PINELLAS COUNTY, Fla. (CW44 News At 10) - Week one of early voting across Tampa Bay is now wrapping up one local organization is working to make sure the voting process has gone smoothly in St. Petersburg and other areas. CW44's Andrea Alvarez sat down with those leaders, Friday to discuss the issues. "We're really passionate about reducing voter suppression and just making sure that we have - folks have unfettered access to their democracy," said Linsey Grove, President of League of Women Voters of St. Pete. Celebrating 100 years right now, the League of Women Voters has had their work cut out for them in 2020. They're a nonpartisan political organization that focuses on empowering voters, defending democracy and urging the community to advocate for issues that they care about. "The St. Petersburg area is a local chapter that's a part of the Florida league." The St. Petersburg chapter in Tampa Bay was one of the original founders of the Florida State league, so they've been around for quite some time. "Part of our decades-long process, we actually, every single year come up with what we call a program, and the program is just made up of the issues that our membership decides to work on. But then, of course, we also have issues that are local that we care about. And a lot of times they align with state priorities and even federal priorities. For instance, one of our issues that we focus on is immigration. We also work on reproductive justice, we work on gun safety."
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