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Date: 7/16/2020
Subject: LWVOC Newsletter & Events
From: Lisa K Adkins

Next Monday, JULY 20 is last day to change party affiliation/register to vote in the AUG 18 Primary Election.  The last day to request a Vote-By-Mail ballot is Saturday, AUG 8

National Disability Voter Registration Week, July 13-17, is a great time to help empower our nation’s 35 million eligible voters with disabilities, according to the League of Women Voters of Orange County, Florida. 

“We urge everyone to offer extra support to neighbors for whom voting may be more difficult because of disabilities,” said Dr. Gloria Pickar, LWVOC co-president. “Perhaps they may benefit from a ride to the polls, or help with online registering, or assistance requesting and posting their vote-by-mail ballots." Press release: Continue reading HERE

Shown below, Leaguers of all abilities show up to Defend Democracy.

9th District Judicial Candidates Forum moderated by Judge Robert LeBlanc via Zoom (shown below)
You can now view the latest Hot Topics on our YouTube Channel.  As mentioned last week, a Zoom interruption occurred near the end of our event which means you will actually view Parts l and ll.  Don't forget to "Subscribe" to our channel and "click the bell" to be notified each time we post!

Next month's Special Edition HOT TOPICS will be on Tuesday, AUG 11 @ 6-7:00 PM.
 Please join us for our FREE Hot Topics next month, “Racial Wealth Gap Learning Simulation,” as we work together to better understand the racial bias in our governmental policies and step into the shoes of people of color as they strive for racial equity. This interactive online session will be delivered and facilitated by Bread for the World #BlackLivesMatter
 The simulation is an interactive tool that helps people understand the connections among racial equity, hunger, poverty, and wealth.  It is a good first step for people unaware of structural inequality, a support tool for those who want a deeper understanding of structural inequality, and a source of information for experts who want to know the quantifiable economic impact of each policy that has widened today's racial hunger, income, and wealth divides.

Our "Quality of Life" committees include Affordable HousingHealth Care, and Transportation  (Click on the links to join them) With the advent of the COVID-19 pandemic, our community is reeling from having their quality of life interrupted.  So far, 56,000 jobs have been lost and the Florida DOE system has failed to disburse unemployment checks adequately meaning rent, medical bills, and utility bills go unpaid.
 HOW CAN YOU HELP:  Reach out to commissions, government agencies, your elected officials and let them know about your concerns.  Contact information HERE
Email Mayor Dyer asking OUC to halt disconnections, and waive reconnection fees and late payment fees.
 Tell the Senate to pass legislation to continue enhanced unemployment benefits, cash aid, and expansion of the Earned Income Tax Credit and Child Tax Credit

"It is incredible to me that any woman should consider the fight for full equality won.  It has just begun."  Alice Paul, 1920
IMPORTANT anniversaries will be here soon to celebrate 100 years of women's right to vote.  Watch for History Committee notifications about these special events and JOIN US as we laud the suffragists from yesteryear and encourage a new generation of activists.
Order our own "Warriors for Democracy" book, written by Ann Patton and learn about LWVOC history.
"The Untold Story of Women of Color in the League of Women Voters" by former LWVUS President, Dr. Carolyn Jefferson-Jenkins
"This is Not a Boring History of Nagging Spinsters" NYTimes article by Jessica Bennett and Veronica Chambers
"When Women Got the Right to Vote" in 50 countries.  The first was in 1893 and last was in 2011....

Although our name is League of WOMEN Voters, we are an inclusive organization.  "LWVOC subscribes to the LWVUS Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Policy. Therefore, the LWVOC is an organization fully committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion in principle and in practice. Diversity, equity, and inclusion are central to the organization’s current and future success in engaging all individuals, households, communities, and policy makers in creating a more perfect democracy."  Read more about our Program/Mission/Bylaws
[Members shown above left: John Klapchuk, Murphy Reinert; top to bottom: Former LWVOC President Charley Williams, Marty Sullivan, Ricky Ly, Charles Davis]

COVID-19 has created challenges for the League’s voter registration efforts. Nationally and locally, Leaguers are busy working on a Vote-by-Mail campaign. Social media is one of the strategies we’ll utilize. We’re asking members, who are Facebook and Instagram users, to help increase our social media presence by interacting with the League's posts.  Interacting with our posts is where the magic happens. Every time you do, our voice is amplified. The more interactions we have, the more people will see our message and the greater our impact. A “like” is good, a “comment” is better and a “share” is best of all.  ~ R. Pando  
Election info found at
GET CLICKING and SHARE!  Hover over one of our graphics, right click to save, and then follow your normal routine to upload the image to your social media accounts.

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 (our stand out AAP coordinator)

Precinct #527 team lineup:

Poll Clerk - Jennifer Adams

Back up Poll Clerk - 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

Back up ePoll Book Inspector-Olivia Demetrides

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

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

ePoll Book Inspector - Karin Grossman, Leslie Becker, Dede Caron

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

With sadness, we bid farewell to member, Nora Douglas Jackson, who passed July 9.  From Tucson, AZ, Nora worked in child support and part-time in the press box as a greeter during the University of Arizona football games. Nora moved to Orlando after marrying Curtis, a widower from Orlando. She was beloved in her Belle Isle community, loved to walk the neighborhood, and was a past homeowner board member. Nora was active in several organizations in Orlando including the LWVOC, the Orlando CHUMS, and Rosemont Woman's Club.  Read more about Nora's inspiring life HERE.

Valerie Odom
Laura Chiu
Angela Schweers
Jayla Spencer
Sheri Croft
Kristin Flentke
Marquis McKenzie
Kelly Buchanan

Invite your family, friends, neighbors, and colleagues to JOIN US
For those of you who would like to donate "to honor" or "in memory of" someone, visit our Donations page.
Your contributions help us continue the work of the League, especially during these pandemic times when our normal operations have been curtailed.

Newsletter Checklist
  • Check your voter status and make sure you're ready for AUG 18 Primary.
  • Be an informed voter and watch our 9th District Judicial Forum on YouTube
  • Be a digital volunteer for the LWVOC and repost our graphics; encourage your followers to Vote-By-Mail
  • Encourage your friends, family, and colleagues to join the League.  FREE for students!!

Attention:  First-time voters
Goal:  Defend democracy and help create a more perfect democracy
Action:  Click below and get registered by JULY 20 for August 18 Primary
Attention:  Students in high school or university, male or female
Goal:  Become part of the next generation to ensure #Votes4All
Action: FREE membership for all students!  Member Signup / Information