With over 100 years’ experience in non-partisan grassroots elections and voting rights, the League is knowledgeable and highly respected. If engaging in Elections and Voting Rights is your passion, we offer multiple opportunities to get involved and we provide the training required to understand the latest registration requirements and how to use online tools. We always attend events in teams.
As an LWVT Voter Advocate you will be on the frontline helping to expand voter access and ensure everyone is represented in our democracy. Since participating in elections is how we make our voices heard, your contribution will be felt by everyone you touch!
We promote informed voting: we conduct local and state Candidate Forums prior to every election; and we distribute local candidate questionnaires and update Vote411.org with local responses.
Community and student outreach is a year-round activity. We table at high-traffic venues in the community such as downtown markets, or sporting events. You may prefer tabling on college or high school campuses, or at League-sponsored education events such as town halls.
Our Mission 1313 project engages communities where residents have low voting averages; activities target family decision-makers and influencers with non-partisan information and instructions for voting.
We support returning and NEW citizens. Our state League has access to trained attorneys to assist returning citizens in navigating the complexities of various laws. We make contact information available at all events and also support our partner organization Florida Rights Restoration Coalition. We prepare and deliver materials to our Federal Court System to include in New Citizen packets.
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You may want to volunteer to help with one or more of the activities below.
Electronic Voter Guide
www.vote411.org, an online voter guide, is active in election years and contains information about all candidates for races to be voted on in Leon County. Candidate responses to League posed questions are also on the website when a candidate has provided a response.
Know Your Public Officials
Two directories of elected officials, one for Leon County and one for Gadsden County, published in quantity and on the League website after elections (works in November-January; every two years).
Published in digital and print versions: Digital editor – Stuart Baker, Print editor – Marilynn Wills
President seeks volunteers to update information on elected officials
Secures underwriting for printing (e.g., Leon County Supervisor of Elections)
Coordinates distribution to public by Board members
Voter Registration and Education
League members must go through a voter registration certification process before they can register voters. It’s easy and takes very little time. Voter registration takes place when the League has a booth or table at a local event and is especially important during election season. League members also educate citizens about the pros and cons of referendums on the ballot.
Identifies and brings to president and/or Board for approval other outreach opportunities; finds volunteers to staff such opportunities as:
Downtown Market Coordinator (March through November):
Manages outreach supplies/ boxes, table and chairs
Assures outreach materials are up-to-date and sufficient in number
Trains new volunteers as needed
Assures an adequate number of certified voter registration volunteers are available
Assures timely turning in of voter registration forms to Supervisor of Elections office
Candidate forums provide an opportunity for candidates for public office to address the public. Voter Services will participate in several forums in 2016.
Bandwagon – presented jointly by WFSU TV and LWV Tallahassee before both the primary and general elections, this filmed event provides candidates an opportunity to address the public on TV.
Big Bend Environmental Forum/League of Women Voters of Tallahassee Candidate Forum – in-person forums held at Tallahassee City Hall before the primary and general elections.
LWVT Local Government Candidate Forum – Voter Services assists the Local Government Study & Action Group to present a forum for candidates for city and county commission before the primary election; held at the LeRoy Collins Leon County Public Library Main Branch.
Contact Peggy Ramsey
What is it? - League members volunteer to serve as poll workers in election years and donate their earnings from this work to the League. Members ask to work together at a polling place and adopt the precinct. Volunteers are needed for both primary and general elections.
What are the requirements? - Volunteers must attend a three hour training session for poll workers presented each election cycle by the Leon County Supervisor of Elections Office. On election days workers are at their assigned polling place by 6:00 a.m. and stay about thirty minutes after the polls close at 7:00 p.m.