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


Available Now!  Voters Guides to the General Election and the Amendments to be on the General Election ballot. 

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Programs this Fall   

League of Women Voters of Manatee County Hot Topic programs on the important issues of the day!  

Featuring informational programs with two or three speakers having expertise on these subjects.  After their presentations there will be questions from the audience and discussion. Reservations for Hot Topics are not required.  If you cannot attend, you can watch these programs on METV. For schedule and link to their on-demand video, visit www.metvweb.com. Click on the YouTube link to find and view our programs.   Any questions?  Call 941-729-9248, or email lwvmanatee@yahoo.com.


All Hot Topic programs are free of charge and are open to the public.  No reservations are required.


The General Election November 6.  Be Prepared to Vote and Don't forget to vote! 


Understanding the Ballot Amendments in the General Election.  In addition to candidates for office, the November ballot will include 13 Florida Constitutional Amendments.  Some were placed on the ballot by the Florida Legislature, some by the Constitutional Revision Commission, and some by petition of citizen's organizations. Some of them are grouped--they contain more than one change.  A yes vote will pass all of the separate provisions in those amendments. 

In order to pass, amendments require a supermajority vote of 60%. Given its importance and potential for voter confusion, we are covering the amendments in a number of talks.  All of the talks will include a Powerpoint that provides the text and explanation of amendments, what it will change, what happens if you vote yes, and what happens if you vote no.  LWV Voters Guides to Candidates and Amendments are available at county libraries.


Schedule for Amendment Talks:


Monday, September 10:  Hot Topic: Understanding the Amendments.  Slide presentation and discussion.  Bradenton Woman's Club, 1705 Manatee Ave. W, from 12 noon to 1:00 pm.  A buffet luncheon will be available at 11:30 am ($5 donation requested for the lunch). 

Monday, October 1:  Understanding the Amendments, Manatee County Central Library, 1301 Bacarotta Blvd. W, Bradenton, auditorium, 6:00 pm to end of discussion.  

Monday, October 8:  Hot Topic: Helping former prisoners reform, and Amendment 4: Restoring the right to vote.  Bradenton Woman's Club, 1705 Manatee Ave. W, from 12 noon to 1:00 pm.  A buffet luncheon will be available at 11:30 am ($5 donation requested for the lunch).  (more details below) 

Thursday, October 11:  Understanding the Amendments, Lakewood Ranch YMCA. 5100 Lakewood Ranch Blvd, 6:00 pm to end of discussion.

Thursday, October 18: Understanding the Amendments, Freedom Village Community Center, 2:30 pm.

If you can't make any of these talks, you can watch the October 1 talk online, on METV:  Understanding the Amendments



https://tse3.mm.bing.net/th?id=OIP.v8RiK1bNuGU86Kk7m73HNQAAAA&pid=15.1&P=0&w=265&h=150Monday, October 8: Second Chances:  Helping former prisoners re-enter society.

Returning to the community from prison is a complex transition for most offenders, as well as for their families and communities. Over 30,000 Florida prisoners are released annually and re-enter our communities. Many wish to become law-abiding citizens and live a conventional life, yet have few job skills, lack a formal education, and experience discrimination in housing and job markets because of their records. Repeat crime is costly for the victims, taxpayers and the offender’s family.

Speakers will discuss helping them make the transition, and the many ways society benefits. Barbara Richards of Project 180, a group that provides services to formerly incarcerated citizens trying to reintegrate into society (www.project180reentry.org).  Alice Newlon, Vice President, LWV of Manatee County, will talk about the positive impacts of Amendment 4 (Restoring the Vote to Former Felons), if approved by the voters in the Nov. 6 election.. 

Bradenton Woman's Club, 1705 Manatee Ave. W, from 12 noon to 1:00 pm.  A buffet luncheon will be available at 11:30 am ($5 donation requested for the lunch).


Wednesday, Oct. 17:  Voting Smart--Researching Candidates and Issues.  Do you feel overwhelmed by the information (and misinformation) you receive about candidates and issues?  Learn how to cut through the campaign bluster, and find the facts.  Speakers and discussion on this issue.  Lakewood Ranch Town Hall, 8175 Lakewood Ranch Blvd. 7:00 to 8:30 pm (6:30 to 7:00 - social time). 


