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The League of Women Voters of Florida believes that the President of the United States should be elected as is every other local, state and national public official—by popular vote.  Enacting the bipartisan National Popular Vote Interstate Compact will ensure that every Floridian’s vote counts—and counts equally—in national elections.  States that enact the Compact pledge to award their Electoral votes to the candidate that wins the national popular vote.

We oppose the “winner-take-all rule” and the inequities in the Electoral College formula that make the votes of millions of Americans—and Floridians—meaningless.  We advocate for using the provisions of the U.S. Constitution that gives states exclusive control over instructing their electors and that encourages states to enter into interstate compacts. Electing the president by popular vote has received support …

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Florida’s 1.5 Million Missing Voters

Florida’s 1.5 Million Missing VotersBy THE EDITORIAL BOARD

JAN. 2, 2018

Everyone remembers that the 2000 presidential election was decided by 537 votes in Florida. Far fewer remember another important number from the state that year – 620,000, the Floridians who were barred from voting because state records showed, correctly or not, they had been convicted of a felony.

 

Continue reading the NY Times article…

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MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR. COMMUNITY SERVICE AWARD

Pictured above at the MLK, Jr Celebration at Palm Beach State on January 10, 2018 are (l. to r.) Christene Campbell-Gabor, Debra Chandler, Karen Wilkerson, and Pam Maldonado.

Remarks by Karen Wilkerson, President, on LWVPBC receiving the Martin Luther King Jr. Award for Community Service:

“Thank you for this recognition. For 98 years, the League has persevered in promoting and protecting voting rights. We will continue this important focus. We hope you will join us in making sure more voters go to the polls because their participation is vital to democracy.

In honor of those of us that marched with Dr. King, please use today to recommit ourselves to the goal of true equality.

Please support us in having Florida join the growing number of states wanting to

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Cool Topic- Education in Palm Beach County

Cool Topics

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Saturday, February 3, 2018
9:00 – 11:00 am
The Palm Beach Post, 2751 S Dixie Hwy, West Palm Beach, FL 33405

FEB 2018 Cool Topic- education in pb county

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Observer Corps- November Monthly Reports

Observer Corps

by Katie Gettinger

The purpose of the Observer Corps is two-fold:

  • to observe public meetings and report important issues to the LWV
  • to be seen by elected officials because “We matter and we are watching you.”

If you don’t see your area listed, please consider reporting on your meeting for the Observer Corps.

Jupiter Town Council Meeting was reported on by Katie Gettinger.

  • Jupiter is considering an additional homestead exemption for seniors who are 65 years old or older, whose income is less than $28,400, and who own their home. The additional homestead exemption would reduce the ad valorem tax funds by less than $25,000 for the town.
  • The councilors held a roundtable discussion about generator setbacks and noise following the power outages from Hurricane Irma.
  • A
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Environmental Day for Leadership 2018

By Debra Chandler

The 2108 Leadership Class spent the day discovering the vital contributions of environmental and natural resources to Palm Beach County on December 13, 2017.  The day began at the Manatee Lagoon in West Palm Beach.  Dozens of the beautiful creatures were huddled together as it was a very chilly day.  While eating breakfast, we learned about FPL’s efforts to minimize climate change through the use of solar and wind.  Per the utility company, they cannot provide the necessary power to their customers in a cost effective manner without using natural gas and oil plants.

Environmental Day for Leadership 2018

Learning about the Lake Worth Lagoon

 

That presentation was followed by a history of water management in Florida by Tommy Strowd of the Lake Worth Drainage District.  Water management began

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Speakers Bureau

By Ethelene Jones

2017 Calendar Year-End Activity Summary

In non-election years like 2017, the Speakers Bureau receives fewer requests for presentations than in election years. This is because the League’s presentations on ballot proposals generate high demand. For this reason, 2017 (and 2015) were not nearly as busy as 2016.

Calendar Year 2017

Non-Election Year

2016 General Election Year 2015

Non-Election Year

Presentations 36 70 26
Total Audience Served 971 2843 810

Next year, the November ballot promises to be very long because it will include proposals for amendments to the Florida Constitution from the Constitution Revision Commission. We expect that the Speakers Bureau will be very busy fulfilling requests for presentations to help voters understand the ballot proposals.

The Speakers Bureau has 20 members. We thank the

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Housing: The New Issue Group

Housing in PBC
LWV HIG report 122017
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Justices to Hear Second Partisan Gerrymandering Case

Justices to Hear Second Partisan Gerrymandering Case – The New York Times

NY Times article- Justices to Hear Second Partisan Gerrymandering Case

There is a great deal in the news that should concern us.  Another partisan districting case:
https://www.nytimes.com/2017/12/08/us/politics/supreme-court-partisan-gerrymandering.html

 

Editorial in Sun Sentinel last week on Judicial elections/appointments: http://www.sun-sentinel.com/opinion/editorials/fl-op-editorial-appoint-judges-20171207-story.html

 

Another big concern: is our census going to be compromised?

http://newsdiffs.org/article-history/https%3A/www.nytimes.com/2017/12/09/us/census-2020-redistricting.html

 

Palm Beach Post editorial:  Legislature’s assault on home rule must end:

http://www.mypalmbeachpost.com/news/opinion/editorial-florida-legislature-assault-home-rule-must-end/psc0OfRBjaqCh1f3SqSzRK/

 

Wednesday, January 17,2018, 11 am:  Hot Topic: PB County Commissioner Dave Kerner: Home Rule.  The special guest speaker will be Palm Beach County Commissioner Dave Kerner, who will discuss what happens when a higher level of government takes regulatory power from a lower level and thwarts the rule of the people.

Do …

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Hot Topic- January Meeting

hot topics

 

Wednesday, January 17, 2018
11:00am – 1:00pm
Lake Worth

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Palm Beach County Authority vs. State of Florida Authority

Who Makes the decisions for Palm Beach County

Featuring PB County Commissioner Dave Kerner

 

The League of Women Voters of Palm Beach County will host this informative event from 11:30 am to 1 pm at the Atlantis Country Club, 190 Atlantis Blvd. in Lake Worth.

The special guest speaker will be Palm Beach County Commissioner Dave Kerner, who will discuss what happens when a higher level of government takes regulatory power from a lower level and thwarts the rule of the people.

Do you want the state to overrule county decisions on taxes, permits, fees, land use and environmental issues? Should counties and municipalities be able to opt out

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