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

LWVVC memebers 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.

LWVVC May Voter now available. Read news of our important Annual Meeting, Saturday, May 23rd. At this meeting, we will elect officers and board members, approve budget, and discuss for approval LWVVC's positions on important issues. LWVVC members will also be deciding if we will take part in an LWV National Study on Money and Politics and Constitutional Revision. All members are urged to attend.

Water Quality - LWVVC continues to follow the issue of water quality. Last summer the County Council passed a fertilizer ordinance ​(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.

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.

LWVVC received an award for community engagement from Bethune-Cookman UniversityBethune-Cookman University Awards on March 1st. Bethune-Cookman University Awards LWVVC shared the honor with 30 other organizations such as the Domestic Abuse Shelter. Shown here is LWVVC Board member Gwen Azama-Edwards (in the red jacket) who accepted the award on behalf of LWVVC.

Guns on Campus?: The Florida Senate Criminal Justice Committee held a hearing February 16th on SB176, proposed legislation that would OVERTURN the current ban on concealed weapons on campus and allow holders of permits to carry concealed firearms on all public college and university campuses. This bill was passed by the committee by a vote of 3 to 2 and referred to the Senate Higher Education Committee where it now stands. Following the shooting incident February 23rd on the campus of Bethune-Cookman University, LWVF joined college presidents and announced again opposition to to this bill: http://campaign.r20.constantcontact.com/render?ca=5e5753a6-4a9f-47fc-95ee-bc514e0f782b&c=8b42bf80-9324-11e3-a720-d4ae528eade9&ch=8c411cb0-9324-11e3-a757-d4ae528eade9. For information on LWVF's opposition to this bill and legislators to contact, see the earlier LWVF Action Alert. To follow this bill in the Florida Senate, go to http://www.flsenate.gov/Session/Bill/2015/0176.

Tiger Bay State Forest Protection Alert: Conservation of our natural habitats in Volusia County is one of LWVVC's positions for local government. HB 419 was filed in the Florida House in January by local representatives Dwayne Taylor and David Santiago to give access for all vehicles, including ATVs and trucks, to fire lanes and other currently protected paths, trails, and forests. The progress of HB 419 and a link to the full text will be found at http://www.myfloridahouse.gov/Sections/Bills/billsdetail.aspx?BillId=53391. On January 24, 2015, LWVVC President Claudia Roth emailed Representative Dwayne Taylor regarding this bill: Tiger Bay Scene - Cypress

    "Dear Honorable Representative Taylor:
    I am writing to ask you to withdraw sponsorship of HB 419 allowing off road vehicle recreational driving in Tiger Bay. Tiger Bay State Forest is comprised of 60% wetlands and over 800 acres of sensitive scrub ecosystem. Tiger Bay Scene - Forest There are no areas of disturbed ground in Tiger Bay appropriate for the type of exclusive OHV use called for in Section 1, Paragraph 2 of HB 419. A visitor to Tiger Bay can easily see how the rainy season has impacted the road system and ground conditions in the state forest. The current conditions are a visible illustration of how sensitive the roads and ground conditions are to existing levels of vehicle impacts.

    I have attached photos of the effects of off road vehicles on the landscape for you to consider. Thank you for your attention.
    Claudia Roth
    DeLand, FL"
The above photos are current. To see the photos to which she referred, showing damage to these types of areas by such vehicles, click here: http://www.lwvvc.org/Images-News/2015-HB419-MotorizedAccessExamples.pdf.

LWVVC's February 14th program featured Zeva Edmondson, Director of Sexual Assault Services Stewart-Marchman-Act, Zeva Edmondson, Director of Sexual Assault Services Stewart-Marchman-Act who outlined plans for survivor services in Volusia County. She is pictured at the left with LWVVC President Claudia Roth. Ms. Edmondson kindly has made her PowerPoint presentation available here.

Amendment One Implementation: The Senate Environmental Preservation & Conservation Committee met on Wednesday, January 7 before a standing-room-only crowd and heard a staff briefing on how to interpret Amendment One, overwhelmingly passed by Florida voters in November. Chairman Charlie Dean (R-Inverness) stressed that all comments and suggestions were welcome from the public regarding how best to proceed and recommended spending. To reinforce the Chairman’s point, committee staff announced the creation of a new portal devoted to Amendment 1 and gathering public comment. To provide your input to state lawmakers on how to use state funds for environmental projects, go to: http://www.flsenate.gov/media/topics/wlc.

