The Rights Restoration Campaign is now in the final week of petition collection. THE FINAL DAY TO TURN OVER ALL COMPLETED PETITIONS TO ME IS DECEMBER 15TH! The Voting Restoration Amendment would allow Floridians who have paid their debt to society by completing all terms of their sentence, including probation and parole, to earn back their right to vote. In order to get the Amendment on the 2018 Ballot, we need to submit 766,000 valid, certified petitions. I have been told that the Campaign has collected over 900.000 petitions, but because many will be discarded as duplicates or invalid submissions, we need to continue to collect until the very last minute. If you have completed petitions, call or email me during the next week so that I can get them from you.
Last Sunday, at the Jazz Festival at Riverwalk in Fort Lauderdale, I was joined by Stephanie Rosendorf and Daniel Diaz. The event was great and in just three hours, we collected 86 rights restoration petitions! On Monday at the South Regional Courthouse, Judy Ford, Ronnie Heller, Lauren Tate, and Tracy McNeil helped to register 6 voters and collect 50 petitions. On Tuesday at the South Regional Courthouse, Jackie Braun and her Hollywood volunteers collected another 17 petitions. And at the South Regional Courthouse earlier today, John Countryman, Penny Cukier, and David Brown did an amazing job collecting 77 more petitions. My thanks and gratitude to everyone who came out to help!
We have one week to go! These are the last few days for you to help make sure that we have enough valid petitions to get on the Ballot!
Saturday is a State-wide Day of Action. At 11 AM, I will join those collecting rights restoration petitions at the African American Research Library and Cultural Center, 2650 Sistrunk Blvd in Fort Lauderdale (between Sunrise and Broward, west of I-95). Please let me know if you would like to join us.
And on Monday and Wednesday, December 11th and 13th, I will be back at the South Regional Courthouse 3550 Hollywood Blvd., just west of I-95, in Hollywood. I have all the forms needed, a table and chairs, and an overhang to protect us from the sun or the rain. We start at 10 AM and work until 2 PM. If you’d like to just fill a 2-hour shift, just let me know the times. The weather is better. These will be the last 2 days that I will be collecting petitions! Please let me know when you can join me.