League of Women Voters News - DECEMBER 1, 2018
UPCOMING EVENTS
For a complete listing of events,
click the button below to go to our Calendar!
Register for events at LWVPBC.org or by contacting Estelle Friedman at efriedman@bellsouth.net or (561) 968-4123.
You can view streamed events on LWVPBC Facebook Live.

ONLY Open Until DECEMBER 15th!


AFFORDABLE CARE ACT
OPEN ENROLLMENT



Open Enrollment period for ACA Health Insurance for 2019 began on November 1, 2018 and ends December 15, 2018.  There are several enrollment events throughout Palm Beach County during this period, and are listed below:

Epilepsy Florida Palm Beach Office
3222 Commerce Place, Suite B, West Palm Beach, FL 33407
  •  Tuesdays 1:00 – 5:00 P.M.
  •  Wednesdays 11/14, 11/28, 12/5, 12/12 only 6:00 – 9:00P.M.
  •  Thursdays 11/1, 11/15, 11/29, 12/13 only 6:00 – 9:00P.M.
  •  Fridays 9:00 A.M. – 12:00 P.M.
  •  Saturday December 15th 10:00 A.M. – 12:00 P.M.

Gulfstream Goodwill
1715 Tiffany Drive East West Palm Beach, FL 33407
  •  Thursdays 9:00 A.M. – 4:00 P.M.

Medical Society of Palm Beach
3540 Forest Hill Blvd., #101 West Palm Beach, FL 33406
  •  Tuesdays 9:00 A.M. – 12:00 P.M.
  •  Fridays 1:00 – 5:00 P.M.

 ALL EVENTS ARE OPEN TO THE GENERAL PUBLIC
and ASSISTANCE IS FREE
For more information or to make an appointment, call 1-877-553-7453 or visit  www.epilepsyfl.com/acanavigation
ACA enrollment is also available at HealthCare.gov
These events have been organized and staffed by Epilepsy Florida with assistance from Covering Florida.
They are being promoted by League of Women Voters of Palm Beach County
Work Begins on Lake Okeechobee
 Reservoir Project

By Kathy Panko,
Environmental Issues Group

About 15 miles south of Lake Okeechobee, and miles from the nearest road in the heart of the Everglades Agricultural Area, bulldozers have begun clearing a 560-acre piece of land that in time will become a stormwater treatment area. But, for now, it will be used to store rock to build a long-awaited reservoir.

The South Florida Water Management District has started reservoir construction. This is where the water will start moving south. It will be stored in the reservoir, flow through the stormwater treatment area, get treatment as it moves down south through a water conservation area and down to Everglades National Park. Site preparation work will continue at the stormwater treatment area for the next few years. As for the main reservoir, it will be about one mile further south. When it’s complete, it will be 10,000 acres in size.

The 23-foot deep reservoir should reduce discharges from Lake Okeechobee by two-thirds. The project will take about eight years - three years to complete the design and another five years to build.

This action comes after the South Florida Water Management District was criticized for extending a lease on part of the reservoir site to a subsidiary of Florida Crystals. The district says the law allows for agriculture operators to continue farming until the site is needed for construction. The district will also get a million dollars in rent annually.  

The State of Florida and the federal government each are to pay half of the project’s expected $1.8 billion cost. Congress has approved the project but has not yet appropriated money for it.
Voting problems?

If you experienced problems voting, or worked as an elections monitor or on the recount committees and witnessed problems that could be voter suppression, please email me a brief description and your contact information.  The Voting Rights Coalition is starting a project to catalog and research 2018 voting problems in Palm Beach County and work with our election officials and legislators to develop remedies.

Or join us at our next Voting Rights Coalition meeting Thursday December 6, 2-4 pm, at Compass, 201 North Dixie, Lake Worth, where this will be our main issue.
Naya Payne
LWVPBC Intern, 2018
L to R: With Palm Beach County School District, Aaron Standish, Social Studies Specialist, and Lori Dool, Secondary Social Studies Program Planner Dept.
The Mini Crossword Puzzles, Series 3, Are Ready
By Christene Campbell-Gabor, Civics Ed. Chair

The Civics Education Committee would like to thank everyone who contributed content or donated money to help us complete Series 3 of the MINI Crossword Booklets.  This booklet includes questions from the Grade 7 Textbook –  Gateway to American Government: The Bridge to Success on Florida’s EOC Test.   It will be an interesting, innovative and fun new study tool for all Florida Schools and a wonderful way for all of us to learn more about our country.
Palm Springs Middle School
L to R: Kevin Mancusi, Palm Springs Middle School, Christene Campbell-Gabor, LWVPBC Civics Education Chair, and Sari Simpson, Social Studies Department Instructional Leader
LWVPBC President testifies
before the PBC Legislative Delegation

On November 15, 2018, Karen gave the following testimony before the PBC Legislative Delegation:

I am Karen Wilkerson of North Palm Beach, and I am speaking on behalf of the League of Women Voters of Palm Beach County of which I am President.

I urge our delegation to push for an immediate review of election procedures and enact legislative protocols that adequately reflect the needs of Florida voters and Supervisors of Elections. This should include awareness of voter needs (i.e. early voting, training of poll and counting workers, costs and certification of voting machines, etc.)

Luckily in Palm Beach County we have a strong Supervisor of Elections. It is essential that every voter must have the assurance that his/her ballot will be counted.

At the present time, Florida's population is continuing to grow, and at the same time a greater percentage of voters are participating. The time to act is now. Let's be prepared for the upcoming municipal elections in March and the important November 2020 elections.

To neglect this situation will produce voter distrust that will cause the population to criticize democracy. The League's mission is to present nonpartisan educational materials and to ensure that voting is a valid system not to be tainted with political games.

Thank you.

Speakers' Bureau was Out in Force!

By Marcia Herman
Speakers' Bureau Chair
 
The Speakers Bureau committee members presented the  2018 November Election Ballot Proposals  power point 110 times between September 4 and November 2, reaching 6,645 voters. Some of the committee members worked as the presenter and/or the associate over 10 times. What a tremendous group effort from these dedicated LWVPBC members. One of the goals of the committee is to reach out to Hispanic, African American or low-income groups. That was accomplished by presenting at 10 different events throughout the county.
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