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                                       LWVF PRESIDENTS MAILING
                                         September & October 2006
                                           TABLE OF CONTENTS

Dianne Wheatley-Giliotti, President            Local Leagues May Resume Voter Registration Activities   2
                                               Executive Director Profile: Peg McGarity                 4
                                               YOUR LWVF Board at Work, August-September 2006           5
                                               LWVF/EF Updated October 06-June 07 Calendar              7

Joanne Coen, Secretary                         Board Bytes (September 2006)                             9
                                               Political yet Nonpartisan                                10

Nancy Mitchell, 2nd Vice President             Ordering Special Election Edition of The Florida Voter   11

Marilynn Wills, 1st Vice President             LWVF 2007 Legislative Interviews Packet                  12

Peg McGarity, Executive Director               2007 Legislative Seminar Invitation                      16
                                               2007 Legislative Seminar Schedule of Events              17

Charlene Walker, Voter Protection LWVEF        Fl Trip by LWVUS President Mary Wilson Oct. 1-6          18
Grant Project Manager

Evelyn Wright, Co-president, LWV of St.        How to Study Alternative Voting Systems in Florida       20
Petersburg Area

Carol Barclay, Director/Membership             Membership Tip                                           21
                                               Local League Updated Consultants List                    22

Betty Enfinger, Off Board/ PR                  Get out the Vote Sample Press Releases                   23

Natural Resources Defense Council              Oceans Blueprint Press Release                           25

Trust the Voter PAC                            Vote “no” on Amendment 3 Fliers                          27

Barbara Jagrowski                              Nomination Form for 07-09 LWVF Board                     30

Carol Smith, Off Board/Liaison for Debates     Statewide Candidate Forum                                31

Mark Elliott, Floridians for Alternatives to   Press Release: Florida Death Penalty System Broken       32
the Death Penalty


                 Local Leagues May Resume Voter Registration Activities

On Monday August 28, 2006, a federal court in Miami blocked enforcement of a Florida state
law enacted earlier this year that would have imposed crippling fines on voter registration
groups. At issue in the case, League of Women Voters v. Cobb (case no. 06-21265), was a
punishing and tiered regime of deadlines and fines for groups engaged in non-partisan voter
registration in the State of Florida. Under the law, (Fla. Laws 2005-277, Secs. 2 and 7),
effective January 1, 2006, the government would have imposed a mandatory fine of $250 for
each and every voter registration form submitted more than ten days after the form was
collected from a prospective voter, $500 for each registration form submitted after the
passing of a registration deadline, and $5000 for each registration form not submitted, for any

Most chilling to plaintiffs‟ activities was the law‟s adoption of a “strict liability” legal
standard, meaning that no extenuating circumstance -- not even destruction of an office by a
hurricane – would have excused the failure to submit a registration form within the law‟s
deadlines. Plaintiffs told the court that the multiple fines would devastate the budgets of
many non-partisan voter registration groups. For example, the entire annual budget for the
Florida League of Women Voters is $70,000, or the equivalent of just 14 lost registration
forms. At the same time, virtually everyone associated with an organization -- from a
volunteer canvasser to the organization‟s Board chair -- can be held personally responsible
for paying the fines.

The suit also challenged the law‟s unequal treatment of political parties and non-partisan
groups. The law would have exempted political parties from the fines. Plaintiffs argued that
there is no evidence whatsoever in the legislative record to suggest that late or lost voter
registration forms have been more prevalent among Florida‟s non-partisan groups than
among Florida‟s political parties.

This ruling sends a message to legislators in Florida and other states that they should applaud
civic groups like the League of Women Voters – not penalize them – for tirelessly working to
strengthen our democracy. This law would have quickly erased from the state some of the
most basic sights of American democracy: the non-partisan voter registration table at the mall
or bus stop; the unaffiliated registration advocate at a school or workplace; and the
encouragement to participate in elections often found in churches and synagogues.

The Florida League, a plaintiff in the suit, is a nonpartisan, largely volunteer organization that
has been helping to register Florida voters since 1939. By a unanimous vote of its Board in
March 2006, the Florida League for the first time suspended all voter registration operations
with its 27 local Leagues across Florida. Other plaintiffs joining the suit include: People
Acting for Community Together (PACT), a coalition of community organizations, churches,
synagogues and schools based in Miami-Dade County; American Federation of State, County
and Municipal Employees, Council 79 (AFSCME); Service Employees International Union,

Florida Healthcare Union (SEIU-FHU); and Marilynn Wills, president of the Tallahassee
League of Women Voters.

The defendants filed a notice of appeal immediately following Judge Patricia Seitz‟s ruling. It
was docketed in the federal appeals court in Atlanta, GA on September 8. By law, the appeals
court has up to 30 days to schedule a hearing. It is unlikely that the appeals court will act
prior to the book closing date for the general election.

Local Leagues are encouraged to accelerate local voter registration activities to make up
for time lost during the voter registration moratorium from March 13 to August 28,

Pro bono co-counsel for plaintiffs include the Brennan Center for Justice at NYU School of
Law, the Advancement Project in Washington DC, the New York City law firm Kramer
Levin Naftalis & Frankel LLP, and the Ft. Lauderdale law firm Becker & Poliakoff.


In June, 2006, Peg retired. She had spent the past fifteen years as a free lance consulting specialist for the public,
private and not for profit sectors. Her specialty areas included public relations/marketing, community
development, financial management, business plan development, customer/staff relation training and fundraising.
For the past six years, she had served as a member of the Longboat Key Hilton Resort management team.

With a very successful 40 year career history as a business woman, professional manager of not for profit
organizations and community volunteer, Peg‟s retirement plan included a strong commitment to continue to share
her knowledge, experience and leadership skills on a part time basis. We are very fortunate that she selected the
League of Women Voters of Florida for this work.

In 1988, with her youngest child on her maiden voyage in pursuit of her college education, Peg relocated to
Bradenton, Florida to accept the position of Director of the Retired Senior Volunteer Program of
Manatee/Sarasota Counties. She then spent ten years at Manatee County‟s fourth largest non public employer,
Freedom Village Retirement Community, in Bradenton, where she rose through the management levels from
Marketing Director of the Inn at Freedom Village/Freedom Village Nursing Center to the Campus Community
Relations and Activity Director. Additional career accomplishments include serving as Executive Director of The
New Hampshire Governor‟s Office on Volunteerism, Executive Director of the New Hampshire Multiple
Sclerosis Society, North East Regional Field Representative for a seven state area for the National Foundation
March of Dimes, Concord, New Hampshire and Coordinator of Chapter Services for the four county Broome
County Chapter of the March of Dimes Birth Defects Foundation, Binghamton, New York (her hometown).

Commendations for her leadership and career performance are numerous. Peg said “The highlight of my career
was receiving an award named after me. The “Peg McGarity Award” presented by the Governor of New
Hampshire honoring the top professional manager of volunteer organizations in the State was the first award of its
kind ever presented by a Governor. The award is still given annually”.

