Former Florida State Director of the American Civil Liberties Union, Howard Simon, presented a Zoom talk entitled: “Voter Rights and Voter Suppression,” at the LWVCC October 12th, 2020 General Meeting. In addition to talking about voting rights and voter suppression, Mr. Simon brought us up to date on the status of the 2018 Amendment 4, Voting Rights Restoration for Felons Initiative.
The League of Women Voters of Florida requests all volunteers to work within the digital, texting/calling and direct mail procedures that it has devised. The League does not presently sanction person to person contact doing League volunteer work as it is concerned about COVID-19 transmission to its largely older volunteers and members of the larger public.
If any person wishes to volunteer and/or protest, they are doing so as individuals as the state League cannot guarantee a volunteer’s safety. Of course, every League member has her/his First Amendment rights to freely associate as they choose and if they do so we urge them to follow CDC, local, state and national public health guidelines that originate from medical experts. The complete guidance from LWVFL is here.
Lots of acronyms and lots of teamwork! We are very grateful to announce that the Community Foundation of Collier County has awarded the League a $2500 grant to support its Vote by Mail Education campaign.
Hello LWVCC Members,
I know you all are monitoring the COVID-19 outbreak and advice from the CDC and other public health sources. I met with our Board and Chair health professionals, Paul Kardon and Ron Ferguson (physicians) and Ann Campbell (RN) along with Charlotte Nycklemoe (Governance Chair) Thursday afternoon to decide how LWVCC should proceed during the COV-19 outbreak. Their input and expertise is very much appreciated. Given the circumstances, our April General Meeting and Annual Meeting both scheduled for April 13 are canceled.
Many of our committees meet at the Community Foundation, and as the Foundation has closed for the next 3 weeks, those committee meetings have also been canceled. Similarly, the Wine & Wisdom scheduled for March 19 and League 101 scheduled for March 24 have been postponed.
In lieu of our usual in-person Annual Meeting, we’ll be asking you to vote on the budget, slate of officers and program plans electronically, in early April. Stay tuned to receive the necessary information to be able to vote.
We’ll be using the Weekly Update, our monthly newsletter the VOTER, and our website to keep you informed.
If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact me.
The National Popular Vote law instructs each state’s electors to vote for the Presidential candidate who captures the most votes in the entire United States.
As of June 1, 2020, National Popular Vote legislation, which does not require a constitutional amendment, has been signed into law by governors of both parties in 15 states and the District of Columbia, representing 196 or 73% of the votes necessary to implement this legislation. When states representing 270 electoral votes (the number needed to elect the President) have passed the law, it will go into effect. Once in effect, it will guarantee the Presidency to the candidate who receives the most popular votes throughout all 50 states and the District of Columbia. The bill would ensure that every vote will be equal throughout the U.S., regardless of where you live, and that every vote, in every state, will matter in every presidential election.
The League is looking to create change on critical priority issues affecting our state during this year’s Legislative Session. But we need your voice to make it happen!
Session will be in full swing when we arrive in Tallahassee on April 9 & 10 ready to meet with state legislators! Learn how to lobby from our representative in Tallahassee, Katia Saint Fleur. Join us on the steps of the Historic Capitol as we hold a press conference, meet with your Representative or Senator, network with fellow activists, and cap off the event with our annual Gala!
Agenda to follow soon. Register here!
Use this link to book your room at the Four Points Downtown Tallahassee to take advantage of our League group rate.
League members know that LWV is a nonpartisan organization. This means that we do not support or oppose any political party or candidate. We do however, take positions on selected governmental issues after member study and agreement. This approach of focusing on issues, not parties or politicians, ensures that the League’s voice is heard above the tumult of party politics while also being able to host respected candidate and issue forums to educate voters.
Our members are active politically. We’re proud that a number of members have run or are currently running for office this year. Others serve on campaigns. As the new season kicks off and as mid-term elections approach, please review the LWVCC’s Nonpartisan Policy, which was approved in 2010.
A few highlights:
- Except for Voter Services Committee meetings where all candidates are being discussed in regards to voter education activities, discussion of candidates is to be avoided at all League meetings.
- Campaign literature is not to be distributed at League meetings. There may be a designated area for campaign literature at Candidate Forums.
- Campaign items may be worn by League members, except LWVCC Board Members.
- Members in leadership roles have a responsibility to ensure an event’s nonpartisanship.
If there is a question or concern about the League’s policies, please contact the LWVCC.
Past President Charlotte Nycklemoe has been appointed to the League of Women Voters Florida Board. She will be a dynamic contributor to the mission of the Board and will represent the concerns of Southwest Florida. She also serves as Chair of the LWVFL Juvenile Justice Committee (Juvenile Delinquency Action Committee), working “to improve outcomes for at-risk youth in Florida by supporting and influencing best practice policies through education and advocacy.” The group is focusing on increasing the use of Civil Citations and decreasing the use of Direct File for juveniles.
The League of Women Voters Collier County is proud to announce the appointment of Suzanne Low to its Board of Directors.
Suzanne joined Lassus Wherley in 1997 as a certified Financial Planner and professional and general counsel and served as the firm’s Director, Florida Operations, retiring in 2016. Suzanne enriches her work with generous amounts of community service to the business, professional and non-profit communities. She began her career by earning a Bachelor of Arts degree, with distinction, from the University of Wisconsin in 1970. She earned a Masters Degree from Indiana University in 1973 and her law degree from Rutgers University School of Law in 1981. Among her many accomplishments, Suzanne chaired the New Jersey Supreme Court District X Ethics Committee in 1992, serving a four-year term. She later served as Special Master of the committee and sat on the New Jersey Supreme Court Ethics Financial Committee. Suzanne has been a contributing writer for the Naples Daily News. Her articles appear in Business Edge, Garden State Woman, The Bottom Line and Gulf Coast Woman magazine. Suzanne has appeared on television and radio programs in Newsey and Florida to discuss finances and the economy.