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School Support for Security, Technology, and Other Facility Improvements: Be sure to turn over the ballot for this election August 26th. The referendum on continuation of the one-half cent sales surtax is on the back. The LWVVC Board voted in May to officially support this referendum and wants to make sure voters don't miss it. For more information on continuation of this surtax, see this School Board site, and see this flyer for the recommended spending breakdown.
The Summer issue of the LWVVC Voter is now available and includes information on the upcoming elections.
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 firstname.lastname@example.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 last week.
Transportation: The LWVVC brings to your attention an important survey being made by the River to Sea Transportation Planning Organization (TPO), formerly known as the Volusia TPO. The TPO is seeking public opinion on all types of transportation needs in our area. Please take a look at their website and let your opinion be included at http://email@example.com.
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.
May 9th Capitol Report is now available here.
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
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League of Women Voters of Florida Responds to Florida's Decision to Suspend Voter Purge. Read LWVF's March 27th statement here.
Special thanks to Pat Northey, Volusia County Council Member, and Lois Bollenback, Executive Director of Volusia Transportation Planning Organization, who spoke on Transportation Planning in Volusia County at our March 22nd meeting. This is part of LWVVC's continuing study of local transportation. Our speakers are shown here with program planner Pat Gadbaw and President Claudia Roth.
Public Education: Read LWVF's "Action Alert: Protect Public School Funding & Block the Expansion of Private School Vouchers" notice here.
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.
On March 3, 2014, LWVF sent a letter to Jack Latvala, Chair of the Senate Ethics and Elections Committee, expressing strong support for online voter registration. Click here to see the letter.
Indian River Lagoon: Unable to attend the February 15th LWVVC program on the Indian River Lagoon? Troy Rice, Director of the Indian River Lagoon National Estuary Program, has generously shared with us a copy of his presentation slides which can be viewed here.
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?
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 firstname.lastname@example.org to request a printed form. To find out how to pay by credit card through LWVVC's secured PayPal account link, click here>.
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