Florida Judge Extends Voter Registration to October 18

Washington, DC and Tallahassee, Fla.
- A Florida judge ruled in favor of voters today, extending voter registration an additional week.

"We'll now be able to make up for lost time and help register people whose lives were disrupted by the storm," said Pamela Goodman, president of the League of Women Voters of Florida. "Our goal is to help every Floridian register, vote, and be heard, and we're grateful that the storm did not silence their voices."

Tuesday the League of Women Voters of Florida (LWVF) filed a complaint against the Governor and Secretary of State for refusing to extend voter registration in the aftermath of Hurricane Matthew. Wednesday's ruling cited the League's argument that the National Voter Registration Act (NVRA) provides that voter registration cutoff dates may be no more than 30 days before an election.

"We offer special congratulations to the hundreds of new citizens that will now be able to vote because of previously cancelled naturalization ceremonies," Goodman added, referencing the impact Hurricane Matthew had on planned citizenship services.

"This decision means that many more voters will be able to participate in our democracy," said
Myrna Pérez, deputy director of the Brennan Center's Democracy Program who argued the case on behalf of the League. "The right to vote is fundamental, and this is an important outcome."

"This was the only fair result," said Chris Carson, president of the League of Women Voters of the United States. "The League will be working across the state to register voters right up to the extended deadline."

The League is represented by the Brennan Center for Justice at NYU School of Law and pro bono counsel Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison, LLP.


The League of Women Voters of Florida, a nonpartisan political organization, encourages informed and active participation in government, works to increase understanding of major public policy issues, and influences public policy through education and advocacy. For more information, please visit the League's website at: www.TheFloridaVoter.org.
Hot Topics Luncheon
How Healthy Is Leon County?
Wednesday, October 26

You can find out if you come to the next Hot Topic luncheon. Leon County is getting its first health checkup since 2011  when the county engaged in a county-wide community health assessment using the nationally recognized MAPP (Mobilizing for Action through Planning and Partnership) process. (Search for MAPP on the Florida Department of Health website and click on Leon County under State and Community Reports to see the results. The assessment report is really quite impressive.)

The Leon Community Health Assessment is being conducted by the Florida Department of Health in Leon County in cooperation with Tallahassee Memorial Hospital and United Way of the Big Bend. Together they have assembled a great steering committee that includes health care providers, our university medical school and allied health programs, and community agencies providing social, protection and other services. The assessment will include the results of door to door surveys conducted in six Leon County communities determined to be the most vulnerable. Residents were asked about the environment in their neighborhoods, concerns they have for the health and well-being of their children, health care access and health-related behaviors. These survey results
will be combined with the most recent data available from state agencies and other sources on specific causes of death, chronic and communicable diseases, health-related behaviors and the availability of health care resources.

Are we getting healthier in Leon County? Or are we losing ground in areas that we consider important for the future of our community? Can we improve the living environment for residents in some areas of our community where there are no sidewalks and poor lighting and where people are concerned about crime and drugs?

Come to the next luncheon and hear a presentation on the health assessment by representatives of the Health Department in Leon County.

Kathy Winn, Chair
LWVT Public Health Care Study & Action Group

Date: Wednesday, October 26, 2016
Time: 11:30am - 1:00pm
Location: Four points by Sheraton
316 West Tennessee Street
Menu: Beef fried rice or vegetable fried rice, mixed vegetables, artisan salad, rolls
Cost: Members - $20   Nonmember - $23

The first three student members  to RSVP eat FREE!

FOR RESERVATIONS please call 309-3005 and leave a message or email LWVTallahassee@gmail.com.

Because the League must pay for reservations cancelled after Saturday, October 22, those who cancel late or not at all must reimburse the League for the cost of their reservations or find someone to take their places at the Hot Topic.

Upcoming Election Dates

Primary: Tuesday, August 30

General Election: Tuesday, November 8

BeReadyToVote.org, the official voting website of The League of Women Voters of Florida.

This site is sponsored by the League of Women Voters of Florida Education Fund. In existence since 1939, the League is one of Florida’s most trusted not-for-profit organizations. We are strictly nonpartisan and never endorse political parties or candidates. This website is designed to give you all the voter registration and election information you need for Florida. We hope you find it helpful, interesting and easy to navigate. Please visit often as we are always updating our site to better provide our visitors with the most up to date information.

The right to vote is one of the most fundamental liberties we enjoy as Americans and it is also one of our greatest civic responsibilities. Please register and vote!

Want to keep up to date on education issues around the country? The LWVUS Education Team recently launched a blog to promote the exchange of information on school reform. The site houses fact-based studies and posts with reference citations that contribute to a better understanding of different points of view about school choice issues. Florida's very own Sue M. Legg, Ph.D. heads up the blog.

Subscribe to the Education Issues blog at
http://lwveducation.com. We welcome participation from both members and nonmembers.

Join us at our monthly Hot Topic Event to hear a speaker discuss timely issues and enjoy a meal together.

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