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Founded on February 14, 1920, the League of Women Voters is now 100-years-old.

In observance of their centennial, the two chapters in Northwest Florida will host public celebrations that highlight the long history and current work of the organization.

The League of Women Voters goes hand-in-hand with the Women’s Suffrage Movement.

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Legislation passed by the Florida House Education Committee would create a proposed constitutional amendment asking voters to place eight-year term limits on members of county school boards.

House Joint Resolution 229 places the same term limits on county school boards, as are in place for state lawmakers and other offices. The termed-out members could run for office again once they sit out an election cycle.

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On Florida’s General Election ballot, voters are being asked to decide whether most convicted felons in the state should have their voting rights restored. Passage of proposed constitutional Amendment Four could change the lives of nearly one-and-a-half million people.

Ben Calloway of Pensacola would benefit from passage of Amendment 4.

“Yeah, I was 18 when I got in trouble the first time,” said Calloway, recalling his arrest on marijuana possession.

The Florida League of Women Voters is taking time during the month of September to advocate for the importance of public schools and the need for adequate funding to support them. As part of this effort, the Pensacola Bay Area chapter is hosting a screening and discussion of the documentary Backpack Full of Cash.

“Our children have a backpack full of cash and the schools should vie for the privilege of having that backpack turned over to them,” says one of the participants in the documentary in the film’s trailer.

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After a federal court ruling that struck down barriers on early voting locations on college campuses, the League of Women Voters wants them in place for the November 6 general election.

At issue is Sec. of State Ken Detzner’s advisory opinion in 2014, which claimed state law barred the University of Florida student union from being used as an early voting location. Judge Mark Walker said in July that the ban appeared to be a way to stop younger voters from casting ballots -- something he said “does not remotely serve the public interest.”

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Voting is now underway in the August 28 Primary Election. But, for individuals who still need more information about the candidates before casting their ballot, the League of Women Voters is doing its part to help.

The main mission of the League is to encourage informed, active participation in government. The non-partisan organization does that through voter registration, voter advocacy, and voter education.

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Voters head to the polls on Tuesday, and when they check in, get their ballots and proceed to the voting area, poll watchers will already be in place.

Poll watchers – watch. They monitor, silently, for any problems and irregularities in the voting process. And in this election cycle, they’re getting more attention than in past years, thanks in large part to some of Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump’s campaign allegations of a “rigged election” against him.

There’s been no credible evidence supporting any of Trump’s claims of vote-rigging.

  No Party Affiliation voters in Florida are helping fuel a national trend by rejecting both the Democratic and Republican parties in now-record numbers.

Figures from the state Division of Elections show Democrats now accounting for 39% of registered voters, with the GOP at 35%. No Party Affiliation – NPA – is at 23.3%. The numbers reflect voters who registered before the October 6 deadline to vote in the general election.