The Voter
September 2019 Newsletter




Postponed due to Hurricane Dorian


The September 4 Luncheon was cancelled because of the projected path of Hurricane Dorian and its possible impact on the Jacksonville/First Coast area. We will send an email notification when we have finalized arrangements for the next luncheon. 

Upcoming Voter Registration Events

Friday, September 13, and Friday, September 27
Naturalization Ceremonies at USCIS offices 
Every month, we work with the USCIS to help register new voters as soon as they become citizens (near JTB & I-95). 

Sunday, October 6:
River City Pride Festival

Thursday, October 31:
FSCJ - South Campus Fall Festival 

If you’re interested in becoming certified or want to learn more, please contact Dianne Main at

Membership Meet & Greet

Saturday, September 14
10:30am – 1:00pm

Bill Brinton Murray Hill Public Library
918 Edgewood Ave S., Jacksonville, FL 32205

Join us for a morning of interactive discussion.
  • Meet fellow members
  • Learn about the League of Women Voters
  • Hear updates on League programs
  • Discuss upcoming events and activities

Members and non-members are invited to attend.

Submit your RSVP to Karen Parish at

First Meeting: Centennial Celebration Committee

Sunday, September 15
1:00 pm

Southeast Regional Library, Room E
10599 Deerwood Park Blvd, Jacksonville, FL 32256

In preparation for the League’s February 2020 Centennial Celebration, our committee will hold its first meeting. If you are interested in helping identify celebration dates and locations, develop the menu, select guest speakers, decorate, or select entertainment, consider attending this meeting.
Please RSVP no later than September 12 to Lanelle Phillmon at as space is limited.

Fair Maps Campaign

Our chapter will be participating in education and advocacy for the Fair Maps Campaign. We will be participating in advocacy and education by holding public forums and speaking engagements, tabling at local events, speaking with elected representatives, and working to establish partnerships in our community with others willing to address fair maps. More to come in the next month. Be ready to engage.

Staying Connected

Stay up-to-date on all local Upcoming Events by visiting the League of Women Voters Jacksonville / First Coast website.

For statewide news and action items, visit the LWV Florida Blog

New Regional Facebook Group: LWV Florida North Region Leagues
Includes Alachua, Bay, Jacksonville/First Coast, Okaloosa & Walton, Pensacola Bay Area, Tallahassee.


Voter Registration

Our chapter has been busy engaging local citizens in registering to vote, ensuring their voter information is current, and creating awareness about the registration requirements for returning citizens. We have registered 1,096 voters in 2019.

United States Census 2020

The League of Women Voters US is a valued partner of the US Census Bureau. State and local Leagues will be involved in educating the community on the importance of counting EVERY person in their community.

Census Day is April 1, 2020, but we will be engaged in this important work throughout 2019 and 2020. We will be reaching out for volunteers this Fall so stay tuned for more information about how you can get involved!


League Supports Petition Gathering for Open Primaries for Florida

All Voters Vote is organizing a petition drive in Florida for state offices (Governor, Cabinet, State Senators, and Representatives), and The League is supporting this drive. The League will provide copies to members for signature gathering, but members are encouraged to print, sign, and mail the Constitutional Amendment Petition Form — and share this with others in their communities.

Dianne Main will serve as coordinator for our chapter and will mail petitions in on a regular basis. Recently approved legislation requires submission of a citizen initiative petition to the appropriate Supervisor of Elections within 30 days of collecting the signature, so please do not hold on to petitions once you receive them. 

The final deadline for Open Primaries petition submission to the state is February 1, 2020; however, all petitions must be turned in at least one month before that date to ensure time for signature verification. 

LWVJFC Healthcare Committee Report

Mary McLaughlin, Chairperson

Unfortunately, the collection of signatures on the Medicaid Expansion Petition, which has been the committee’s primary focus, has been suspended, hopefully, temporarily due to suspension of funding by the main funders, presumably, under political pressure. Any signed petitions obtained prior to mid-July should be submitted to the address on the back page of the petitions.

Scheduled for the Wednesday, October 2, meeting are the following activities:
  • Meeting with luncheon speaker Jennifer Cowart, M. D., and, if not covered in her presentation, an update on the status of the expansion of Medicaid in Florida by Mary McLaughlin.
  • Jan Perry’s update on her research on the MOLST/POLST documents (similar to Living Wills) to help the committee in their decision as to whether to be involved in encouraging Florida to set up a database of existing advance directives under this program.
  • Gale Chisholm’s update on her research into how the committee might be involved in expanding the Program to Save Lives, which addresses support for persons recovering from opioid addiction in Duval County to other Florida counties.
  • Mary McLaughlin’s update on her research into whether LWVFL would consider supporting SB 972/HB821, RE: PA's and ARNP's to practice autonomously, if these bill are to be resubmitted in 2020.

Florida League Supports Efforts to Ban Assault Weapons

In support of our League position to support Gun Safety, our League has entered into partnership with Ban Assault Weapons Now (BAWN) to gather OVER 700,000 petitions across the state of Florida to get an amendment on the November 2020 ballot, allowing the Florida voter to decide if we want to remove assault weapons from our community. Our League is committed to gathering 3,000 petitions.

Please go to the BAWN website to download, print, sign, and mail a petition in support of BAWN.
HB 5's  new requirements do not impact our ability to gather petitions as we are not paid petitioners. We continue to gather petitions and mail them to the Ban Assault Weapons NOW organization with a goal of mailing them within two weeks of the signature to allow time for BAWN to get them to the SOE expeditiously. 

Please consider supporting our community engagement for petition gathering. Contact Lanelle Phillmon at or 904-382-4478 to obtain petitions.



We can't do it without you! Please join in recognizing our new and returning members.

New Members—Welcome aboard!

Amy Bell
Rhona DiCamillo
Jane Lockett
Judy Sheklin
Kathy Turnowchyk


Returning Members—Thank you so much for choosing to renew!

Joann Leimberg
Katherine McCaughan
Cynthia Morgan
Joan Ward

Please email if your name was missed.
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Atlantic Beach, FL 32233
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