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Voter Registration at Port Orange Family Days - Voter Service Chair Carla Christianson organized a LWVVC voter registration event at Port Orange Family Days October 2015. Pictured here are Carla and Suze Peace on Saturday October 3rd. Thanks to all of the volunteers who gave up their weekends to help staff this booth and promote voter registration.

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September/October Voter now available: Read about upcoming programs, find reports from the Observer Corps on various govenment meetings around the county, and much more.

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On August 26th, LWVVC held its first Wine Night / Networking Event at Total Wine as an opportunity for members and possible new members to meet and to learn more about volunteer opportunities with LWVVC. It was a great year to start off our new year. Shown on the right are Lynda Mays, Jeanne Tanke, and Libby Hildebrandt. In addition to learning about American wines, attendees heard about how they could become more active in supporting LWVVC positions. For more photos from the event, see http://www.lwvvc.org/Archives/Photo-list.html.

Lake Helen and Ponce Inlet Voters: In Lake Helen, Buddy Snowden and Ann Robbins will face each other in the run-off election on November 3rd. Candidates for Commission Seats 1 and 4 also will appear on the November ballot. Many of the candidates responded to questions from LWVVC regarding their towns and the positions sought. Their responses went "live" August 10, 2015. Go to: http://www.lwvvc.org/elections2015.html. Ponce Inlet Mayor Gary Smith and Council Member (Seat 3) Mary Hoss both won re-election in the August 25th primary, and there will be no November election in Ponce Inlet.

In Memorium: LWVVC recently lost two members who had dedicated their lives to making Volusia County a better place to live. Rosemarie Gore in her last years of service was LWVVC Environmental Chair and faithfully attended many meetings of the St. Johns Water Management District and meetings and workshops of the multitude of other organizations dealing with our water and environment over the years. Her monthly reports to the LWVVC Board kept us aware of these important issues so LWVVC could act and react. Our second loss was Donna Jordan whose latest service to us was as Chair of the 2014 Politicos Luncheon and Fundraiser. Her organizational and design skills served us so well, and she also was important for years in organizing the big Daytona Beach Art Festival. Two mighty women have left us, but their influence remains.

Florida Supreme Court orders redistricting of Congressional Districts: LWVF and allies win case for Fair Districts, by a vote of 5-2. At least eight Congressional Districts must be redistricted prior to the 2016 elections, but many more may be affected. LWVF assembled more than 20 stories from state and national newspapers, click here to see that compilation. To see two articles from the Daytona Beach News-Journal, click here.

Fair Districts: The U.S. Supreme Court announced June 29th its decision in favor of the citizens of Arizona who passed a state constitutional amendment for fair districts. LWVVC President Pam Goodman issued a statement applauding the decision. See more details of the Arizona State Legislature v. Arizona Independent Redistricting Commission et al. decision at this Court website.

Solar Power: LWVF supports the proposed "Solar Choice" Amendment to the Florida Constitution. Read LWVF President Pam Goodman's statement here. She includes links to websites for more information on how we can assist.

The Supreme Court announced its decision to support the Administration in the latest case (King v. Burwell) against the Affordable Care Act. LWVF issued a statement on June 25th, hailing this decision and urging Governor Scott to accept extension of Medicaid. Details of the Court's decision and Justice Scalia's dissent will be found at this Supreme Court site. The slip opinion for the July 26th decision in OBERGEFELL ET AL. v. HODGES regarding the right to same-sex marriage will be found here. Transcripts and audio of Briefs and Arguments on these cases and others will be found at the Court's general website http://www.supremecourt.gov/.

Read LWVF Governmental Consultant Debbie Harrison Rumberger's "Rundown on the Florida Legislature's 2015 Record" in her June 19th Capital Report.

Health Care: New LWVF President Pam Goodman wrote May 29, 2015, urging state lawmakers to "stop playing political games and take action on behalf of all Floridians when they return to Tallahassee on Monday. Failing to approve a health care plan for Florida's working poor this special session is not an option." Click here to read her full statement. Members, contact your legislators now.

