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					                                   THE LEAGUE OF WOMEN VOTERS OF FLORIDA
                            540 Beverly Court, Tallahassee, FL 32301-2506
        Voice: 850/224-2545 Fax: 850/222-4485 Email: lwvf1@comcast.net Web: www.lwvfla.org



                                          PRESIDENTS MAILING
                                                May 2008
                                           TABLE OF CONTENTS



State Board                          LWVF/EF May 2008 – May 2009 Calendar                2

Joanne Coen                          Board Bytes from March 15-16, 2008 Meetings         4

State Board                          LWVF Goals and Strategies 07-09                     5

Peg McGarity, Executive Director     Tidbits from Tallahassee                            7

State Board                          3rd Party Voter Registration Laws Chronology         8
                                     Brennan Center for Justice Press Release            11

Terry Coble, VP Program              LWVF Opposes Proposed Marriage Amendment            12
                                     Sample Press Advisory                               14

Pam Goodman, Organization Director   Local League Vitality & Training Needs Assessment   15
                                     Local League Contact List                           18
                                     Revised Consultants List                            20

Deirdre Macnab                       Membership Tip: Annual Dues Renewal                 21
                                     Sample Membership Renewal Invoice                   22

State Board                          LWVF Board & Staff at Work, March – early May       23
                                     2008
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                  LWVF/LWVFEF CALENDAR for LOCAL LEAGUE (LL) PLANNING
                                    May 2008 – May 2009
                              Updates and Deadlines in Bold Type

May 2008
Thurs         1                    Law Day (week) THE RULE OF LAW, Foundation for
                                   Communities of Opportunity and Equity
Fri           2                    2008 Legislative Session Ends
Fri           9                    Cancellation deadline for LWVF/EF 08 Council
Fri-Sat       16-17                Pre-Council State Board Meeting, Daytona, leaguers
                                   welcome
Sat-Sun       17-18                LWVF/EF Council of Leaders, Daytona
Sun           18                   Post Council State Board Meeting, Daytona, leaguers
                                   welcome
June 2008
Mon           2                    Distribution 1st FY08/09 Lobby Fund solicitation letter
Mon           2                    Education Study materials posted at LWVF website
Fri-Tues      13-17                LWVUS Convention, Portland, Oregon
Mon-Fri       16-20                Statewide Candidate qualifying dates

July 2008
Tues          1                    2nd qtr. LL PMP due (25% payable with LL
                                   Unrestricted accrual funds on deposit with LWVFEF)
Fri-Sat       18-19                State Board Meeting, Miami/Dade Co., leaguers welcome
Mon            28                  Primary Election Voter Registration Book Closing


August 2008
Fri-Sat1-2                  FRRC Annual Convening, Location TBD
Mon-Sun       11-24              Early Voting for Primary Election
Mon           18                 19th Amendment passes in 1920 giving women suffrage
Tues          26                 Women’s Equity Day
Tues          26                 Primary Election

September 2008
Tues         2                     Distribution 1st FY08/09 Ed Fund solicitation letter
Wed          17                    Constitution Day
Fri-Sat     19-20                  State Board Meeting, Bay Co., leaguers welcome

October 2008
Wed          1                     3rd qtr. LL PMP due (25% payable with LL
                                   Unrestricted accrual funds on deposit with LWVFEF)
Wed           1 – March 31, 2009   LLs hold education study consensus meetings
Fri           3                    Distribution Special Election Edition, The Florida
                     VOTER
Mon           6                    Gen. Election Voter Registration Book Closing
Mon- Sun      20-11/2              Early Voting for General Election
Wed           29                   LWVF is 69 years young

November 2008
Tues        4                      General Election
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Fri-Sat      14-15                State Board Meeting, Collier Co., leaguers welcome

December 2008
Mon          1                    Distribution 2nd FY08/09 Lobby Fund solicitation letter
Mon          15                   Bill of Rights Day

January 2009
Thurs        1                    4th qtr. LL PMP due (25% payable with unrestricted
                                  LL accrual funds on deposit with LWVFEF)
Fri          2                    Distribution The Florida VOTER, winter 08/09 edition
Wed          14                   Deadline LWVF 09-11 Board Nominations
Fri-Sat      16-17                State Board Meeting, Lake Co., leaguers welcome
Fri          30                   Deadline LL suggested LWVF By Laws Changes
Sat          31                   Membership Data Due LWVUS. Used for LWVF PMP

February 2009
Sat           14                  LWVUS Birthday…89 years young
Fri           27                  Deadline 09 LL Legislative Interviews Forms
Fri           27                  Deadline LL State Program 09-11 Recommendations

March 2009 (Women’s History Month)
Sun         1                  Distribution 2nd FY 08/09 Ed Fund solicitation letter
Sun         8                  Early Bird Registrations for 09 Legislative Seminar
Tues        3                  2009 Legislative Session Begins
Tues        17                 Last Registration for 09 Legislative Seminar
Wed         18                 Cancellation Deadline for 09 Legislative Seminar
Mon-Fri     15-21              Sunshine Week
Sat -Sun    21-22              State Board Meeting, Tallahassee, leaguers welcome
Sun –Tues   22-24              49th Legislative Seminar, Tallahassee

April 2009
Wed          1                   1ST qtr. LL PMP (FY 09/10) due (25% payable with
                                 unrestricted LL accrual funds on deposit with EF)
Fri          10                  Distribution The Florida VOTER, spring 09 edition
Mon          20                  Early Bird Registration LWVF/EF 09 Convention
Thurs        30                  Last Registration for LWVF/EF 09 Convention
Thurs        30                  Last day to enter LWVF/EF 09 Convention Contests
Thurs        30                  Last Day to reserve wares tables and caucus rooms for
                                 09 Convention

