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Cruise shotElection Year--Where the Rubber Meets the Road


This is the most important time for the League, as we do what we do best--with the nonpartisan information they need to make some very important decisions, and encouraging them to vote.


Voter Registration and Getting Out the Vote:   Concentrating on young voters, we held a number of voter registration drives at high schools and local events this year.  Many thanks to team participants Lorraine Berry,  Sandra Hiland, Kay Levy, Marjorie Martini, Paula Roberts and Rosalie Shaffer.  


Candidate Forums:  We are involved in more forums than ever this election, partnering with the Bradenton Herald/METV, and Tiger Bay for a series of candidate debates for a large number of offices.  We also did the same for a debate on environmental issues, in partnership with the Manatee Fish & Game Association. 

Voter Guides:  We compiled,  had printed, and distributed 4,000 primary election guides, based upon candidate questionnaires and amendment info, to public libraries, civic offices and community centers, and will be distributing both LWV-Florida (which will contain the amendments explanations), as well as our local guides for the general election.  Voters tell us these guides have been invaluable for making their decisions.

Election Talks:  We held a Be Ready to Vote program on August 1 featuring the Supervisor of Elections, Mike Bennett, and will hold other election-related Hot Topics.  Elections this year will feature five amendments for voters to consider--one was on the primary ballot and four will be on the general.  They each will need the approval of 60% of those who vote. There will also be two sales tax referenda on the ballot. To help the public understand them, we will hold pro and con speaker Hot Topics on these.  We are also giving election talks to community groups.  We hope to reach all voters wanting information about the offices and amendments to be on the ballot.  

Voter Information Center:  To reach even more voters with our election information, we have assembled all the nonpartisan information in one place—on our website, www.lwvmanatee.org.  We include links to our guides, as well as links to METV and other nonpartisan sites with information on candidates and ballot issues—a one-stop shopping center for information. 

Let's  hope for a great turnout.  Don’t forget to vote!  You can vote at the polls, by mail, or early.  See www.votemanatee.com for more information on the ways you can vote.



 In League,


Rosalie Shaffer

Any questions?  Feel free to contact me at 729-9248 or email:  shaffer_us@yahoo.com





League of Women Voters of Manatee County
P. O. Box 545

Bradenton, FL  34206

Updated August 14, 2016


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