Nov - Dec 2014  Voter

In This Issue

 1 Holiday Celebration
 2 Calendar
 3 President's Message
 4 Canvassing Board
 5 Legislative Summit
 6 Membership

 7 Voting Rights
 8 Annual Convention
 9  Picture Gallery
10  Contacts



Holiday Celebration

 The League of Women Voters of Polk County  invites  you to attend our annual  Holiday Celebration.
Bring a friend or come by yourself.  Renew old friendships and make new ones
 Thursday - December 11, 2014
 Time:  5:30 - 8:00 pm
 Hosts:  Sandra & Sam Sheets

 1725 Athens Court,
Lakeland, Fl 33803

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phone (863) 646-4634

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Dec 10, Wednesday
11:30 am: Meeting on Project Vote
12:30 am: LWV POLK Board Meeting:
One Lake Morton Dr,
Dec 11, Thurs, 5:30 pm
Holiday Celebration

Dec 25, Thursday
Christmas Day
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Jan 12, Wed, 11:30
Hot Topics Social
Cleveland Heights Golf Course, 2900 Buckingham Ave, Lakeland
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President's Message


The year is fast coming to an end. We have had many accomplishments this year. I would like to thank all League members who helped make this election year so successful.

We have a busy year coming up with many issues before us.The state league is partnering with other organizations to promote "Restoration of Rights" for felons.  This will be in the form of a constitutional amendment on the 2016 ballot. You will see more soon about collecting signatures to get it on the ballot.

We are also lobbying the state legislature to provide health care to all Floridians through expansion of medicaid or by some other option. We will also continue to monitor the legislature in implementing the rules of the Land and Legacy amendment that the league helped to pass.

I am pleased to announce our newest board member, Debra Wright, who brings us an abundance of expertise on a variety of subjects, especially education. 

Hope to see many of you Thursday at the holiday party.


Sue Schultz, President

Report on Canvassing Board
On November 9, Ann Weeks observed the canvassing board’s review of Provisional Ballots.
There were 202 Provisional Ballots reviewed by the board.  The review recommended acceptance of 56 ballots.  Reasons for not accepting:
  • Administrative error:  Administrative error occurred in the precinct. 
  • Voter in the wrong precinct:  A provisional ballot does not allow you to vote in the wrong precinct. 
  • Double votes:  You can only black in ONE oval. 
  • Voter is out of the county:  Make sure you have changed your address. 
  • Voter not registered in time:   Florida does not have same day registration.  You must be registered twenty nine (29) days before the election.
The questions of the day:
  1. The Supervisor of Elections employs how many year-round full-time employees?              22     52     75   100    123
  2. During an election, the Supervisor’s office hires how many temporary employees?        500   1000   1200    1500   2000
(See answers below.)
 Legislative Summit March 10-12, 2015!

Put the Legislative Summit on your calendar
The League of Women Voters of Florida's annual Legislative Summit is scheduled for March 10-12 in Tallahassee.  The Summit brings members from all over the state to Tallahassee to advocate on our issues before state leaders, ensuring that a strong and united League voice is heard.

Previously dubbed Legislative Seminar, this three-day conference during legislative session has in the past included seminars and trainings on understanding League positions and advocating with civility;  briefings with legislative leaders in the Cabinet room of the Florida Capitol; lobbying legislators in person; members-only formal luncheons and dinners; and fundraising galas with Florida leaders.
Membership, Leadership Development
Team Message to LWVPolk Members
 Starting a New Year is A good time of year to Reflect on League Membership.  The Membership Leadership Development Team would like to ask you to share your League Story.

 What is your favorite part of being a League member, your favorite activity as a League member, what did you have the best 'AHA' moment from something you did or accomplished through League.

League means something to all of us....there is a special reason that we joined League and a special reason that we continue our membership.