May 2009
Fri           1                   Law Day (week)
Fri          1                    2009 Legislative Session Ends
Fri           8                   Cancellation deadline for LWVF/EF 09 Convention
Thurs-Fri     14-15               Pre-Convention State Board Meeting, Jacksonville,
                                  leaguers welcome
Fri-Sun      15-17                LWVF/EF 09 Convention, Jacksonville, Hyatt Hotel
Sun          17                   Post Convention Council State Board (09-11) Meeting,
                                  Jacksonville, leaguers welcome
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                                          March 2008 Board Bytes
                                 Joanne M. Coen, Secretary
         ________________________________________________________________________

   Approved appointment of Kay Elliot Burk, former president of Space Coast League, to fill unexpired term of
    Mildred O’Neal on the Florida Board.
   Noted an almost 1% increase in membership for Leagues in Florida.
   Reviewed status of prospective Member-at-Large Units.
   Reported that addition of Pay Pal to the LWVF website has generated donations and membership.
   Reviewed status of the Education Study.
   Reviewed progress of “Our Florida Government” update.
   Discussed compilation of “Special Election Edition of “The Florida Voter.”
   Reviewed final details for the 2008 Legislative Seminar.
   Received an update on May 2008 LWVF Council in Daytona.
   Appointed Wills, Coen and Ryan as LWVF delegates to the 2008 LWVUS Convention in Portland, Oregon.
   Reviewed ruling of Department of Justice on Florida election laws.
   Reviewed status of third party law suit.
   Discussed response back from local Leagues regarding Legislative Interviews.
   Voted unanimously not to support the Marriage Protection Amendment which will be on the November ballot.
   Commended board member Terry Coble for her written response to Chairman Allan Bense, chair of the Florida
    Taxation and Budget Reform Commission, on Corporate Tax loopholes.
   Clarified role of League’s paid lobbyist.
   Reviewed proposed articles for spring edition of “The Florida Voter;” consultant calls and President’s Mailing
    assignments.
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                                   LWVF Board 07-09 Goals and Strategies

Membership: Have largest percentage increase in membership based on national PMP figures by Convention
2009.
    Fastest growing League in nation
    Retention plus membership growth
    Attract/incorporate more men
    Adapt expectations to working people’s schedules
    Thriving Leagues in 67 counties
    Capture transplanted people as FL members
    Use best practices from faith community for attraction/retention

Development: Achieve ongoing financial stability to achieve changing goals.
    Use our brand to tap more dollars when fundraising from non-League sources: $5,000 in 08; $10,000 in 09
                                                                                                  th
    Launch Capital campaign ($100,000 goal) for LWVF house in 2008 to conclude with LWVF 70
      Anniversary in October 2009.
                                                                th
    Fund endowment for full time professional lobbyist post 70 Anniversary.
    Identify/bring on staff or board a fundraising champion.

Organization: Every League a thriving League.
    Best practices derived from local Leagues implemented throughout the state
    Local level-have people tied in doing Observe Corps stuff/get involved with city commissions
    Encourage local Leagues do more fun/exciting things connected with voter registration, immigrants,
      ROCK CONCERTS
    State League more service-oriented, less delegating
    Strengthen consultant network
    Multiple nominees for all state/board positions
    Find ways for people to participate that don’t take a lot of time, but make them feel they are participating
    Streamline communication from state to local
    Training: public speaking, leadership, advocacy
    Reestablish state/regional leadership conferences/training

Advocacy: Be a proactive force in furtherance of our principles and positions.
    See that barriers to voting are removed
    Election reform
    Be respected by opponents
    Climate change
    Establish integrity in FL elections
    Win court case
    Endowment for lobbyist (full time professional)
    Be proactive (versus defensive on legislation)
    Local level-have people tied in doing Observe Corps stuff/get involved with city commission
    Establish statewide corps of Action Alert people
    Realistic legislative priorities

Visibility: Position League a preeminent (go to) grassroots organization for participatory government.
     Have state website available to public
     Be seen as exciting/dynamic
     Household name particularly around election time
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   Publicize that we own headquarters
   Highlight successes
   Recognition/awards of legislators accomplishments
   Modernize League image: 21st century
   Sponsor statewide/national debates
   Be first place reporters call when issues come up
   Improve state Voter and website (graphics)
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                                            Tidbits from Tallahassee
                                        Peg McGarity, Executive Director

This is the time of year when the State Office is ablaze with a furry of activity. As reported in the Florida Voter,
the 2008 Legislative Seminar was again a great success. A special “Thank you” is extended to the attendees that
returned evaluation forms. Your kind remarks are appreciated and your suggestions for future seminars will be
taken into consideration during the planning sessions for the 2009 Legislative Seminar.

I am pleased to report that, to date, 15 Leagues have registered delegates for the 2008 LWVF/LWVFEF Council
of Leaders to be held on May 17- 18, 2008 in Daytona Beach. Please refer to the website at www.lwvfla.org for
all of the great activities and workshops planned for the Council of Leaders. Site location for the 2009
LWVF/LWVFEF Convention in Jacksonville will be announced at Council.

Office Staffing, Hours, Tenant, and House Maintenance - On April 26, 2008, Candace Weaver officially started as
our new part-time, Office Assistant. Effective May 1, 2008 State Office hours are Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday
9AM – 5PM and Friday, 9AM – 4PM. Although we have not seen our tenant in over a year, he continues to pay
his rent. Due to severe rain and wind storms, there is minor water damage to the building and we are getting
estimates for the repair. Repair work on the driveway is completed.

PMP – 2nd quarter PMP is due July 1, 2008. LL invoices will be mailed June 1, 2008. For Leagues with a
LWVFEF Accrual balance, this information will be included on your PMP invoice. Again this year, in lieu of
raising the state PMP, the Board has approved the local League voluntary $5.00 per member pledge. Please
consider sending it to the State Office when you send your quarterly PMP. “Thank you” to the Leagues that have
paid their PMP for the entire year.