For the past three and a half years, Peg has served as President of the League of Women Voters of Manatee
County and was elected to the LWVF/LWVFEF Board of Directors in May 2005 carrying the portfolio of
Legislative Seminar Chair. Her community service is extensive. She is a member of the Manatee Educational
Television Board of Directors and the Manatee Commission on the Status of Women. She has worked on political
campaigns, coordinated fund raising events, and served on the board and committees of numerous community
organizations. Recognition for her on going community involvement is wide reaching. They range from a letter of
Commendation from Florida Governor Lawton Childes for her commitment to Continuing Education for seniors
to the Bradenton Herald Women of Excellence nomination.

                                      YOUR LWVF BOARD AT WORK
                                         August/September 2006

August 1-29 President Wheatley-Giliotti interviewed/recorded/taped by in state and out of state radio, TV, and
newspapers about LWVF‟s role in the third party voter registration law suit hearing and subsequent favorable
injunction 28 August ruling by Judge Patricia Seitz as well as other election issues in Florida. These media
reported favorably about our case and even published editorials endorsing the LWVF position.

       -   Aug. 1, with Khadijah White, PBS News magazine NOW in NYC about Florida Photo ID/signature
       -   Aug. 8, with Alisa Ulferts, St. Petersburg Times.
       -   Aug. 15 & 28 with Rick Barry, Pelican Press, Sarasota,
       -   Aug. 16 with Scott Keenan, CBS News Bureau Chief, Southern District, Atlanta, GA
       -   Aug. 18 with Peter Meryash, PBS News magazine NOW, NYC, for segment about barriers to voting
           that aired nationally starting September 1.
       -   Aug. 18 with Alex Blair and Ray Marks, WHLD, News Talk 1270, Buffalo, NY and with Roxanne
           Escabales, WMNF, Tampa.
       -   Aug. 28 with Matt Perry, WMNF, Tampa, Jay Weaver, Miami Herald, and Vanessa Blum, Sun
       -   Aug. 29 with Joe Crankshaw, Treasure Coast Newspapers.
       -   Sept. 6 with Catherine Dolinski, The Tampa Tribune
       -   Sept. 14 with Adam Sichko, St. Louis Post-Dispatch
       -   Sept. 18 with Mark Weisenmiller, IPS and The Economist

August 6         President Wheatley-Giliotti‟s July interview with Bright House Network Bay News 9 TV about the
3rd party voter registration injunction hearing in US District Court in Miami was aired. Bay News 9 commentary
was supportive.

August 7      Secretary Coen presented Pro/Con information about the 06 Ballot questions to the Sisterhood of
the New Jewish Congregation at The Villages

August 8        President Wheatley-Giliotti served as a panelist for an Attorney General primary candidate forum
for live and re-broadcast on the Florida Public Interest Foundation voter education internet site Public Matters.
LWVF is a participating partner in this electronic approach to voter education.

August 10      President Wheatley-Giliotti introduced a candidate forum for county and circuit judges in Pinellas
and Pasco Counties in Clearwater. The LWV of North Pinellas and the Clearwater Bar Association co-sponsored
the public forum taped by Channel 96 re-broadcast several times.

August 11       “Why Should I Vote” Project Manager Charlene Walker and President Wheatley-Giliotti
participated in a statewide grassroots conference call, sponsored by LWVUS EF, to craft steps to protect the vote
during the 2006 election cycle, and start the planning for a Florida visit by President Mary Wilson from October
August 14       Off-board water chair Charlene Walker represented LWVF at an ERP workshop at the Dept. of
Environmental Protection in Tallahassee regarding the implementation of new rules for NW Florida.

August 15 Off-board liaison for Candidate Forums Carol Smith served as a panelist for a gubernatorial primary
candidate forum for live and re-broadcast on the Florida Public Interest Foundation voter education internet site
Public Matters. LWVF is a participating partner in this electronic approach to voter education.

August 15 Secretary Coen met with prospective League members in Osceola County accompanied by Deirdre
Macnab, President of the LWV of Orange Co. Their mission was two-fold: 1. to invite interested persons to attend
League activities in adjacent Orange and Seminole Counties and 2. to excite interested persons to form a MAL.

August 19 President Wheatley-Giliotti addressed over 400 attendees about voting issues at the 12th annual
Equity Day celebration luncheon co-sponsored by the LWV of Manatee Co. and the Manatee Co. Commission on
the Status of Women.

September 5 Vice President Wills met with Senate Judiciary Committee staff and counsel regarding its interim
research project “Options for Authorizing Citizens to Propose and Adopt Statues.”

September 8-9 LWVF board meeting held in Sunset. It included a dinner with the LWV of Broward County

September 10 President Wheatley-Giliotti and Treasurer Graham met with Miami/Dade leaders in Miami.

September 12 Off Board Director Emmons-Schramm represented LWVF at Florida Civic Engagement Table C
(3) in Orlando to set strategy to defeat amendment #3

Weekly         Off Board Director Emmons-Schramm participated in conference calls with Common Cause and
other re-formatted coalition members regarding organizing a re-districting citizen‟s petition initiative for the 2008

Monthly         Second Vice President Nancy Mitchell met by conference call with Secretary of State Cobb other
civic groups in a public/private coalition dedicated to a successful 2006 election cycle.

Monthly         Off Board Director Moore participated in FRRC conference calls to implement strategies,
developed at the for third annual statewide convening in July 22, for raising the awareness of the broken rights
restoration process with statewide candidates for national and state offices.

                               LWVF/LWVFEF CALENDAR
                                 October 2006-May 2007
                                   (Updates in Bold Type)

October 2006
Sun          1            3rd qtr. PMP due from LL (25% payable with
                          unrestricted accrual Funds on deposit with LWVFEF)
Sun-Fri      1-6          LWVUS President Mary Wilson visits to Miami, the
                          Tampa Bay Area, Jacksonville and Tallahassee
Sat          14           Florida Women’s Consortium Meeting, Orlando
Fri          6            Distribution Special Election Edition of The Florida

November 2006
                     Tuesday       7                        Election Day
Fri-Sat      17-18        Nov Board Meeting, Estero, Lee County, Open to Leagues

December 2006
Fri          1            Distribution 2nd FY06/07 lobby fund Solicitation Letter
Fri          1            Distribution Winter The Florida VOTER
Fri          15           Deadline Alternative Voting Systems Consensus
                          Questions from local Leagues due Office
January 2007
Mon          1            4th quarter PMP due from LL (25% payable
                                     with unrestricted LL Funds on deposit with LWVFEF)
Wed          10           Deadline LWVF Board 07-09 Nominations
Fri-Sat      19-20        January Board Meeting, Volusia Co., Open to Leaguers

February 2007
Wed           28          Deadline 07 Legislative Interviews from LL

