The League’s mission includes ensuring a free, fair and accessible electoral system for all eligible voters.
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:
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.
If you are interested in becoming a poll monitor or a legal volunteer, contact co-chair Caitlin Constantine.
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?
Our next meeting will be held Wednesday, June 26 at 6:30 p.m. at the LWVSPA office, located at 233 3rd St. N. in St. Petersburg.