2008 Legislative Session – The State Office spent many hours monitoring the 2008 Legislative Session and
Taxation & Budget Commission Committee meetings. My evaluation is that the session started out on an un-
friendly note between our elected officials and ended on an even greater un-friendly note between our elected
officials. At times, my frustration level became so intense, it was best to press the mute button on the TV during
discussion of issues that, in my opinion, had no place on the floor of the legislature. League was well represented
at the State House. All volunteer point persons are to be commended for the role they played in monitoring bills
and providing information that helped our LWVF lobbyist and volunteers represent us during session. The Capitol
Report wrap up with the out come of the issues of importance to the League will be posted on the website at
www.lwvfla.org in mid May. A special “Thank you” goes to Marilynn Wills, LWVF Action Chair, and the
Tallahassee Lobby Corp for their dedicated efforts spending hour upon hour at the State House attending
meetings, distributing flyers, giving public testimony on behalf of the LWVF, and never wavering when called
upon to serve.
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                          Florida Third Party Voter Registration Laws Chronology

   2005 Legislature (last day of the session) passes a 3rd party voter registration law (effective 1/1/06) that
    poses onerous escalating fines (from $250 to $5,000 for each completed voter registration form not returned
    to the local Supervisor of Elections (SOE) within 10 days of collection) and burdensome reporting
    requirements under strict liability rules.
   6/05-3/06 LWVF Action VP attends 4 quarterly Division of Elections rules hearings to get clarifications
    regarding the application of the law. None provided.
   3/19/06 LWVF board establishes voter registration moratorium by unanimous vote.
   5/18/06 LWVF and 4 other plantiffs file a complaint in Federal District Court, Miami. (League of Women
    Voters ET. al. v. Cobb). Organizational plantiffs include: Florida AFL-CIO; PACT, the People Acting for
    Community Together, a coalition of community organizations, churches, synagogues and schools based in
    Miami-Dade County; AFSCME, the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees,
    Council 79; and SEIU, the Service Employees International Union. Marilynn Wills is an individual plaintiff.
   7/25-26/06 LWVF President and 1st VP testify at hearing at Federal District Court, Miami. LWVF is
    represented by pro bono counsel: Wendy Weiser, Deputy Director, Democracy Program the Brennan Center
    for Justice at NYU School of Law; Elizabeth S. Westfall, senior attorney, the Advancement Project, DC;
    and Craig L. Siegel, Associate, Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel LLP, NYC, NY.
   8/28/06 Federal Judge Patricia Seitz grants preliminary injunction.
   8/29/06 Local Leagues (LLs) resume voter registration for the 2006 general election.
   10/25/06 Secretary of State (SOS) appeals (No.06-14836-D) to the United States Court of Appeals Eleventh
    Circuit. Defendants argue that the third party voter registration law merely deals with the collection and
    submission of voter registration applications and does not regulate any speech or association.
   07 Legislative Session: LWVF advocates repeal of the 3rd party voter registration law.
   5/21/07 Governor Crist signs HB 537 providing VVPT. Bill amends 3rd party voter registration law:
    eliminates the exemption for political parties but applies fines to individuals; reduces fines ($50-$500), adds
    an impossibility exception to the fines; eliminates joint and several liability; and puts a $1000 per
    organization, per year cap on fines. Fines are reduced by three-quarters if the organization registers with the
    SOS and provides quarterly reports of voter registration activities. The amended law to take effect 1/1/08.
   7/11/07 Defendants file brief before the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals informing the court of the new
    law and asking the court to dismiss the appeal and vacate the preliminary injunction on January 1, 2008.
   About 7/25/07, LWVF files a brief before the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals opposing defendant’s 7/11
    motion arguing that the court should either (1) deny defendants' motion to dismiss the appeal and vacate the
    preliminary injunction or (2) treat it as a motion to withdraw their appeal and grant that motion. LWVF also
    argues that the case (as opposed to the appeal) will not become moot on January 1, 2008. An argument date
    is scheduled for 10/3/07 unless the appeal is withdrawn, dismissed, or otherwise moved.
   7/30/07 defense counsel responds to LWVF overture that the SOS is interested in discussing proposed
    regulations to resolve any issues with the replacement 3rd party voter registration law.
   8/16/07 Judge Patricia Seitz, Federal District Court, Miami, extends stay for preliminary injunction granted
    August 28, 2006 until the Eleventh Circuit issues its mandate or 6 months whichever is earlier.
   8/20/07 LWVF submits draft implementing regulations for the replacement 3rd party voter registration law
    to defendant’s counsel regarding 1. The risk that both an individual (league members) and the organization
    will be held liable for the same fines and 2. The risk that the $1000 cap will not cover all affiliates (local
    Leagues).
   9/7/07 the Brennan Center for Justice and the Advancement Project request that the US Department of
    Justice reject the 3rd party voter registration law passed in the 2007 legislative session because the new
    provisions unduly harm the state's minority communities and violate the federal Voting Rights Act. On
    12/28, the SOS announces that it will not enforce these provisions that impact 5 counties inasmuch as State
    law requires that elections be managed uniformly.
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   9/20/07 Counsel sends letter to Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals stating agreement with two points made
    in Appellant’s Reply in support of their Suggestion of Impending Mootness.
   9/25/07 Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals cancels oral arguments that were scheduled for 10/3/07. A ‘win”
    for LWVF inasmuch as ruling by Judge Seitz on 8/28/06 becomes case law.
   11/30/07 Standstill agreement filed with the Federal District Court that stipulates that the defendants will
    not enforce the amended third party voter registration law against anyone and that the plaintiffs will not
    pursue their litigation before the District Court.
   12/31/07 enjoined 3rd party voter registration law expires.
   1/23/08 Department of Justice issues preclearance for original and replacement 3rd party voter registration
    laws passed in 2005 and 2007, respectively.
   1/24/08 defendant notifies the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals that (1) the Department of Justice
    precleared the enjoined 3rd party voter registration law and amended law and (2) their appeal and the district
    court 8/06 injunction order is now moot.
   2/6/08 LWVF counsel writes to Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals noting that the vacatur of the district
    court interlocutory order is inappropriate.
   2/19/08 Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals dismisses SOS’s appeal as moot but does not dismiss the District
    Court's preliminary injunction order of 8/28/06-- precisely the outcome we sought. Case moves back to the
    Miami District Court where LWVF has entered the temporary standstill agreement with the SOS. The
    purpose of the agreement is to allow the parties to pursue a possible settlement of plaintiffs' claims without
    having to engage in additional litigation.
   3/21/08 Third Party Voter Registration Information on SOS web site: “ATTENTION: In August 2006, a
    federal court issued an injunction against the enforcement of the Third-Party Voter Organization law.
    Federal Court Order: League of Women Voters of Florida et al. v. Cobb, US Southern District Court of
    Florida. An appeal of that injunction before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit was recently
    dismissed because the 2005 version of the law as challenged was superseded by a 2007 version, effective
    January 2008, thus rendering the challenge moot. However, the preliminary injunction and a joint
    stipulation between the parties not to enforce or otherwise challenge the constitutionality of the 2007 Third-
    Party Voter Registration Organization law remain in effect. Therefore, pending further official notice to the
    contrary, third-party voter registration activities conducted by organizations, entities, or individuals are not
    subject to the Third-Party Voter Registration Organization law.”
   3/31/08 defendant exercises right to terminate standstill agreement filed with the Federal District Court in
    November 2007 with a 30 days notice that it will enforce the amended third party voter registration law
    effective 4/30/08.
   4/15/08 SOS publishes draft implementing rules for the amended third party voter registration law. The
    rules do not include any of LWVF’s suggested clarifications. A rules hearing is scheduled for 5/12/08.
   4/16/08 LWVF board moves unanimously to 1. Suspend statewide voter registration activities on 5/1/08 and
    2. To sue the State of Florida in federal court to enjoin enforcement of the amended 3rd party voter
    registration for constitutional reasons.
   4/21/08 LWVF files response to defendants' motion to dismiss the original complaint (LWV et. al. V.
    Cobb). LWVF does not oppose the motion; rather LWVF uses this filing as an opportunity to give the judge
    a heads-up that we will be filing a new complaint and that we believe the amended version of the law is
    similarly unconstitutional.
   4/28/08 LWVF files complaint (LWV v. Browning) in Federal District Court, Miami, as organizational
    plaintiff with Florida AFL-CIO and AFSCME, the American Federation of State, County and Municipal
    Employees, Council 79. Marilynn Wills is the individual plaintiff.
   4/29/08 AFSCME withdraws from complaint.
   4/30/08 LWVF executes consent order with defendant whereby the amended 3rd party voter registration law
    will not be enforced pending development of rules…probably July. LLs resume voter registration work.
   6/19/08 Hearing scheduled in Federal district court in Miami. Judge Cecilia Altonaga presiding.
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   Pro Bono Counsel for LWV v. Browning: Wendy Weiser, Deputy Director, Democracy Program the
    Brennan Center for Justice at NYU School of Law; Elizabeth Westfall, senior attorney, the Advancement
    Project, DC; Debevoise & Plimpton LLP, NYC, NY, Washington DC, Europe & Asia.
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                              Brennan Center for Justice at NYU School of Law