March 2007
Thurs        1           Distribution 2nd FY 06/07 Ed fund Solicitation Letter
Thurs        1           Early Bird Registration for 07 Legislative Seminar
Thurs        1           Deadline 07-09 Program and By Law Recommendations
                         From LL
Tues         6           2007 Legislative Session Begins
Fri          9           Last Registration for 07 Legislative Seminar
Tuesday      13          Cancellation Deadline for 07 Legislative Seminar
Sat -Sun     17-18       March Board Meeting, Wakulla Springs, Open to Leaguers
Sun –Tues    18-20       47th Legislative Seminar, Tallahassee
Sun-Tues     18-20       Florida Women’s Consortium Lobby Days, Tallahassee
Fri          30          Distribution Spring The Florida VOTER

April 2007
Sun          1            1ST qtr. PMP (FY 07/08) due from LL (25% payable with
                          unrestricted LL accrual funds on deposit with LWVFEF)
Fri          20           Early Bird Registration LWVF/EF 07 Convention
Mon          30           Last Registration LWVF/EF 07 Convention

Mon          30                 Last day to enter LWVF/EF 07 Convention Contests

May 2007
Tues         1                  Law Day (week), “Liberty Under Law: Empowering
             Youth, Assuring Democracy.‖
Fri          4                  2007 Legislative Session Ends
Wed          9                  Cancellation deadline for LWVF/EF 07 Convention
Thurs-Fri    17-18              Pre-Convention May Board Meeting, Tampa, Westshore
Fri-Sun18-20              LWVF/EF 31st Biennial Convention, Tampa, Westshore
Sun          20                 Post Convention May Board Meeting, Tampa

                                        September 2006 Board Bytes
                                         Joanne M. Coen, Secretary

   Celebrated resumption of voter registration activities following injunctive relief from third party voter
    registration law granted by federal Judge Seitz on August 28 and reviewed next steps including a
    pending appeal by defendants and a trial.

   Announcements
           o Peg McGarity hired as part time Executive Director of the LWVF/EF.
           o Dorrit Marks, LWV of Miami/Dade, appointed to the LWVUS Immigration Study panel.
           o LWV of Palm Beach Co. selected as LWVUS pilot membership site.
           o Dianne Wheatley-Giliotti asked to serve on a joint Supreme Court /Florida Bar committee to
             consider a new and formal judicial evaluation program for appellate and trial judges.
   Grants
           o Received $15,000 FLAME grant from the Florida Bar Association to publish and distribute
             Special Election Edition of The Florida Voter.
           o Used Voter Protection Grant from LWVEF to publish ―Why Should I Vote?‖ for local
             League and direct distribution.

   Approved purchase of Directors & Officers Liability insurance for LWVF Board.

   Approved two Accrual Grants for LWV of Palm Beach Co.: 1. pamphlet "Elections Made Easy"; 2.
    pamphlet for 2006 primary election.

   Approved the budget for the 2007 Legislative Seminar from March 18-20.

   Discussed nonpartisan issues moving into the 2006 elections.

   Designed a more flexible legislative interview process.

   Reviewed plans for 2007 LWVF Biennial Convention.

   Discussed LWVUS President Wilson’s Oct. 1-6 Florida voter protection itinerary.

   Appointed Joanne Coen Bylaws Committee Chair for 2007 LWVF Convention.

   Approved candidate questions for Special Election Edition of The Florida Voter.

   Made changes in LWVF Consultant assignments: Wills added Seminole, Sarasota and Space Coast;
    Coen added Lake, Hillsborough and North Pinellas; Mitchell added Volusia and St. Petersburg;
    Barclay added Flagler and Martin.

   Dined with members from LWV of Broward Co. on Friday night.

   Welcomed LWV of Broward and Palm Beach Counties members to Saturday morning LWVF/EF
    Board Meeting.

                                             Political yet Nonpartisan
                                            Joanne M. Coen, Secretary

       At the League‟s founding in Chicago in 1920, Carrie Chapman Catt said: “In the League of Women
Voters, we have an anomaly: we are going to be a semi-political body. We want political things; we want
legislation; we are going to educate for citizenship. In that body we have got to be non-partisan and all-partisan.”

       As League members, we recognize the role of partisan politics in our society. The League is a political
organization in that we take positions on selected public issues. We also encourage member participation in
partisan politics. However, the choices made in 1920 to neither support nor oppose any political party or
candidate for public office continues today to ensure that the League‟s voice is heard above the noise of partisan
politics. Our nonpartisan policy is what sets us apart from other organizations.

       All local Leagues have Nonpartisan Policies in place. Some might be more restrictive than others as to the
activities board members may participate in. If you are politically active during this election season, please take a
moment to think about how your participation will be publicly perceived. Please …
      Think about the extent to which the public identifies a board or off-board member‟s activities with those of
       your League even if he/she takes a leave of absence from the board and/or defers assuming office until
       after a major election;
      Think about the visibility associated with a specific political activity (ranging from participation in partisan
       social affairs to signing petitions or making campaign contributions or serving as a campaign manager).

       Remember, the most important goal of all League members is to ensure the heritage, legacy and credibility
of the League as a nonpartisan organization.

                            SPECIAL ELECTION EDITIONS OF THE VOTER

ATTENTION:            Local League Presidents

FROM:                 Nancy L. Mitchell (

DATE:                 August 28, 2006

It is time again to be making plans for the distribution of the Special Election Edition of The Florida Voter.
We will be sending your supply in early October. We hope to print the edition in English and Spanish

Please contact your members who handled the distribution of Voters in 2004 to learn how many were
actually distributed, and let us know the amount you think you might realistically need this year. We need
to know these numbers as soon as possible. We will print as many copies as we possibly can after expenses
are factored in. However, we cannot guarantee that you will receive the exact amount you have asked
for—but we will try to do so.

LOCAL LEAGUE          __________________________________________________________________

PERSON MAKING REQUEST____________________________PHONE NO.__________________


NUMBER OF ENGLISH VOTERS REQUESTED__________________________________________

NUMBER OF SPANISH VOTERS REQUESTED__________________________________________

      Please e-mail this form as an attachment to me as soon as
                     possible at

                           LWVF LEGISLATIVE PRIORITIES
                            Marilynn Wills, 1st V.P., ACTION

Thank you to all the Leagues who sent in suggested questions. On the following pages you will find optional
questions for your legislators. Hopefully, your questions are covered in the list.

Some Leagues would like to get their questions answered in face-to-face interviews with their legislators, while
others think that they can get them answered when their county delegations meet with their constituents. Most of
the questions apply to all legislators, but you may choose those that you think are most relevant to your locale.
Call on any legislator serving your local League area with the understanding that another League served by the
legislator may also interview him/her. If you are making a presentation to the entire county delegation, please
coordinate with other Leagues in the county. Background information was given in the August President‟s
Mailing and can be found on the State website: Additional background is available in Study
and Action 2005-2007. If possible, please get your information back to us by January 1 2007. Thank you.


The LWVF board has selected two Legislative Priorities for the 2007 Regular Session of the Florida Legislature.
The priorities were selected using input from Local Leagues, the LWVF Board and other sources. A summary
statement of the LWVF's position on each priority is included.

