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


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.
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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
Freedom of the Press Event
Please join us at the offices of the Charlotte Sun-Herald in Charlotte Harbor on Wednesday, March 15, 2017 at 5:30 pm.  Publisher Rob Lee has  has invited the League to his office for two activities.  First will be a discussion on freedom of the press.  Second will be a tour ...
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 ...
05/15/2017 - 05/16/2017
Politicos in Paradise -- State League Convention
Join influential citizens and policymakers from all across Florida as they gather this year in beautiful Delray Beach, Florida on May 15th and 16th. For more details, go to the state League website through our LINKS portal.