May 1, 2008

For Immediate Release

Contact:       Tim Bradley, Berlin Rosen Public Affairs (646) 452-5637
               Mike Webb, Brennan Center for Justice (212) 998-6746
               Sabrina Williams or Gustavo Vieira, Advancement Project (202) 728-9557


FLORIDA’S RESTRICTIVE THIRD-PARTY VOTER REGISTRATION LAW
WILL NOT BE ENFORCED UNTIL AT LEAST EARLY JULY 2008

MIAMI, FL – Today, the parties to LWV v. Browning, a lawsuit challenging Florida’s onerous restrictions on
third-party voter registration, entered into a binding agreement filed in federal court. The agreement comes the
day after plaintiffs sought a temporary restraining order that would have barred state authorities from enforcing
the restrictions. Under the agreement, Secretary of State Kurt S. Browning stated that he will not enforce the
restrictions until the administrative rulemaking process is completed, which he estimates will occur no earlier than
early July 2008. As a result, groups and individuals who conduct voter registration drives in Florida can proceed
with their voter registration activities without fear of being fined under the law, until at least early July 2008.

Plaintiffs to the lawsuit, League of Women Voters of Florida, the Florida AFL-CIO, and Marilyn Wills, president
of the Tallahassee League of Women Voters, are thrilled with this result.

Plaintiffs are represented by the Brennan Center for Justice at NYU School of Law and the Advancement Project,
and by pro bono counsel Debevoise & Plimpton (representing the League of Women Voters of Florida), and
Becker & Poliakoff, P.A.
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                                         Florida Marriage Protection Amendment
                                                     LWVF Position
                                            Terry Coble, VP Program Planning

At its March 15, 2008 meeting the Board of the LWVF voted unanimously to oppose the so-called Florida
Marriage Protection Amendment, which will be on the November 2008 ballot. This decision by the LWVF Board
is in line with decisions by State Leagues throughout the country in opposition to similar state constitutional
amendments, including the State Leagues of Massachusetts, Maryland, Hawaii, and Minnesota. Below is the
basis for the Board’s decision.