 Government in Florida- Election Law/Reapportionment/Amendatory Process
 Fiscal Policy/Tax Reform/Campaign Finance:
The above priority issue will be assigned to the League‟s professional lobbyist. We will be monitoring all
legislation in this area.

Growth Management: Environmental Protection and Resource Management

Promote an environment beneficial to life through the protection and wise management of natural resources in the
public interest by recognizing the interrelationship of air quality, energy, land use, waste management and water

For a full statement of LWVF positions, see Study and Action 2005-2007, a LWVF publication available
from the LWVF office for $5.00 plus shipping and handling on a pre-paid basis. Quantity discounts

               League of Women Voters of Florida, 540 Beverly Court, Tallahassee, Fl 32301


NOTE: the responses to these questions are for the use of LWVF only and will not be released to the media or
the general public. Although space has been provided on the form, additional pages may be attached to allow
room for answers.

PART I: one-on-one interviews

Legislator’s Name: _________________________________H or S District__________

Interviewer: ______________________________________Phone:________________

Recorder: ________________________________________Phone:________________

League of Women Voters of: ______________________________________________

Please make sure the Legislator’s name and appropriate district appear on each sheet.

INSTRUCTIONS: E-mail, fax, or mail to the names below. If mailing, make two copies of this cover
sheet and completed questionnaire. Send one copy to each of the following:

Jeanne Zokovitch                                     Marilynn Wills
540 Beverly Court                                    2326 Kilkenny Dr West
Tallahassee, Fl 32301                                Tallahassee, Fl 32309                    
                                                     Fax (850) 893-4104 (call before

PART II: Public Hearing

If you are using a format other than the face-to-face interview, please list the name of the forum, date, and
names of legislators and their responses

Name of Forum_________________________________ Date_____________

Legislators in Attendance___________________________________________


    Questions Asked (Give the number of the question) and Responses given (name the legislator and
                                  district; give his/her response).


Government in Florida: Promote an open government that is responsive to the people of the state.

        Florida Constitution: Support basic law that assures a government responsive
        and accountable to the people of the state.

   1.   Do you support non-partisan elections for Supervisors of Elections? If no, please
        give your reasons.

   2. Do you support/oppose restrictions on the authority of Florida citizens to
      amend the state constitution, i.e. subject filter, fiscal impact, frivolous
      signature challenges? Why or why not?

   3. Who should determine the voting districts in the State, a special independent multi-partisan
      Commission or the state legislature? Please give your reasons for your

   4. Would you support a Citizens‟ Statutory Initiative Process? If not, please give
      your reasons.

   5. Would you support a constitutional amendment which would make the office of Secretary of State a non-
      partisan elected office rather than a governor appointment?

        Election Law: Support of measures to protect, extend and encourage the use of
        the franchise and to advocate fair methods of financing political campaigns.

   1.   Do you support/oppose measures that would require the State to provide information
        to all voters about statewide candidates, proposed constitutional amendments
        and their fiscal impact? Why or why not?

   2.   What is your position on the restoration of former felons‟ rights? Would you
        support the automatic restoration of rights for those who have completed all
        sentence requirements?

   3.   Would you support legislation rolling back last year‟s increases in the amount
        of money candidates can spend on a statewide election campaign?

Natural Resources in Florida: Promote an environment beneficial to life through the protection and wise
management of natural resources in the public interest.

      Growth Management: Promote the management of natural resources as interrelated parts of life-
      supporting ecosystems.

      Water Resources: Support public policies that promote conservation of freshwater and its availability for
      environmental, public supply, agricultural, industrial and mining uses on a priority basis with the
      environment and public supply first.

 1.   What will you do to protect, strengthen, and maintain stronger growth management laws?

 2.   The ERP bill signed by the Governor provides the Panhandle with some
      protection of wetlands but did not raise the cap on funding for the Northwest
      Florida Water Management District. Do you support a constitutional amendment
      that would allow the citizens to raise the cap to what it is in other water
      management districts?

 3.    Do you support recurring funding for the permitting process?

 4.   What is your plan to protect Florida waterways from further pollution?

 5.   How will you provide clean drinking water and preserve Florida‟s environment
      for future generations?

 6.   Do you support the 1985 Growth Management Act? Why or Why not?

 7.   Do you support/oppose the Act‟s concurrency requirement that schools, roads
      and other infrastructure be made available at the same time as development
      occurs? Why or why not?

                                     HOLD THE DATE

                          “A STATE OF INVOLVEMENT”

                           2007 LEGISLATIVE SEMINAR
                              March 18, 19, 20, 2007
                                Holiday Inn Select
                             316 W. Tennessee Street
                               Tallahassee, Florida

The annual LWVF Legislative Seminar offers the opportunity to interact with and lobby your legislative delegation, become
educated about the LWVF program positions and Legislative priorities and to hear from our lobbyist and elected

Attendance at the Legislative seminar is always a growth opportunity for League members and a rewarding learning and
networking experience. It makes no difference if you are a new League member or a seasoned one; it is guaranteed that you
will walk away with new knowledge and tools to help impact the quality of life in your local communities.

We are pleased to announce that we have been able to arrange a lower registration and hotel cost for the 2007 Legislative
Seminar. Room rates at the Holiday Inn Select are $130+ tax for both single and doubles. You will make your room
reservations directly with the Holiday Inn Select at 1-850-222-9555 or 1-888-825-4817. Let them know you are with the
League of Women Voters.
Room reservation must be made with the hotel by March 1.

$140          Early Bird Registration (received by March 1)
$150          Regular Registration (received after March 9)
$160          Late or Paid at the Door Registration (received after March 13)
    A $25 Cancellation fee will be charged if cancellation is not received by March 13

Registration fee is for member participants. It includes all seminar materials, participation at all seminar activities,
reception/dinners on March 18 and 19, and Breakfast on March 20.


Sunday, March 18 Reception/Dinner            Dinner Cost - $45.00
Monday, March 19 Reception/Dinner            Dinner Cost $45.00
Tuesday, March 20 Breakfast                  Breakfast Cost - $30.00

                         ―in THE FLORIDA VOTER, Winter Edition‖

                         ―A STATE OF INVOLVEMENT‖
                          2007 LEGISLATIVE SEMINAR
                              March 18, 19, 20, 2007
                       Holiday Inn Select, Tallahassee, Florida

                            SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
Sunday, March 18
3:00 – 6:00 PM                        Registration at Holiday Inn Select

3:00 – 4:00 PM                        Workshop

4:15 – 5:15 PM                        Workshop

6:00 – 7:30 PM                        Welcome Reception & Dinner hosted by the
                  Tallahassee LWV

7:30 – 8:30 PM                         Informal Meeting – LWVF Lobbyist Jeanne
                                      Zokovitch – 2007 Priorities, Talking Points
                                       for Lobbying Visits, Lobbying Techniques

8:30 – 9:30 PM                        “Making Connections” – Informal time to
                                      meet and share ideas

