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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.

   

 

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.   For more information, visit www.lwvmanatee.org, or call 941-729-9248.

 

Please note that the locations for the programs have been changed, due to the storm damage to the Bradenton Woman's Club.  We hope and plan to be back there in January.   Please consider donating to the fund to restore this fine historic building.  They will appreciate any help you can give.  Click here to donate:  https://www.gofundme.com/bradenton-womans-club-roof

 

 

https://tse2.mm.bing.net/th?id=OIP.dI10uWrixdoWgY0TkT6VCQDOEs&pid=15.1&P=0&w=300&h=300Monday, October 9:  Health Care Reform: effects of health insurance plan changes on citizens, health service providers and local agencies.  How can we as a nation provide access to health care for all, at an affordable cost, while allowing a fair profit for health care providers and insurance companies?  Our speakers will include Kevin DiLallo, CEO of Manatee Memorial Hospital; Gene Stracener, representing Florida Blue Cross & Blue Shield, and Victoria Kasdan, Executive Director of We Care Manatee.  The program will be held from 12 noon to 1:00 pm at the Manatee Memorial Hospital Auditorium, 206 2nd St., Bradenton.  Enter at the hospital's main entrance to find the auditorium as well as a cafeteria, for lunch before or after the program.

                                                                                                    

Monday, November 13:  Self protection in the digital age.  Identity theft, Internet and phone scams.  How big are these problems, and how can citizens protect themselves?  Speakers:  Lt.  Robert Andrews, Manatee County Sheriff Dept., will speak on identity theft, and Officer Scottie Comancho, of the Bradenton Police Dept representative will speak on internet and telephone scams.  Learn how to avoid being victimized, and what to do if you have been.   The program will be held from 12 noon to 1:00 pm at Manatee County Central Library auditorium, 1301 Barcarrota Blvd W., Bradenton. 

 

https://tse1.mm.bing.net/th?id=OIP.9ja9zsNntB_gW8AUd5IEugEsDb&pid=15.1&P=0&w=230&h=169Monday, January 8:  Politicizing the Judiciary: how legislators at all levels are chipping away at the independence of the judiciary, by changing the way appointments are made, creation of term limits and increased pressure to follow political views.  How can we protect the Separation of Powers and the right of citizens to a fair trial?  Our speakers will include:  Dr. Frank Alcock, Associate Professor of Political Science, New College of Florida, and other speaker to be determined.  The program 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).

 

All Hot Topic programs are free of charge and are open to the public.  The programs take place from 12 noon to 1 pm.  No reservations are required.

 

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Now's the time to go  Solar - Learn about new opportunities to use the power from the sun

 

The League of Women Voters of Manatee County, along with other collaborating organizations, invites homeowners to join the Solar Co-op currently being formed for Manatee County.  The Sunshine State is now poised to grow "green" energy while saving homeowners money.  Solar co-ops make it easier and cheaper to install solar equipment. For more information about joining a co-op, call 941-778-4165 or email: lwvmanatee@yahoo.com.

What is a solar co-op and how does it work?  Download this informational flyer:  Solar FQAs

 

 

th[1]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?  On June 14 the county 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 you can watch the LWV program on METV-Charter government program.  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.   Did you miss it?  No problem.  You can view the entire program by Ms Delegal online at Manatee County Workshop June 14.  Join the petition drive!  You can help in the effort to obtain home rule by downloading, signing, and sending in, the form at:  Petition for Charter Government.

 

 

https://tse2.mm.bing.net/th?id=OIP.vibPJ7RnO9jBe8fgMIimiwEsDh&pid=15.1&P=0&w=202&h=152Help Restore Voting Rights

 

In Florida, if you get caught with an illegal drug in your car, you could lose your right to vote--for life.  Former felons cannot vote again unless the governor and the clemency board agree to restore that right.  But the clemency board only meets four times and hears only 75 cases a year, leading to a backlog of 10,000 cases.  The result: 1.5 million Floridians (12% of the voters) cannot vote, hold office or serve on a jury.  

 

In most states, that percentage of disenfranchised felons is less than 2%.  Only two other states have a policy as tough as Florida's.  Under former Florida governors, the voting rights of nonviolent offenders were automatically restored.  Governor Scott changed the procedure to require hearings for all former felons, no matter how minor the felony.

 

Seeing the injustice in this situation many organizations, including the LWV of Florida, support a state constitutional amendment that would restore the right to vote to most felons after they have served their time and completed parole and probation.  Success for this effort will depend upon collecting many signed petitions by February 1 in order to get the amendment on the ballot in 2018.  Please help right this wrong by clicking on this link to the Voting Rights petition form, filling it out and mailing it to the address indicated on the form.  Help right this wrong!  

 

 

VOTER INFORMATION CENTER – BE PREPARED TO VOTE!

 

 

2017 Election Dates

Election

Election Date

Last day to register



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

 

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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.

 

 

 

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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.

Examples:

  • 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:  http://thefloridavoter.org/members/voter-registration/          

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)

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BECOME A MEMBER OF THE LEAGUE OF WOMEN VOTERS OF MANATEE COUNTY

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. 

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

 

Telephone: (941) 744-9692

Email:  lwvmanatee@yahoo.com

 

 

 


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