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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!  Programs on the big issues of the day



Monday, August 1: Be Ready to Vote: All you need to know about the August 30 Primary Election.

Are you ready yet?  At this nonpartisan program, you will learn about:

·        What will be on the Primary Election ballot--the candidates for offices at all levels of government; which races will be partisan, and which will be open to all voters; ballot issues and amendments.

·        How to view a sample ballot for your district

·        The different ways one can vote:  in person, early or by mail.

·        Learn about the ballot issues and amendments--what each one says, and what it will change

Speaking to these issues will be Manatee County Supervisor of Elections Mike Bennett, and Rosalie Shaffer of the League of Women Voters of Manatee County.   During the event, volunteers from the LWV will conduct voter registration for those who are not registered or wish to change their registration.  August 1 is the last day to register before the books close for the primary election on August 30.


The program is free and open to the public.  The event will be held at the Bradenton Woman's Club, 1705 Manatee Ave. W, from 12 to 1 pm.  Doors will open at 11:30 am for lunch and social time ($5 donation for lunch). 

For more information, call 941-729-9248




Women's Equity Day Luncheon, Saturday, August 20, 11:30 am - 1:00  pm, Polo Grill, Lakewood Ranch


An Annual Celebration of Women's Right to Vote. This year's keynote speaker will be  Rose Chapman, President, Jewish Family and Children Service of Sarasota- Manatee.

Tickets:  $40; call 941-488-5082 to order.  Sponsored by the LWVs of Manatee and Sarasota, American Association of University Women, and Commission on the Status of Women.





Monday, September 12.   On the Ballot:  Sales Tax for Schools and Infrastructure. 

Speakers from the School District, Manatee County will explain, and advocates pro and con will debate, the tax referenda on the Nov. 8 ballot--a new half-cent sales tax increase to pay for county improvement projects and a renewal of an existing half-cent sales tax to meet the growing needs of our schools.  After presentations, there will be questions and discussion with the audience. 

The program is free and open to the public.  Reservations not required. 

The event will be held at the Bradenton Woman's Club, 1705 Manatee Ave. W, from 12 to 1 pm.  Doors will open at 11:30 am for lunch and social time ($5 donation for lunch).  For more information, call 941-729-9248



Monday, October 10.  On the Ballot:  The Florida Constitutional  Amendments. 

On the General Election ballot, voters will be asked to vote yes or no on amendments to the Florida Constitution.  These can be confusing and difficult to understand. Speakers will cut through the legal jargon and explain what the four amendments mean in plain English--dealing with solar energy equipment, medical marijuana, and two property tax amendments, followed by advocate comments and 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 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.ea05f4ace8d24a21abf4b0142f371264&pid=15.1&P=0&w=247&h=186Monday, November 14.  Florida's Algae Crisis. 

We've all seen the news videos of thick, slimy algae mats coating Florida's coasts and water bodies.   A problem for years, these blooms are increasing in severity throughout our state.  What causes them, what are their impacts, and how can they be prevented?  Chris Costello, Clean Water Issue Chair of the Florida Sierra Club will lead the discussion, with another speaker to be confirmed. 

The free event will be held at the Bradenton Woman's Club, 1705 Manatee Ave. W, from 12 to 1 pm.  Doors will open at 11:30 am for lunch and social time ($5 donation for lunch).  For more information, call 941-729-9248







2016 Election Dates


Election Date

Last day to register

Presidential Preference Primary 

March 15, 2016

February 16, 2016

Town of Longboat Key

March 15, 2016

February 16, 2016

Primary Election 

August 30, 2016

August 1, 2016

General Election 

November 8, 2016

October 11, 2016

City of Anna Maria Election

November 8, 2016

October 11, 2016

City of Bradenton 

November 8, 2016

October 11, 2016

City of Bradenton Beach Election

November 8, 2016

October 11, 2016

City of Holmes Beach Election

November 8, 2016

October 11, 2016

City of Palmetto Election

November 8, 2016 

October 11, 2016 


Watch this site for more information on Election 2016:  Voters Guides and links to nonpartisan information about candidates and ballot amendments.

Available now!   LWVM Voters Guide to Candidates in the Manatee County Primary Election


For more information on the Primary Election candidates in both Manatee and Sarasota counties, visit:  Herald Tribune 2016 Voters Guide


Watch the candidates in action!  Debates are one of the best ways to measure one candidate against another.  Visit metvweb.com, and click on the YouTube link. 

Information on candidates in the Senate races and the Amendments to the Florida Constitution can be viewed at:  League of Women Voters of Florida guide.   


Don’t miss an Election!  Know before you vote!  Study the candidates and issues.  Attend debates and forums; read up on the candidates.


How do we pick judges in Florida?  Candidate Election?  Commission recommendation?  Governor appointment?  Retention Vote?   All of these are correct.  Learn all about this at times confusing process at this link: A Guide for Florida Voters.  


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.





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 August 14, 2016

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