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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.


Programs this Spring   

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

Featuring informational programs with two or three speakers having expertise on these subjects.  After their presentations there will be questions from the audience and discussion. Reservations for Hot Topics are not required.  If you cannot attend, you can watch these programs on METV. For schedule and link to their on-demand video, visit www.metvweb.com. Click on the YouTube link to find and view our programs.   Any questions?  Call 941-729-9248, or email lwvmanatee@yahoo.com.


All Hot Topic programs are free of charge and are open to the public.  No reservations are required.


https://tse4.mm.bing.net/th?id=OIP.k_er6lZLsFHHGLIkM6yKSgHaE9&pid=15.1&P=0&w=243&h=164Monday, Feb. 11:  Hot Topic Program:  Phosphate Mining in Manatee County 

What are the impacts of current and past phosphate mining in Manatee County? What can be done about Piney Point, to prevent millions of gallons of hazardous waste from spilling into our waters again?  Our speakers will include Andre Mele, Suncoast Waterkeeper and Vice Chair of the Manatee-Sarasota Sierra Club; Charlie Hunsicker, Manatee County's Director of Parks and Natural Resources--the county department that monitors phosphate regulation compliance; and Russell Schweiss, Director, Mosaic Public Affairs, Land & Resource Strategies.   Bradenton Woman's Club, 1705 Manatee Ave W., 12 noon to 1:00 pm.  Optional buffet luncheon from 11:30 to 12 noon ($5 donation).   Did you miss it?  Watch it online at METV




https://tse3.mm.bing.net/th?id=OIP.tENx_kA61Kh9psPpr3E_nAHaE7&pid=15.1&P=0&w=282&h=188Monday, March 11:  Hot Topic Program: Drug Crisis in Manatee County.  Currently called the "Opioid capital of Florida", our county is currently going through the worst drug addiction crisis in its history.  Opioid drugs such as fentanyl have joined the ranks of heroin and the cocaine-based drugs to create a perfect storm of disease and death, destroying not only the addicts, but their families as well.  The good news is that experts are finding new ways to defeat this crisis. Our speakers from health services and enforcement will discuss the current status of the addiction crisis, prevention, as well as the new treatments and alternatives: Samantha Kolb, Director of Centerstone's Addiction Center; Sharon Kramer, Interim Executive Director, Manatee County Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition (Drug Free Manatee); Dr. Stephanie Brown, Clinical Coordinator of Pharmacy Services, Manatee Memorial Hospital; and Manatee County Sheriff Rick Wells.  Bradenton Woman's Club, 1705 Manatee Ave W, 12 noon to 1:00 pm.  Optional buffet luncheon from 11:30 to 12 noon ($5 donation).  Did you miss it?  Watch it online at METV.



https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/51XQBdiakFL._SX328_BO1,204,203,200_.jpgTuesday, March 26: 1st Annual Book Group Discussion.  The first meeting of this new activity, to discuss recent books on American government and politics. 

The book to discuss this meeting will be The Soul of America, by Jon Meacham, 2018.


“Gripping and inspiring, The Soul of America is Jon Meacham’s declaration of his faith in America.  Meacham, by chronicling the nation’s struggles from revolutionary times to current day, makes the resonant argument that America has faced division before—and not only survived it but thrived."  Please read the book and be ready for a lively discussion.

We'll meet at Motorworks Brewing, 1014 9th St W, Bradenton at 7:00 pm.  For more information, email Alice: anewlon@yahoo.com





https://tse2.mm.bing.net/th?id=OIP.YpQwX7dZTqsJioaB2xlLmwHaHa&pid=15.1&P=0&w=300&h=300Tuesday, April 16: League of Women Voters of Sarasota County Annual Meeting Luncheon and Program

11:30 am-1:30 pm

The LWVSC annual luncheon and members’ meeting will be held at Michael’s East, 1212 East Ave South, Sarasota, in Ballroom A. Dr. Susan MacManus will be the keynote speaker, and will speak on “Women Changing the Political Landscape.”   Dr. MacManus is a Distinguished University Professor at USF, Department of Government and International Affairs. For the last six election cycles, she has served as political analyst for WFLA News Channel 8.  She is Florida’s most-quoted political scientist. 


