Voter Guide Team

Candidate Team:   Serena Cummins, Marion Lang We are assisting State and National by contacting candidates that have not responded.   Question Team:  Karen Wilkerson, Susan Bucher, Corinne Miller, Commissioner Paulette Burdick. We are getting a good response from the community on the quality of our questions. Editorial Team:   Sammy Alsofon, Mary Mertz, Carol Carnevale. This team is working on the information portion of the Guide.  We will have a page that celebrates the 100 year anniversary of the League. Copy Verification  team – Corinne Miller and Marion Lang Their work will start with pages that are completed and need approval on correct information regarding candidates. An example is making sure all the candidates have the correct political title, complete bio information and more. IT Team – Becky Haldeman Robinson heads this team of one. Becky is busy resending emails and now has taken on the job of sending out

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Covid Is A Long Term Reality – Answer the Census Now To Help Us Keep Fighting It

Even after a vaccine joins the fight against Covid 19, the long term health effects and costs will remain in your community. It will take long term health resources, such as Medicare, Medicaid and community health centers to continue our response. And the way to secure those resources is to answer the Census NOW. Ask all your friends, organizations, congregations and neighbors to respond by going to www.2020census.gov for information in your own language. It takes just a few minutes to respond by phone (1-844-330-2020) or on line. And every response will bring over $30,000 to Florida during the next decade. The majority of that money will be for health programs.

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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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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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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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Voter Services Targets New Citizens, Graduating Seniors

Voter Services Targets New Citizens, Graduating Seniors

By Pam Maldonado   Marc Bruner’s Naturalization Ceremony voter registration “corps” has really hit their stride with USCIS (U.S. Customs and Immigration Service,) with an outstanding February total of 382 registrations.   For the last few months, they have been averaging four or five USCIS events, netting about 59% of the attendees each time.  The action is frenzied once the new citizens leave the ceremony, requiring 5 volunteers each time to be able to accommodate everyone who wants to register.  It’s all over in about a half-hour.   As we move into election season, the Supervisor of Elections has asked us to cover even more of ceremonies, so we’re looking forward to an outstanding March.   May means High School Senior Check-Out Day (SCOD) season when graduating seniors pick up their caps and gowns.  For the last five years, Leaguers have registered students at these events at more than a

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Voter Services Readies for 2020 Elections

by Pam Maldonado For about a year we have been registering voters at naturalization ceremonies. Recently, Young Leaguer Andrea Trainor was instrumental in bringing in two new volunteers who worked as voter registrars while wearing signs around their necks saying “Hablo Español” and “Pale Créole”. Their assistance helped yield 96 registrations–our best one-day total ever! Thanks to Team Leader Diane Marks for her quick work, too, because we were only scheduled for the morning ceremony. A USCIS staffer caught her by surprise when she asked if they would be back in the afternoon. Ever confident, Diane replied “Yes,” after which she immediately began to burn up her cell phone calling in volunteers. Fortunately, enough volunteers responded to be able to staff the second ceremony. After an otherwise quiet holiday season, Voter Services is gearing up with re-charged batteries for what we expect to be an intense year in 2020. Our

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Push for Voter Registration- article

Groups fan out to churches in push for voter registration By Abraham Mahshie Special to The Post Posted Nov 17, 2019 at 6:42 PM Read the article online at the Palm Beach Post   Volunteers were at five local churches Sunday to register voters and provide checklists for former felons, often called returning citizens, to get their voting rights restored. They also gathered signatures in support of assault weapons ban. WEST PALM BEACH — Before the organist at Tabernacle Missionary Baptist Church had pressed his fingers to the keys Sunday morning, 75 parishioners had signed a ballot initiative calling for an assault weapons ban. Several had registered to vote, and many more learned that their friends and family who had served their time for committing a felony could not be held back by any law or court fees — there was a path to voting again. “If we’re religious folk, forgiveness is part of our

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Operation Green Light

Operation Green Light

OPERATION GREEN LIGHT EX-FELON REGISTRATION By Phyllis Applebaum On Saturday, October 19, the County Clerk’s office opened all four of its courthouse locations for “Operation Green Light”, a massive event aimed at helping those with outstanding court fees or fines and suspended driver’s licenses to get back into compliance.  Offenders benefited from the waiving of collection agency fees – some as high as 40 percent – for those who paid off their court obligations in full or signed up for a monthly payment plan. Snaking around the building, the lines were hours long.  People, some with small children in tow, resigned themselves to spending most of the day there.  But those stalwarts who persevered and completed the process walked away with huge smiles of relief on their faces after having their suspended licenses reinstated.  Many ex-felons (returning citizens) were also there to pay outstanding obligations. Eager to take advantage of

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