League of Women Voters of Manatee County


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


You’re Invited!  Programs on the big 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.


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Saturday, August 22:  Women’s Equity Day Celebration.  Don’t miss this annual event recognizing the struggle to obtain women’s right to vote, and celebrating their progress. Join with organizations, officials and many individuals from Manatee-Sarasota at the Polo Grill Fete Ballroom, 10670 Boardwalk Loop, Lakewood Ranch, 11:00 am – 1:30 pm.  Enjoy a fine lunch, organizational displays and program.  Speaker: Dorothy Ridings, former publisher of the Bradenton Herald and president of the national League of Women Voters.  Luncheon, $40.  For more information, call 941-488-5082. Deadline for making your reservations is August 7.  Click here for more information and reservation form.




https://sp.yimg.com/ib/th?id=JN.rvp7OEb24sThBrRdAWb5SA&pid=15.1&P=0Monday, September 21:  Schools, Standards and Learning. Manatee County is currently implementing the Florida Standards--the state-specific version of Common Core, a new set of standards developed to improve academics and make students ready for careers and higher education. These learning goals outline what a student should know and be able to do at the end of each grade.  But how will these standards affect students and teachers?  What about testing and school grades?  What really works to improve learning?   Speakers:  Dr. Diana Greene, Manatee County Superintendent of Schools, Pat Barber, president of Manatee Education Association and Dr. G. Pat Wilson, Interim Dean, College of Education, USF Sarasota-Manatee.  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


https://sp.yimg.com/ib/th?id=JN.EWvm2e1wHgqOuFp24tHFjQ&pid=15.1&P=0Monday, October 12:  Helping the Homeless.  For many people in Manatee County, home is a place they cannot afford.  Long thought to be a problem primarily of adult males (many with addictions), the face of the homeless is changing. Now women and children are also asking for help, and the existing shelters may not be able to accommodate them.  What can be done to help these citizens in need?  Speakers: Adell Erozer, Executive Director of Turning Points and the One-Stop Center; Julia Showers, Program Director for the Salvation Army of Manatee County, and Sarasota County Commissioner Carolyn Mason, who will discuss how Sarasota is dealing with this issue, and the recommendations of a national expert on homelessness.  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.


Felon-Voting-Rand-Paul.jpgMonday, November 9:  Restoring the Right to Vote.  In most states convicted felons may vote after completion of their sentences.  However, in Florida a past felony conviction can mean a permanent loss of the right to vote.  Florida is one of just 11 states that continue to restrict voting rights even after a person has completed probation or other terms of a sentence.  How many voters are affected?  About 10 percent (1.5 million) of Floridians are barred from the voting booth by a past felony conviction; it hits hardest upon the minority populations.  Speakers:  Michael Barfield, Vice President, American Civil Liberties Union of Florida, Larry Eger, Public Defender, and Representative Darryl Rouson, District 70.  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.


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


Election Date

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

“Owner of Record”
30 days prior to election


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


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 August 9, 2015

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