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Date: 10/22/2020
Subject: LWVOC Newsletter & Events
From: Lisa K Adkins




OCTOBER 24 is the LAST day to request a Vote-by-Mail ballot.  These ballots can be mailed OR dropped off at a supervised ballot box at early voting sites as well as the SOE office.
VOTE EARLY DAY is also being highlighted on OCT 24.  Our Leaguers above (l to r: Reanna Stout, Sara Miller Rich family, Carol Wonsavage) have already taken advantage of this option.  According to many early voters, the shortest lines-best parking-easiest access is at the Amway Center but here's the full list:  https://www.ocfelections.com/early-voting-locations
VOLUNTEER from the comfort and safety of your own home this Saturday, OCT 24, on National Vote Early Day
Join Florida PIRG Students, a nonpartisan student-run nonprofit, for their National Vote Early Day Phone-a-thon! This Saturday is National Vote Early Day, and marks 10 days until Election Day. With Early Voting now in full swing throughout much of the state, we want to give all of you the opportunity to get involved and call America's largest and most diverse generation of potential voters: young people! We'll be reaching out to Florida students that have registered, pledged, and requested mail in ballots with PIRG, and more!

We'll be co-hosting this day long event with them, and helping them make calls from 11 AM - 5 PM! You can sign up here: https://forms.gle/guZPMMVwuitZtkpN7 

If you have any questions, you can contact imuir@floridapirgstudents.org for more information. 
More Ways to Volunteer before the NOV 3 Election
The Florida Election Protection Coalition is asking for volunteers to participate in the Election Protection Poll Monitor Program, either in a county leadership role and/or by assisting in volunteer recruitment. Those interested in volunteering may sign up at ProtectTheVote.net. If you are interested in a leadership role, please let Leah Nash know and she will put you in touch with our contact.

The League’s endorsement of all three Orange County Charter Amendments gives us an urgent reason to help Get Out The Vote this weekend!  Are you ready to decorate your car, dress up and bring your campaign signs to support the Orange County Charter Questions #1, #2, #3!?  Join the League of Women Voters and many other community partners to GET OUT THE VOTE with this year's final Caravan and Get-Out-the-Vote-Sign-Wave-a-thon to support early voting GOTV efforts! This week, we’re reaching out to voters in Southeast Orange County. It’s your last chance for BIG FUN!
Meet at 684 S. Goldenrod Road, Orlando 32822 at the corner of Goldenrod and Lake Underhill. For all the details check the map at http://americanbuilders.com/secaravan.pdf
Thursday 10/24, arrive at 2 pm at 684 S. Goldenrod Road and end at Castle Church Brewery
 
The Voter Services Committee will be launching a texting project during Early Voting.  Our next date for the campaign is Oct. 25.  We will be texting approximately 15,000 18-30 year olds who have not already voted in this election.  We chose this age group because it has the lowest voter turnout. We will be using the same platform that we used to help with the Census Counts texting efforts, so those of you who have already texted through this platform will be familiar with it.  For those of you who have not and who would like to participate, I encourage you to do one of the new texter trainings (live training, videos, or slideshow) Click HERE for training.  You will not be using your phone or its number, and texting is most easily done on your computer. Texting is easy to do and we can reach a lot of voters!  Join us!  Visit our Volunteering Page for more opportunities.
 
IMPORTANT REMINDER:  If you see Election Day intimidation, please call 911 and/or 866.OUR.VOTE (866-687-8683) to report it.  In Florida, it is illegal to carry arms openly.  This is for the safety of our citizens.

COMMUNITY OUTREACH
On October 13th, LWVOC members Lee Rambeau and Denise Burton provided information on the nine 2020  Ballot amendments to  members of the Hope Church of Orlando.  This dynamic virtual Voter Information Session, a part of ArchBishop and Senior Pastor Allen Wiggins’s Social Justice Ministry, was simulcast on Zoom and Facebook Live.  In addition to the LWVOC presentation, there were brief introductions from 6 candidates running for office and  a presentation on voting options by the Supervisor of Elections, Bill Cowles.

