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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 Spring   

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.



https://tse3.mm.bing.net/th?id=OIP.C77iYpXaEXAabgGnJ_-OzAHaDW&pid=15.1&P=0&w=340&h=154Monday, February 12: The School District Ballot Referendum to be held on March 20: pros and cons.

Learn about this important issue before casting your ballot at this lively debate.  The District would like voter approval to raise property tax to provide more funding to increase teacher pay and improve school programs. 

Opponents say the district has not been a good steward of its fiscal resources in the past, and more work needs to be done to justify this tax increase. Speaking on the pro side will be Manatee County Superintendent of Schools Diana Greene and School Board Member Charlie Kennedy.  Speaking in opposition will be school fiscal watchdog Linda Schaich, and attorney/realtor Garin Hoover.   

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 for the lunch).



https://tse2.mm.bing.net/th?id=OIP.Anms7j5BsDep6RXwPM4u9wHaEK&pid=15.1&P=0&w=277&h=156Monday, March 12:  Bullying:  Children at Risk

What can be done to prevent this problem that has greatly increased due to social media?  Children are suffering and even dying, due to this physical and mental abuse.  Speakers will include Alan Judy, Manatee County Sheriff's Office, School Based Programs; Skip Wilhoit, Safe Schools Coordinator, Manatee County School District; and Vanessa McAllister, Centerstone Hospital, Child Trauma Services.  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 for the lunch).


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.




https://tse1.mm.bing.net/th?id=OIP.1WoNzyjvCJPUgtYW0aJ8igHaIa&pid=15.1&P=0&w=300&h=300Vote in the March 20 School Board Referendum


Ballot text:  Ad Valorem Millage Election


Shall the School District of Manatee County operating ad valorem millage increase by one mill per year, beginning July 1, 2018, and ending June 30, 2022, to increase student achievement through more instructional time and after-school tutoring, to recruit and retain teachers and staff with competitive salaries, expand Career and Technical Education and STEM programs, and to support charter schools?


What does it mean?  The property tax increase is 1 mill each year, which continues to 2022.  Example:  If a property is appraised by the Property Appraiser as being worth $250,000, the additional tax would be $250 per year.   The millage does not keep increasing each year.  The increase expires in 2022, at which time it would be placed on the ballot again in order to extend the 1 mill.  If it is not approved at that time, property tax will go down 1 mill.   

To obtain a vote by mail ballot, locate your precinct or an early voting location, visit www.votemanatee.com



Saturday, April 14:  LWV Annual Meeting, Luncheon and Guest Speaker


The public is invited to this event, to take place at Pier 22 restaurant, 1200 1st Ave, Bradenton, 2nd floor banquet room.  Our speaker will be Dr. Carol Probstfeld, president of State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota.  Her talk will focus on the importance of the liberal arts in STEM education.  She will also talk about the college's new library, a state-of-the-art facility that opened in January 2018.  Doors will open at 11:00 am for the LWV business meeting, and lunch will begin about 11:45 am.  Enjoy a fine lunch and speaker as well as the beautiful view.   


Click on this link: Registration form to reserve your seat and make your choice of entree.      



Current projects: 



Now's the time to go  Solar - A new opportunity for Manatee citizens 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, email: ManateeSolar@gmail.com

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

The Manatee County Solar Co-op opened on Monday, January 8 and a contractor has been chosen. To sign up for energy savings and reducing the use of fossil fuels, go to solarunitedneighbors.org/Manatee



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 (photo), 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.



Restoring 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.


The injustice in this situation is currently being resolved, in the form of a recent judicial decision and a Florida Constitutional Amendment to be on the November 6 ballot.   Many organizations, including the LWV of Florida, worked hard to support this state constitutional amendment that would restore the right to vote to most felons after they have served their time and completed parole and probation.  Vote yes this fall and help right this wrong!  






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



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!


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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)



The League of Women Voters celebrates its 98th 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 14, 2018

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