2020-2021 Directory of Elected Officials

2021 Legislative Directory of Elected Officials will be available to distribute on February 15th.  We will print 10,000 copies.  Once again libraries and government agencies will provide copies to the community.  If you are interested in providing copies to your organization or community, please contact Joyce Sullivan at jtfsullivan@comcast.net. The Directory will also be available as a PDF on our site. Thanks to the Palm Beach Post for their sponsorship.

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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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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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