We Shall Overcome

by Rebecca Freeman As a result of the recent events in our country, the Young Leaguers’ felt it was necessary to participate. The most effective way for the organization to get involved is to register people to vote. Registering people to vote at these events allows us to reach many people at one time.  Having a presence at these protests allows us to explain to those why voting is essential and how every vote counts. These protests have been occurring around Palm Beach County and have been centered around social justice and organized by high school students. The young people who have organized and attended these protests are hopeful for a positive change in our society. 

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2020 Voters’ Guide Update

Hello Members! Once again, our Palm Beach County League is excited to provide our community with another Voters’ Guide.  These Guides have been providing important candidate and voting information since 2014.  We will publish our Guide in mid-September in both The Palm Beach Post and The Sun Sentinel.  Copies in Spanish will be provided by the State League for all Federal and State candidates. We will also print copies to be distributed to businesses, libraries, government agencies, and communities.  It will be especially challenging with our volunteer distribution due to the Coronavirus, but we are working hard to meet this challenge. In addition to the print version, we plan to create a digital version of the 2020 Voters’ Guide, which will be available online. A special appreciation goes to the law firm of Searcy, Denney, Scarola, Barnhart & Shipley and to The Palm Beach Post for agreeing to support the

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Candidates Forum Press Release 6-29-2020

Candidates Forum Press Release 6-29-2020

Local League of Women Voters & ACLU To Host Online Candidate Forum for Palm Beach County Sheriff on July 27 Forum Will be Hosted on League’s Facebook Page   (West Palm Beach, FL – June 29, 2020) The League of Women Voters of Palm Beach County (LWVPBC) and the ACLU of Palm Beach County (ACLUPBC) today announced they are hosting a candidate forum for the office of Palm Beach County Sheriff. The online forum will be held on Monday, July 27, at 7 pm, and will be carried live on the League’s Facebook page at https://facebook.com/LWVPBC. “We will depart somewhat from our normal forum protocol to allow the candidates extended time to outline any plans they have for the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office in response to widespread national calls for reform,” said Ken Thomas, president of LWVPBC. “While one candidate will not be opposed in the primary election, we have invited all three candidates to participate in advance of the

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Vote By Mail Sign-up Now!

Vote By Mail Sign-up Now!

By Kevin Baker Please call the Palm Beach County Supervisor of Elections now at 561-656-6200 (option 2) to sign up for Vote By Mail today. You can also submit your request by visiting www.pbcelections.org/Voters/Vote-By-Mail website. The deadline to have a Primary Election ballot sent to you is 5 p.m. on August 8, 2020. But, do it now! On the website, you can click on “TRACK YOUR VOTE-BY-MAIL REQUEST & RETURNED BALLOT.” Every one of us should click that link now to confirm our valid status as a PBC voter and confirm the status of our request to receive a mailed ballot. From there you can click on “UPCOMING ELECTIONS,” where you will be able to clearly see your ballot status as REQUESTED, SENT, RECEIVED, and then COUNTED. Along with that status, this shows you the address to where your ballot will be mailed. Check that the address is where you’ll

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High School Valedictorian Joins Social Media Campaign

By Pam Maldonado The way campaigns are run has changed drastically over the last few years and many campaign professionals are convinced that the outcome of the 2020 elections will be determined by social media.  In a January 2019 study, the Pew Center reported that the leading edge of Generation Z (people 18-23 in 2020) is projected to comprise 10% of eligible voters and is on track to be more racially and ethnically diverse than their predecessors–55% white, 45% non-white.   To meet this new reality, the League is developing a strategy to increase our presence on social media as a way of reaching Gen Z where they hang out—which is online.  Societal disruptions have primed millions of young people to be attuned to current events and open to receiving political information, as well as participating in the process themselves.    Such a young person is Helena He, this year’s

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How to Reach Graduating High School Seniors

How to Reach Graduating High School Seniors

How to Reach Graduating High School Seniors In the Era of Covid-19 by Pam Maldonado   Serena Cummins and her Senior Check-Out Day committee were hard at work firming up details for one of Voter Service’s annual activities – registering graduating seniors as they pick up their caps and gowns at approximately a dozen Title I schools in Palm Beach County. But then along came the Coronavirus pandemic, which shut down schools and dashed the hopes of graduates who dreamed of walking across the stage to receive their diplomas. The graduates’ disappointment is shared by a large group of League volunteers who look forward to participating in this joyous activity every year. Last year they registered over 800 graduates! It is a very exciting time for our Young Leaguers because all of the students are 18 or older and are immediately eligible to vote. The thought of losing access to

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Young Leaguers Stay Connected

By Rebecca Freeman Amid this crisis, during the coronavirus, the Young Leaguers have found creative ways to stay connected digitally. Through the popular video chat platform Zoom, we had a great session last week. We checked in with those on the call and made sure to discuss how everyone is doing health-wise, etc. To make things fun despite the circumstances we played 90’s trivia to test our 1990’s knowledge. This is an excellent way to stay connected and to keep everyone entertained. We will be holding future Zoom meetings; for anyone who is interested in joining please check our social media platforms to keep informed.

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Inmates Give Rousing Applause to League of Women Voters!

Inmates Give Rousing Applause to League of Women Voters!

The Reason: Our Positive Actions Helping Inmates Regain Their Rights   By Pam Maldonado   On March 12th, I had the pleasure of giving a brief presentation on Amendment 4 for about 175 inmates at the Sago Palm Re-Entry Center in Pahokee. This was my second visit to this prison that houses men who are within three years of completing their sentences. The inmates were thrilled that the League of Women Voters believes in second chances and that people should not be judged only by the worst thing they’ve ever done.   “No one understands the power of the State more than someone who has been through the system,” I said, reinforcing what a previous speaker had said.   Former inmate Wilfred Dorsey had shared the shock of seeing the cover of his pre-sentencing documents stating: “The United States of America vs. Wilfred Dorsey.”  “Boy, that’s heavy!” he said.   We’re proud that The League fought

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Outreach

Focus: The Outreach Committee is an important element of the League of Women Voters Palm Beach County’s commitment to engage with diverse individuals and organizations to reach eligible populations who are under-represented at the polls.   Outreach efforts include: Providing well researched and unbiased information so that all Palm Beach County residents will become better-informed voters Increasing language-appropriate and culturally relevant resources on how to register and vote Offering voter education and registration activities, training and information to non-profit organizations, religious groups and community events throughout Palm Beach County Collaborating and building partnerships with nonpartisan organizations Contact email: outreach@lwvpbc.org

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Speakers Bureau February 2020 Report

By Dr. Corinna Balderramos Robinson       In an effort to boldly and pragmatically work toward diversifying our Speakers Bureau, with more underrepresented members who will not shy away from visiting non-traditional locations, we are hard at work doing so.  In February, we visited churches, public libraries, high schools, city town halls, and community centers. As a “Call for Action” our first meeting and training session for 2020 commenced February 13th, 6-7:30 pm, at the Box Gallery (an art studio) in West Palm Beach.  Mr. Rolando Chang Barrero, our host and manager, shared a few challenges regarding outreach to the Hispanic community.  His candid recommendations to garner full participation during the census and upcoming elections led to an invigorating discussion.  The mini, petite desserts catered from a local Cuban café were delicious, and we enjoyed Christine Campbell-Gabor’s enthusiasm and civics crossword puzzles shared too! There are so many fantastic

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