[St. Petersburg, Fla. – September 16, 2013] On Thursday, September 26, at 6 p.m., the League of Women Voters of the St. Petersburg Area (LWVSPA) will hold a free public meeting on the state of voting in Florida and Pinellas as a result of recent changes in the law. The event will take place at the St. Petersburg Main Library, 3745 Ninth Avenue North, St. Petersburg.
With three outstanding panelists, League members and the public are invited to consider the consequences for Florida voters resulting from recent judicial and legislative decisions and actions in Washington, D.C., and Tallahassee.
The distinguished panelists are Deborah Clark, Pinellas County Supervisor of Elections since 2000, re-elected to office in 2004, 2008, and 2012; Raymond O. Aresenault, Ph.D., John Hope Franklin Professor of Southern History at the University of Florida, St. Petersburg and author of Freedom Riders: 1961 and the Struggle for Racial Justice (2006); and Joyce Hamilton Henry, Mid-Florida Regional Director for the American Civil Liberties Union of Florida. LWVSPA president Karen Coale will serve as moderator.
Prior to introducing the panel, Coale will review the status of the St. Petersburg Area League 2013-2014 Program that includes Universal Curbside Recycling, Public Libraries, Charter Schools, Immigration Reform, and Expansion of Medicaid and Affordable Health Care. These are in addition to the League’s ongoing primary focus: Voter Services, aimed at registering voters and educating the public through voter guides and public forums featuring opportunities to ask questions of candidates for office in the St. Petersburg area. A question and answer session will follow the panel presentation on September 26.
“The League of Women Voters of the St. Petersburg Area believes that the hands-on work of an engaged citizenry can and does lead to civic improvement at all levels of government,” says president Coale. “We welcome men and women who want to become more grounded in the facts on issues in our community and nation for their own ability to make educated voting decisions and to advocate for positions on which they are well informed.” For more on the September 26 event or to learn how to become a member of the League of Women Voters of the St. Petersburg Area, visit www.lwvspa.org