Thanks to all who helped make the primary election 2016 Candidate Forums a success: attendees, candidates and volunteers.  Forums were sponsored by the League of Women Voters of Martin County and The American Association of University Women, Stuart Branch

The League of Women Voters of Martin County and the NAACP’s Martin County Branch teamed up to present a Voter Education Forum on Thursday, September 17, 2016 at 6:00 pm at Stuart’s 10th Street Recreation Center, located at 724 SE 10th Street in Stuart. 

Click here to see a video of the Voter Education Forum

The event, open to the public, featured a panel discussion that covers congressional and legislative redistricting, federal legislation to amend and enhance the Voting Rights Act of 1965, restoration of voting rights for convicted felons, and a proposed constitutional amendment to allow open primaries. 

The forum was underwritten by the law firms of Stone & Capobianco, LLC and the Zweben Law Group.

The panel was moderated by Martin County Supervisor of Elections, Vicki Davis. Speakers will include Pamela Goodman, president of the League of Women Voters of Florida; Kalene Rowley, a district aide to Congressman Patrick Murphy; and Deanna Smith and Choice Edwards, spokespersons for Floridians for a Fair Democracy and Florida Independent Voting, respectively.

Those attending the forum also will be able to register to vote, and verify or change their current voter registration information. In addition, coffee will be provided by Starbucks of Stuart and other refreshments will be offered.

Note: Ms. Davis’ role in this forum is non-partisan. Comments and presentations made are not endorsed by her or her office.

A brief summary of the issues:

The Florida Legislature begins a court-ordered special session on August 10th to redraw congressional district maps following a state Supreme Court ruling in July that found that eight of the state’s 27 Congressional districts violated the “Fair Districts” amendment adopted by voters in 2010. Another special session will be held in October to redraw the maps for the state’s senate districts, which had been challenged in a separate lawsuit.

Several bills have been filed in Congress to restore protections of the Voting Rights Act which were thrown out by the U.S. Supreme Court in 2013, and buttress that law with additional voting rights policy.

The campaign for a constitutional amendment to establish a permanent policy for the restoration of voting rights to felons who have completed their sentences has been ongoing for more than a year; and a campaign for a constitutional amendment to allow all voters to vote in primary elections regardless of party affiliation or lack thereof was launched in July.

For additional information, contact Donna Dupuy:; 772-286-0156.