Remember: Vote in the August 26 Primary Election
There is something for everyone in the August 26 Primary Election! Every registered voter, including those with No Party Affiliation (NPA) or belonging to a minor party should cast his or her vote. Florida is a "closed primary" state, but that applies only to partisan offices. Every registered voter may vote for the nonpartisan positions, including the Brevard School Board (Districts 1, 2 and 5) and as many as six Circuit and County Court Judgeships. Those races will be decided by all the votes cast in the August 26 Primary, not in the November General Election.
As of July 8, 2014 Brevard County had 372,549 eligible voters (155,577 Republican, 124,810 Democrat, 78,158 NPA and 13,904 minor party). Typically, the Primary voter turn-out is 18 to 22 percent, so a 20% Primary turn-out will produce just 74,510 votes - less than the number of eligible NPA and minor party voters. The NPAs and minor party voters are powerful and should exercise their power in the August 26 Primary.
The Supervisor of Elections will begin to send requested mail-in ballots on July 22nd, and early voting around the County will begin on August 16th.
Remember, whether you are a member of a politial party or a NPA - Vote on August 26!
Choosing Our Legacy - Understanding Amendment 1
Former Governor and Senator Bob Graham will explain why this amendment is so important and what it can accomplish to protect our rivers, lakes and streams, restore natural treasures and protect our beaches and shores.
When: August 28, 2014 at 6:30 p.m.
Where: Gleason Performing Arts Center at Florida Institute of Technology
Other presenters include: Clay Henderson, Past President of Audubon of Florida and Laurilee Thompson, 5th Generation Floridian with Dixie Crossroads Seafood Restaurant
Reserve your seat at no cost by registering. There are only 500 seats. Register for Bob Graham Event
Candidate Forums for August 26, 2014 Primary Election
North Merritt Island HOA, Brevard Parents Action Committee, and League of Women Voters of the Space Coast will sponsor a forum for District 2 School Board Candidates.
When: Monday, August 4, 2014 - 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Where: St. Luke's Episcopal Church at 5555 N. Tropical Trail, Merritt Island, FL 32953
Moderator: Mary Hillberg
Brevard Parents Action Committee and League of Women Voters of the Space Coast will sponsor a forum for District 1 School Board Candidates.
When: Thursday, August 14, 2014 - 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Where: St. James AME Church, 625 Dummitt Avenue, Titusville, FL 32796
Moderator: Mary Hillberg
September Timely Topics
"Challenges that Brevard Public Schools are facing and the return on investment by including student achievement information" with Dr. Brian Binggeli, Superintendent of Brevard Public Schools
When: Wednesday, September 17th at 11:30 a.m.
Where: Holiday Inn in Viera
- Crab stuffed Tilapia
- Chicken Champagne
- Vegetarian on request
- Entreés served with Caesar Salad and Key Lime Pie
Reservations: to Doreen Archer at 321-622-4071 by Saturday, September 13 at 5:00 p.m.
League of Women Voters of Florida Charter School Study
League of Women Voters of the Space Coast participated in the state wide league study of Charter Schools in Florida. The LWV of Florida study can be read at Florida League of Women Voters Charter School Study.
The Florida Water and Land Legacy Amendment has officially qualified to appear on next November's ballot
The League of Women Voters of the Space Coast has completed a six-month campaign of which it, and each of its members, is justly proud!
In 2012 Florida's Water and Land Legacy began a campaign to place an amendment to Florida's Consitution on the 2014 ballot that, if passed by 60% of the voters, will mandate dedicated funding of Florida's Land Acquisition Trust Fund. Those funds will be used to acquire, manage and restore Florida's conservation and recreation lands. The League of Women Voters of Florida became involved in the spring of 2013. At its April Biennial Convention it adopted the amendment initiative as an "Issue for Action". The state League then called on each of its 28 Chapters to join the campaign and gather as many signed Consitutional Amendment Petitions as possible. All of the Chapters responded, and in June our Space Coast Chapter began its six-month effort to collect petitions. In September the Florida Supreme Court approved the form of the proposed amendment.
Each of the petitions gathered aross the state was submitted to one of the 67 county Supervisors of Elections to be reviewed and, if found to be proper, to be certified as having been correctly completed and signed by a registered Florida voter residing in his or her county. State-wide, 683,149 certified petitions were required to place the proposed amendment on the ballot. The Florida Division of Elections has now certified that, as of January 17, 2014, 690,802 valid petitions have been submitted, and the proposed amendment has "Made Ballot" as proposed amendment Number 1. It will be on the fall 2014 Florida ballot. That is a great victory for the Legacy, the Florida League, the Space Coast League and the many other organizations and individuals who gathered petitions.
A petition goal was set for each League Chapter based upon its membership size. Certainly the League of Women Voters of the Space Coast may be proud of its participation. More than a third of our approximately 100 members gathered petitions in the sun and in the rain. They worked at events like "Hands Across the Lagoon", the "Boomer Bash", and "Recycle Brevard". And they urged their friends, families and neighbors to sign. The Space Coast Chapter exceeded its goal by hundreds, and it ranked fourth among all the League Chapters across Florida in the number of petitions gathered.
Phase 2 of the campaign will now begin - convincing our fellow citizens to vote in 2014 and to vote for the Water and Land Conservation Amendment to the Florida Constitution. We will be there!