Election & Voter Protection

Are you looking for a way to help ensure every eligible voter who wants to vote is able to do so? You can do this by becoming a poll monitor!

We’re training our next cohort of poll monitors as part of the national Election Protection coalition, and we want you to join us! Come learn the ins and outs of voting rights in Florida, as well as what’s involved with becoming a poll monitor, how to help voters resolve issues, and how to help us track the issues that do arise.

If you’d like to sign up to become a nonpartisan poll monitor with us, please fill out the form here and we will be in touch with further details in the near future. 

Please note: We have already held our in-person training for this election, but online training is available the week of March 10-15.  If you are interested, please get in touch.

If you have any questions, email us at VoterProtection@lwvspa.org.

6 Things Pinellas Voters Should Know 2019

The League is dedicated to ensuring that all eligible voters – particularly those from traditionally underrepresented communities, including first-time voters, non-college youth, new citizens, the elderly and low-income Americans – have the opportunity and the information to exercise their right to vote.  Our work to protect voters includes:

Election Protection

Our Election Protection program has three parts:

  • We train volunteer nonpartisan poll monitors to stand outside polling places on Election Day and to make themselves available to voters who may encounter issues while trying to cast their ballots.  Those issues can include everything from confusion surrounding the use of provisional ballots to a lack of polling machines to support the number of voters in a given precinct.
  • We also train the poll monitors to report the issues they encounter in the field so we can collect data to give us a larger picture view into the state of elections in Pinellas County.
  • We train volunteer attorneys and law students to staff a legal hotline during elections so our poll monitors have legal expertise backing them up.

Voting Rights

We advocate on behalf of voters to ensure fair access to the voting process for all who are eligible.  Currently we are working to identify what the passage of Amendment 4 and SB 7066 means for voters, including returning citizens.

We also support the modernization of voting systems, streamlining the voting process, promoting transparent and accountable redistricting and making it easier for all eligible citizens to become active participants in our electoral process.

Among other efforts, we work to improve polling place management, expand online voter registration and implement electronic streamlining. We also work to ensure compliance with laws such as the Voting Rights Act and the National Voter Registration Act.

Want to get involved? Have questions?

Get in touch with us at VoterProtection@lwvspa.org.