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??Open Primaries??: The League of Women Voters is studying the subject of Open Primaries, which would basically allow any registered voter to vote for one party candidate, even if not registered as a member of that political party. LWVVC members are invited to join us for a "Hot Topics" information meeting on Open Primaries with Michele Levy, Tuesday, Feb 28th at the Port Orange Library at 5:00 p.m. Study materials will be found at http://www.lwvvc.org/Documents/LWV-OpenPrimariesTalkingPaper.pdf and http://www.lwvvc.org/Documents/LWV-OpenPrimaryStudyKit.pdf. On Saturday, March 4th, LWVVC members will meet to reach a consensus on the topic 10:00 a.m. - noon, at the DeLand Public Library, 130 Howry Ave, in downtown DeLand. Dont miss being a part of this important discussion.
Capitol Report from Tallahassee - the February 17, 2017 Legislative Update from LWVF's Legislative Advocate Kelly Quintero now available.
LWV Questions for Supreme Court Nominee: The League of Women Voters sent a letter Feb. 2nd to all members of the U.S. Senate requesting them to ask three questions of the Supreme Court nominee dealing with checks and balances, the role of voting in our democracy, and money in politics. The letter with the full text of the questions is on our website at http://www.lwvvc.org/Documents/2017-02-02-SupremeCourtNominee.pdf.
Volusia Education for the 21st Century: Speakers from Volusia School System: Ms.Teresa Marcks, Chief Academic Officer, and Dr. Melissa Carr, Director of Technology. An attentive audience met the morning of Saturday, Feb. 11, 2017, at City Island Public Library, to hear this presentation. Ms. Marcks and Dr. Carr responded to questions throughout their presentation, leaving the audience with a much better picture of how Volusia Schools are responding technologically to the needs of today's students.
New Members Welcome and Orientation:
Juvenile Justice Panel Presentation:
LWVVC Voter - January-February 2017 Issue now available. See details of upcoming meetings on Juvenile Justice and Education in January and February. There are also informative reports from our Observer Corps team on the county and city meetings they attended.
LWVF 2017 Legislative Priorities: These are the LWVF priorities which will be communicated to the legislators throughout the state.
2016 Elections Over: The 2016 elections are now over. We hope you found our LWVVC Voter Guide helpful for local elections, as well as the other resources offered by the Florida and national leagues. For results of the elections in Volusia County, see the Department of Elections website.
NO on Amendment 1: The League of Women Voters of Florida strongly recommended NO on Amendment 1 which was also opposed by major newspapers and consumer groups, and Amendment 1 failed to pass. For more information on why we opposed Amendment 1, see http://thefloridavoter.org/vote-no-on-one-fact-sheet/.
Let's Make Voting Fun Again: View this TED Talk by Eric Liu, founder of Citizen University, which teaches the art of powerful citizenship, and the executive director of the Aspen Institute Citizenship & American Identity. His efforts are surrounded around convincing all voters to go the polls and take part in this essential responsibility of being a citizen of the United States.
Legislative Priorities for 2016: The League of Women Voters of Volusia County held a meeting of the membership at the Ormond Beach Public Library auditorium on September 10th to discuss legislative priorities for 2016. There were 33 attendees. Sharon Crow (LWVVC member and lobbyist with the firm Byers-Crow) gave a brief power point tutorial about lobbying. Her presentation tied together the explanation of selecting legislative priorities and the activities of Legislative Summit in March. Read President Claudia Roth's report on the meeting here.
News-Journal Debates: The News-Journal of Daytona Beach sponsored a series of candidate debates around the county.
Gun Violence: The newly formed Florida Coalition to Prevent Gun Violence, led by The League of Women Voters of Florida, delivered this letter calling for action to Governor Scott, Senate President Gardiner and House Speaker Crisafulli at 11:30 a.m., June 20, 2016, and emailed the letter to all Legislators as well. LWVF President Pamela Goodman also asked LWV members to:
Observer Corps Special Issue of The Voter: Our Observer Corp was started by Pat Gadbaw in 2005. Over the years, she has led an amazing team of Observers who have monitored and reported on many of the governmental meetings in Volusia County. She is now turning over leadership of the Observer Corps to Jack McConnell. If you would like to learn about becoming a member of the Observer Corps, please contact Jack at firstname.lastname@example.org. Everyone, please read this issue for a succinct report of some county and municipal council meetings.
Money in Politics: Final LWVUS Position: In January 2016, LWVVC members met to reach a consensus on the issue of Money in Politics. A small committee, chaired by Carla Christianson, had studied the issue and presented their findings to the entire membership. The results of the consensus were sent to LWVUS which has now used those local results from around the country to finalize the League's position on Money in Politics. The final U.S. League position will be found at http://forum.lwv.org/member-resources/article/lwvus-position-money-politics. If you wish to compare this to the results of LWVVC's consensus, see here what LWVVC sent in.
Volusia County and How It Fared with the State Legislature: LWVVC Natural Resources chair Suze Peace pointed out this power point presentation which will be discussed at the April 7, 2016 Volusia County Council meeting. From the VC Agenda for April 7, go to the supplemental document for Item #6 on the agenda. The presentation is by the VC lobbying firm, Gray Robinson.
Help LWVVC increase our membership and expand the work we can do to promote voting and civic participation. For more information, see this flyer. Your friends can join LWVVC by clicking on the "Join LWVVC" link in the right column.
On March 19th, State Attorney R.J. Larizza spoke to LWVVC members and members of the public on Florida’s Criminal Justice System. The audience appreciated his interesting presentation.
LWVVC Board Minutes: At the January 2016 Board meeting it was moved and passed unanimously that LWVVC Board Minutes be posted as part of the public Archives so LWVVC members will have access to them once they have been approved at the next Board meeting. The second of those, the Minutes of February 24, 2016, are now posted here. These will be added after approval each month as part of the public archives. If LWVVC members have questions regarding Board actions, please feel free to contact a Board member or email email@example.com. We also urge our members to contact us if you are interested in working on special sections of our positions.
Want information on declared candidates for state and national offices? To see voting records and more information, go to http://votesmart.org/. You will also find links to positions, speeches, etc.
The League of Women Voters (LWV) is a non-partisan organization to encourage the involvement of all citizens in government and the electoral process through education and advocacy. Please note that while the League of Women Voters may advocate for carefully studied issues, the League never supports or opposes candidates for office, or political parties, and any use of the League of Women Voters name in campaign advertising or literature has not been authorized by the League. In addition to using the links on the left, members of the public are invited to view the positions and issues studied by the LWVVC as listed on the right and below.
We hope you will consider joining the League. Any person, age 16 and over, male or female, may become a voting member of the LWV. Associate membership is available to younger people. When you join the League of Women Voters of Volusia County, you automatically become a member of the Florida and U.S. Leagues.
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For a membership brochure and application, click here. Mail your application with your check to the LWVVC address listed. Or, you may contact the LWVVC by phone (386-238-7361) or email firstname.lastname@example.org to request a printed form. To find out how to pay by credit card through LWVVC's secured PayPal account link, click here>.
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