Say YES to Second Chances
The League of Women Voters has joined in a partnership with the Florida Rights Restoration Coalition (FRRC) and others in a state-wide campaign to put an amendment on the ballot that would restore voting rights to those convicted of a felony upon completion of all terms of their sentences including parole or probation. The amendment would not restore voting rights for persons convicted of murder or a felony sex offense. The League is taking a leading role in obtaining the signatures needed to put the amendment on the ballot.
Signed petitions should be mailed to the Florida Rights Restoration Commission at Floridians for a Fair Democracy, Inc., 3000 Gulf-to-Bay Blvd., Suite 503, Clearwater Florida 33759.
EDUCATING THE PUBLIC
Our local league forms committees to study issues of interest in our community. We have standing committees on:
- Natural Resources
- Social and Criminal Justice
- Local Issues
Committees reach out to educate the public by holding public forums, writing articles and making presentations to community groups and agencies. We may be called upon by the state league to testify before legislative committees. We often bring different perspectives together to share information, and we operate from the belief that even controversial topics can be discussed in a civil, fair, and respectful fashion. You can attend our Hot Topics sessions and forums. You can also take advantage of our Speakers Bureau and invite a League member to do a presentation for your group.
The League of Women Voters offers internships to University of Florida and Santa Fe College students in the spring and fall semesters of each academic year. The purpose of the internship is to provide students with a meaningful learning experience about the League and its activities. The students gain a heightened awareness of the importance of civic engagement, as well as some new skills for acting in the political arena.
Our Voter Services group holds candidate forums, voter registration drives, and provides election information. We distribute unbiased information on candidates, ballot issues and the voting process. Watch for our Voter Guides. The League is non-partisan and does not support any candidates for office.