Language of Proposed Florida Amendment:

Inasmuch as marriage is the legal union of only one man and one woman as husband and wife, no other legal
union that is treated as marriage or the substantial equivalent thereof shall be valid or recognized.

Analysis:

As is the case in the other states in which Leagues opposed constitutional amendments, the language of the Florida
amendment makes invalid any legal union other than heterosexual marriage which is treated as the equivalent of
marriage. In addition to barring gay marriage, this language also makes all domestic partnerships invalid, whether
between people of opposite sexes or the same sex.

There is no specific LWVUS or LWVF position regarding invalidation of legal unions other than heterosexual
marriage. However, the following LWVUS principles and positions are relevant:

1. LWVUS Principle:

The LWV believes that … no person or group should suffer legal, economic or administrative
discrimination.1

Discussion – The proposed amendment would contravene this principle by introducing legal discrimination
against gay, lesbian and unmarried heterosexual couples into the state constitution in the form of a ban on
marriage and domestic partnerships. By prohibiting legal recognition of such relationships, the ban would also
deny such couples many economic and health benefits enjoyed by people who are married or have entered into
domestic partnership agreements. For instance, invalidation of marriage between same-sex couples prevents them
from benefiting from Social Security, pension, taxation and inheritance protections accorded to married couples.
Invalidation of domestic partnerships affects the right of individuals to include life partners in health care
insurance coverage, to advocate for loved ones in a hospital setting and to be consulted in health care and end-of-
life decisions.

2. LWVUS Public Policy Positions:

Individual Liberties. Oppose major threats to basic constitutional rights.



1
   The LWVUS principles are “concepts of government” to which the League subscribes. They are a descendant of the Platform,
which served from 1942 to 1956 as the national repository for “principles supported and positions taken by the League as a whole in
fields of government to which it has given sustained attention.” Since then, the Principles have served two functions, according to the
LWVUS Bylaws: 1) authorization for adoption of national, state and local program (Article XII), and 2) a basis for taking action at the
national, state and local levels (Article XII).
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Discussion – In 1967, the U.S. Supreme Court found that the right to marry is a fundamental right, protected by
the U.S. Constitution. Loving v. Virginia, 388 U.S. 1 (1967). The issue in the Loving case was the validity of a
state prohibition against interracial marriage. The U.S. Supreme Court has not decided a case involving a
prohibition against gay marriage; however the Supreme Court of Massachusetts has found that the right of gay
couples to marry is constitutionally protected.

Social Policy. Secure equal rights and equal opportunity for all. Promote social and economic justice and
the health and safety of all Americans.

Discussion – By preventing unions other than heterosexual marriages from being recognized, the Marriage
Protection amendment would deny equal rights and opportunity to gay and lesbian couples as well as to
heterosexual couples who wish the protection of a legally recognized domestic partnership, but do not wish to
marry. As noted above, the prohibition against marriage between same sex partners denies these couples many
economic health benefits enjoyed by married people, such as Social Security, pension, tax, and inheritance
protections. Similarly, making both domestic partnerships and same-sex marriage unlawful prohibits inclusion of
life partners in health care insurance coverage, and prevents health care providers from acknowledging the
authority of life partners in health care and end-of-life decisions.

The current LWVF State Program (2007-09) is also relevant to this issue:

LWVF State Program 2007-2009:

Social Policy. Secure equal rights and equal opportunity for all. Promote social and economic justice and
the health and safety of all Americans.

Discussion – The above LWVUS position is included in the LWVF State Program for 2007-09. The inclusion of
this statement in the current State Program provides support for the LWVF to take action on the proposed
amendment.
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                                        THE LEAGUE OF WOMEN VOTERS OF FLORIDA
                                  540 Beverly Court, Tallahassee, FL 32301-2506
Voice: 850/224-2545 Fax: 850/222-4485 Email: lwvf1@comcast.net Web: www.lwvfla.org

PRESS ADVISORY, May 11, 2008

The League of Women Voters of Florida opposes the so-called Florida Marriage Protection Amendment, which
will be included in the ballot for the November 2008 election, because it would:

   (1) Prohibit all domestic partnerships (between opposite sex and same sex partners), as well as gay marriage;
   (2) Discriminate against life partners who wish to enjoy the legal, economic and administrative benefits of a
       legally recognized relationship but cannot or do not wish to marry;
   (3) Contravene accepted League of Women Voters principles of social, economic and health justice.

The language of the “Marriage Protection” amendment precludes recognition of any legal union that is “treated as
marriage or the substantial equivalent thereof” other than heterosexual marriage. By its terms, this language
prohibits legal recognition of both gay marriage and any form of domestic partnership, whether between persons
of the same or opposite sex.

President Dianne Wheatley-Giliotti states that “The League of Women Voters has long held that no person or
group should suffer legal, economic or administrative discrimination. The League of Women Voters of Florida
believes that all life partners in Florida should be able to advocate for their loved ones in health care settings and
participate in end-of-life decisions. By prohibiting recognition of any legal union that is treated as marriage or its
substantial equivalent, the so-called “Marriage Protection” amendment would prevent this.”

The impact of this proposed constitutional prohibition would be far-reaching in its social and economic impact
because of the many legal, economic and health benefits conferred by legally recognized marriage and domestic
partnerships. For instance, invalidation of domestic partnerships affects the right of individuals to include life
partners in health care insurance coverage, to advocate for loved ones in a hospital setting and to be consulted in
health care and end-of-life decisions.

Said Vice-President Terry A. Coble, “The League believes that our government should promote social and
economic justice. Both marriage and domestic partnership confer significant economic and legal benefits. The
“Marriage Protection” amendment would prevent people from entering into private relationships that protect them
economically and legally.”
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           League Vitality and Training Needs Assessment Tool & Local League Contact Form
                                Pamela Goodman, Organizational Director

This President’s Mailing includes a questionnaire entitled League Vitality and Training Needs Assessment Tool
and the Local League Contact Form. The Assessment Tool is for use within your own League and also helps the
State League to gage the health of our local Leagues. The Contact Form is the State League’s way to learn who to
contact when reaching out to you and the various members of your Board of Directors. It is VERY important that
each League completes and returns these forms.

