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.
Collier County District 5 Commissioner candidates William McDaniel and David Turrubiartez Jr participated in a virtual town hall via Facebook on Oct 1st, 2020. Candidates discussed key issues with voters and responded to submitted questions. Click here to replay the session.
The Canvassing Board at the Collier County Supervisor of Elections started its work on October 1 with “Logic and Accuracy” testing of all the computers’ performance. This very strict set of legal procedures resulted in no computer errors. The Collier County elections process to count ballots is ready and accurate. Diane Moore and Cynthia Cromwell attended as LWVCC observers.
Candidates Byron Donalds (R) and Cindy Banyai (D) participated in a debate Monday for U.S. District 19 Congressional District Seat on WGCU Public Media. The seat is currently held by retiring U.S. Rep Francis Rooney. Candidates debated current issues on the environment, education, and the economy.
The LWV Collier County Voter Services Committee hosted a Candidate Forum with the candidates for the Florida State Representative House District 106 on Zoom Sept. 9th. Questions concerning key issues in District 106 including the Covid 19 response, housing, education, and the Clean Waterways Act were answered by the candidates.
The Collier County Forum Coalition* has questioned the candidates for Florida’s 19th Congressional District on a set of important issues. Candidates from both parties were asked to respond by email. Their written responses have been compiled by Sally Tiffany (Naples Better Government) and Joyce Fletcher (LWVCC Member and Coalition Chair): 19th Congressional Race – Candidate Responses
*The Collier County League of Women Voters, Greater Naples Leadership, Collier Citizens Council, Press Club of Southwest Florida, Naples Better Government, Leadership Coalition on Aging and the Collier County Presidents Council.
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.
The candidates for the Collier Board of County Commissioners District 5 and District 1 squared off in a forum to exchange views and address key issues. The event, co-sponsored by LWVCC, was streamed live on Tuesday July 7.