Stay Tuned to Events in Tallahassee
With the Florida legislature in session, we will all start getting messages to call or email our representatives on issues of importance to the League. Please do what you can.
For those with more time than projects, you may want to check out thefloridachannel.org for links to live or streamed sessions from Tallahassee. For instance, the newly complete Constitutional Revision Commission will be sworn in on Monday at 2 pm, and you can watch. They will be adopting rules and discussing ethics at the meeting. To learn who is on the commission, who appointed them, and their bios, check out revisefl.com, look for the CRC and the 2017-2018 appointees. Maybe we can do some influencing for this once-in-twenty years process. The League is preparing talking points and presentations so we can help educate voters on the CRC.
WELCOME TO THE CHARLOTTE COUNTY LEAGUE
Are you interested in encouraging increased voter engagement in our community?
The League of Women Voters is a national nonpartisan political group encouraging informed, active participation in government and elections. We study and report on major public policy issues. Membership is open to men and women of all ages.
The Charlotte County (Florida) chapter is one of 800 affiliates of the national League, one of the nation's most trusted organizations.
Our local chapter is abuzz with new activity and a growing membership. We'll soon be having new officer elections and are happy to welcome new general members who want to participate in a meaningful way.
In addition to regular League meetings, we are planning local activities that may include speaker events, voter education and engagement strategies, tours of local institutions, lobbying activities, and social mixers to meet like-minded people who enjoy civic affairs.
If you'd like to send us a message or have us contact you, click here.
OPEN PRIMARY STUDY
Many of us are feeling today like elections are being decided by an ever-dwindling percentage of eligible voters.
Primary elections get even less turnout than general elections, partly because many voters are barred from participation. Currently 17% of Florida voters don't have a chance to vote in our closed primaries because they registered as NPA (no party affiliation).
Open primaries, which are handled in various ways by certain other states, seek to include NPA voters in these first-cut choices for elected officials at all levels. State LWV volunteers recently completed a two-year OPEN PRIMARY STUDY and sent it out to local League chapters for consensus discussions.
Our local chapter study group met on February 21 to discuss the detailed options. We were able to reach consensus on preferred approaches from a number of choices, and are forwarding our results to the State League office.
Once all chapters have reported in, a statewide LWV recommendation on Open Primaries will be presented to the State Constitutional Revision Commission when it meets this May. Adoption through the Commission allows a faster track to becoming law than if the issue has to be decided in a special election or by legislation.
Time to join or renew your membership!
Jan. 1 is our official renewal date for League memberships, but you don't have to wait for the new year! Everyone who joins or renews our local League membership will receive a free League of Women Voters button.
Your membership dues help us keep our website and Facebook pages current as well as help us advocate in the community for issues of importance to our local members. A portion of your dues also supports the state and national Leagues. Extra contributions, are of course, always welcome, as is your involvement with our group. We have officer positions open too!