About Us | Frequently asked questions about the league and our chapter
The League works through the American political process to shape public policy and promote effective government. We REGISTER voters, DEFEND voting rights, MONITOR government activities, TEACH citizens about their rights and responsibilities, and INFORM based on our in-depth and balanced issues analyses. We TAKE ACTION, LOBBY, and TESTIFY on the concerns important to you. We get beyond canned talking points and political party rhetoric.
What is meant by “Lower Keys”?
The “Lower Keys” in our name refers to the geographical area our local chapter serves. Our members reside primarily from Key West to the Seven Mile Bridge. Anyone living elsewhere is welcome to join. But our meetings are within those boundaries and we address issues that affect citizens living there.
Are you a part of the state and national LWV?
Yes. When you join the Lower Keys League of Women Voters, you automatically become a member of the state of Florida and National Leagues.
When does the Lower Keys League of Women Voters meet?
FIFTH TUESDAY | We meet four times each year whenever there is a fifth Tuesday on the calendar. Those meetings are from 5:00 – 7:00 pm and feature an opportunity to get acquainted with a local government or civic leader. Fifth Tuesdays are informal and designed for maximum interaction with our governmental and civic leaders in a casual, conversational setting. Cash bar from 5-5:30 p.m.; program starts no later than 5:30 p.m.
CIVICS LESSONS | Civics Lessons, which are held about twice a year, provide opportunities for members and guests to explore the workings of local and Florida governing bodies, departments and agencies. Our speakers present formal remarks on what they and/or their departments do, followed by questions from members and guests. Civics Lessons generally are scheduled from 5-7 p.m., on Wednesday or Thursday.
FORUMS | When the chapter identifies an issue of significant community importance, we develop and present major community forums, featuring experts, guest speakers and panelists to explore all facets of the issue. Past forums have included climate change and sea level rise.
ANNUAL MEETING | Our annual membership meeting is held in February.
BOARD MEETINGS | The chapter board meets monthly and the time/date/place are chosen by the current board. Board meetings may also be attended via video conference. Board meetings are open to interested members.
What is the League of Women Voters?
The League of Women Voters was founded in 1920 and is a nonpartisan, civic organization dedicated to keeping our democracy strong by giving every citizen a voice in government. The League encourages informed and active participation of citizens in government at every level and influences public policy through education and advocacy.
What Voter Services does the League provide?
Voter Service promotes informed, citizen participation in the electoral process. We defend voter rights. We conduct periodic voter registration events. We issue voter guides and educate voters by providing information on Florida constitutional amendments and other referenda on the ballots.
Are men eligible to join the League?
Absolutely! There are no barriers to participation in any League activity on the basis of gender, race, creed, age, sexual orientation, national origin, or disability.
Are non-members welcome at League events?
Yes, all our events with the exception of the general membership meeting and Board meetings are open to the public and advertised in various media throughout the area. We hope you will come check us out.
How can I join?
You can join at any of our events or go to our “join” page on this website to join online. An individual membership is $60 per year. Other membership levels are also available. When you join the Lower Keys League of Women Voters, you automatically become a member of the state of Florida and National Leagues.
Is the League affiliated with any political party?
No. The League focuses on voter rights and issues of public concern independent from any political parties or organizations. We have adopted a nonpartisan policy that you can read on this website. We encourage our members to abide by the spirit of the nonpartisan policy that governs board members.
Does the League support candidates?
No. The League of Women Voters is resolutely nonpartisan and does not support political candidates; however, we do support issues, national, state and local, including ballot referenda, on issues on which we can reach consensus.
How does the League take positions on issues and still be nonpartisan?
We neither support nor oppose candidates for office. We are a political organization that does take positions on issues that confront us locally, statewide, and nationally. Our members decide what issues our League will address and what action the League will take after carefully studying issues.
How are you different from Hometown PAC?
We support Hometown PAC’s commitment to providing public forums for Key West and county candidates and issues. Our Lower Keys League affiliation with the Florida and the National Leagues enables us to lobby and advocate effectively for issues of State and National concern. One example, is the State League pursued fair redistricting through the constitutional amendment process and in the courts. This initiative reduced the politicizing of congressional redistricting process in 2012.