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June 21, 2012

ISLAND SUN - JUNE 22 , 2012 8 The People Prevail – Again Voter Registration Counselor In by Barbara Joy Cooley , president , Committee of the Islands Deadline July 16 Training Program t is turning out to be a good year for the will of the people s part of its ongoing efforts to he City of Sanibel’s Counselor In on Sanibel . First , as Larry Schopp described in his April 13 , get out the vote , the League of Training ( CIT ) program , offered at I2012 , commentary , Close Call for the Will of the People , A T Women Voters of Florida wants to the Recreation Center , is a junior the People’s Choice Charter amendments survived due to a remind voters that the deadline to register level professional development oppor - state legislative amendment to the Community Planning Act to vote in the August 14 primary election tunity for teens entering ninth and 10th that was passed and signed into law on April 6 . is July 16 . grade who are interested in working And now , the JN “ Ding ” Darling Alternative Transportation “ Florida’s primary election has never with children in a recreational day camp project has been changed due to citizen input , or rather , outrage been held this early . Given the changes setting . about earlier , draft proposals to bring circulating buses onto in the state’s elections laws , the league This is a special leadership program Sanibel . encourages Florida voters to call their designed to prepare teens to become a On April 8 , 2011 , I published a commentary called local supervisor of elections to check their camp counselor . CIT students will gain Buses preferred on Sanibel ? Preferred by whom ? , about those earlier proposals . voter registration status and , if necessary , valuable work experience , earn communi - Subsequently , on April 13 , 2011 , Sanibel citizens turned out in force at a public meet - update it , ” said Charley Williams , LWVF ty service hours and required school credit ing about the alternative transportation plan to voice their objections to the circulating voter services chair . “ This is particularly all while making new friends . buses . important for voters who have recently There is an application that must Because citizens spoke out , the plan has been substantially revised over the past moved or changed their name . If you be completed and returned to the City year to eliminate the circulating buses , and to focus instead on projects that will plan to vote by mail , call your supervisor of Sanibel Recreation Department for enhance pedestrian and cyclist experiences in the wildlife refuge . to renew your vote - by - mail request and review and approval . The application can The revised plan was presented to the citizens of Sanibel at an open house on make sure your ballot arrives in time for be picked up at the Sanibel Recreation March 29 , 2012 . Then City Council heard a presentation about the revised plan at its the election . Center’s front desk . June meeting . Details of the plan can be viewed on the website www.dingdarlingtrans - In addition to its BeReadyToVote.org The Sanibel Recreation Center is portation.com website , LWVF has also partnered with located at 3880 Sanibel - Captiva Road . It took years for the voice of the people to be heard in the planning for this project . Microsoft to offer smartphone users a Daily , weekly and annual memberships At the Committee of the Islands , we began speaking out about it in January of 2008 , quick and simple way to connect to their are available . For more information , call when this transportation “ study ” was in its earlier stages . We are still disappointed supervisor’s office . The league has cre - 472 - 0345 or visit www.mysanibel.com . that the data collection that was promised in the early stages of the project never hap - ated a unique smartphone tag that , when pened , despite the nearly $ 2 million in taxpayers ’ dollars that have been spent . scanned , connects voters to a mobile However , we are satisfied that the proposed plans now more closely adhere to the website where they can access the Florida To advertise in the goals of protecting the environment , optimizing refuge visitor circulation , and improv - Division of Elections database to check ing bicycle and pedestrian connections . their voter status . Island Sun Congratulations , Sanibel . You’ve been heard . For more information about the To read our past commentaries on island issues , please visit our web site at upcoming elections and voter registration , Call 395 - 1213 www.coti.org . We invite your input on this and other issues affecting our islands . visit www.BeReadyToVote.org . 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