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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



Monday, January 11: Guns in Our Society: Balancing Rights and Safety.

With the recent wave of mass violence using guns, including automatic weapons, do we need more regulation, or is arming more citizens the answer? Speakers will share their information and viewpoints, including discussion of current bills to allow open carry and campus carry.

Speakers: Patricia Brigham, Chair of the LWV of Florida Gun Safety Committee; John D'Alusio, Second Amendment advocate; and Bradenton Police Chief Michael Radzilowski.  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/xj/th?id=OIP.M23964ab1c13c594b4d24228e2da73b86o0&pid=15.1&P=0&w=277&h=185Monday, February 8:  Helping Children at Risk

In light of the death of Janiya Thomas and other recent child tragedies, what can be done to better protect children from danger in the home?  When should a child be removed, and what will work best to prevent abuse and neglect, while keeping families that can be saved together? 

Speakers: Gigi Kelly, Chief Operations Officer, Manatee Children's Services; Lucia Branton, Director of External Affairs, Safe Children Coalition: and Connie Shingledecker, Investigative Bureau Chief, Manatee County Sheriff. 

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.



Monday, March 14:  Refugees in Southwest Florida: status, impacts and needs. 

Given the recent influx of migrants from Central America, the Middle East and Cuba, many with refugee status, we will look at this population, their needs and impact on our region. How do we balance helping refugees with our other needs and concerns?  Experts will talk about their work with refugees and answer questions, such as what distinguishes as refugee from other migrants?  What happens after the threat they are fleeing is no longer there?  

Speakers: Immigration attorney Tom Goldman of Goldman & Loughlin; Ivis Triana and Jacqueline Williams, Immigration and Refugee Services of Lutheran Services of Florida; and Ruta Jouniari, representing the Islamic Society of Sarasota.  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/xj/th?id=OIP.M4c8f2ddf4179ea63d3f5d522d26f06bco1&pid=15.1&P=0&w=300&h=300Horizontal Scroll: Special Guest SpeakerSaturday, April 9:  LWV of Manatee Annual Meeting, 11:00 am to 1:00 pm , Bradenton Country Club, 4646 Ninth Avenue West. 


We are very pleased to announce that the eminent Florida Supreme Court Justice Peggy Quince will speak on "What's at Stake?  A Fair and Impartial Judiciary."  Price of event includes a hot lunch with entree, side dishes and dessert, $35 LWV members; $40 nonmembers.  For more information and to reserve your seat, click on Reservation Form, and send in with payment by April 4.     


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 informational programs about the Importance of Voter Participation, and the Work of the League of Women Voters.  Call 729-9248 for more information.





2016 Election Dates


Election Date

Last day to register

Presidential Preference Primary 

March 15, 2016

February 16, 2016

Town of Longboat Key

March 15, 2016

February 16, 2016

Primary Election 

August 30, 2016

August 1, 2016

General Election 

November 8, 2016

October 11, 2016

City of Anna Maria Election

November 8, 2016

October 11, 2016

City of Bradenton 

November 8, 2016

October 11, 2016

City of Bradenton Beach Election

November 8, 2016

October 11, 2016

City of Holmes Beach Election

November 8, 2016

October 11, 2016

City of Palmetto Election

November 8, 2016 

October 11, 2016 


Watch this site for more information on Election 2016:  Voters Guides and links to nonpartisan information about candidates and ballot amendments.

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 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. 

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 March 7, 2016

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