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The need to defend democracy never stops; neither do we.
Through the years we have registered
thousands of voters, worked 40 elections,
sought to educate the public and successfully
fought to revise and amend Florida's Constitution. We are dedicated to recording these efforts and celebrating their outcomes.
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"An educated, enlightened and informed population is one of the surest ways of promoting the health of a democracy" - Nelson Mandela
Our committee and sub-committees meet on a regular basis in varying locations.
Current projects include: timeline, book, exhibits, archives, celebrations
Contact our history team with your questions and comments.
Committee Members Only
Brechner Speaker Series
Orange County Regional
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Warriors for Democracy History Book
Hard Cover and Soft Cover Editions Available
Delivery in early 2019
Order your book TODAY
Sunday, March 10, 2 – 4 p.m.
FREE EVENT~2 HRS FREE PARKING at Central Ave Parking Garage
2019 Series in Partnership with the
League of Women Voters of Orange County
In the early-to-middle 20th century, Florida shot from a frontier state
populated mostly in its north to an urban state populated mostly in
its south and leading America’s race to the moon. Trouble was, its
post-Reconstruction, “Old South” constitution of 1885 locked the
legislative districts into their 1885 scheme, keeping a stranglehold of
power in the rural north. Dade County, with a half-million residents,
had only three representatives, while every tiny county in the Panhandle
had at least one. Twin fights by reformers who sought a modern constitution
and fair districting —with the League of Women Voters playing a leading
role —tell the story of how Florida modernized its government to match
its new face.
Mary E. Adkins is director of legal writing and appellate advocacy and
master legal skills professor at the University of Florida’s Fredric G. Levin
College of Law and a member of the Board of Trustees of the Florida
Supreme Court Historical Society.
Our 2019 series is presented in partnership with the League of Women
Voters of Orange County, Florida, celebrating its 80th anniversary this year.
This series honors the late Orlando journalist and freedom-of-information
advocate Joseph L. Brechner. All programs take place from 2 to 4 p.m.
in the Chapin Gallery on the fourth floor of the Orange County Regional
History Center and are free. The History Center is offering free-parking
validation for this event.
- LWV of US - February 4, 1920
- LWV of Orange County - May 15, 1939
- LWV of Florida - December 1939
- Ratification of the 19th Amendment - Aug 26, 1920
- First vote by women, Orange County -