If They’ve Served Their Time, They Should Get to Vote!

    Hi, Democrats!  (As always, please let me know if you wish to be removed from this list.)

    Well, I have recovered from the disappointment of registering so many Republicans on Monday.  Yesterday was better.  With the help of Michael Goldfarb, Penny Cukier, Laurie Stark, Robin Adell, and Lauren Tate, we were able to collect 6 voter registration forms, 4 requests to vote-by-mail, and 72 medicaid expansion petitions.  And besides, as many people have told me, just because someone registers as a Republican doesn’t mean that they are going to vote Republican!

    The Florida Rights Restoration Coalition (FRRC) had a meeting last night to discuss the latest actions being taken to combat the financial, legal, and bureaucratic hurdles put in place by the law signed by DeSantis after passage of Amendment 4.  It was obvious that former felons are more determined than ever to get back their right to vote (and thereby have a say in many matters that will affect them.)  One of the ways that FRRC is trying to help is by assisting returning citizens in paying any fines or fees they owe, so that they can complete their sentence and register to vote.  They are collecting contributions.  If you would like to help, just click on the following link:  https://floridarrc.com/  Other actions that are being taken to make sure that former felons get back the right to vote without undue delay include a plan in Miami-Dade to establish a fast track allowing judges to set aside financial penalties that would otherwise keep returning citizens from registering to vote, and a new initiative by People Over Profits (the organization led by Sean Shaw, the 2018 Democratic candidate for attorney general) to assist people in navigating the process with information and free legal assistance at ThePeopleOverProfits.org or 727-900-6678.

    We will be at the West Regional Courthouse on Monday and Wednesday, August 19th and 21st, from 10 AM until 2 PM.   We will be registering voters, allowing voters to sign up to vote by mail, and collecting petitions.  As always, we will have our canopy to protect us from the sun and/or rain. I do need help at 10 and at 2 to set up and then take down the canopy.  We will also have our table and chairs (and a little fan!) to make our outdoor office as comfortable as possible.  You can come from 10 to 12 or from 12 to 2.  Please let me know when you can join me, and be sure to bring a cap and a bottle of water.  I will have all the forms we will need.

    If you have not yet volunteered, especially all Plantation residents who have completed voter registration training, it’s time for you to get involved!  Hope to see you out there.

    Alan

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