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Our Mission is to encourage the informed and active participation of citizens in government, to work towards increasing understanding of major public policy issues, and to influence public policy through education and advocacy. Our Goal is to empower citizens to shape better communities.



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Welcome LWVOC Member!



2018 Women's March 
First we marched.  Now we act.
JAN 21, 11AM-3PM
Lake Eola Park

The LWVOC will be hosting an info table
and volunteers are needed. Volunteer Information
Find out more about the march HERE. 
Click below to enjoy our slideshow from last year's march!




"Bringing Tallahassee to Your Doorstep"



Our LWV of FL Lobbyist, Stephanie Owens, will be sharing her weekly legislative updates with members.  Stay informed with her advocating
efforts by reading her CAPITOL REPORT.



FEB 7, Wed, 7-8 PM
Ferg's Depot-Church St. Station
Spectrum News 13 Town Hall
Crossing Party Lines

Join Spectrum News, with moderator Ybeth Bruzual, for an open forum discussing Open vs Closed Primaries.  Free to public but
MUST RSVP HERE



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Upcoming Events
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IN THE NEWS





FLORIDA'S 1.5 MILLION MISSING
VOTERS

Everyone remembers that the 2000 presidential election was decided by 537 votes in Florida. Far fewer remember another important number from the state that year — 620,000, the Floridians who were barred from voting because state records showed, correctly or not, they had been convicted of a felony.

It didn’t matter whether their crime was murder or driving with a suspended license, nor whether they had fully served their sentence. In Florida, the voting ban is entrenched in the Constitution, and it’s for life.

Continue reading NY TIMES article
HERE.



DEIDRE MACNAB TRANSFORMED THE FLORIDA LEAGUE OF WOMEN VOTERS
By Jason Garcia in Florida Trend
On a wet election night seven years ago, a few members of the Florida League of Women Voters squeezed together under the overhang of an outdoor bar at the Enzian Theater, an art house movie theater in Orlando.

They had gathered to celebrate. The league, a non-partisan, volunteer organization that prides itself on never having endorsed a candidate, had campaigned hard for a pair of constitutional amendments meant to put an end to political gerrymandering in Florida. But the rain dampened turnout and ruined plans to project the results onto an outdoor screen.
Cont. reading HERE


REVISE THE CONSTITUTION WITH CAUTION

Every 20 years, Florida’s core governing document, the Florida Constitution, is opened up for a top-to-bottom review. Through this process, the Constitution Revision Commission (CRC) carefully examines and determines what, if any, amendments to propose directly to the citizens of our state.

Under our form of government, the only power the government has is the power that we, the people, give to the government. The place where that happens is the Florida Constitution.
Cont. reading guest column by President of Florida Bar

Learn more through our Government Committee


LEAVE LOCAL VOTERS IN CHARGE

For almost half a century, a Florida law has entrusted county and city governments to set aside a share of local property tax revenues for urban redevelopment. Now this authority, like other powers of home rule in Florida, is in Tallahassee’s cross hairs.

Some state legislators are proposing to impede local governments in creating new community redevelopment agencies, and phase out existing CRAs. While a 2016 report from a grand jury in Miami-Dade County contended there have been abuses of tax dollars in some local agencies, this is overkill from legislators.  Continue reading Orlando Sentinel article HERE.


MAKING DEMOCRACY WORK

COMMUNITY



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LOCAL OUTREACH
LOCAL OUTREACH
The Orange County League is a distinct community of civic-minded people working to find pragmatic solutions to the problems of our time.

We are not a single issue organization. From our inception, we have taken on issues that affect the well being of families and promote good governance.

In doing so, our members gain meaningful and purposeful connections and friendships and in the process acquire social identity, legitimacy and respect.

As we grow, our influence grows. Today, the LWVOC is the largest county-sized League in the United States.


A VOICE IS OUR VOTE



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DEDICATED TO AN EQUITABLE SYSTEM
DEDICATED TO AN EQUITABLE SYSTEM
2017 could be the most critical year for voting rights since 1920. Our national League President Chris Carson exposes the cracks in our nationwide system. Read her Bustle article HERE

The nearly 100-year-old organization — which began during women’s suffrage to give new female voters a way to organize around their new civic right — has seen a massive resurgence since the election, and even more so since the women’s marches last month. Across the country, the league added thousands to its membership and inspired individuals like Gauthier to start new chapters in towns from Utah to Georgia to Pennsylvania.
It’s a level of interest that national president Chris Carson has never seen in her 33 years with the league.Continue reading....

 

 

NON-PARTISAN



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A LEAGUE FOR EVERYONE
A LEAGUE FOR EVERYONE
From the beginning, the League has been an activist, grassroots organization whose leaders believed that citizens should play a critical role in advocacy.

It was then, and is now, a non-partisan organization and does not endorse or oppose political candidates or parties at any level of government.
Our advocacy positions are based on the merits of each issue, after careful study and consensus.

This is essence of the League; our identity is legitimacy and respect.


LEADERSHIP



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WORKING TOWARD CONSENSUS
WORKING TOWARD CONSENSUS
Our community depends on talented leadership for effective governance. League members gain experience working on issues that influence public policy. We are afforded opportunities to meet with elected officials, organize publicized events, and speak in front of large groups.

Most valuable is the insight that comes through collaboration with our League members, many of whom are successful local leaders..



INFORM & ACT

 

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WE ACCEPT THE CHALLENGE TO ACT
WE ACCEPT THE CHALLENGE TO ACT
Rooted in our activism history, the League accepts modern day challenges with a strong stance on pertinent issues for our local community and state.

At 97 years young, we are a proven, trustworthy source on the issues; our efforts take us into all levels of government and business to share our knowledge and promote citizen participation.

Join us as we TAKE ACTION and advocate for citizens and issues that confront us daily.


PROPONENTS



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ACTION GROUPS EQUAL SUCCESS
ACTION GROUPS EQUAL SUCCESS
The charge of our Action Groups is to explore options, seek truth, and come to consensus for the topic at hand.

It's easy to follow a particular passion by joining one of our COMMITTEES. The part you play in these action groups can be as small or large as you prefer; diverse input makes for unbiased decisions as we consider our positions.