Voter Registration Push and Reasons to Vote No On Amendment 1

So, we really dodged a bullet with Matthew.  But it has put a dent in our voter registration efforts.  Remember all voter registration forms must be submitted to the Supervisor of Elections Office by Tuesday at 5 PM.

My wife and I have received our ballots by mail, and are using this time to complete them.  If you have received your ballots, and need any help with any of the races, just give me a call.  I will be voting NO on Constitutional Amendment No. 1, the Solar Energy Amendment, and YES on Constitutional Amendment No. 2, the Medical Marijuana Amendment.  (I have included at the end of this message the reasoning for my no vote on the Solar Energy Amendment. – Please share.)

I will be delivering our ballots in person to the Supervisor of Elections Office.  If you would like me to deliver yours as well, just give me a call and drop off your ballot(s).

John Ziegler has also organized shifts for voter registration at the West Regional Library on Saturday and Sunday.  If you can help out, please contact John at johnjoeziegler@aol.com or 954-232-3918.

There will also be canvassing once again this coming Saturday and Sunday.  Let me know if you’d like to help.

There will be a MiniVan Training on Sunday October 9th, at 6:00PM and 7:00PM at the Broward Democratic Party Headquarters, 8320 West Sunrise Blvd, Suite 203, Plantation, FL 33322.  This will prepare you to use your smartphone to knock on Democratic doors in your neighborhood.  Please RSVP HERE!

On Monday, October 10th, from 6 to 7:30 PM, there will be a friend-raiser Rally for Hillary Clinton, sponsored by Debbie Wasserman Schultz and Nan Rich, at Scuotto’s Pizza & Pasta, 3455 N. Hiatus Road (& Oakland Park), in Sunrise.  The chairs for this event are Steven Schultz, Caryn Grainer Dunn, and Elaine Geller.  Please RSVP to Caryn Grainer Dunn at 954-483-6372 or caryn.grainer@gmail.com.

Finally, save the date for the Plantation Democratic Club meeting which has been changed this month to Tuesday, October 25th.  We have very exciting news about that meeting.  We will be welcoming back to the Club our own Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz!  The meeting will start at 7 PM at the Deicke Auditorium.

It’s time to start getting out the vote.  Please help!

Alan
954-472-6211

Vote No on Amendment 1 (Solar Energy proposal)

Here is my take on the Solar Amendment.  Please share with all people on your lists:

Proposed Constitutional Amendment 1 was put on the ballot, as Phil Busey has pointed out, “because the utility companies and right-wing political groups such as Ralph Reed’s Florida Faith and Freedom Coalition paid over $7 million to put it on the ballot.”  This amendment is designed to really “put one over” on unsuspecting voters by using deceptive language to make voters think it’s something it isn’t.  Called the “Rights of Electricity Consumers Regarding Solar Energy Choice ” Amendment, it is nothing of the sort.  While it gives consumers the right to own or lease solar equipment on their property, the real point of this amendment is contained in the last sentence which days that “consumers who do not choose to install solar are not required to subsidize the costs of backup power and electrical grid access to those who do.”  As I understand it, up until now, people generating more energy than they need with solar equipment, could sell the excess to the grid, meaning less revenue for the utility companies.  What the amendment will do to that kind of subsidy is unclear.

When the Florida Supreme Court barely approved the ballot language by a 4 to 3 vote, Justice Barbara Pariente wrote a very sharp dissent: “Let the pro-solar energy consumers beware.  Masquerading as a pro-solar energy initiative, this proposed constitutional amendment, supported by some of Florida’s major investor-owned electric utility companies, actually seeks to constitutionalize the status quo.  The ballot title is affirmatively misleading by its focus on ‘Solar Energy Choice”, when no real choice exists for those who favor expansion of solar energy.”  Pariente goes on to emphasize that the word “subsidize” is vague and open to wildly different interpretations.  She is suggesting that utility companies could use the amendment to block cheaper competitors, by claiming that they are insufficiently regulated or that they somehow impose a subsidy.

There is a rival proposal that is much better, sponsored by Floridians for Solar Choice.  That group said an amendment was, as a Sun-Sentinel Editorial put it, “necessary to allow solar firms and individuals with rooftop solar to provide alternatives to Florida’s big utilities, which have been using their economic and political clout to squelch competition.”  They were not, however, able to collect enough signatures to get that proposed amendment on the ballot.

So, in summary, vote NO on Amendment 1!