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The League of Women Voters, a non-partisan political organization, encourages informed and active participation in government, works to increase understanding of major public policy issues, and influences public policy through education and advocacy. All phone numbers on this site are for area code 941 unless otherwise indicated.  Visit us on  facebook.  


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We invite you to learn more about current issues, talk with experts and decision makers, and enjoy meeting others at these interesting events.

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Hot Topics – Programs on the important issues of the day

Hot Topic programs are free of charge and held at the Bradenton Woman’s Club, 1705 Manatee Ave. W., from 12 noon to 1:00 pm.



Monday, January 12:  Police and Minority Community Relations. Recent confrontations between police and minorities have resulted in the deaths of several young, unarmed African Americans. These acts have kindled outrage in communities and calls for justice, reform and better relations. How can Manatee County avoid the mistakes and tragedies happening elsewhere?  Speakers: Susie Copeland, president of the Manatee NAACP, a community member, Bradenton Chief of Police Michael Radzilowski, and Palmetto Chief of Police Rick Wells. Bradenton Woman’s Club, 1705 Manatee Ave. W., from 12 noon to 1:00 pm. Doors open at 11:30 am for a light lunch ($5 donation) and social time. Open to the public.  For more information, call 729-9248.  Did you miss it?  No problem.  You can watch it now on METV.



https://sp.yimg.com/ib/th?id=HN.608038765297077205&pid=15.1&P=0Monday, February 9:  Expanding Health Care in Florida.  At present many citizens of Florida do not have health insurance. Their workplace does not provide it, they do not qualify for Medicaid, and do not earn enough to afford insurance. The costs of caring for these citizens is spread amongst health professionals, hospitals, businesses, local governments and taxpayers.


The upcoming Florida Legislative session will provide a vital opportunity for the state to accept the $51 billion in federal funds to ensure the health care gap is closed and our lowest income workers have affordable access to health care, and also to help lower costs for businesses, hospitals, and our county. While legislators have balked at the Medicaid expansion in the past, there is a new private-sponsored initiative that could resolve the current roadblock.  Our speakers will discuss the needs and the options.

Speakers:  Kevin DiLallo, CEO of Manatee Memorial Hospital; Jill Gass, director of We Care Manatee, which provides health services for those without insurance or Medicaid, and Leah Barber-Heinz, CEO of Florida CHAIN, a health care advocacy organization.  Bradenton Woman’s Club, 1705 Manatee Ave. W., from 12 noon to 1:00 pm. Doors open at 11:30 am for a light lunch ($5 donation for lunch) and social time. Open to the public.  Watch it now on METV.


Campaign Finance Update #1Monday, March 9:  Campaign Finance Reform.  During the recent elections billions of dollars flowed from parties, wealthy individuals, committees, PACs and Super PACs into campaign coffers.  Our own voices were drowned out by a sea of political advertising in every form of media. What changes would work best to protect our democracy and help reverse some of the effects of the Citizens United court decision?  Speakers:  Rhana Bazzini, leader of a petition effort in our area, who recently walked from Sarasota to Tallahassee to underscore the need for reform and Dr. Frank Alcock, Associate Professor of Political Science at New College of Florida.  Bradenton Woman’s Club, 1705 Manatee Ave. W., from 12 noon to 1:00 pm. Doors open at 11:30 am for a light lunch ($5 donation for lunch) and social time. Open to the public.  For more information, call 729-9248.


OrensteinSaturday, April 25:  LWV Manatee Annual Meeting and Program. Our annual business meeting, luncheon and program.  Enjoy a fine lunch at the Bradenton Country Club and a guest speaker on a current topic of interest.  Our guest speaker will be Dr. Jeffrey Orenstein, who will talk about the issues raised in his book, Fixing American Government—Ending Gridlock and Apathy.  How did we get to this point, and what can be done to make our government work better for the public interest?  A resident of Lakewood Ranch, Orenstein holds a B.A. from Ohio State University and an M.A. and Ph.D from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, all in political science. He was a political science professor at Kent State University for 25 years and retired as a full professor.  He and his wife publish the local magazine, Living on the Suncoast. The BCC is located at 4646 Ninth Avenue West, Bradenton, FL 34209.  Cost: $30.  The public is invited to attend. Make your reservation now: Reservation form.   For further information, call 729-9248. 


All LWV Hot Topic programs are open to the general public and free of charge.  Missed one?  No problem.  Just go onto Manatee Educational TV’s website—http://metvweb.com/—for their schedule of showings, or click on their YouTube link to watch our Hot Topics online.  Have an idea for a Hot Topic you would like us to offer?  Email lwvmanatee@yahoo.com, or call 729-9248. 


