When We All Vote

LWVPBC / The ‘When We All Vote’ Coalition Pays Dividends By Pam Maldonado   How do we reach a larger, more diverse audience? Since I joined the League six years ago which has been a prime concern. When we started live streaming our Hot Topics speakers we began to see our numbers climb. Suddenly, people who could not make it over to Atlantis were able to watch the videos at their leisure. Some of our Young Leaguers even got together on their lunch breaks to watch the programs live. Nonetheless, our audience remained overwhelmingly white.       A few months ago we joined the When We All Vote (WWAV) Palm Beach Voting Squad, a coalition of some 35 mostly Black organizations, including sororities and fraternities, the Cunningham Bar Association, Coalition of 100 Black Women, the Guardians of the Glades, National Organization for Women and a host of other NGOs. Headed by former

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All Voters Should Check Their Status ASAP

All Voters Should Check Their Status ASAP

By Pam Maldonado   Election Day will be upon us before we know it! Florida Election Statutes require Supervisors of Elections (SOEs) to close their books 29 days before the election, which means by 5 p.m. on October 5. People whose registration forms arrive after that date would not be able to vote in the Presidential Election this year.   If you have not done so already, please go to pbcelections.org/MyStatus and check your registration. Supervisors are required to do maintenance on voter rolls and there have been mistakes. For instance, in 2018 I heard an interview with the President of the Ohio LWV who of course, had voted in every recent election. She found out she had been dropped from the voter roll in error.   According to “Florida Today, March 4, 2020”, “Florida has put nearly 300,000 registered voters who voted in 2016 or later on “inactive” lists —

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2020 Ballot Amendments

Confused about the 2020 Ballot Amendments?   What does Amendment 1, which is labeled ‘Suffrage’, really do?   Who is supporting Amendment 4, which makes it much harder for citizen initiatives to become ballot amendments? Do they know how confusing calling it Amendment 4 will be?  (Yes!)   Two proposals affecting taxes? Are they good for our towns and cities? Are they good for us?   Come to the Voting Rights Coalition meeting Thursday, September 3, at 2 p.m. on Zoom, and learn about these proposed Amendments and more. Linda Geller-Schwartz will present our League Florida  PowerPoint on the 2020 Ballot Amendments.  Go to the League calendar to get the Zoom link.   Catch up on our 2020 elections projects, and learn how you can help.   –Nancy Cohen   

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Voters’ Guide September 1st Report

It always takes a village… Voters’ Guide. This could be written several ways, with an apostrophe after the “s” or before it or with no apostrophe at all. Indeed, sometimes it could be just “Voter Guide.” The correct version in this instance is the way it’s written on the hard copy. This year it took 44 League members attending 10 Zoom meetings followed by a lot of time and hard work to produce our free League of Women Voters of Palm Beach County 2020 Nonpartisan Voters’ Guide, Joyce Sullivan organized the Guide volunteers into several teams: candidate question team; editorial; distribution; digital; social media; information technology; and design. You have to be proud – Palm Beach County is the ONLY League in the state of Florida that prints a complete hard copy Voters’ Guide. All the other League chapters rely only on vote411.org to relay their information, use the copies

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Suffrage at 100: A Visual History

Text by Jennifer Harlan Introduction by Veronica Chambers, Jennifer Harlan and Jennifer Schuessler Aug. 20, 2020 On May 18, 1915, crowds streamed into the Polo Grounds in Manhattan to watch the New York Giants take on the Chicago Cubs. But beyond the diamond, a bigger contest was brewing. The state of New York was gearing up to hold a referendum, putting the question of women’s suffrage to its (all-male) electorate. Supporters of the cause organized a “suffrage day” game, luring potential voters with the offer of a piece of chocolate cake with every ticket purchased at their headquarters. They festooned the stadium with yellow banners and printed baseball-themed fliers, with exhortations like “Fans, Fair Play” and “Make a Home Run for Suffrage.” Everybody, The New York Times noted, “had a ‘lovely’ time.” But the festive mood would fizzle out come November: The men of New York rejected the suffrage measure,

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First Taste of the League

OUR FIRST TASTE OF THE LEAGUE ENGAGES NEW MEMBERS On July 18, 31 new members and soon to be new members attended “A Taste of the League” on Zoom. Virtually everyone stayed at the event the entire time and learned from our president, Ken Thomas and the ten Issue Group Leaders who spoke about the work of their group. A panel of Nancy Cohen, Pam Maldonado and Christene Campbell-Gabor updated the group about the League’s work in Vote by Mail, Voter Education and Restoring the Vote for Returning Felons. A big thanks goes to Bonnie Greenberg who facilitated the technical aspects of the event. She has a wealth of knowledge and possesses a gracious and patient manner that made the event a great success.

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Do you need a taste of the LEAGUE?

On Saturday, Oct. 3, 10:30-11:30 a.m. New members and others interested in the League of Women Voters of Palm Beach County who have not attended an Orientation, are invited to attend our second “A Taste of the League” on Zoom. You will learn much about the work of ten of our Issue Groups as well as other hot League areas of work. To attend, just click on the registration link below. It will be a great hour of learning and engagement. To register for this Oct. 3, meeting please click the link below: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZUrceCqqjktGtC00O6FV1R4-JWQ9s0-aFuj After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting

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Advocacy Committee Update

Advocacy Committee Update

by Jim Eisenberg It is difficult, to say the least, to be an advocate with legislatures at this time of year and during these Covid-19 times. This is a difficult time of year to talk and advocate with legislators because it’s election time. The legislators want to talk only about getting themselves re-elected before they could honestly discuss our positions on specific issues, and who knows who will be elected. Therefore, real work by our committee will have to wait until after the elections when winning candidates are happy and willing to please, and everybody knows who they are. Hopefully by then, the Covid pandemic will have lessened to the point that we can have some face-to-face dialogue, with masks on of course. Let’s keep our fingers crossed on that one. Please feel free to contact me with any comments or suggestions.

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Voter Guide Team

Candidate Team:   Serena Cummins, Marion Lang We are assisting State and National by contacting candidates that have not responded.   Question Team:  Karen Wilkerson, Susan Bucher, Corinne Miller, Commissioner Paulette Burdick. We are getting a good response from the community on the quality of our questions. Editorial Team:   Sammy Alsofon, Mary Mertz, Carol Carnevale. This team is working on the information portion of the Guide.  We will have a page that celebrates the 100 year anniversary of the League. Copy Verification  team – Corinne Miller and Marion Lang Their work will start with pages that are completed and need approval on correct information regarding candidates. An example is making sure all the candidates have the correct political title, complete bio information and more. IT Team – Becky Haldeman Robinson heads this team of one. Becky is busy resending emails and now has taken on the job of sending out

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