Monday, March 19
8:30 AM – 12 Noon                   Overview –meet with Legislative leaders and
                                LWVF leadership in the Capitol Cabinet

12:00 – 1:00 PM                        Lunch – Dutch treat (on your own)

1:00 – 4:00 PM                         Visits to lobby Representatives and/or
                                      Senators, attend scheduled House or Senate
                                      Plenary sessions or committee meetings

6:00 – 7:30 PM                         Reception and Dinner at Holiday Inn Select

7:30 – 9:00 PM                         Guest Speaker

Tuesday, March 20
8:30 –10 AM                            Breakfast Buffet – The Governor Club with
                                       Guest Speaker

11 AM – 3:00 PM                        Visits to lobby Representatives and/or
                                       Senators, attend scheduled House or Senate
                                      Plenary sessions or committee meetings

                          Florida Trip by LWVUS President Mary Wilson
                                        October 1- 6, 2006
        Charlene Walker, Voter Protection Grant Project Manager:

OVERVIEW: LWVUS President Mary Wilson is visiting six states in late September and early October,
before book closing dates to register for the general election, to introduce the League‟s 5 Things You Need to
Know on Election Day campaign. These states are Ohio, Wisconsin, Missouri, Florida, Georgia, and
Pennsylvania. Their state Leagues are grant recipients in the LWV Education Fund Public Advocacy for Voter
Protection project aimed to inform voters about what they can expect when they go to the polls this November.
The cards will familiarize voters with new election procedures, encourage participation and empower voters to
take action to personally ensure that their votes are counted.

While in Florida, Mary wants to meet with the media (TV, Cable, Radio, Print statewide and minority based),
election officials, and League members, in an effort to bring visibility to the importance of voter registration
and voting. She will focus on getting information out through Florida Leagues and through the media with
respect to what types of ballots and voting equipment will be used in the specific locales. She will also discuss
the types of voter identification that voters will be required to show at the polls and how provisional balloting
works. Throughout these visits, she will highlight the 5 Things as steps individual voters can take to protect
their votes. She will address obstacles that voters may face this election as well as voter protection issues like
the importance of a voter verifiable paper ballot/record, a random audit of paper ballots/records, and a well-
constructed and easily used statewide voter database. She will emphasize the League's opposition to requiring
voter identification as well as its opposition to oppressive restrictions on voter registration, and its position that
HAVA requires provisional ballots be counted at least on a county level basis. She will promote the importance
of making sure that factual, nonpartisan information about candidates and ballot issues are available to the
voters. LWVF President Dianne Wheatley-Giliotti will accompany Mary on this Florida tour.


   1. You can attend any or all of the events planned for Miami/Dade, the Tampa Bay Area, Jacksonville, and
      Tallahassee. The LWVF Board aims for Mary to meet at least one person from each Florida local League,
      all state board and off board members, LWVF staff and recent former LWVF Presidents. Contact the local
      League coordinator listed for each city for venue, fees, address, etc. details.
           - LWV of Miami/ Dade County: Terry Coble,
           - LWV of Hillsborough County: Mike McKinney,
           - LWV of Jacksonville: Carol Spalding, or
           - LWV of Tallahassee: Marilynn Wills,

   2.   You can help Mary tailor her messages to Florida and to your county:
   -    Did your county have any problems associated with the September 5 Primary Election?
   -    Were any glitches with the Voter Registration Database discovered before, during or after the election?
   -    Were any eligible citizens disenfranchised? What were the reasons for disenfranchisement?
   -    What reasons were given for low voter turnout?

Please send anecdotal information to Charlene Walker before September 30:

                             LWVUS President Mary Wilson Florida Itinerary
                                          October 1-6, 2006

Sunday, Oct. 1: Mary Wilson flies from Albuquerque to Miami
Sunday Oct. 1
Evening – Dinner with LWV of Miami/Dade

Monday, Oct. 2
10:30 AM – Presentation of Voter Registrations by LWV Miami-Dade and other plaintiffs in LWV v. Cobb
lawsuit at Miami-Dade County Elections Department, 2700 NW 87th Avenue. 12:30 pm – Lunch with Media
Executives at Anacapri on Miracle Mile, Coral Gables; in
3:30 pm – Speech Miami-Dade College, Wolfson Campus with Honors students.
6:30 pm (?) – Reception at Chart House

Tuesday, Oct. 3: Drive to Tampa (Hillsborough, Pinellas, and St. Petersburg Leagues)
1 PM and 2 PM media events with the St. Pete Times and Channel 9
5:30 PM press conference at Latam at the Centro
6:30 PM Dinner at Latam at the Centro

Wednesday, Oct. 4:
Morning- Tampa tentative press event
Drive to Jacksonville
Afternoon: editorial board meeting
Evening: Forum Kent Campus FCCJ "Does your vote count?"

Thursday Oct. 5:
Morning- Press conference & Video taping interview for cable TV
Drive to Tallahassee
3 PM TV interview followed with editorial board of the Capital Outlook (both are minority media)
Dinner with Secretary of State Sue Cobb or her representative and/or local Supervisor of Election

Friday, Oct. 6: Tallahassee
Early Morning-Press Conference
Late Morning- departure to Atlanta

                       How to Study Alternative Voting Systems in Florida
                           Evelyn Wright, co-president, LWV of St. Petersburg Area

We hope that your members have begun reading and disseminating the background information available on the
LWVF web site at .
We suggest downloading and printing the Consensus Questions first, so that you can use the questions as a
guide when reviewing the background material.

Because the background material is so lengthy, we have some suggestions.
      -        If you can assemble a committee of several people, each person could focus on a particular
               alternative voting system and then summarize for the rest of the group.
      -        Another suggestion is to split your consensus meeting into two separate meetings: one to
               explain the alternative voting systems and the other to discuss and try to reach consensus, or
               else maybe tackle half of the consensus questions and related material at each of the two
      -         Another suggestion is to join forces with other local Leagues nearby. For instance, LWV of St.
               Petersburg Area, North Pinellas County, and Hillsborough County will be having our
               consensus meeting together (after socializing over lunch!).

When conducting a consensus meeting, it is really helpful to have someone who is not involved in presenting
the background material to act as Discussion Leader. Also, it‟s a good idea to have someone else act as
Recorder – someone who will listen attentively to what everyone is saying and assess whether the group as a
whole is moving towards consensus of opinion, either pro or con. After everyone in attendance has had a chance
to give their opinion, the Discussion Leader can ask the Recorder whether she/he is hearing consensus. This
often helps to clarify the discussion.

Lastly, we hope you all are as enthusiastic about this study as we are. Now that Florida no longer has a Second
Primary, perhaps the time has come to talk about allowing alternatives to plurality voting. What do you think?