As we draw closer to our Annual Meetings and get ready to elect new leaders, think how you might be able to use
this Assessment Tool in your transition. Some boards hold retreats to plan for the new League year while looking
over the previous one. This questionnaire is intended to assist you in determining strengths and weaknesses in
order to prepare for the future and keep the League strong and thriving.

The Contact Form is equally important to the functioning of our organization as a whole. After you have elected
your new boards and have assigned portfolios, please complete this form and return it to the state office. Having
this information is VITAL! Who is your membership person? Who is your voter service chair? How can we let
you know about an exciting opportunity?

We need these forms returned no later than JUNE 30, 2008 so that we can update our records. I urge you to
be honest, please, in your evaluations on the Assessment Tool and give it the importance it is due. Keep a copy
for yourself so that you may compare the evaluation from one year to the next. Remember the Contact Form is
our ONLY way to know who your leaders are.

Thank you in advance for your cooperation. Together let’s make 2008-2009 an outstanding year. Do not hesitate
to contact me or your State Consultant to offer suggestions or let me know if we can assist you in any way. Local
Leagues make it possible for a State League to exist…you are the roots to the grass! Have a good year!
                                                                                            Page 16 of 24
                         Local League Vitality and Training Needs Assessment Tool
                                                   2008

                   League Name ________________________________________________

                       Size of League __________________ Date __________________

                         <35=small; 35-75=medium; 75-100=large ;> 150-=extra large

This is a self-assessment tool developed by the Membership Committee (LWVF) to determine the overall health
and training needs of the local Leagues in Florida. We are charged with providing assistance to local Leagues.
However, we need your help in defining the areas that will be most beneficial to help you maintain a strong
presence in your community. Please use this grid to evaluate your local League’s vitality and its areas for
improvement. Using the following scale, rank your personal assessment of your League, that is “what you are
doing now-not what you wish you were doing.”

0-Not at all (not applicable)                     3-Maintaining the status quo
1-Really needs improvement                        4-Doing well; few problems
2-Needs some improvement                    5-Vibrant; no problems to report

When completed, total the #s for each category           0      1       2      3       4     5
Leadership
Hold regularly scheduled board meetings
Leadership training (on-going)
Division of duties among board members/ volunteers
(not one person doing it all)
Board works well together
Working committee system (outside board mtg.)
Administrative procedures
Strategy planning/goal setting
Implementation of goals
Evaluate progress of goals at board meetings
Membership
Membership growth (able to get new members)
Membership retention (able to keep members)
Diversity(age, gender, race)
Ability to fill leadership positions with new blood
Communications between board & membership
Mentoring takes place
New member orientation
Recruitment activities for student members
Communications
VOTER published on regular schedule
VOTER sent to state board members
Publicity taking place
Local League website
Community involvement
Visibility of League in community
Relationship with elected officials
Use of LWVUS materials
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Use of LWVF materials
Program/Action
Understand League process for study, Consensus,
action
Local study (do it)
Consensus on local study (move study to consensus)
Take action on local study
Response to LWVF action alerts
Response to LWVUS action alerts
Observer Corps
Plan “ Issue” activities
Voter Service
Voter registration
Sponsor or participate in Candidate Forums
Produce Voter Guide
Produce Directory of Public Officials
Provide specific voter education programs
Meetings/Networking
Hold regular meetings (non-board)
Attend area League sponsored events
Attend LWVF sponsored meetings (Convention,
Council)
Attend LWVUS convention; other meetings
Represent League at local Civic meetings (informal
representation)
Serve as representative of League on local advisory
boards (“official” representation)
Belong to coalitions
Development
Ability to raise funds for administrative costs
Ability to raise funds for special “Ed Fund” projects
Fundraising plan in place and functioning
Finance Committee in place
Members pay dues promptly
Periodic review of dues

Other Comments: What is the ONE thing your League does that should be adapted by all other local
Leagues? This could be….. a process? a publication? an event? an award? etc. Just ONE …the BEST,
please!!!!
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                                2008-2009 LOCAL LEAGUE CONTACT LIST

Even if your local League board has not changed, please provide as much of the information requested below (and
on the reverse side) as possible for each key individuals listed. Please return no later than June 30, 2008 to
LWVF, 540 Beverly Court, Tallahassee, Fl. 32301.

                LWV of __________________________________
                Website___________________________________
   Office/PO Address___________________________ Phone_____________________________________
                           City, ZIP__________________________________
                           E-mail_____________________________________

If two or more people share a portfolio or duties of a particular office, list additional names on a separate sheet.


PRESIDENT____________________________________________________________
Home Address_____________________________Office_________________________
City____________________________Zip_______Office_________________________
Home Phone_______________________________Office_________________________
Cell______________________________________                                                                   Home
FAX________________________________Office_________________________
E-mail____________________________________Office_________________________

CO-PRES. /VICE PRES.__________________________________________________ Home
Address______________________________Office________________________
City____________________________Zip________Office________________________
Home Phone________________________________Office________________________
Cell_______________________________________
Home FAX_________________________________Office________________________ E-
mail_____________________________________Office________________________

TREASURER___________________________________________________________                           Home
Address______________________________Office________________________
City____________________________Zip________Office________________________
Home Phone________________________________Office________________________
Cell_______________________________________
Home FAX_________________________________Office________________________
E-mail_____________________________________Office________________________

