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

Candidates Forum October 22nd: The Mid-Florida Chapter Women's Council of Realtors and The League of Women Voters of Volusia County (LWVVC) are hosting a candidates forum October 22nd at the Dickinson Memorial Library in Orange City, beginning at 6:00 pm. Hear candidates for County Commission and School Board and candidates from DeBary, Deltona, and Orange City. Click here for more information.

Important meetings in October: For details on both meetings, click here.

Saturday, October 18 2014, Proposed Constitutional Amendments: morning joint meeting with AAUW

Monday, October 27, 2014, 5:30 - 6:30 pm, Hot Topics evening meeting: Stephen Kintner, Conservation Chair of West Volusia Audubon, will explain the Volusia County Fertilizer Ordinance. Read about the ordinance here.

2014 VOTER GUIDE AVAILABLE: The LWVF's Nonpartisan Voter Guide is now available online here. This is the guide with information on the proposed constitutional amendments and responses from candidates for statewide office. Printed copies will be available in a few weeks through LWVVC. In addition, public libraries have agreed once again to help distribute them. The Spanish-language edition will be available shortly. Remember, for responses from your local candidates, continue to consult LWVVC's website.

The League of Women Voters of Florida announces its positions on the three Amendments: Click here to read the press release.

Voter Registration

Voter Registration

LWVVC volunteers spent September 23rd morning at Bethune-Cookman University, registering students and others as part of national Voter Registration Day.

September-October issue of The Voter is now available, including more news on upcoming meetings. Also read about the rebirth of LWVVC's Observer Corps.

September 2014 Program with School Board Candidates: The September 20th meeting with School Board Candidates was very successful, and we appreciate the participation of Linda Cuthbert and George Trovato of District 3 and John Hill and Don Sarro of District 1. These races will be very important for Volusia County schools, and such forums are so useful to let the voters hear from the candidates. Remember, you can also see candidates reponses to our earlier survey at http://www.lwvvc.org/elections2014.html.

Primary and Local Races with More Than Two Candidates Concluded: Congratulations to all of those who won office without a run-off or are moving on to the November 4th election. We appreciate all who sacrificed their personal lives and funds to run for public office, but we want to give special thanks to those candidates in local nonpartisan county-wide, municipal, and local judicial races who responded to LWVVC's questions to help voters make informed decisions. The responses from candidates who continue to the November ballot will remain on our website here until the conclusion of that election.


VOTERS APPROVE SCHOOL TAX EXTENSION for support for security, technology, and other facility improvements. The LWVVC Board voted in May to officially support this referendum, and we are pleased to see the voters' decision. For more information on continuation of this surtax, see this School Board site, and see this flyer for the recommended spending breakdown.

Were you unable to vote on August 26th because you aren't registered?
Oct. 6th is the deadline to register to vote this year.

Suffragists' March

August 26th was also 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 immediately for the November elections! 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.

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.

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. To write your state legislators and officials on this important issue, find their addresses here. See also http://voteyeson1fl.org/, the website for updates on the Florida Land and Water Legacy campaign and the website set up to promote getting out the vote for what is now proposed Amendment I on the ballot.

2014 Annual Meeting

At the April 26, 2014 LWVVC Annual Meeting, members listened to a very informative presentation on Women Environmentalists of Florida by Dr. Leslie Poole of Rollins College. At the business meeting members completing their Board terms were recognized and thanked: Dennis Clayton, Donna Jordan, and Ann Smith. The three new Board members shown here were elected: Elizabeth "Libby" Hilderbrandt, Donna Austin, and Suze Peace. The official change of officers is effective July 1st. In addition, Bylaws were amended, and the Program of Issues was reaffirmed. For more information on the meeting, see this 2014 Annual Meeting Booklet. For a photo of LWVVC incoming and continuing Board members and officers, click here.

LWVVC in Tallahassee:
2014 Legislative Summit Pat Gadbaw and Gwen Azama-Edwards attended the LWVF Legislative Summit and Council in Tallahassee as LWVVC voting delegates. They are shown right with LWVVC member and LWVF Board member Pat Drago (in the middle). Gadbaw and Azama-Edwards

Gadbaw and Azama-Edwards at the Solar Support meeting. They spent a lot of time meeting with legislators and in LWVF meetings. Thanks to all three for their efforts.

LWVVC is pleased to provide cash prizes for student exhibits at the Volusia County Social Studies Fair. This year the theme was RIGHTS AND RESPONSIBILITIES IN HISTORY, and our judges, Patricia Gadbaw and Carolyn West, focused on women and voting. Elementary winners were Zane Hair of Forest Lake and Valen Sudhartha Brown of Citrus Grove. Middle school winners were Lindsay Peck from Saint Brendan Catholic School and Rachel Gerker from Heritage Middle School. Photos are linked from the winners' names. Congratulations to all.

LWVUS President Elizabeth McNamara has released a Call To Action on "Dark Money" - click here to learn what you can do. See also this February 19, 2014, LWVUS press release explaining the LWVUS's communication to the Internal Revenue Service.

Voting Rights: The League of Women Voters continues to express its concern regarding the June 25, 2013 Supreme Court decision which greatly weakened the Voting Rights Act. For the LWV's statement on the issue, click here. To download a LWV template for a letter to the editor asking that Congress address this issue, click here. To read the Supreme Court's Opinion and Attorney Arguments on this case, go to http://www.supremecourt.gov and select "Opinions" and "Arguments" for the case "Shelby County v. Holder".

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.
  • 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.