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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/.
LWVVC Voter - November-December Issue now available. See announcements of upcoming meetings and recent events. We also mourn the recent loss of three long-time League members and volunteers: Natalie Dix Williamson, Mary Derr, and Helen Hodges Johnaon. They were so important in building our League.
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 email@example.com. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.
What can you do as a League member?
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 email@example.com 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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