” is Houle’s acclaimed presentation on climate change, and the need for humanity to develop Crew Consciousness as the only real way to move as rapidly as possible to collectively face the single biggest threat facing humanity.  Based on the recent book with the same name, by Houle and co-author Tim Rumage, this presentation has received high praise and demand. 


Houle has also co-founded, along with Rumage, a new global non-profit, This Spaceship Earth, formed to educate and advocate for sustainability, and invites our members to enlist in this effort. For more about Houle and his ideas, please visit his websites: davidhoule.com, thisspaceshipearth.org,  futurewow.com, and youtube.com/user/EvolutionShift.  Following the Q&A, Mr. Houle will be offering and signing his book, This Spaceship Earth.  The first 60 who reserve for this event will receive a free e-book of this work.


We encourage you to bring friends and relatives for an interesting and enjoyable event.  The Bradenton Country Club is located just south of Manatee Ave West (turn south at 47th St).  Our schedule for the day is: 11:00 am--LWV business meeting; 11:45--luncheon; 12:15 pm--speaker presentation and discussion.  LWV members, please arrive by 10:45 am; nonmembers, by 11:30 am.  

Enjoy an excellent lunch with your choice of entrée, along with accompaniments, dessert and beverage.  For more information and reservation form, see:  This Spaceship Earth.






2017 Election Dates


Election Date

Last day to register

Town of Longboat Key

March 14, 2017

February 13, 2017

City of Anna Maria Election

November 7, 2017

October 10, 2017

City of Bradenton Beach Election

November 7, 2017

October 10, 2017

City of Holmes Beach Election

November 7, 2017

October 10, 2017

Bayshore Gardens Park & Rec District Election

December 5, 2017

November 6, 2017 

Trailer Estates Park & Rec District Election

December 5, 2017

"Owner of Record" 30 days prior to election



Be ready to vote!  The League of Women Voters of Manatee County wants to remind voters to contact the county Supervisor of Elections Office to verify their status, especially if they have relocated from another county, changed their name or signature, or want to vote by mail (absentee ballot).  Under Florida law, voters must be registered properly at least 29 days prior to an election. 


For more information, visit the League’s Be Ready to Vote website, www.BeReadyToVote.org.

Not registered to vote yet?  Download and mail in this application now!   Voter Registration Form




Citizen action:  Get involved!  Your job as a citizen does not end after the election.  Keep in contact your elected officials.  Let them know what you think.    Download our Citizen’s Guide to Elected Officials for contact information.






See our latest newsletter: The Manatee Voter




Volunteers Needed

Develop skills and enjoy personal satisfaction while making a difference in our community. The opportunities are limitless.


  • Distributing voter guides.
  • Voter Registration
  • Fundraising
  • Committee work
  • Staffing booths at events.
  • Issue studies--study government issues and make recommendations to decision makers.
  • Creating attractive and interesting educational materials.
  • Website design
  • Expanding our outreach efforts.
  • Publicity
  • Voter education
  • Coordinating our efforts with other community groups.

If you are interested, please call 729-9248.


Join the League of Women Voters Voter Registration Team!


008It’s easy as 1 – 2 – 3!


1.     Join the League.  If not yet a member of the League, join by filling out the membership application below and sending it in.

2.     Get the training.  Go to:  www.thefloridavoter.org/for-members/voter-registration; Click on Watch the League’s Online Voter

            Registration Training.

3.     Take the Quiz.  After completing the training, take the League’s 10-question quiz.


After successfully completing the quiz, you will receive an email confirming that you are certified to do voter registration for the LWV and the code no. to use on the forms.  Email us at lwvmanatee@yahoo.com, to let us know you are on the team!


(Photo:  Team member Gail Levin helping students register at an LWV VR drive at the State College of Florida)



The League of Women Voters celebrates its 96nd birthday this year. As the League honors the years of work its members accomplished, it is also looking to the future. League members will continue their commitment to improving communities across the country. As a nonpartisan political organization with over 850 local and state affiliates, the League is one of America's largest and most trusted organizations.

As we celebrate the difference we have made over the years, we remain focused on the future, working to keep Manatee County strong, healthy and vibrant. This year, the League remains committed to our mission to educate and engage members of the community in their government.

The LWV of Manatee County has an active agenda this year. Our members work toward our goals every day by reaching out to new citizens and first-time voters, protecting our natural resources, improving our election systems and holding public forums on important government issues.

We are:

·        Empowering millions of voters to protect their right to vote

·        Providing nonpartisan education and candidate debates.

·        Working to ensure that ALL votes are counted and all voices are heard

·        Preserving our constitutional rights by safeguarding civil liberties.

·        Acting as a force for positive change in our communities and in our democracy

·        We believe that sensible, responsible, civil discourse and action based on substance rather than partisan battles is essential if we are to avoid polarization and get something done.

Join us and be part of the solution!  Become a member.

Please fill out and mail this application.  Membership is open to men and women of all ages. The League does not support or oppose individual candidates. 


LWV Manatee
P.O. Box 545
Bradenton, FL 34206


Telephone: (941) 744-9692

Email:  lwvmanatee@yahoo.com




Last modified March 19, 2017

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