The Voter
October 2019 Newsletter


Voter Registration Events

Friday, September 27
Friday, October 11
Friday, October 25

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

Centennial Celebration Committee Forms

Sunday, September 29
1:00 pm

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

The League’s 2020 Centennial Celebration committee held our first meeting in early September and have begun the work to create an event or series of events to recognize the many years of collective work done in our community and nation to create a more perfect democracy.  

If you are interested in supporting this committee, please RSVP no later than Friday, September 27, 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—1,248 Voters in 2019

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 1,248 voters in 2019.

Where Will We Be Next Quarter?

Amazing new place to express yourself: the traveling LWVJFC Meet and Greet.

September’s Meet & Greet has come and gone, but you have another chance to attend next quarter. We had great reviews from attendees, and a few suggestions that we are taking into consideration. This meeting is all about you. Providing information on the League organization, opening up a forum where you can express your ideas, and get involved. Don’t miss it! Watch for more information in upcoming issues of this newsletter.

Update from Our Partner, Solar United Neighbors

Members of the Beaches co-op came together and chose an installer. We are one step closer to seeing many more solar roofs in our beaches communities. Clean energy one rooftop at a time! 

The Beaches Business Solar Co-op has selected Suntuity Solar to install solar panels for the 27-participant group. Co-op participants selected Suntuity Solar through a competitive bidding process over 4 other firms. 

“Solar is becoming cheaper as its technology develops. The cost to produce a megawatt-hour of solar energy dropped 86% from 2009 through 2017 – and is now less than half the price of coal. There’s never been a better time to help the environment while saving money with affordable Solar energy,” said Charmie Pujalt at Suntuity Solar.

Solar United Neighbors expands access to solar by educating Jacksonville Beach and Neptune Beach residents about the benefits of distributed solar energy, helping them organize group solar installations, and strengthening Jacksonville Beach and Neptune Beach solar policies and its community of solar supporters. 

Co-op participants selected Suntuity Solar for their competitive pricing, quality components, and experience.

The co-op is open to new participants until October 9. Jacksonville Beach and Neptune Beach residents interested in joining the co-op can sign up at

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 or you can print your own Constitutional Amendment Petition Form

Please mail any petitions you receive within 10 days of signature. When you mail them, please email Dianne Main at the number of petitions you mailed so she can report to The League. If you need petition forms please contact Dianne.

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.

Florida League Needs Your Help to Ban Assault Weapons

As fall approaches and the holiday season arrives quickly, we are feeling the winding down of time available to gather signed petitions in support of the Ban Assault Weapons Now (BAWN) campaign. Our League is committed to turning in 3,000 signed petitions and we still have quite a way to go in meeting that goal.

If you have copies of the old form, please turn in any signed forms and start using the new form, which is located on the BAWN website or can be obtained from Lanelle. 

If you are able to help gather petitions in your community, church, club, association, or neighborhood, please contact Lanelle Phillmon at or 904-382-4478 to obtain petitions.

Volunteers Needed to Keep Your League Informed

On many occasions, our League is in need of volunteers to serve in ways that are not time consuming but are vital to our leadership and membership. Periodically, we need volunteers who are willing to make phone calls to fellow members to create awareness about or confirm attendance at a local League event or to follow up on a specific need. 

There are also opportunities for repetitious events that require very little commitment of time such as our monthly calls and webinars. There are conference calls and webinars that take place throughout the month on topics such as Health Care, Voter Services, Reproductive Health and Justice, Poverty Action, Juvenile Justice, Gun Safety, and (state and national).

These calls and webinars are also recorded and can be listened to or watched the day of the actual event or at a later time if you are interested in the issue but not able to participate the day of the event.

We are also seeking volunteers who are able to attend in person or listen online to our local city council or committee meetings. 

If you are interested in any of these opportunities, please contact Lanelle at to discuss topics and abilities.


Thanks to all of the volunteers who donated their time in July, August, and September.

Ann Weisz
Diana Openbrier
Bobbie Nord
Cathy Heffernan
Maureen Hermann
Pam Korn
Susan Goldring
Mary Finnan
Carol Hamilton


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

New Members—Welcome aboard!

Barbara Ketchum


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

Karen Droege
Kathleen Kane
Nan LeFever
Mary Thaler
Marlene Fogarty
Kim Glasgal
John Battle
Dianne Battle
Susan Rodgers

Please email if your name was missed.
Please use this address regardless of any forms or documents to the contrary.

League of Women Voters Jacksonville First Coast
PO Box 330353
Atlantic Beach, FL 32233
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