LWV Speaker’s Bureau:  Do you belong to a club that hosts guest speakers?  We now have a League Speakers Bureau, and can supply your group with practiced speakers with powerpoint slide programs on a variety of topics.  We currently offer the informational program, the Affordable Care Act; for more information, call 782-4530.  Other speaker programs of interest are the Importance of Voter Participation, and the Work of the League of Women Voters.  Call 729-9248 for more information.





2015 Election Dates


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Last day to register

City of Bradenton Beach Mayor Recall

May 19, 2015

April 20, 2015

City of Anna Maria

November 3, 2015

October 5, 2015

City of Bradenton Beach

November 3, 2015

October 5, 2015

City of Holmes Beach

November 3, 2015

October 5, 2015

Bayshore Gardens Park & Rec

December 8, 2015

November 9, 2015

Trailer Estates Park & Rec

December 8, 2015

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Don’t miss an Election!  Know before you vote!  Study the candidates and issues.  Attend debates and forums; read up on the candidates. 

New!  Voters Guide to candidates in the Bradenton Beach Mayor Recall Election


Be ready to vote!  The League of Women Voters of Manatee County wants to remind voters to contact the county Supervisor of Elections Office to verify their status, especially if they have relocated from another county, changed their name or signature, or want to vote by mail (absentee ballot).  Under Florida law, voters must be registered properly at least 29 days prior to an election. 

For more information, visit the League’s Be Ready to Vote website, www.BeReadyToVote.org.





Citizen action:  Get involved!  Your job as a citizen does not end after the election.  Keep in contact your elected officials.  Let them know what you think.    Download our Citizen’s Guide to Elected Officials for contact information.





See our latest newsletter: The Manatee Voter




Volunteers Needed

Develop skills and enjoy personal satisfaction while making a difference in our community. The opportunities are limitless.


  • Distributing voter guides.
  • Voter Registration
  • Fundraising
  • Committee work
  • Staffing booths at events.
  • Issue studies--study government issues and make recommendations to decision makers.
  • Creating attractive and interesting educational materials.
  • Website design
  • Expanding our outreach efforts.
  • Publicity
  • Voter education
  • Coordinating our efforts with other community groups.

If you are interested, please call 729-9248.


Join the League of Women Voters Voter Registration Team!


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1.    Join the League.  If not yet a member of the League, join by filling out the membership application below and sending it in.

2.    Get the training.  Go to:  www.thefloridavoter.org/for-members/voter-registration; Click on Watch the League’s Online Voter

            Registration Training.

3.    Take the Quiz.  After completing the training, take the League’s 10-question quiz.


After successfully completing the quiz, you will receive an email confirming that you are certified to do voter registration for the LWV and the code no. to use on the forms.  Email us at lwvmanatee@yahoo.com, to let us know you are on the team!


(Photo:  Team member Gail Levin helping students register at an LWV VR drive at the State College of Florida)



The League of Women Voters celebrated its 93nd birthday this year. As the League honored the years of work its members accomplished, it is also looking to the future. League members will continue their commitment to improving communities across the country. As a nonpartisan political organization with over 850 local and state affiliates, the League is one of America's largest and most trusted organizations.

As we celebrate the difference we have made over the years, we remain focused on the future, working to keep Manatee County strong, healthy and vibrant. This year, the League remains committed to our mission to educate and engage members of the community in their government.

The LWV of Manatee County has an active agenda this year. Our members work toward our goals every day by reaching out to new citizens and first-time voters, protecting our natural resources, improving our election systems and holding public forums on important government issues.

We are:

·         Empowering millions of voters to protect their right to vote

·         Providing nonpartisan education and candidate debates.

·         Working to ensure that ALL votes are counted and all voices are heard

·         Preserving our constitutional rights by safeguarding civil liberties.

·         Acting as a force for positive change in our communities and in our democracy

·         We believe that sensible, responsible, civil discourse and action based on substance, rather than partisan battles is essential if we are to avoid polarization and get something done.

Join us and be part of the solution!  Become a member.

Please fill out and mail this application.  Membership is open to men and women of all ages. The League does not support or oppose individual candidates. 

If you would prefer to use a credit card, use this link to join using PayPal. 


LWV Manatee
P.O. Box 545
Bradenton, FL 34206


Telephone: (941) 744-9692

Email:  lwvmanatee@yahoo.com




Last modified April 27, 2015

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