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Welcome to the League of Women Voters Orange County

Our Mission  is to encourage the informed and active participation of citizens in government; to work towards increasing understanding of major public policy issues; and to influence public policy through education and advocacy.  Our Goal  is to empower citizens to shape better communities.

HOT TOPICS AND ISSUES


HOT TOPICS: FLORIDA'S SCHOOL-TO-PRISON PIPELINE: WHAT CAN BE DONE? 

March 9-Because Florida has one of the highest juvenile incarceration rates in the country, HOT TOPICS will focus on the promising Civil Citation program which gives young non-violent offenders a chance to avoid an arrest record. Recidivism rates are a fraction of arrest records. Miami-Dade currently uses civil citations in 90 percent of juvenile cases but Orange/Osceola counties lag far behind.

The speakers include Orange County Sheriff Jerry Demmings, State Attorney Jeff Ashton and Theda Roberts, Civil Citation Coordinator for the Florida Department of Juvenile Justice. Deirdre Macnab, former state League president, will moderate.
Discussions will include what is being done to expand the program. Advocates believe it allows police, prosecutors, and defense attorneys to focus on serious cases while helping to protect the futures of our most at-risk youth.

The LWVOC and the First Amendment Foundation team present a Hot Topics you will not want to miss.

JUVENILE JUSTICE

 The Orange County Sheriff’s Citizens Advisory Committee was urged Thursday by the League of Women Voters to support the use of civil citations for young offenders, “allowing them to proceed with their futures without a record.”

Former League state president Deirdre Macnab cited Miami as a city that had been very successful in using civil citations to reduce recidivism and said it was vital that the Orange County Sheriffs Office be the model for the rest of Florida.


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GUN SAFETY
The League along with other community leaders are working to prevent two controversial guns proposals from passing in our Legislature, Campus Carry and Open Carry of Guns. Recent actions taken by our committee chairperson, Patti Brigham

Your help is needed NOW to stop guns on Florida’s public college and university campuses and prevent the open carrying of guns in Florida.

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WHAT WE DO


INFORM

At 95 years young, the League is a proven trustworthy source on the issues. Our Speaker's Bureau was invited to share our non-partisan expertise to over 2400 guests in 2015.

Hot Topics monthly luncheons allow us to dissect current issues.  We invite leading authorities to participate with members and guests in spirited panel discussions .   

We answer all pertinent voting questions with our Voters' Toolkit below and through BeReadyToVote. 
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TAKE ACTION

Rooted in our activism history, the League accepts modern day challenges with a strong stance on pertinent issues for our local community and state.

We fought voter suppression, Florida gerrymandering, and for environmental protection through Amendment 1 and WON.

Take action today and help us continue to fight. Join our efforts to unlock Affordable Solar Power HERE.READ MORE

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WHO WE ARE


NON-PARTISAN

From the beginning, the League has been an activist, grassroots organization whose leaders believed that citizens should play a critical role in advocacy.

It was then, and is now, a non-partisan organization and does not endorse or oppose political candidates or parties at any level of government.

Our advocacy positions are based on the merits of each issue, after careful study and consensus.

This is essence of the League; our identity is legitimacy and respect. READ MORE
LEADERS

Our community depends on talented leadership for effective governance. League members gain experience working on issues that influence public policy. We are afforded opportunities to meet with elected officials, organize publicized events, and speak in front of large groups.

Most valuable is the insight and knowledge that comes through collaboration with our League members, many of whom are successful leaders within our community.

The League was formed to teach women how to exercise the power of their vote and this remains a core value today. READ MORE
COMMUNITY

The Orange County League is a distinct community of civically engaged people working to find pragmatic solutions to the problems of our time.

We are not a single issue organization. From our inception, we have taken on issues that affect the well being of families and promote good governance.

In doing so, our members gain meaningful and purposeful connections and friendships and in the process acquire social identity, legitimacy and respect.

As we grow, our influence grows. Today, the Orange County League is the largest League in the United States. READ MORE

Voters' Toolkit

Everything you need to make your voice heard