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 that the State league sends or prints a limited version.
Everything that’s in our print Voters’ Guide is also on our vote411.org website. But we know that some people don’t have computers and some people aren’t computer-savvy, which is why we publish the print edition of our Guide. Here’s what you’ll find in the Guide and on our vote411.org website: useful information about voting and about your voter ID card, important dates, and information about all the candidates running in the November 3 general election. You’ll find each candidate’s city of residence, age, occupation, website, and answers to the four or five questions each candidate were asked. (The candidates who did not respond to our questions were contacted four times—twice by email and, if they still didn’t answer, two follow-up phone calls. The team really tried hard.)
This year there are six proposed amendments to the Florida Constitution. The Guide gives a quick summary of each amendment, tells what a “yes” or “no” vote actually means, and lists supporters and opponents of each amendment. Look for our 32-page Voters’ Guide on Sunday, October 4. That’s the day when 121,000 copies of our Guide will be inserted into The Palm Beach Post, the Palm Beach Daily News, and the SunSentinel. Volunteers will distribute another 13,000 copies to all Palm Beach County libraries and to Lake Park, Delray Beach, Boynton Beach, Lantana, Boca Raton and to the Mandel public library in West Palm Beach.
They’ll be placed in VA Hospitals, Haitian and Latino supermarkets, mosques, churches, various over-55 communities, and independent living senior residences. You’ll find copies of the Guide in Palm Beach County government offices: the Clerk of the Court, the Sheriff’s office, the Supervisor of Elections office, the County Administrator, and the Property Appraiser’s offices. Many thanks to our two major sponsors (who also sponsored the 2018 Voters’ Guide): the law firm Searcy Denney Scarola Barnhart & Shipley and the Palm Beach Post. We’re grateful for their help in making voters informed about this important election.