The MLD Team is inviting you to share your story with us!!  It doesn't have to be long - a few paragraphs - just send it to any of the MLD Team:   Connie Prince, Jerry Weeks, Sue Schultz or Mary Jo Jarrett.  We are going to want to share some of these  'AHA' moments  and League stories with other league members and prospects and hopefully share one or two on the National League Webpage. 

Thank You for your participation.
Mary Jo Jarrett, LWV Florida Coordinator MLD Program LWVUS

Membership Reminder

If you have not paid your membership dues for 2014, please do so by the End of the Month.  We have had a busy year and hope you have attended all or some of the events.

Join the League

If you would like to join the league,  information is available off our website  and you can now join through the website.  You can also  email president or membership chair for further information.

Special Thanks to the following members:

Susan B. Anthony Memberships
Connie Prince
Helen Sears
Jessie Thrasher
Judith Darby
Lisa Parks Abberger
Ruby Stinson
Sheryl Strang
Sue Schultz
Carrie Chapman Catt Memberships
Barbara Stampfl
Nancy Simmons
Beverly Sidenstick
Suzy Bromwell
Ann and Jerry Weeks

Nominations Committee for 2015

 Any members interested in becoming more involved in LWV Polk League by volunteering  their talents  and/or  by serving in leadership or on committees of their interest, please let us know. 

Nominating Committee: 
Chair - Sandy Sheets, members - Barbara Stampfl, and Mary Jo Jarrett.
NEW Members
  • Anna Clarke, Babson Park
  • Linda Haskins, Winter Haven
  • Rhonda Hawley, Winter Haven
  • Cheryl Millett, Babson Park
  • M C Pruitt, Lakeland
  • Susan Reville, Mountain Lake
  • Jannette Valentine, Lakeland
Amendment to Restore Voting Rights for ex-Felons

The League of Women Voters of Florida is partnering with other groups to try to get a constitutional amendment on the 2016 ballot in Florida that would restore the voting rights of most individuals with past felony convictions upon completion of their sentence.  The proposed constitutional amendment would not apply to those convicted of murder or a felony sexual offense.  See article at .

  • In Florida, over 1.5 million people are permanently denied the right to vote because of a prior felony conviction.
  • Florida is one of only three states (with KY & IA) that has a lifetime ban on voting after a person is convicted of a felony.
The League of Women Voters of Polk County is participating in this effort.  Please contact Jerry Weeks ( or 648-4127) if you wish to be involved.
Politicos in Paradise!

The League's Annual Convention is scheduled for May 15-16, 2015 in Delray Beach!  Registration will be open soon!
 You're invited to LWVF's upcoming Convention!  Join your fellow Leaguers to commemorate LWVF State President Deirdre Macnab as she reaches the end of her term!

This event will bring members from all across the state together for two days of exciting activities, including an oceanside gala, an evening of live music and more!  Participants will also learn about the League's issues via caucuses and educational workshops, and will help shape LWVF's 2015-2017 Program during Plenary sessions at the historic Old School Square Crest Theater!

Friday, May 15, 2015 at 12:00 pm
Saturday, May 16, 2015 at 10:00 pm
Hyatt Place Delray Beach 
104 NE 2nd Ave 
Delray Beach, FL 33444
(561) 330-3530

Check out this link:  Annual Convention

Picture Gallery

Candidate Forum Pictures
 (Oct 7, 14, 16 )

Answers to Questions of the Day above:    1. - 22        2. - 1500
Sue Schultz, President

Nancy Simmons, Vice President

Sandy Sheets, VP Programs

Mary Jo Jarrett, Secretary/Membership

Vanessa Hammill, Treasurer

Debra Wright

Paula Mims

Connie Prince

Jerry Weeks

Jean Harden

Salma Nawlo, Marketing

Ann Weeks

Off-Board Specialists:

Natural Resources, Beverly Sidenstick,

Fundraising & Government
Paula McKay Mims

Library, Barbara Stampfl

Speakers Bureau, Ann Weeks

Voter Editor / Webmaster
Jerry Weeks


Quay Parks

Katie Widner

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