For those who want to volunteer but are challenged with these unprecedented times, we are grateful that instead, you're contributing by contributing!  HURRAH to the following for their generous donations to the League of Women Voters Orange County Fund:
  • The National Christian Foundation issued a generous donation from the Steve and Sue Foreman Fund to the LWVOC Fund 
  •  Nancy Nix gave a generous donation to the LWVOC Fund in honor of the Voter Services team that generated 7,000 post cards encouraging returned citizens to register and vote
  •  Marguerite Cornwell, generous donation to the LWVOC Fund
  • Kay Ostensen, generous donation to the LWVOC Fund
 DONATE to our efforts.  Remember, your generosity can be made "to honor" or be "in memory" of someone, a group, etc.  Interested in learning about our long history of dedicated members and League partners who have helped us advance our community goals?  Consider purchasing our 80th Anniversary book, Warriors for Democracy:  Purchase HERE

Next week, OCT 29, Thursday
Register via Zoom (http://bit.ly/FLSD13Debate) to attend a live, online debate between Senator Linda Stewart and Josh Anderson, candidates to represent Florida Senate District 13. This event is presented and moderated by the Commission on Local Debates. Moderator will be Jackie Brockington, (shown left) former anchor on WESH-Channel 2 and News 13 and a member of the League of Women Voters Orange County.
The debate will also be available via livestream on facebook.com/LocalDebates and will be archived as a recording on localdebates.org.

MEMBERS ONLY
This week's webinar will feature Sadaf Knight and Esteban Leonardo Santis from the Florida Policy Institute.
Florida Policy Institute is an independent public policy research nonprofit dedicated to advancing policies and budgets that improve the economic mobility and quality of life for all Floridians.
Discussion: How can the League best prepare itself when looking into the future beyond the 2020 election and setting our eyes on the 2021 legislative session? What should we prepare for if there is a November special legislative session regarding our member-voted legislative priorities?
Q&A Session with Sadaf, Esteban and LWVFL President Patricia Brigham
LWVFL Updates & News
Members ONLY: Register Here 

Return to the LWVOC Voter Tree

Celebrating the first anniversary of planting the LWVOC Voter Tree Oct. 20 were, l to r, Jill Shargaa, Betsy Fulmer, Joan Erwin, Ann Patton, Linda Chapin, and Joy Dickinson. (Not shown: Sue Foreman, photographer)

The LWVOC planted its commemorative “Voter Tree” Oct., 20, 2019, in Cypress Grove Park, 290 Holden Avenue, Orlando. 

The live oak was planted in honor of the LWVOC’s 80th birthday. The cost of the tree was underwritten by LWVOC past presidents, and Orange County Parks is providing continual nurturing.

Tuesday’s gathering was purposely small, masked, and socially distanced, in respect for the pandemic, but the group hopes the LWVOC will celebrate every year at the Voter Tree, in tribute to our precious right to vote.

“We’re delighted to see that our tree is thriving and growing rapidly,” said Ann Patton, member of the History Committee, which shepherded the project. 


On our YouTube channel, the latest Hot Topics:   Orange County Charter Amendments  Read the summary by Dean Johnson: "Our own smart LWVOC aces took a look at the three Charter Review Commission proposals that appear on this year’s Orange County ballot. Rachel Deming, Angela Melvin and Kay Hudson discussed the two environmental issues and a third on citizen ballot initiatives at Wednesday’s virtual Hot Topics.  If you haven’t voted yet, listen up. The Orange County Charter Review Commission meets every four years to see if changes need to be made. For the 2020 election, members came up with these three amendments"  Continue reading HERE  Visit our  Amendments Guide for more information.

NOVEMBER'S HOT TOPICS will be NO FEE!
 

VOLUNTEER anywhere and anytime virtually!  Use your social media savvy with our campaign of "SHARING IS CARING"
Get clicking and share the graphics below!  For other opportunities, visit our Volunteering page.
 Election info: VOTE411
 
 
 
 
 


Susan Harris


Rebecca Rich

 
 *Remember, students join for free!
Invite your family, friends, neighbors, and colleagues to JOIN US 

Fall New Member Orientation, click here for more info:
 
Patti Brigham, LWV Florida President will be our guest speaker!
 
Meet our leaders; learn about all the League does for our community and how you can join in on our activities.


Newsletter Checklist
  • Volunteers wanted!  Find your niche and join in defending our democracy.
  • Requested your VBM ballot yet?  Oct 24 is the last day for requests.
  • Thanks to all our community outreach volunteers who take our knowledge to the people who need it.
  • Check out the upcoming community events happening in Orange County below.  
  • Amendments Hot Topics now on YouTube

The Mennello Museum of American Art, a Smithsonian Affiliate Museum, is delighted to share the Smithsonian's virtual and poster traveling exhibition entitled Votes For Women: A Portrait Of Persistence on the occasion of the 100th year of the 19th amendment providing voting rights for women. The in-person, free exhibition of posters is featured on the Mennello Museum's front porch beginning now through election day, November 3. Visit them during museum open hours, Tuesdays - Sundays, 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. (weather permitting). The virtual exhibition is also available online through November 2020. Join us as we stroll through 100 pivotal years of suffrage.