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

Speakers pro and con will debate the tax referenda on the Nov. 8 ballot--a new half-cent sales tax increase to pay for county infrastructure improvement projects and a renewal of an existing half-cent sales tax to meet the needs of our schools.  Each side will have 20 min. for a presentation.  Speaking in favor will be Mac Carraway and John Horne of the Forward Manatee organization.  Speaking in opposition will be Ed Goff, issue activist and manager of the Our Manatee County website. After the debate, there will be questions and discussion with the audience.  Diana Greene, Manatee County Superintendent of Schools, and Manatee County Administrator Ed Hunzeker, will also be available to answer questions.  The program is free and open to the public.  Reservations are 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   Did you miss it?  You can watch it now online on METV's YouTube.



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.  An LWV ppt on all of them will cut through the legal jargon and explain what the four amendments, dealing with solar energy equipment, medical marijuana, and two property tax amendments, mean in plain English, followed by a debate on the marijuana amendment.  Speaking in favor will be Raymer Magurie of United for Care; speaking against will be Dr. Jessica Spencer of Vote No on Amendment 2.  After their debate, 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.ea05f4ace8d24a21abf4b0142f371264&pid=15.1&P=0&w=247&h=186Monday, November 14.  Florida's Water Pollution Crisis. 

Florida is a very water-dependent state.  Our natural resources, public health, economy and quality of life rest upon a base of clean water.  But in recent years that base has deteriorated significantly.  Fish kills, polluted stormwater runoff, natural ecosystem loss, sewage discharges, and toxic algae blooms are the stuff of regular news articles.  Below the surface, mining impacts and pollutants threaten our drinking water and limestone understructure.  These are issues that transcend politics, but can't seem to find effective action through current government decision-making.  What needs to be done?  Addressing these issues will be speakers Cris Costello, Clean Water Issue Chair of the Florida Sierra Club, Charles Hunsicker, Director, Manatee County Parks and Natural Resources Department, and professional hydrogeologist Sandy Nettles.

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 


Information on General Election 2016: 

Voters Guides and links to nonpartisan information about candidates and ballot amendments.

Click on the highlighted text to bring up the items listed.


LWV of Manatee County Voters Guide to Candidates in the Manatee County General Election


LWV of Manatee County Voters Guide to Candidates in the Fire District Elections


LWV of Florida Guide to the proposed Florida Constitutional Amendments


LWV of Florida Voters Guide--for more information about the Florida Constitutional Amendments


LWV of Florida Guide to the Florida Supreme Court Justices Retention Election


Florida Bar Association Guide to Judges for Merit Retention (edited to show only those who will be on the ballot in Manatee County)


Florida Bar - Merit Retention survey results


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. 



Don’t miss this 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 November 7, 2016

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