NEW: Election & Voter Protection

The League’s mission includes ensuring a free, fair and accessible electoral system for all eligible voters.

The LWV of Hillsborough Co and the St. Pete LWV
invite you to join us at this Hot Topics event!

Elections Security

Thursday, Jan. 23, 2020, 6:30pm
Good Shepherd Lutheran Church’s Driscoll Hall
501 South Dale Mabry Highway, Tampa

Registration and refreshments at 6:30 p.m.  Formal event takes place from 7:00 – 8:30 p.m. and will be followed by a social hour.

Featured speakers:

  • Dan McCrea
    President of Florida Voters Foundation & Coalition, McCrea is engaged in public interest research and education. His particular areas of focus include election audits, electronic transmission of voting materials, accessibility for persons with disabilities, ethics, election administrative practices, and
    improving collaboration between local, state and national election reformers and funders.
  • Candice Hoke, J.D., M.S.
    Hoke is Professor Emeritus and Founding Co-Director, the Center for Cybersecurity and Privacy Protection, Cleveland-Marshall College of Law. She founded and directed the federally funded Center for Election Integrity at CSU. She is a widely-recognized national authority on laws governing election technology, election management and federal regulatory programs. She has testified before Congress and the EAC, and has advised federal Departments (including Homeland Security, Defense, and Justice) on election security issues.

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.

If you are interested in becoming a poll monitor or a legal volunteer, contact co-chair Caitlin Constantine.

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 co-chairs Caitlin Constantine, Stephanie Owens and Amy Keith.