MEMBERSHIP__________________________________________________________ Home
Address______________________________Office________________________
City_____________________________Zip_______Office________________________ Home
Phone________________________________Office________________________
Cell_______________________________________
Home FAX_________________________________Office________________________
E-mail_____________________________________Office________________________
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Who updates rosters and informs LWVUS

___________________________________________ e-mail_______________________

VOTER SERVICE_______________________________________________________
Home Address_______________________________ Office_______________________
City____________________________Zip_________Office_______________________
Home Phone_________________________________Office_______________________
Cell________________________________________
Home FAX__________________________________Office_______________________
E-mail______________________________________Office_______________________


NATURAL RESOURCES_________________________________________________
Home Address_______________________________Office_______________________
City____________________________Zip_________Office_______________________
Home Phone_________________________________Office_______________________
Cell________________________________________
Home FAX__________________________________Office_______________________
E-mail______________________________________Office_______________________

ACTION CHAIR________________________________________________________
Home Address_______________________________Office_______________________
City____________________________Zip_________Office_______________________
Home Phone_________________________________Office_______________________
Cell________________________________________
Home FAX__________________________________Office_______________________
E-mail______________________________________Office_______________________

If your action chair does not have a fax or e-mail, please designate someone else in your League who can
receive action alerts this way:

NAME______________________________________FAX
____________________________________________E-mail

VOTER EDITOR________________________________________________________
HomeAddress________________________________Office_______________________
City____________________________Zip_________Office_______________________
Home Phone_________________________________Office_______________________
Cell________________________________________
HomeFAX__________________________________Office________________________
E-mail_____________________________________ Office_______________________

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS:
                                                                                              Page 20 of 24



                            LWVF BOARD Revised 08-09 CONSULTANT LIST
                                 Pam Goodman, Organization Director

The following lists consultants for each local League as amended in March 2008 to reflect the changing
composition of the LWVF board. Please contact YOUR consultant when you have operational questions or
concerns and/or to share successes that your League is celebrating. Please consider inviting your consultant to
give a board orientation and/or attend a local meeting sometime during the year. Your consultant will be in touch
with you after each bi-monthly state board meeting.

Please let us know how you would like to see the consultant program structured and utilized. Our intent is to
support you. Help us make this a reality keeping in mind that we all are volunteers. Changes in bold type.

Board Member                                         Local League

Kay Elliott Burk                      Jacksonville, Okaloosa, Pensacola Bay Area, the Villages
Email: kayburk@bellsouth.net

Terry Coble                           Collier, Lee, Palm Beach
Email: terryarose@bellsouth.net

Joanne Coen
Email: JOANNEJON@aol.com              Flagler, Lake, Orange

Pam Goodman                           Broward, Martin, Miami/Dade, St. Lucie
Email: Pamelasgoodman@aol.com

Clara Anne Graham                     Charlotte MAL, Sarasota, Tallahassee
Email: cagrammy@Comcast.net

Deirdre Macnab                        Polk, Seminole, Space Coast
Email: didimacnab@earthlink.net

Nancy Mitchell                        Alachua/Gainesville, Bay, St Petersburg Area, Volusia
Email: leaguer@aol.com

Nancy Ryan                            Hillsborough, Manatee, N. Pinellas
Email: nryan9@cfl.rr.com
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                                       Membership Tip: RENEWALS!!!
                                     Deirdre Macnab, Membership Director



New league years mean new efforts to renew our members. Hopefully most of you are holding regular meetings,
such as Hot Topics or Timely Topics lunches or breakfasts…one idea that has been effective to encourage
members to stay CURRENT with their membership dues is to charge slightly less for meals than for guests. For
example, if you are charging $15 or $20 for a HOT TOPICS lunch, charge, 3 to 5 dollars more for guests. As
attendees check in, they will quickly renew their membership in order to get the saving, and guests will often pay
the membership fee and join the first time.

Local leagues use different means of soliciting their renewals. These can and should include reminders in
newsletters from the membership chairs (do for at least three to four months), an invoice or letter to each member
with an envelope, a brightly colored reminder postcard for those that do not respond to the letter, and finally a
phone call from the membership committee urging renewal. Why is it so important to go to these efforts?

As most businesses will tell you, it is always easier to “convert” an existing “customer” than to find a new
prospect, so it is important to work hard to make the ‘ask’ again so our members keep their dues up to date.

The next page is a sample INVOICE, which some counties find are more powerful than a letter. Be sure to include
a self addressed envelope (postage paid helps too if your budget can afford it!) Feel free to modify it for your
league! If you need a copy emailed to you, please email me directly: didimacnab@earthlink.net

It is simply an option to a personal letter or postcard, but should net you higher renewal rates.

Thanks for your on going efforts to build our Florida LEAGUE membership!
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                       LEAGUE OF WOMEN VOTERS OF ORANGE COUNTY
                                 p. o. Box 536208           -      Orlando, fl 32853-6208

                                                         SAMPLE
                                                   INVOICE
                                                  Payment Due
Thank you for your membership in the League of Women Voters of Orange County. Your dues
enable the League to keep you and the public informed of important issues via the Voter, special mailings, our website, Hot
Topics luncheons and monthly TV program.


Name________________________________ _________ Phone (day) __________

Address _______________________________________ Phone (eve) __________
______________________________________________ E-mail ______________
                                                                                    (please print legibly)

STEP ONE: CIRCLE Annual Membership Level
                   $100 Susan B. Anthony Membership                 _______
                   $75 Household Membership                          _______
                   $50 Individual Membership                         _______
                   $25 Student                                       _______

                   Your additional Donation is appreciated:
                    Lobby Fund                                      ________
                    (part-time paid advocate for LWV)
                    Education Fund                                  ________
                    (tax deductible)

STEP TWO: Make check payable to LWVOC

STEP THREE:              CIRCLE any topics that interest you:
Voter Service           Health Care         Publicity           Education        Transportation
Local Government             Observer Corps             Membership             Hospitality/Events

Fundraising            Juvenile Justice             Legislation                Natural Resources

Phone Tree      Other____________________________________________________________

                                     Please Use ENCLOSED ENVELOPE
                                    THANK YOU FOR YOUR RENEWAL!!!
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                               YOUR LWVF BOARD and STAFF AT WORK
                                      March – early May 2008

March 11     Executive Director McGarity attended Florida Commission on the Status of Women, Florida
Women's Hall of Fame, State House opening.

