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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.   For voting information, scroll down to our Voter Information Center



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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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All phone numbers on this page are in area code 941, unless otherwise indicated.


You’re Invited!  Women's Equity Day Celebration--Luncheon and Program


https://tse4.mm.bing.net/th?id=OIP._P6Mv_ytGkKEQxW8it0_3wDZEs&pid=15.1&P=0&w=300&h=300A Celebration of the 97th Anniversary of the Women's Right to Vote

The annual celebration of the 19th Amendment to the U. S. Constitution.

Luncheon and Program, Saturday, August 26

Polo Grill Ballroom, 10670 Boardwalk Loop, Lakewood Ranch at Main Street  


Registration and Exhibits, 11:00 am – 12:00 noon; Lunch served at 12:00 noon.  Speaker:  Brooke Bello, Founder and CEO, More Too Life, Sarasota--a group that helps victims of human trafficking (https://moretoolife.org).

Reservations required.  Tickets $40; deadline for reservations:  August 12.  Send check made payable to SCSW, and your choice of shrimp, chicken or veggies on the luncheon salad, to Carol Newnam, 906 Golden Beach Blvd., Venice, FL  34285.    

For more information about the event contact Carol Newnam (941) 488-5082, email:  carolnew@verizon.net



Coming this Fall!    

League of Women Voters Hot Topic programs on the important issues of the day!  

Featuring informational programs with two to three speakers having expertise on these subjects. 

Tentative schedule.  Mark your calendar now:

Monday, September 11: Identity theft: how big is this problem and how can you protect your information?

Monday, October 9:  Health care legislation: effects on citizens, health care service providers and local governments.

Monday, November 13:  Politicizing the judiciary: how changing the way appointments are made, term limits and other pressures are affecting the independence of judiciaries.

More information will be posted as invited speakers are confirmed.


All Hot Topic programs are held at the Bradenton Woman's Club, 1705 Manatee Ave. W, Bradenton. The programs are free of charge; a buffet lunch is available for a $5 donation.  The luncheon begins at 11 am; the program runs from 12 noon to 1 pm.  No reservations are required.


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Now's the time to go  Solar - Learn about new opportunities to use the power from the sun


The League of Women Voters of Manatee County, along with other collaborating organizations, invites homeowners to join the Solar Co-op currently being formed for Manatee County.  The Sunshine State is now poised to grow "green" energy while saving homeowners money.  Solar co-ops make it easier and cheaper to install solar equipment. For more information about joining a co-op, call 941-778-4165 or email: lwvmanatee@yahoo.com.

What is a solar co-op and how does it work?  Download this informational flyer:  Solar FQAs



th[1]Charter Government--Time for Manatee County to adopt "Home Rule"! 


We encourage all citizens to learn more about what a county charter can do.  Most of Manatee's nearby counties have the charter form of government, also called "Home Rule".  Charter is considered a more flexible form, able to shape its government to fit the needs of its community and provide for more public participation in government.  Twenty Florida counties, holding over 75% of the state's population, have adopted charter.  It is time for Manatee to join this trend?  On June 14 the county held an informative workshop about what a county charter is, what it changes, the experiences of other counties, and how Manatee could adopt one. 

The featured speaker was Virginia Delegal, the executive director of the Florida Association of Counties, who provided excellent information about the advantages charter gives to its counties and their citizens. Many questions were answered and citizens in attendance spoke in favor of the county adopting a charter.  Charter government can be initiated by the County Commission or by citizen petition--an effort that is currently being pursued by a coalition of citizen groups.   


For more information on charter government you can watch the LWV program on METV-Charter government program.  Download the informational flyer at:  Charter Government.  For a comprehensive review of how charter governments work see: Leon County charter workshop.  Also see the information on the Florida Association of Counties website.   Did you miss it?  No problem.  You can view the entire program by Ms Delegal online at Manatee County Workshop June 14.  Join the petition drive!  You can help in the effort to obtain home rule by downloading, signing, and sending in, the form at:  Petition for Charter Government.







2017 Election Dates


Election Date

Last day to register

City of Anna Maria Election

November 7, 2017

October 10, 2017

City of Bradenton Beach Election

November 7, 2017

October 10, 2017

City of Holmes Beach Election

November 7, 2017

October 10, 2017

Bayshore Gardens Park & Rec District Election

December 5, 2017

November 6, 2017 

Trailer Estates Park & Rec District Election

December 5, 2017

"Owner of Record" 30 days prior to 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.

Not registered to vote yet?  Download and mail in this application now!   Voter Registration Form




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!


008It’s easy as 1 – 2 – 3!


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 celebrates its 96nd birthday this year. As the League honors 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. 


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


Telephone: (941) 744-9692

Email:  lwvmanatee@yahoo.com




Last modified July 6, 2017

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