Tickets are $40 for members; $45 for non-members. Email your reservation request to rsvp@lwvsrq.org.  Please provide your name, the name of the event, and how many tickets you’d like. Let us know if you prefer the vegetarian option.   You may pay at the door by cash, check or credit card. No-shows will be billed. Please reserve separately for the business meeting preceding the lunch. 

For more information, visit: https://lwvsrq.org/events/annual-luncheon-and-members-meeting/  The last day to make a reservation is April 10.



https://tse1.mm.bing.net/th?id=OIP.xnkQrxm2nOQ5ZFcc3FIEkgHaJQ&pid=15.1&P=0&w=300&h=300Saturday, April 27:  League of Women Voters of Manatee County Annual Meeting and Program 

11:00 to 1:00 pm, Bradenton Country Club, 4646 9th Ave W, Bradenton. 

Enjoy a fine lunch and speaker on a topic of interest.  Both members and the public are invited.


We are very excited about our speaker, Jacki Dezelski, President and CEO of the Manatee Chamber of Commerce.  She received her MBA and BFA degrees from the University of Florida and has been with the Chamber since 1996.   Jacki was named the 2015 Florida Chamber Professional of the Year by FACP and earned her IOM credential from the US Chamber of Commerce. 

She will talk about her experiences and the importance of being active in the community.  Don't miss this special event! Reserve now.

For more information and a form for your menu choices, please click on:  Reservation Form

Cost: $35 for members; $40 for nonmembers. 



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Current projects: 

Amendment 4 Voter Registration.  Those who have fulfilled the terms of their sentences can now register to vote.  For more information, click on:  Amendment 4 Fact Sheet.   


ban aw2Help Save Lives--Sign the Petition for a Florida Constitutional Amendment to Ban Assault Weapons

Mass shootings using semi-automatic weapons have become a terrifying occurrence in our state and country.  Afraid to attend large events that might attract a shooter?  Worry about your child's safety in school? A poll by the Florida Atlantic University reports that 70 percent of Florida voters favor an assault weapons ban. To accomplish this goal, the group Ban Assault Weapons Now (a committee primarily comprised of family members of mass shooting victims at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School and Pulse nightclub) is leading an effort to place a citizen initiative to place a Florida Constitutional Amendment on the ballot in 2020.  However, many signed petitions are needed to meet the requirements for that goal.  You can help save lives by signing this petition to ban assault weapons. If you are a registered Florida voter, please download this petition, fill out and sign it, and send it to the address given.

https://bawnfl.org/banassaultweaponsnowpetition.pdf.  We are collecting and mailing them in bulk as well. Take them to ANY League event, and collect more forms to give to others. We only have one year to get the signatures we need.  For more information, email us at lwvmanatee@yahoo.com


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?  A few years ago the https://tse3.mm.bing.net/th?id=OIP.BfFrxh6zUxuvlO0vTJ1UeAAAAA&pid=15.1&P=0&w=300&h=300county 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 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.   You can help in the effort to obtain home rule by downloading, signing, and sending in, the form at:  Petition for Charter Government. 






2019 Election Dates


Election Date

Last day to register

Town of Longboat Key General

March 12

February 11

City of Anna Maria

November 5

October 7


City of Bradenton Beach

November 5

October 7

 City of Holmes Beach

November 5

October 7

 City of Bayshore Gardens

December 3

November 4

Trailer Estates Park & Rec.

December 3

Owner 30 days prior


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. 


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.





The League of Women Voters celebrates its 99th 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 government and 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 national 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 in non-partisan, and does not support or oppose political parties or candidates. 


https://www.paypalobjects.com/en_US/i/scr/pixel.gifLWV Manatee
P.O. Box 545
Bradenton, FL 34206


Telephone: (941) 744-9692

Email:  lwvmanatee@yahoo.com



Last modified March 10, 2019

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