Working to make democracy better!
First of all, thanks to all the new members who joined our League this past year, nearly doubling our membership. This growth just points out that a lot of people are not happy with the direction of our government, and want to help get it back on track. Many of these new members not only join to support what we do; they want to be active, especially in voter registration and voter education. Citizens are realizing that they can make a difference.
Together with our dedicated and talented board, we have a great team, doing what we do best--improving citizen education and participation in government.
It's been a busy election year, and our League hit the ground running, especially with voter registration. We have a new committee with nearly a dozen members, racking up over 2,000 voter registrations. We also produced nonpartisan voters guides, and educational programs about voting and the amendments to be on the ballot.
We are one of the few local Leagues that put out a nonpartisan voter's guide for both elections--primary and general, featuring candidates for local offices and their responses to our questionnaire so voters could easily compare one candidate with another. We distributed it widely, in libraries, the Supervisor of Elections Office, city and county offices and senior citizen communities, or one could just download it from this website. We also helped many voters understand the confusing Florida constitutional amendments on the ballot, but holding a number of talks as well as the LWVF state guide.
With no major elections this year, we plan on focusing on issues and advocacy. In addition to an active Voter Services Committee, we also have new Education and Natural Resources committees, and we are currently recruiting for a Health Committee. Committees study issues and make recommendations to public officials. If you would be interested in joining one, just fill out the form on the Committee page of this website.
Meet the new leader of our national LWV:
When I think about the history of this organization, I am proud to see so many women running for political office this year. And I want you to know that I am committed to our mission today: Empowering Voters. Defending Democracy.
Part of my motivation for taking this position is to provide women with an opportunity to be heard, especially those who are often overlooked. I want young women to know that there’s no one way to achieve their aspirations. Everyone’s path is different. You see, I did not have a traditional path to executive leadership. I was a teen mom. It took me eight years to finish my college degree, while juggling two jobs and raising my sons.
As an American, I’ve always believed that America is great, but that we’re on a continuing journey as a country to become even better with each generation that passes. What drew me to the League was its commitment to creating that more perfect democracy and its renewed commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion.
At a time when division and hatred threaten the fabric of our society, the League welcomes all people, regardless of background, to play a part in this great democracy.
Because every vote matters—and we are all equal at the ballot box. Thanks for trusting in me. We are going to do great things together!
And the new leader of our state LWV:
In April 2018, the League of Women Voters of Florida (LWVFL) announced the installation of veteran state board member and Orange County league leader Patricia “Patti” Brigham as the organization’s new state president. Outgoing president Pamela Goodman passed the gavel to Brigham.
A proven national and Florida grassroots leader and coalition builder, Brigham joined the LWVFL state board in 2015 and moved into the position of first vice president in 2016. After joining the League of Women Voters of Orange County (LWVOC) in 2013 Patti quickly assumed leadership duties, serving on the Membership Committee and working with young League members to organize and host “Speak Easy with the League” events. In 2014 she formed the LWVOC Gun Safety Action team which was later adopted statewide.
League of Women Voters of Manatee County
Bradenton, FL 34206
Updated December 23, 2018