March 12       President Wheatley-Giliotti participated in conference call with LWVUS president and presidents
from SE state leagues to view plans for national Convention in Portland, Oregon and progress of the Membership
Recruitment Initiative.

March 13       Vice President Wills participated in press conference endorsing legislation allowing independents
to vote in primary elections.

March 15-16 LWVF/LWVFEF held bi-monthly board meeting in Wakulla Springs.

March 16-18 LWVF board members, Executive Director McGarity and staff interacted with almost 60
representations from 19 local Leagues at the 48th annual Legislative Seminar in Tallahassee.

March 24       Executive Director McGarity celebrated Women’s History month with the Villages MAL together
with over 60 attendees that included women elected officials from the three counties comprising the Villages
complex.

March 24        Director Goodman was a panelist at Lynn University, Boca Raton, for election issued televised by
CSpan with Robert Watson, Lynn University, American Studies Program coordinator, Antonio Fins, Sun-Sentinel
editorial page editor, and
Arthur Anderson, Palm Beach County Supervisor of Elections.

March 28        Executive Director McGarity represented LWVF at an AARP unveiling of Champmobile, an
interactive educational vehicle that will travel across the state promoting the Divided We Fail messages, in
Tallahassee. Look for it in your area!

April 1         Vice President Wills spoke at the Florida Rights Restoration Coalition (FRRC) “Day of Action” in
Tallahassee attended by statewide rights restoration advocates for former felons.

April 3       Vice President Wills attended a seminar “21st Century Right to Know Agenda” hosted by OMB
Watch and the FSU Information Institute In Tallahassee.

April 4        Rebecca Sager testified for LWVF at the Florida Taxation and Budget Reform Commission
(TBRC) in opposition to CP045, a TABOR type proposed constitutional amendment that has failed miserable in
Colorado. It caps annual spending for all levels of government. On April 14 The TBRC did NOT approve this
amendment.

April 5        President Wheatley-Giliotti, Vice President Wills, and Executive Director McGarity joined
LWVUS President Mary Wilson for a dinner hosted by LWV of Palm Beach County that included the presidents
of Collier and Miami/Dade counties.

April 6      President Wheatley-Giliotti introduced LWVUS President Mary Wilson as the keynote speaker at
the LWV of Palm Beach County annual meeting. Vice President Wills, Executive Director McGarity and LWV of
Broward County leaders also attended.
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April 6       Climate committee chair Graham was keynote speaker at LWV of Lee Co. annual meeting. She
addressed climate change issues.

April 8        President Wheatley-Giliotti joined a conference call with regional state League leaders to explore
“streamlining the job of running state and local Leagues.”

April 10      Executive Director McGarity attended AFP Workshop about working with professional advisors to
promote your planned giving program in Tallahassee.

April 12       Secretary Coen attended LWV of Lake County annual meeting.

April 14       Off Board Director Emmons-Schramm was the featured speaker at the Villages MAL annual
meeting. She brought attendees up-to-date about the citizen’s petition initiative re-districting campaign for the
2010 election.

April 18       Executive Director McGarity attended LWV of Tallahassee annual meeting.

May 3          Director Goodman presented a workshop at the NOW State Convention.

May 10         Vice President Wills attended LWV of Pensacola Bay annual meeting.

May 12        President Wheatley-Giliotti was featured speaker at LWV of Seminole County annual meeting.
She discussed youth voting and civic education.

Media interviews with President Wheatley Giliotti
   - 4/1 video with, Dalia Dangerfield, Bright House Network Bay News 9 TV, Tampa, regarding failure of
       Florida to comply with federal National Voter Registration Act requiring voter registration forms and
       assistance in completing the forms available at public benefits offices. Show aired 4/13.
   - Regarding LWV v. Browning challenging 3rd Party voter registration in federal court
       - 4/15&17&27 with Damien Cave, NY Times. Supportive article published on the front page of the NY
       Times on 4/28, the International Herald Tribune and the Tampa Tribune. 2nd article about LWV v.
       Browning in the NY Times on 4/29.
       - 4/28 video with Dalia Dangerfield, Bright House Network Bay News 9 TV, Tampa. Piece aired 4/29.
       - 4/28 audio tape with Charles Brown, SNN 6 TV, Sarasota.
       - 4/28 audio tape with Mitch Perry, WMNF Radio, Tampa. Piece broadcast 4/28.
       - 4/29 with Adam Cohen, NY Times editorial board. Pro-voter editorial published 5/2.
  - 5/2 with Beth Reinhard, reporter, Miami-Herald regarding Florida election laws. - 5/2 with Randy
  Schultz, editorial board, Palm Beach Post, regarding voter ID.

Weekly         Off Board Director Emmons-Schramm participated in FairDistrictsFlorida steering committee
conference calls to gauge progress of the citizen’s petition initiative re-districting campaign for the 2010 election.

Monthly        Director Mitchell participated in Florida Rights Restoration Coalition (FRRC) conference calls to
implement strategies to assist former felons in getting their civil rights restored.

Periodically Voter Services Director Ryan joined conference calls with grantees from 8 other state Leagues to
review advocacy strategies and results to prevent voter disfranchisement under the LWVEF Public Advocacy for
Voter Protection grant project.

				
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