Voter Registration at DSC Voter Registration at DSC: LWVVC members Gwen Azama-Edwards, Pat Gadbaw, and Carolyn West spent several hours at Daytona State College on February 10th, registering students and others register or update registration if needed. LWVVC continues to emphasize the roots of League work - voter registration and participation. If your group wants to have a registration event, contact us.

January 2015 Transportation Consensus Meeting SpeakersThe final LWVVC Transportation in Volusia County Study and Consensus is now available at http://www.lwvvc.org/transportation.pdf. This final document will be presented to the general memebership at the May 2015 Annual Meeting with a recommendation that it be added to the local Programs for which LWVVC advocates. The Transportation Committee studied the issue for many months and led the Consensus meeting January 10, 2015. Pictured here are members of the hardworking committee: Fred Peace, Pat Gadbaw (Chair), Dennis Clayton, Carl McCoy, Pat Gadbaw, and Suze Peace (not pictured,Summer Clayton). For information on the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) current Volusia County Connector Transit Study, see http://www.volusiaconnectorstudy.com/.

Education is a major issue of concern for the League of Women Voters of Florida, and the League has created a new LWV Education blog begun by Sue Legg, Chair of the LWV Florida Project on School Choice. It will have posts on education issues in the state of Florida and include national information as well. Sue has created this blog with the help of interns from the University of Florida. The website is http://lwveducation.com/.

Voter Intent?: Ever wonder how the Canvassing Boards decide if a questionable ballot is counted? Terry Vaughan, Supervisor of Elections for Bradford County, prepared this slide show as part of his "Determining Voter Intent" workshop presentation in Orlando January 31, 2014.

The 2014 elections are now completed. To see how voters in our county voted and for results of local races, see the Volusia County Department of Elections website at http://volusiaelections.org//ElectionInformation/results.htm. We thank all candidates who devoted the time, funds, and effort to run for these important offices. We especially thank our local candidates who responded to LWVVC's questionnaires for posting on our website. The number of hits indicated that our local residents were very interested in your ideas on these local topics. These web pages have now been removed, but watch for information on our project in 2016.

Were you unable to vote because you weren't registered? August 26th was the 94th anniversary of the date President Wilson signed the 19th Amendment giving women the right to vote. Women marched and went to jail to get this right. Men and women marched and went to jail to secure the right to vote for African-Americans and other minorities. Remember how precious this vote is, and vote. If you aren't registered, register now! Be informed and take part.

LWVF joins two lawsuits to protect Florida's public education system: Read about this here. LWVVC's own Pat Drago helped to write this summary.

REDISTRICTING DECISION: Leon County Circuit Judge Terry Lewis ruled on August 22nd that the Congressional Map revised by the Florida Legislature is valid and will take effect for the 2016 elections. It will not effect the 2014 elections. LWVF President Deirdre McNab responded ""We are disappointed and plan to ask the appellate courts to review Judge Lewis' ruling." Judge Lewis's initial decision ordering the revision may be read in full by clicking here.

What the League of Women Voters Means and Why You Should Join: Interested in the making a difference in your community, state, and country? Take time to view this 5-minute video and see the many ways LWV members are effective. Then come to one of our local meetings, announced here, and join us. For more information, email us at mail@lwvvc.org.

LWVVC wants to share this link to a short video by John Moran and the Springs Eternal Project regarding the urgent need to protect our springs. Spend just a few minutes watching "Florida Springs: Paradise Found or Legacy Lost?", and send the link to your friends. Constitutional Amendment 1 passed overwhelmingly, but our state Legislature must now write and pass laws to implement it. To write your state legislators and officials on this important issue, find their addresses here. See this http://voteyeson1fl.org/sections/page/results, website of the Florida Land and Water Legacy campaign for the final vote on the Amendment and more information.

WOMEN'S SUFFRAGE: Check out this music video take on a Lady Gaga song here. It was a real hit at the LWVUS convention in Dallas in June

Politicos on Parade Fashion Show and Luncheon: Thanks so much to those public officials and local businesses, organizations,and individuals who support the LWVVC's biennial fundraiser, Politicos on Parade. 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 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.