An Exceptional Texting Experience

By Phyllis Applebaum Voter Services and the Voter Rights Coalition have been doing a three-phase Get Out the Vote texting campaign to numerous groups of people, including first-time voters. Our voting system can seem complicated to many. We are just trying to simplify things. We started in September telling people to make a plan to vote. Then in early October, we suggested that people familiarize themselves with the ballot. We sent them links to the Voters’ Guide and Vote411.org. Finally, in the last phase, which will be ending soon, we encouraged people to vote early, either in person or by mail. Although we get our share of negative responses, there are many very appreciative people asking their own questions. “I didn’t get my ballot yet, what should I do?” “Where are the drop boxes for my ballot?” “How do I track my ballot?” “Where can I vote early in person?”

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Returning Citizens Postcards Round 2

Returning Citizens Postcards Round 2

By Phyllis Applebaum We’ve all heard the maxim “everybody deserves a second chance.” The LWVPBC Voter Services certainly agrees with that maxim, sending 6,000 postcards in the first round.  This round was intended for those returning citizens who had paid their fines, costs, and fees as well as finished their sentences to register to vote.  Not long after that, round 2 was held.  This round was intended to motivate these returning citizens, now registered, to vote.   6,450 postcards were sent in round 2.   Both rounds took place in the last several weeks of September. One LWVPBC member, Marcia Hayden, called on her sorority members to help her write notes on 533 postcards.  Her sisters answered the call, as the pictures show. The sorority is the Crowned Pearls of Wellington, an official interest group of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority.  The members are Marcia Hayden (the LWV member), Joan Clark, Gloria Coleman,

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Nominating Committee Referrals

Dear LWVPBC Members, The LWVPBC Nominating Committee is creating a slate of officers and directors for the 2021-2022 Board of Directors.  We are reaching out to you and our 700+ members to bring “new-blood” and new ideas to leadership positions on the Board. Please complete the attached referral form if you would like to submit your name or refer a League colleague for a position on the Board.  The deadline for referrals is December 1, 2020. Please note that all calls and interviews will be handled virtually after the General Election and, all Board meetings will be held virtually on Zoom while social distancing is necessary due to COVID. Thank you, LWVPBC Nominating Committee Click HERE to download and print.  

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Speakers Bureau October Update

Our LWVPBC provided over 60 presentations in September and October. Thank you to all our LWV PBC speakers. You are amazing! Because of you, we were able to reach thousands of voters and provide them with the information they needed to make an educated vote.  An extra thank you to our Florida Speakers Bureau Chair Ethelene Jones, the Ballot Amendments presentation was very well received. Our Speakers Bureau training expert, Mary Jane Range, will be holding a speaker’s training session in January.  Check the calendar after the election for the date and time, and don’t forget to check the website to see the list of presentations that are available.

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La Guia News

La Guía News Digital Edition of October 9, 2020 – Now Covering Palm Beach County and Central Florida Click HERE to learn more.

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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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