                                            MEMBERSHIP TIPS
                                  Carol Barclay, Membership/Organization

Recently I read an article from the Oregon State VOTER about Membership Empowerment. I have always
known that the League of Women Voters is an “empowering organization” but I had not really thought about why
or how we got that reputation. We have over the many years of our existence empowered our members to
interview legislators and lobby on our positions at the local, state and national levels through emails and in person.
Our long held processes of reaching consensus on important issues of the day, has given us credibility that has
been equated with of the judicial system. We are known for our non-partisan approach to making a difference.
How did we get to this point? We did it with our educated and dedicated members. As our numbers of these
individuals grew – so did our power.

This is election time and we will soon be electing the leaders of our local, state and national governments. As we
speak out on issues, hold candidate forums and empower ourselves and our community to use their power – the
vote, remember that the more individuals who are a part of our organization – the more clout we have. To
maintain this power, we need to increase our membership numbers. Let others know who we are and give them
the opportunity to join us. If you speak to a group, register voters (which we now can do), talk to your neighbors
– ask people to join.

We are getting many people who are reaching us through our state web site and asking to be contacted about
joining. Do you have that option on your web site? Do you call people back or send them information if they
have given you their names at a candidate forum (have a list handy a each forum). Brag about what the League is
doing locally, state wide and nationally.

The BOTTOM LINE: Feel responsible for empowering ourselves and others. Give everyone the chance to
become a League member.

Membership Tip from LWV of Broward County:
     If you have a machine answering your local League phone number, record informative information such as
     next meeting time and place and your website address. Change the information each month.

                                    LWVF BOARD CONSULTANT LIST
                                            Updates in Bold Type
                                   Carol Barclay, Membership/Organization

The following lists consultants for each local League. Some consultant assignments have changed to reflect
changes in the composition of the LWVF board. I have included the email address of each consultant and
encourage you to contact your consultant when you have questions, concerns or to share successes that your
League is celebrating. Also, I hope that you will invite your consultant to attend a local meeting sometime during
the year.

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.

Board Member                                         Local League

Marilyn Wills
Email:          Alachua/Gainesville, Jacksonville, Pensacola Bay Area, Sarasota,
                                      Seminole, Space Coast
Nancy Mitchell
Email:                Bay, Okaloosa, St Petersburg Area, Tallahassee, Volusia

Joanne Coen
Email:              Lake, Hillsborough, Orange, North Pinellas, Palm Beach County, the

Clara Anne Graham
Email:           Lee, Broward, Miami/Dade

Carol Barclay
Email:              Charlotte MAL, Collier, Flagler, Manatee, Martin, Polk, St Lucie

Note: Clara Anne‟s list remains the same given her work schedule. Joyce Coombs volunteers at the League
Office. Mildred O‟Neal is recovering from surgery. Peg McGarity is the new LWVF EF Executive Director and
will be in touch with all local Leagues on office related matters.

                            GET OUT THE VOTE SAMPLE PRESS RELEASES
                 Betty Enfinger, Public Relations off Board Director,

                                                    SAMPLE 1

                                       ―One Vote Can Make a Difference‖

      Why don‟t more Americans register and vote? The most likely reason is they don‟t think their one vote will
make a difference. We just don‟t realize that the course of history would have changed if more people thought
that way.

       Did you know…?

        California, Idaho, Oregon, Texas and Washington, became states by just ONE vote?

        In 1948, Lyndon B. Johnson, our 36th president, became a U.S. senator by a ONE vote margin?

        In the same year, if Thomas E. Dewey had gotten ONE vote more per precinct in Ohio and California, the
         presidential election would have been thrown to the U.S. House of Representatives, where Dewey enjoyed
         more support than his rival, incumbent Harry S. Truman? In fact, Dewey was expected to win the general
         election by a landslide, so most Republicans stayed home. Only 51.5 percent of the electorate voted in
         1948, and Truman defeated Dewey.

        In the 1960 presidential election, ONE additional vote per precinct in Illinois, Missouri, New Jersey and
         Texas would have denied John F. Kennedy the presidency and put Richard M. Nixon in office eight years

        In recent years, the outcomes of many state and congressional races have been reversed as recounts have
         shifted a handful of votes from one candidate to another.

       Are you now convinced that just ONE vote can change the course of history?

     There is still time to get out to vote. Register by October 10 and you will be eligible to vote in the general
election to be held on Tuesday, November 7, 2006.


                                                    SAMPLE 2

                                               “SHOULD I VOTE?”

    That‟s a very good question. As you know, lots of folks don‟t even bother to vote. I‟m too busy, it‟s a hassle,
all politicians are the same, and I don‟t know anything about the candidates. Does this sound familiar? Can you
find your excuse for not voting?

    The truth is you are missing out on the greatest privilege of U.S. citizenship if you don‟t vote. Government at
all levels has a big effect on our lives. Voting is a way of saying what‟s important to you and connects you to the
community. When you vote, you are talking directly to the politicians.

    Government does make a difference in our lives. The federal government steers the economy and that affect
jobs. The result is good times or hard times. If you‟re a college student, government loan programs can make a
difference in whether you‟re able to afford school. If you have children in public school, the local government and
school district determine their quality of education. If you are concerned with clean air and water or global
warming, government at all levels makes the rules that control pollution.

    If you need help knowing the basics on how to vote, contact your local League of Women Voters. The League
has an easy to read publication that will answer your questions, “Why Should I Vote?”

   With so much of our lives depending on government, doesn‟t it make sense to let our elected officials know
what you want them to do? Election Day is the best time to do that because all the politicians are paying attention
to you.

  Register by October 10 and you will be eligible to vote in the general election to be held on Tuesday,
November 7, 2006.


                          Oceans Should be Top Priority for State of Florida

                Groups Deliver Ocean, Coastal Renewal Plans to Gubernatorial Candidates,
                Highlight Opportunity for Florida to Lead the Nation in Coastal Protection

Endorsing Organizations: Caribbean Conservation Corporation and Sea Turtle Sur
Network of Florida Coastal Angler

 League of Women Voters of Florida

Beach Fishing Club

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 12, 2006

CONTACTS: Jenny Powers, NRDC, 212/727-4566; Linda Young, Clean Water Network of Florida, 850/222-
9188; Kathleen Goldstein, Environmental Defense, 202/841-0295

TALLAHASSEE, FL - Citing escalating problems with coastal pollution, red tide outbreaks, plummeting fish
catches and overdeveloped beaches, 20 conservation, recreation and civic organizations today issued a blueprint
for protecting and preserving Florida‟s coastal environment and economy. It is the first time such a large
number of diverse groups has joined together in the name of comprehensive ocean conservation for Florida.

The report, “Florida‟s Coastal and Ocean Future: A Blueprint for Economic and Environmental Leadership,”
identifies the major problems threatening Florida‟s ocean waters and coastlines, and the actions needed to solve
them. It builds on the recommendations by two recent national reports warning that the oceans are in serious
trouble, and calling for urgent action to reverse the decline. To view the new document, go to

“Florida‟s huge fishing and tourism economies generate more than $60 billion a year, and they depend on clean
coasts and healthy oceans,” said Sarah Chasis, director of the Ocean Initiative for the Natural Resources
Defense Council. “No state is more dependent on the natural resources of its coastal waters for food, jobs and
recreation. Florida has an opportunity to be the leading state in the nation for ocean and coastline protection.”

