Welcome to the home page of the League of Women Voters of Volusia County(LWVVC)

Capitol Report from Tallahassee - read the February 5, 2016 report from Debbie Harrison Rumberger, LWVF Legislative Liaison, about actions and hearings taking place at the Florida House and Senate.

Guns on Campus? This is an issue LWVVC is following closely. See LWVF's notice of action posted 1/31/16.

Money in Politics-1 Money in Politics: The League of Women Voters of Volusia County did a study of the role of money in politics as part of their larger studies of campaign finance. The committee, chaired by LWVVC Board member Carla Christianson, studied many documents, organized their findings and presented them in several meetings around the county. On January 9th, the LWVVC membership met to discuss the findings and come to a consensus on the many questions posed by the national LWV. Approximately forty LWVVC members met for spirited discussions on the questions posed. Christianson compiled responses from each of four tables at the meeting, and that "Money In Politics Consensus" Report is available here. This consensus report was forwarded to LWV to be included for the final national consensus on how LWV should focus its efforts. Other documents available for members are the text of Carla's presentation at the December 1st Hot Topics meeting on the issue.

Purdy-1 "Gideon Turns 50 - as in Gideon v. Wainwright: History of the Public Defender’s Office" - James Purdy, Public Defender, Seventh Judicial Circuit, made a fascinating presentation at LWVVC's Hot Topics meeting the evening of January 5, 2016. The meeting at the New Smyrna Public Library was open to the public, and LWVVC members were joined by members of a senior class from New Smyrna Beach High School who are studying legal and constitutional issues. Mr. Purdy answered a number of questions from the audience, including requests for details of the Scottsboro Case of the 1930s. We greatly appreciate Mr. Purdy's time and expertise in presenting this history.

January/February Voter now available: Read about upcoming programs, find reports from the Observer Corps on various govenment meetings around the county, and much more. This issue includes important information on the upcoming January 9th Consensus Meeting on Money in Politics, with questions to be considered and information gathered by the LWVVC Study Committee.

Voter Registration: Voter Registration

LWVVC was at the DeLand Fall Art Festival November 21-22 to register voters or to help voters change address or political party. We shared a tent with the group seeking signatures for the Solar Choice Amendment. The Solar Choice Amendment is also being supported by our State League (see http://thefloridavoter.org/issues/solar-choice-amendment/), and we appreciated the chance to share the tent of the Floridians for Solar Choice group. Shown here are LWVVC members Suze Peace, Judy Provost, and Ann Smith.

Elections: The local elections in Holly Hill and Lake Helen are now over. While it seems early to be thinking about the 2016 national elections, the primary races are already in full swing. The Republicans have already held three presidential primary debates (a fourth will be November 10th), and a number more are scheduled between now and mid-March 2016. The Democrats have held one debate out of six scheduled. We urge everyone to watch both series of debates to learn more about these candidates seeking their party's nomination. For information on the primary debate schedules, see:

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.