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

CANDIDATE FORUM FOR JUDICIAL ELECTIONS: presented by the Volusia County Bar Association and League of Women Voters of Volusia County. Date: Thursday, June 9, 2016 ~ 5:45 - 7:30. Location: Museum of Arts & Sciences, 352 S. Nova Road, Daytona Beach. The event is open to the public and without charge, but attendees are asked to RSVP to: volusiabar@gmail.com. Come hear the candidates for all 5 judicial races as they participate in the forum. A straw poll will be conducted at the conclusion of the forum. We also urge you to view this brief video "Judicial Elections in Florida", produced in conjuction with the Volusia County Bar Association. This video explains how judges are named or elected in Florida.

Politicos on Parade
Politicos on Parade! April 30, 2016. Thanks so much to those public officials and local businesses, organizations,and individuals who supported this LWVVC's ninth biennial fundraiser, Politicos on Parade. We met this year at the Halifax River Yacht Club. Men's and women's fashions were provided by Belk at the Pavilion of Port Orange, and make up was done by Clinique at Belk. Mary Christine Kjellstrom of Belk described the models' fashions, and Ann Smith told anecdotes about our models. Politicos on Parade Special thanks go to our Presenting Sponsors: Daytona International Speedway, Florida Hospital Memorial Medical Center, and Florida Power & Light. Please look through this Program distributed to all guests and participants and consider patronizing those local advertisers who gave their support. Funds raised through these events help support our work of promoting voting and civic involvement. We ask currently serving elected officials to model for Politicos on Parade, and it is a fun event for many of our friends who take pleasure in seeing their elected officials on the runway. A list of this year's models will be found on p. 13 of the Program, and we can't thank them enough for helping this year.

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LWVVC Honored: The Women's Advisory Board of Bethune-Cookman University included the LWVVC in the group of 2016 honorees featured during its "Honoring Our Unsung Heros" banquet on Friday, April 22nd. Shown are several of the LWVVC members who attended this event: Suze Peace, John Hilderbrandt, Libby Hilderbrandt, Sandy Horikami, Nicki Junkins, and Jeanne Tanke.

First Vice-President Suze Peace accepts LWVVC's award from Betsey Hardeman of BCU.

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.

May 2016 Voter now available. This is the issue which includes important information for our Annual Meeting, May 14th. Read about upcoming programs, find reports from the Observer Corps on various government meetings around the county, and much more.

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.

Membership Matters

Be Ready to Vote! The League of Women Voters of Florida has prepared a website to help all Florida voters find information on the process, rules, etc. You can make sure your registration is up-to-date and accurate now from this link which asks only your first name, last name, and date of birth. Note, do not include your middle name, even if it appears on your registration card.
R.J. Larizza

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.

Judicial Elections in Florida? Why and How: LWVVC is very proud to announce a brief video, "Judicial Elections in Florida, produced in conjuction with the Volusia County Bar Association, which explains how judges are named or elected in Florida. As ballots include a group of judges to be elected or re-elected, it is important that citizens study their experience and expertise and then vote in these races. Please view this video and send the link to friends.

The Florida budget process was concluded Monday evening (March 7)and is now under consideration by the full House and Senate for a vote on Friday. It is likely to be approved and sent on the Governor, since amendments would require agreement on a new full budget and a wait of 72 hours before voting. The Governor may veto the entire budget or use his line-item veto to approve parts of the budget and not others. To see the budget as sent to the full House and Senate, click here. You may search the document using the "Control F" function on your computer.

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 mail@lwvvc.org. We also urge our members to contact us if you are interested in working on special sections of our positions.

Civil Justice

Civil Justice: An attentive crowd attended our Hot Topics meeting at the New Smyrna Public Library on March 1st to hear William Van Norwick, Head of the Subcommittee on Access To and Delivery of Legal Services of the State Commission on Access to Civil Justice. He spoke on "Problems in the Civil Justice System for Citizens with Low, Moderate, and Middle Incomes" and a plan to provide necessary represention to the underserved. For more information on this commission, see http://www.flaccesstojustice.org/.

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.

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.