“The cumulative impacts of decades of overfishing, coastal development and pollution are endangering
Florida‟s marine ecosystems,” said David White, Regional Director of The Ocean Conservancy. “We have an
obligation to future generations to improve the way we manage these resources. An ocean of vanishing species
and unraveling ecosystems should not be the legacy that we bequeath to our children.”

The report addresses six key threats to a healthy Florida coast: Unwise coastal development, pollution, coastal
drilling, unsustainable fishing practices, global warming, and the lack of a coordinated management system.
Solutions include the reduction of government subsidies that encourage growth in high-risk coastal areas;
strengthening of water quality standards; adoption of an ecosystem-based management approach to marine life
and fisheries; and establishment of unified, coordinated government leadership for ocean and coastal resources.

By implementing these solutions, Florida will be protecting both the fishing and tourism industries that sustain the
state‟s economy, as well as Florida‟s unique and precious coastal habitat that spans from the sand dunes on the
shore to the coral reefs off the coast.

“This is an opportunity for Florida‟s policy makers to show that the State will protect its ocean resources and
the economies that rely on them,” said Environmental Defense Policy Analyst Amanda Leland.

“Florida's endangered coral reefs generate so much for so many in our state, yet they are among the most
endangered in the world due to heavy use, pollution, global warming, and loss of habitat,” said DeeVon
Quirolo, Executive Director of Reef Relief. “Our leaders can turn the tide by implementing common sense
solutions to reverse the decline and insure that Florida's future includes healthy coral reefs, clean ocean waters
and abundant fisheries.”

“Florida perpetuates its own financial and insurance problems by allowing development in high risk areas adjacent
to and beyond the coastal construction line,” said Ericka D'Avanzo, Florida Regional Manager of the Surfrider
Foundation. “By hiding the risks of coastal development in the existing subsidy programs, such as so-called
„beach re-nourishment,‟ residents are given a false sense security while taxpayers foot the bill, twice. Citizens pay
for the projects and pay again with the destruction of public trust resources -- our reefs--which provide natural
storm-surge protection on top of their economic and environmental value.”

“It is important that Florida address global warming because warmer ocean temperatures and sea-level rise
threaten to undercut the vast majority of our efforts to protect Florida's ocean ecosystems,” said Gerald Karnas,
Regional Outreach Coordinator for the National Wildlife Federation. “If we do not confront global warming in a
meaningful way, many of Florida's coastal ecosystems will forever be altered and not for the better.”

“The future of Florida‟s beaches, dunes and coastal habitats hangs in the balance, threatened by coastal
development, sea level rise, increasing coastal erosion, and construction of miles and miles of sea walls,” said
Gary Appelson, Policy Coordinator for the Caribbean Conservation Corporation. “Now is the time to protect
these resources through bold leadership and innovative new policies.”

At present, Florida‟s ocean and coastal policies are outdated, fractured and unfocused. Ineffective marine
programs are currently scattered in various state agencies that do not communicate with one another. Following
the U.S. Commission on Ocean Policy report in 2004, the state legislature attempted to update the state‟s ocean
policy by creating the Florida Oceans and Coastal Resources Council. The council, which had wide public support
and involvement, was to have established a statewide ocean research plan and made management
recommendations to the legislature. But the Governor subsequently vetoed the budget appropriation for priority
ocean research recommended by the Council.

“There is broad support in Florida for the policies proposed in this blueprint,” said Linda Young, director of the
Clean Water Network of Florida. “This state has never experienced such widespread economic impacts from
water pollution as we have seen over the past two years. Now is the time for our government to address these
threats to Florida‟s coastal areas. The future of our state‟s economic and environmental health depends on it.”

                              TRUST THE VOTERS

                              VOTE NO
                                On Amendment 3

    Voters made Florida a BETTER PLACE by passing ballot initiatives when
                  politicians ignored the will of the people:

                              SMALLER CLASS SIZE
                           HOMESTEAD TAX EXEMPTION
                            MINIMUM WAGE INCREASE
                           RESTAURANT SMOKING BAN
                           EVERGLADES PROTECTIONS

        Now politicians want to take away our rights to the ballot through
                                  Amendment 3

       AMENDMENT 3 TAKES POWER AWAY FROM THE PEOPLE by increasing the number
        of voters need to pass a constitutional amendment to 60%. Politicians  will still
be elected by a simple majority but important issues of the people will be    harder to

      away the people’s right to speak out when politicians don’t listen

       care, education and housing through ballot initiatives

   Amendment 3 is on the Florida ballot this November. It will take away your
                 rights to fight for what matters to citizens

                                    VOTE NO
                                 On Amendment 3

                            TELL POLITICIANS TO TRUST THE VOTERS
                     Paid Political Advertisement by Trust the Voters, 212 East Stuart Ave., Lake Wales, FL 33853

                                              TRUST THE VOTERS

                                              VOTE NO
                                                On Amendment 3
What Does Amendment 3 Do?
Amendment 3 would require that future amendments to Florida’s                              Facts about Florida’s
Constitution pass by 60% of the voters, placing an unfair burden on                            Constitution
citizens who want to place important issues on the ballot. Well-heeled
opposition and lobby groups will pour millions into counter campaigns,            State politicians have placed 3 times as
calculating that a 40% NO vote can be bought and paid for.                        many initiatives on the Ballot as
Florida’s Constitutional Amendment Process Has
Made Florida a Better Place                                                           o Since 1976, citizens have placed 28
Through ballot initiatives voters have protected sport fishing, cleaned up              issues on the ballot, 22 of these have
the Everglades, improved education by mandating smaller class sizes                     passed.
and universal pre-kindergarten, cleaned up the air in our restaurants,                o Politicians have placed hundreds of
saved taxpayers and homeowners millions of dollars through homestead                    initiatives on the ballot- 70% more
exemptions, increased government accountability through term limits and                 than the people!
open records laws and spurred the economy by raising wages. Floridians                o Only 1 out of 6 issues on the 2006
should be proud of the initiative process and not make it harder!                       ballot was placed there by the citizens
                                                                                        of FL
Florida’s Constitutional Amendment Process                                            o Out of 24 states with the initiative
Places a Check on Out of Touch Politicians!                                             process, Florida ranks 19th in initiative
Amendment 3 was placed on the ballot by state politicians at the behest                 use.
of insider lobby groups who want to take power away from ordinary
Floridians and keep it all in Tallahassee. If Amendment 3 passes,                 Florida already has one of the toughest
lawmakers will continue their campaign to crush citizen involvement in            Constitutions to amend in the Country!
                                                                                      o Florida has to collect more signatures
Amendment 3 Takes Away the Rights of Floridians                                         than any other state to place an issue
to Amend Their Constitution                                                             on the ballot! Over 600,000!
Florida’s constitution is written for and by the people. It is an evolving
                                                                                      o Florida has to collect signatures in
document that places a check on the powers of government. Don’t let                     specific geographic areas and can’t
politicians and special interests take away the power of the people to
                                                                                        get all of their signatures from one
petition their government!
                                                                                        heavily populated area
                                                                                      o Florida has only passed 22 citizen led
Politicians are elected by 50 + 1%. Citizen Issues                                      initiatives in its history- 18 other states
should be Held to the Same Standard
Tallahassee politicians pass hundreds of laws each year. In over thirty                 have used it more often.
years, citizens have only passed 22 amendments to the constitution.

