Election Protection Stories

Election Protection Stories

By Bob Chapman A couple of “good” stories Dedication Three of our Election Protection poll monitors were teachers. Every weekday during Early Voting, they worked at the Belle Glade Early Voting site from 6:45 to 8:00 a.m. before school started, they returned after school from 5:00 p.m. to closing at 7:00 p.m. On Election Day, five minutes before the polls closed (in Acreage, Palm Beach County), two of our poll monitors spoke with a disgruntled voter who was denied a provisional ballot. Our monitors sent him back into the polling place to insist that he receive a ballot. They waited almost half-an-hour until he exited the polling location. He provided his information to us so a lawyer could contact him to have his ballot cured.   A Mediation role  In both Jupiter and Palm Beach Gardens, where partisan tempers ran very strong, our poll monitors were asked on more than

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Election Protection

By Voting Rights Coalition If you voted in person during Early Voting or on Election day, you might have seen our Election Protection poll monitors offering assistance to voters. The League of Women Voters of Palm Beach County (LWVPBC) was Palm Beach County’s lead for the national Election Protection program, in coalition with the ACLU and the National Council of Jewish Women. The program, which is coordinated by Common Cause, the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights under the Law, and State Voices, works to ensure that every eligible voter can exercise his or her right to vote. Central to the Election Protection program is a National Voting Hotline (866-OUR-VOTE). Staffed by trained lawyers, the hotline provides service in 26 languages and is available 24 hours to assist with voting needs. During Early Voting and on Election Day, the hotline received 1521 calls from Palm Beach County residents. Our Election Protection

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Cool Topic on a Hot Issue – RISE: A Climate & Art Weekend

Cool Topic on a Hot Issue – RISE: A Climate & Art Weekend

The League’s Environmental Issues Group (EIG) joined the City of Delray Beach at “RISE: A Climate & Art Weekend” on October 2nd for a panel discussion to learn how the effects of climate change impact our local communities and what our officials are doing about it.  The panel consisted of Mary Mertz, EIG Chair, who asked questions to city sustainability officials: Lindsey Nieratka, Boca Raton; John Kent Edwards, Delray Beach; and Rebecca Harvey, Boynton Beach.   Some critical impacts of climate change were discussed, including heavy rainfall, extreme heat, and stronger storms – which means higher storm surge and increased flooding.  Each city addressed these impacts and their initiatives.   Lindsey Nieratka, Boca Raton – Coastal Resilience Partnership of Palm Beach County – Greenhouse Gas Emissions Inventory – Regional Climate Change Vulnerability Assessment – CRS (Community Rating System) Flood Score   John Kent Edwards, Delray Beach  – Seawall Vulnerability Study &

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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

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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Disposable City: Miami’s Future on the Shores of Climate Catastrophe

By Mario Alejandro Ariza   “When the waters come, please know you had kin who fought like hell to keep them from your door.”   The book’s “Dedication” reveals the author’s passion for fighting against climate change and why sea level rise will likely put Miami underwater by the end of this century.    Journalist and author, Mario Alejandro Ariza, hosted the Environmental Issues Group Zoom book discussion on September 5, and highlighted concerns not commonly associated with climate change, such as health issues, financial impact, and Miami’s social inequality – the gap between rich and poor.    Mario was prompted to write Disposable City when he was teaching English in the Hunan Province of China during the summer of 2015.  When he stepped outside, the smog was so thick that he couldn’t see the other side of the street. The smog lasted for days and he used an N-95 mask

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The Fragility of Voting Rights

The Fragility of Voting Rights

The Fragility of Voting Rights: The 2020 Election By Linda Geller-Schwartz On July 30, 2020, when the iconic civil rights leader Representative John Lewis was laid to rest, his final message to the American people was conveyed in a letter published in the New York Times. It included this advice and caution: “The vote is the most powerful non-violent change agent you have in a democratic society. You must use it because it is not guaranteed. You can lose it.” Representative Lewis knew all too well of what he spoke. Read the entire SAM Magazine article below. (3/20)

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Go Solar

Go Solar
Go Solar LWVPBC Go Solar Issue Group promotes Go Solar Co-Op. Focus: Chair:   Meetings: See League Calendar or contact Chairs for time, date and location of the next meeting. RECENT ARTICLES Solar Tsnuami Christian Roselund and John Weaver | Published on 1/3/2019 Developers have applied to build 139 GWac of large-scale solar projects in the territory of six grid operators – around five times what is currently online across the country – and that figure doesn’t even cover the entire United States. By any metric, we are looking at an unprecedented boom in... Read more →Read more

National Suicide Prevention Month

National Suicide Prevention Month By Nancy Gau   Please reach out to family, friends, co-workers, (or even a stranger) and remind them that September is National Suicide Prevention Month, and encourage them to please pass the word on.    On average, there are 120 suicides every day in the United States. It is the tenth leading cause of death in America and the second leading cause for the age group 25-34! The suicide rate among young adults (ages 15-24) has tripled since 1950. We can help reduce these numbers by spreading awareness, advocating, educating, and kindness. Also, three LWVPBC Issue Groups (Healthcare, Gun Safety, and Education) will be working together to find solutions to this issue. These plans are currently on hold due to the pandemic, but we still communicate, e.g., Becky Pickup and Kristin Murtaugh presented a piece about the “lock it up” program during one of our weekly

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Join Us for EIG Author Presentation

Join Us for EIG Author Presentation

                          The Environmental Issues Group is honored to host a zoom presentation held by writer and journalist, Mario Alejandro Ariza.  Mario is the author of “Disposable City: Miami’s Future on the Shores of Climate Catastrophe.” The book is his personal investigation into the present and future effects of climate change on his home. It is a vibrant portrait of a city whose unique culture might soon succumb to a watery death. Date:                     September 5, 2020 Time:                     10:30 AM (Eastern Time) Event Link:           See LWV PBC Calendar for Login Information (https://lwvpbc.org/events) Mario is featured in the PBS documentary, Sinking Cities: Miami. It is part of a series that examines how major coastal cities are coming to grips with the real-time effects of climate change. Mario currently works as a reporter covering federal courts at the Sun Sentinel. The zoom

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