League of Women Voters Charlotte County Florida
League of Women Voters of Charlotte County Florida

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.
Charlotte County LWV Open Primary Committee
 
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! 


Dates of Interest
03/28/2017 - 03/29/2017
Lobby With the League
Midway through the state legislative session is when members statewide travel to Tallahassee to meet with our state representatives and flex our collective muscles.  For more info, go to our LINKS page and click on the state website. Besides a day of lobbying, there will plenty of time to network with ...
04/11/2017
April Chapter Meeting, with Guest Speaker
A meeting of the general membership for LWV Charlotte County will convene to welcome several new members who have recently joined, report on State LWV activities, discuss goals for our group, and nominate incoming officers for election at the May meeting.   Carol Hartz, PhD, LWV Sarasota County, will be our guest speaker.  Carol ...
06/09/2017 - 06/11/2017
36th Biennial State League Convention
Join influential citizens and policymakers from all across Florida as they gather this year at the Ft. Lauderdale Beach Resort, 321 West Ft. Lauderdale Blvd., Ft. Lauderdale,Florida on Friday, June 9 through Sunday, June 11, 2017. Room rate for LWV attendees is $159.     What happens at convention?  We attend breakout meetings ...