     Paid Political Advertisement by Trust the Voters, 212 East Stuart Ave., Lake Wales, FL
                                                TRUST THE VOTERS

                                                VOTE NO
                                                 On Amendment 3
                             Help Defeat Amendment 3 and Protect Florida’s Future!

                We, the undersigned organization, oppose Amendment 3, requiring a supermajority vote of 60% to amend
                                          Florida’s Constitution on the November 2006 ballot

Organization ____________________________________________________________________________

Contact Person___________________________             Title ________________________________________

Organization Address _____________________________________________________________________

City ________________________________________ State __________ Zip Code ____________________

Phone Number(s) _____________________________

Fax Number ___________________________ E- Mail Address_____________________________________

Name of Newsletter/ E-Newsletter_____________________________________________________________

Newsletter Contact ____________________Frequency of Publication______________ Deadline___________


 ____    Yes, we will endorse the initiative.

Signed __________________________________________________________Date ___________________

Printed Name ____________________________________Title____________________________________

 We would like to help by:

 ____ Publishing a link to on our webite
 ____ Including background information in one of our mailings.
 ____ Including a piece on the campaign in our newsletter.
 ____ Sending out email alerts to our membership
 ____ Providing volunteers for Door to Door Campaign (Education Campaign before November Election)
 ____ Coordinating or providing volunteers to Get out The Vote (Vote No on Amendment 3).
 ____ Distributing materials at our outreach tables.
 ____ Having a campaign representative speak at one of our meetings.
 ____ Making a contribution of $ _______________ to support the campaign.
 ____ Other ___________________________________________________________________________

We understand that the name of our organization will be used for public campaign materials.
      Paid Political Advertisement by Trust the Voters, 212 East Stuart Ave., Lake Wales, FL 33853

                             LEAGUE OF WOMEN VOTERS OF FLORIDA
                                    540 Beverly Court
                               Tallahassee, Florida 32301-2506

                                   WE NEED YOUR HELP!!!!!
                                        Now is NOT too soon

The nominating committee is in the process of seeking out leaders to be elected at Convention 2007. Please
be part of this leadership selection.

We will need a president, two vice presidents, secretary, treasurer, five directors, nominating committee
chairman and two members. Please send proposed nominee’s name, address, local League and League
experience to:

                                   Barbara Jagrowski
                                  884 Spanish Wells Dr.
                                   Melbourne, Fl. 32940
                            or e-mail
                                   or fax 321-255-3048

Copy this form for multiple submittals.









SUBMITTED BY:______________________________________________

To:    All Local League Presidents and Voter Service Chairs

From: Carol Smith, Debates Liaison

Date: September 12, 2006

Here is some information for you. You may use this in your VOTERS if you wish:



                                      Available on the Web 24 hours a day

                                      Includes much other voter information

Sponsored by The Florida Public Interest Foundation and co-sponsored by the League of Women Voters of
Florida, Common Cause, Florida Education Association and others


                                    October 23, 8 pm, US Senate Candidates

                               October 24, 8 pm, Florida Gubernatorial Candidates

                                       Simulcast on Public Radio Stations


                                   BE INFORMED, VOTE NOVEMBER 7

Make sure your Forums are listed on the LWVF website. You may also provide a link to your Voters Guide.
Contact Joan Karp, Webmaster, at

Just a word about the effort of Marcia Elder, the Florida Public Interest Foundation and the project, The Public
Matters. This is a unique and innovative project using “cutting edge technology” which has the potential to reach
thousands of voters with computers, in particular the young voters with a Blackberry, iPod, etc. Go to the website, , and try it out.

                September 18, 2006; FADP CONTACTS: Mark Elliott: 727-215-9646

                                FLORIDA DEATH PENALTY SYSTEM BROKEN

A blue-ribbon assessment panel appointed by the American Bar Association (ABA) announced on September 17, 2006 that
Florida‟s capital punishment policies fail to meet basic standards established by the ABA; findings that capital punishment
critics say underscore the need for a moratorium on executions.

“This comprehensive review by some of our state‟s best legal minds confirms that Florida‟s Death Penalty system is plagued
by problems such as inadequate representation, racial and geographic disparities, and the disturbing prospect of executing an
innocent person,” said Mark Elliott, Spokesman for Floridians for Alternatives to the Death Penalty (FADP).

The ABA review is the first of its kind in Florida and is part of a national series of death penalty statute reviews spearheaded
by the ABA‟s Death Penalty Moratorium Implementation Project. Using the ABA‟s protocols for examining the
administration of capital punishment, the nine-member Florida assessment team extensively researched the state‟s capital
punishment laws and closely examined eight key areas of death penalty administration, including defense services, jury
instructions, procedural restrictions and limitations on habeas corpus, clemency proceedings, and independent judiciary,
racial and ethnic minorities, juvenile offenders, and the mentally ill.

Among the ABA appointed panel‟s key findings were the following:
 Florida does not have adequate procedures in place to prevent the possibility of executing an innocent person. Since
1973, 123 people, including 22 from Florida, have been released from death row after evidence proved their innocence.
Florida‟s criminal justice system is plagued with problems that can lead to wrongful convictions, such as access to DNA
testing, the preservation of evidence, eye witness identification procedures, including lineups, and interrogation procedures
that increase the likelihood of false confessions.
 Death penalty lawyers are untrained and under funded. The performance of appointed lawyers in Florida has been
criticized on numerous occasions, including by the Florida Supreme Court. Some lawyers have little or no experience in
death penalty cases and do not raise the correct issues in trials. Even worse, once a defendant is convicted, he/she does not
have the right to argue that his/her lawyer is ineffective or incompetent. Florida also does not provide enough money for
lawyers to do thorough work and proper investigation in capital trials. Lawyers who ask for extra money to do a specific
type of investigation for their client‟s case can be punished.
 Florida’s process prevents jurors from being fully engaged in carrying out their duties. Many jurors find the
instructions given to them at trial unclear and do not understand their role when deciding whether to impost a death sentence.
Many believe they are required to impose death when, in fact, they are not. Moreover, Florida is the only state in the country
that doesn‟t require a jury to be unanimous in recommending death, which may reduce the thoroughness of the deliberations.

FADP is urging lawmakers to suspend executions in Florida – a policy which a majority of Americans consistently support.
Currently, 392 death row inmates await execution in Florida.

The LWVUS is a Death Penalty Abolition advocate. The LWVF issued a plea for a moratorium on the death penalty in
Florida in 2003.

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