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Date: 6/25/2020
Subject: LWVOC Newsletter & Events
From: Lisa K Adkins

#LOBBYDAY2020  The League needs your help TODAY; we're having a "Tweet Storm" from 2-3 PM and also encouraging you to call/email your Senators this week.  Be sure to click on link below for full details.  From the comfort of your digital devices, take part with Leaguers nationwide, in conjunction with our National Convention, and send a message that we expect Congress to pass VRAA, the Voting Rights Advancement Act.
The Voting Rights advancement Act (VRAA) restores and modernizes the original protections of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 (VRA). The goal of the legislation is to combat the influx of discriminatory voting requirements that states have enacted that disproportionately prevent minorities, the elderly, and youth from voting.
We've made it simple for you take part in this Virtual Activism. 

THANK YOU to our special Leaguers who have volunteered to staff precincts in these challenging times for upcoming elections.  Poll workers perform an essential civic duty, ensuring that our democracy operates in an efficient and just manner.   There are a couple of spots available for backup volunteers.  If interested, contact: Mary Montanus.

Precinct #527 team lineup:

Poll Clerk  -  Jennifer Adams

Poll Deputy - Melissa King-Polsenelli 

Voting Systems Inspector (VSI) - Kathy Edwards 

Help Desk Oath Person (HDOP) - Camille Levee (

ePoll Book Inspector - Kathy Roberts; Marie Elena Augustin

ePoll Book Inspector - Gricel Rivera; Flora Torra

ePoll Book Inspector - Anne Packham; Julia High

ePoll Book Inspector -  Louise Thompson; Judith Sanborn

Polling site: Winter Park High School, 2100 Summerfield Rd, Winter Park

Precinct #512 team lineup:

Poll Clerk  -  Leslie Feinberg

Poll Deputy - Jill Bello

Voting Systems Inspector (VSI) - Maggie Mathwich

Help Desk Oath Person (HDOP) - Karen Estrin

ePoll Book Inspector - Sylvia McMillon

ePoll Book Inspector - Nancy Nix; Linda Dalton

ePoll Book Inspector - Terry Osborne; Lisa Poppe

ePoll Book Inspector - Jeanette Lambert; Saudi Ellis

Polling site: Orange Technical College, Winter Park Campus, 901 W Webster Ave, Winter Park,

*Support volunteers helping at both sites:  Carlos Loran, Sara Llibre, Lynn Nelson, Mike Singer


The LWVFL is sharing the good news that on May 24, 2020 a Federal court ruled most Floridians with felony convictions, who have completed incarceration and probation or parole, can now vote! Gov. DeSantis immediately filed for a stay, which was denied, and is now appealing to the 11th District Court of Appeals. In the meantime, details will be forthcoming about volunteering (from the safety of your home) for a phone bank opportunity to assist returning citizens with registering to vote.

Don't run out of time!  Visit Important Dates to learn more about 2020 Election deadlines.  JULY 20 is last day to change party affiliation/register to vote in the AUG 18 Primary Election.  The last day to request a VBM ballot is AUG 8

The Communications Committee is reassembling.  Interested in helping the LWVOC navigate a new era of League volunteerism and help with our messaging?  We need you! 
 Click HERE for more information regarding the next meeting, JUNE 29, 7:00 PM.
 Shown left:  Susan Baxter, new Communications Chairperson

A bill signed by the governor Wednesday aims to make the minimum salary for teachers among the highest in the nation. The goal is to have teachers, on average, earn at least about $47,500.  Continue reading details HERE from Orlando Sentinel
 Our Education Committee expects to have much to discuss as our local schools deal with the pandemic.  Consider joining them today. [Shown above, a League round table discussion about education]
Tune in TODAY~The Florida Women’s Suffrage Centennial Commission, in partnership with the Florida Commission on the Status of Women, is excited to announce Florida Suffrage Tea Time, a virtual series of monthly fun and informative interviews, lectures, and discussions on the Women's Suffrage movement.
Bring your tea and internet connection, and we’ll provide the rest!  For more information, click HERE

“The Vote" Virtual Preview & Chat, 6:30 pm: Online preview of "The Vote" with Linda Chapin, Sen. Geraldine Thompson - 7/1/2020 

Presented by the League of Women Voters of Orange County, FL, with WUCF,  the Orange County Regional History Center,  and the Orange County Library System. 
Kick your celebration of the Centennial of women’s suffrage into high gear on Wednesday,  July 1 at 6:30 p.m. with an online preview of “The Vote,” the new PBS “American Experience” documentary about women’s decades-long battle for suffrage. Following a compelling 25-minute preview clip, our own Centennial chair Linda Chapin and state Rep. Geraldine Thompson will talk about the suffragists’ legacy and the continuing fight for votes for all!
 The full documentary, which premieres July 6 and 7, 9-11 p.m. on WUCF,  brings to life the movement’s unsung leaders, as well as the deep controversies over gender roles and race that divided Americans then — and continue to dominate political discourse today.  
For details and a screening link for the July 1 preview with Linda Chapin and Geraldine Thompson, visit

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Cornita Riley         Maureen Sullivan
Lisa Nason         Flora Torra
Blake Summerlin Danna Chacon
Casey Abernethy     Jill Bare
Mamie Rockafellar


Share this newsletter and encourage others to join the LWVOC in this important election year.
We know that many of you looking for ways "to honor" or give "in memoriam" for fellow League members, friends, family and colleagues.  Our system makes it easy for you to make that contribution. 
Make sure you are logged into your LWVOC account and donate to our Education (tax deductible) Fund

Newsletter Checklist
1) You're doing great, Leaguers.  We see you sharing our graphics on social media.  Keep up the great work to get out the vote!
2) Looking for a committee?  Click ADVOCACY on our website and explore the opportunities.
3) Hurrah for our Adopt-A-Precinct volunteers.
4) Visit us on social media platforms:  Facebook, Instagram, YouTube and stay connected with your League.
5) WELCOME to all our newest members.  Keep up the good work and encourage all that you know to join us!

The League of Women Voters Orange County has been defending democracy for 81 years.  Learn more about our History Committee, and remember, if you need reading material for this extended shut-down, we still have our history book available and we SHIP!  
Visit our LWVOC History Timeline for more details about our history. 

Have you seen a special meme, quote, etc. and would like to share with the LWVOC?  If it aligns with our standards, we'll share it in the newsletter.  Thanks to Saudi Ellis for sharing this one below, author unknown.  Also, we'd still love to highlight your personal photos of any past League events.

To get updates on numbers diagnosed and more information about COVID 19, visit the Florida Department of Health's COVID 19 site.  (NEW information/updates on a daily basis)

Florida/Local Resources: 
  1. The Florida Department of Health has a 24/7 Hotline that can be reached at by calling 1 (866) 779-6121.
  2. Advent Health's 24/7 hotline can be reached by calling:  1 (877) 847-8747 or 877-VIRUSHQ
  3. Orlando Health's Questions and Answers COVID-19