Hispanic Community Outreach Efforts Renew

By Pam Maldonado Now that we have had a few months to catch our breath after the Presidential Election, Voter Services and Civics Education are once again beginning to focus on the Hispanic outreach.  Despite repeated efforts over the last four years, our results to date have essentially been nil.  We’re determined to use this quieter year to redouble our efforts to make meaningful contacts in order to do voter registration and civics education in immigrant communities. Two local Hispanic Democratic activists recently brought together a bipartisan group of leaders to discuss how we can increase overall Hispanic participation in elections, regardless of party affiliation.   The meeting was held at Don Ramon restaurant, with about 15 local leaders from both parties.  Everyone was enthusiastic about working together, recognizing that Hispanics represent around 20% of our population. As a result, this group (as yet unnamed) will be placing voter registration materials

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2021 Legislative Directory of Elected Officials- LIVE!

We are almost ready to publish our 2021 Legislative Directory of Elected Officials. It will be available to distribute on February 20th.  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 by pdf with live links on our site along with a link to the Palm Beach County Government site that provides even more information and MAPS!!!! Thanks to the Palm Beach Post for their sponsorship and the Directory team of Mary Mertz, Carol Carnavale, Serena Cummings, Sammy Alzofron, Phyllis Goldenberg, Maria Velez (graphic artist) and our webmaster, Connie Christians.  We could not do this without our volunteers and the generous donations from our members.

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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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Returning Citizens Postcards

By Phyllis Applebaum    Florida has the most restrictive voting laws for ex-felons in the nation.  In 2018, the Florida electorate, believing that people should have a second chance, passed an amendment allowing ex-felons who were not murderers or sex-offenders to vote once they had completed their sentence including probation.  However, the Florida legislature then passed a bill specifying that full payment of any ordered restitution, fines, fees, or costs was part of their sentence.  Even though some returning citizens have paid these fines and costs, they find it difficult to navigate the system alone. So, Voter Services in coordination with the LWVFL decided to send attractive postcards encouraging returning citizens to register to vote.  They sent out 6,000 postcards last week—writing each address and a message by hand.   One of our members, Carol Carnevale, has a mother who really wanted to help as well.  Louise Carnevale of Stuart

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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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