Students: Join the League for free

To support high school and college students in their movement to express their voice at the ballot box, the League has waived its student membership fee. Student members will help the League register and reach out to young voters for the 2018 elections. Here's how to join the League.   

Preemption: A conversation with Weston Mayor Stermer

The League of Women Voters of Broward County Southwest Broward Unit presents a program "Understanding Preemption and the Fight for Sensible Gun Laws in Florida" ay 6 p.m. Tuesday, May 1, at Southwest Regional Library, 16835 Sheridan St., Pembroke Pines. Details here.

CRC approves 8 ballot measures; several bundle different questions into one vote

The November ballot in Florida will have eight proposed Constitutional amendment from the Constitutional Revision Commission, which completed its work on April 16, weeks ahead of its deadline.

Despite the objections of many groups, including the League of Women Voters, several of the amendments bundle different measures together with one vote for or against them all.

For example, one amendment would ban off-shore drilling AND ban vaping in an indoor workplace that is an enclosed space.

Similarly, one particularly controversial  amendment combines three topics: It establishes term limits for school board members, it requires the legislature to promote civic literacy in public schools AND it allows the state to approve and supervise charter schools instead of the local school board.

Other amendments on the ballot include one banning greyhound racing and one adding additional rights for crime victims.

The Tallahassee Democrat offers a good recap of the amendments here.

Here is the official press release from the CRC.

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Chris Smith on ‘What’s at Stake on the 2018 Florida Ballot’ at League annual meeting April 28

Tickets are now available for members for the 65th Annual Meeting of the League of Women Voters of Broward County on Saturday, April 28.

Keynote speaker will be Chris Smith, a member of the Florida Constitutional Revision Commission and a former leader in the Florida House and the Florida Senate. His topic will be “What’s at Stake on the 2018 Florida Ballot: Constitutional Amendments and More.”

The event, which begins with coffee and a business meeting at 10 a.m. where members approve League officers, program and budget, includes a noon lunch with awards and a noted keynote speaker.

Tickets are $42 for members and $50 for non-members.

The event will be held at Plantation Preserve Golf Course and Club, 7050 W. Broward Blvd., Davie, in a dining room with big windows overlooking the scenic golf course.

Details and how to order tickets.

Sign up for Vote By Mail now

Unlike the old days of absentee ballots, you don’t need an excuse to vote by mail in Broward County.

And here’s a good reason to do so: The Broward ballot for the November election will include at least two dozen amendments and issues beyond choosing the candidates. You’ll want to take your time going over it.

Fortunately, it takes less than a minute to sign up to get your ballot mailed to you, and you can do it now.

Start here, at this page on the Broward Supervisor of Elections website.


Affordable housing: How did it fare in Tallahassee? Not so well

The 2018 session of the Florida Legislature started with high hopes for additional housing funds. A bill was introduced in both the House and the Senate that would prevent the legislative sweep of Affordable Housing funds into the general budget. The Senate recommendation was for full funding, but the session closed with a very disappointing House budget appropriation.
A few facts:
  • Florida has 30 affordable and available housing units for each 100 households in need.
  • Florida has the third highest homeless population of any state in the nation.

Read more in a brief summary from the Palm Beach League of Women Voters.

 Welcome new members!

The League of Women Voters Broward County welcomes new members.  Encourage your friends and family to join us in our important work in Making Democracy Work, and help us welcome these new members:

Ellen Silver, Aventura

Lisa Balbone, Parkland

Robert and Patty Bender, Deerfield Beach 

Gail Sarfati, Hallandale Beach

Patti Bartels, Sunrise

Valentina Palm, Weston

Peggy Thomas, Margate

Joyce Williams, Margate

Phyllis Luber, Coral Springs

Elizabeth Kane, Fort Lauderdale

Linda Landes, Tamarac

Laurie-Anne Minoff, Coral Springs

Darlene Baker, Pompano Beach

Barbara Signer, Fort Lauderdale