Tuesday, Nov. 6: General Election.  Don't forget to vote!   But don't wait for election day. Given the length of the ballot, we encourage voters to use vote by mail or early voting.  Visit https://www.votemanatee.com/ for more information.


https://tse3.mm.bing.net/th?id=OIP.-h2BSYgcRwM4hlo3GAqkiAHaE8&pid=15.1&P=0&w=236&h=158Monday, November 12:  Hot Topic on Solutions for Homelessness. 

What is being done, and what more can be done, to help the homeless in Manatee County? In 2017, Suncoast Partnership to End Homelessness in Sarasota, with help from Turning Points in Manatee County, recorded 570 homeless people in Manatee County and 877 in Sarasota County.  And this doesn't count all the people who find temporary quarters with a friend or relative.

Program will feature presentations and discussion by Adell Erozer, Director of Turning Points; Bradenton Mayor Wayne Poston; and Ed DeMarco of the Suncoast Partnership will be held at the Bradenton Woman's Club, 1705 Manatee Ave. W, from 12 noon to 1:00 pm. 

A buffet luncheon will be available at 11:30 am ($5 donation requested for the lunch).




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Charter Government--Time for Manatee County to adopt "Home Rule"! 

We encourage all citizens to learn more about what a county charter can do.  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 in government.  Twenty Florida counties, holding over 75% of the state's population, have adopted charter.  It is time for Manatee to join this trend?  Last year the https://tse3.mm.bing.net/th?id=OIP.BfFrxh6zUxuvlO0vTJ1UeAAAAA&pid=15.1&P=0&w=300&h=300county held an informative workshop about what a county charter is, what it changes, the experiences of other counties, and how Manatee could adopt one. 

The featured speaker was Virginia Delegal, the Executive Director of the Florida Association of Counties, who provided excellent information about the advantages charter gives to its counties and their citizens. Many questions were answered and citizens in attendance spoke in favor of the county adopting a charter.  Charter government can be initiated by the County Commission or by citizen petition--an effort that is currently being pursued by a coalition of citizen groups.   


For more information on charter government download the informational flyer at:  Charter Government.  For a comprehensive review of how charter governments work see: Leon County charter workshop.  Also see the information on the Florida Association of Counties website.   You can help in the effort to obtain home rule by downloading, signing, and sending in, the form at:  Petition for Charter Government. 






2018 Election Dates


Election Date

Last day to register

Town of Longboat Key General

March 20

February 20

Manatee County School Board

Special Election

March 20

February 20

Primary Election

August 28

July 30

General Election

November 6

October 9

City of Anna Maria

November 6

October 9


City of Bradenton

November 6

October 9


City of Bradenton Beach

November 6

October 9

 City of Holmes Beach

November 6

October 9

City of Palmetto

November 6

October 9

Trailer Estates Park & Rec.

November 6

Owner 30 days prior


Available Now!  The League of Women Voters of Manatee County's Voters Guide to Candidates in the General Election.

Don't guess at the polls.  Learn before you vote, and make your vote count!

This guide contains information, ideas and viewpoints of the candidates in our local general elections. 

Click on these links! 


Voters Guide-General Election.


Guide to the Judicial Retention Elections


For offices not covered by our guide, visit Ballotpedia--Florida Elections.


Ballot Amendments

In addition to candidates for office, the November ballot will include 13 Florida Constitutional Amendments.  Some were placed on the ballot by the Florida Legislature, some by the Constitutional Revision Commission, and some by citizen's organizations by petition. Some of them are grouped--they contain more than one change.  A yes vote will pass all of the separate provisions in that one amendment. 

In order to pass, all amendments will require a supermajority of 60%. Learn about what the Amendments say, and what they will change if passed. 

Click on the link below:

On the Ballot:  Summary, history, and effects of the Amendments


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. 


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.






The League of Women Voters celebrates its 99th 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 in non-partisan, and does not support or oppose political parties or candidates. 


https://www.paypalobjects.com/en_US/i/scr/pixel.gifLWV Manatee
P.O. Box 545
Bradenton, FL 34206


Telephone: (941) 744-9692

Email:  lwvmanatee@yahoo.com



Last modified October 9, 2018

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