LWVVC members met Saturday, May 23, 2015, for our Annual Meeting where we elected new officers and Board members, confirmed our positions, adopted the budget for 2015/16, and voted to join the LWV National Study on Money and Politics and Constitutional Revision. Carla Christianson was named Chair of the Study Committee, and she began collecting contact information for volunteers to serve. There was also a consensus that when LWVF begins its new study of open primaries (approved at the recent state convention), LWVVC members hope to be active in that study as well. For the complete program and information on our positions, committee reports, and new Board members, see the 2015 Annual Meeting Program

LWVVC was well represented LWVF Conventionat the LWVF convention in Delray Beach. Pictured here with LWVF outgoing President Deirdre McNab (on left) are LWVVC members: Gwen Azama-Edwards, Ann Smith, Lynda Mays, Carla Christianson, and Pat Drago. Drago is also a member of the State League Board.

Transportation: VCard Meeting on ISBOn April 30, VCard hosted a panel discussion at the International Speedway, focusing on an ISB Corridor Master Management Plan. Gwen Azama-Edwards and LWVVC Transportation Committee members Summer Clayton and Fred and Suze Peace attended for LWVVC. Shown here, Summer, Suze, and Gwen.

Health Care: New LWVF President Pam Goodman wrote May 29, 2015, urging state lawmakers to "stop playing political games and take action on behalf of all Floridians when they return to Tallahassee on Monday. Failing to approve a health care plan for Florida's working poor this special session is not an option." Click here to read her full statement. Members, contact your legislators now.

Volunteers represented LWVVC at the Environment Fair in DeLand, March 31, 2015. Environment Fair Environment Fair Various environmental groups had displays. Pictured on the right is Board member and volunteer Carolyn West getting up close and personal with Blaze the Snake.

Water Quality - LWVVC continues to follow the issue of water quality. Last summer the County Council passed a fertilizer ordinance ‚Äč(text of ordinance here). The University of Florida has developed a list of conforming fertilizers, and the county has placed that list on its website.

Get ready for the 2016 Politicos on Parade Fashion Show and Luncheon: Thanks so much to those public officials and local businesses, organizations,and individuals who supported the LWVVC's biennial fundraiser, Politicos on Parade in 2014. Our latest event was held May 10, 2014, with fashions provided by the new Belk at the Pavilion in Port Orange and make up by Clinique at Belk. Mark and Cindi Lane and Magda Hiller provided entertainment prior to the fashion show. Funds raised help support our work of promoting voting and civic involvement. Currently serving elected officials modeled the fashions - a list of the models will be found on p. 11 of the Program. See a list of our sponsors who advertised in our 2014 Program, with their information.

For the Supreme Court Opinion on the DOMA (Defense of Marriage Act) case, see http://www.supremecourt.gov/ and select from the column of recent cases "United States v Windsor". Transcripts of the attorney's oral arguments will be found on the same site here.

Want to know more about a U.S. Senator's or Congressman's votes on a topic such as gun control, abortion, or other topic? Check out this database compiled by the Washington Post. It lists those who voted No, Yes, or did not vote for each bill in Congress (party affiliation not noted, but you can sort by name or by state). Select "Explore" to find out about each Congressman and Senator and his/her voting record.

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 citizen over 18, male or female, may become a voting member of the LWV. Associate membership is available to younger people and non-citizens. 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?

  • Attend our monthly meetings. Enjoy a meal while hearing a speaker on a timely topic or discuss an issue in a small group setting.
  • Meet other interested citizens from around the county as you become informed about important issues.
  • Read League publications that keep you up to date on questions of national, state, and local interest.
  • Volunteer for the LWVVC Observer Corps and attend local governmental meetings to observe and report happenings to the League. See LWVVC Observer Corps Code and the LWVUS Resource Guide.
  • Join a study committee to focus on an issue that especially concerns you.
  • Volunteer to help other community organizations learn about issues and election laws.
  • Assist with fundraisers such as the Politicos on Parade, held in election years, with local public officials serving as our models in a fashion show. Funds raised are used to help support the LWVVC's educational efforts. To see a list of the elected officials who modeled in our 2012 fashion show and the generous sponsors who help make our work possible, see our 2012 Politicos on Parade program which was distributed to all attendees.

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 mail@lwvvc.org to request a printed form. To find out how to pay by credit card through LWVVC's secured PayPal account link, click here.