Latest call for recount volunteers, lawyers and training

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Thank you for all you are doing during this crucial time!
Our team has been working diligently to recruit and shift volunteers for all of our candidates throughout the manual recount process to ensure that we are prepared and trained for the demand across all 67 of our counties. 
If you have not yet signed up to cover a recount shift, or know others who would like to help, please use this form to sign up: Recount Volunteer Signup Form
There will be mandatory Recount Observer Training Webinars today, November 15. Please review the training schedule and register for a time that works for you here: Recount Observer Training Schedule and Registration
Please note you must attend a Recount Observer Training Webinar before observing the recounts. Training takes approximately 1 hour.
Please let us know if you have any issues. We look forward to speaking with you all.
FDP Field Team

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Can You Come Out This Morning?

    (This message is from Shay Morgan, Broward Field Organizer for the Florida Democratic Party.)

Today, Saturday, November 10th, at 10:30 AM, there will be a press conference at the Lauderhill Mall Supervisor of Elections’ office.  (1501 NW 40th Avenue in Lauderhill, behind the Lauderhill Mall)  The media will be there so the larger the crowd the stronger the pressure to count every vote! We ask that you please come out to join us (invite others too)…..we need to unite for this very important cause in our state!


Shirah (Shay) Morgan

Florida Democratic Party
Broward Field Organizer

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Emergency for Recount – Your Help Needed – TOMORROW!

    THIS IS URGENT!!!!!  –  Your help is needed tomorrow!


    The Florida Democratic Party and the Broward Democratic Party are in a desperate search for voters whose mail in ballots were rejected due to signatures, and for voters who submitted provisional ballots.  We need to reach every one of these folks and get affidavits signed on order for the recount to  be successful.  This will not only help Bill Nelson and Nikki Fried, but if enough votes are found for Andrew Gillum, he might also go into an automatic recount.   Thank you!!!!!

    Phone bankers and canvassers are needed tomorrow (Thursday) starting at 8 AM.  I have been told that we only have until 5 PM tomorrow to collect affidavits.  The addresses of the offices where you are needed are shown below.

    See the following message from Cynthia Busch:

    “We must do every thing in our power to reach all these voters and guarantee that their votes are counted. We need phone bankers and canvassers all day tomorrow starting at 8AM at the three Democratic Coordinated offices in Broward—Miramar (2881 Corporate Way), Plantation (5239 W. Broward Blvd.), and Ft. Lauderdale (1033 Sistrunk Blvd., Suite 202). Bring a laptop/tablet and a cellphone if you’ll be making calls, and don’t forget: the work we do in the next twelve hours can change the course of this state—and the entire country—for years to come.”

    If you are available, please come to one of these offices to help.

    Alan


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It Takes a Lot to Get Me Discouraged

    So the Democratic Party was victorious in enough races to take back the House.  That’s great!

    And here in Florida, in what was otherwise a very frustrating night, Amendment 4 passed, which will, restore the right to vote to more than 1.4 million Floridians with felony convictions.  I worked very hard to make this happen, so I am obviously encouraged by this victory.

    Now let’s consider what has happened over the past 20 years in each of our elections, both national and statewide:  In Florida, Democratic candidates have been losing by margins which have been incredibly small, usually by less than 100,000 votes.

    This same sad story seems to have played out yesterday:

    In the Florida Senate race, Rick Scott is (at this point) ahead of Bill Nelson by only 34,500 votes!

    And in the Florida Gubernatorial race, Ron DeSantis is (at this point) ahead of Andrew Gillum by only 50,900 votes!

    What can we do to change the way these elections play out?  One thing that we can now do seems obvious to me.

    With the passage of Amendment 4, we can make it a priority in Florida to register each and every man and woman with a prior felony convection so that they will be eligible to vote in all future elections in our state.  Think about the numbers.  If only 1.2 million, or only 1.1 million, or only 1 million of these now eligible voters register, I believe that the number of Democratic voters in Florida will increase dramatically.  If 1 million register and most register as Democrats, it will only take a small percentage to make Florida a reliably blue state.  30% would mean 300,000 more Democratic votes!  20% would mean 200,000 more Democratic votes!  And even 10% would mean 100,000 more Democratic votes!

    So, I respectfully suggest that the Broward Democratic Party and the Florida Democratic Party make the registration of our 1.4 million neighbors with felony convictions and immediate priority.  Let’s change the outcome going forward!

    So, you see, I did find something to be encouraged by in yesterday’s election results in Florida.

    Alan


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VOTE!

    I’m about to go out in Plantation and knock on 46 more doors to try to get out every single vote for our Democratic Winning Team.

    Tomorrow I will be at Central Park Elementary from 7 to 10 AM and from 5 to 7 PM.  In between, I have volunteered to drive voters to their polling places.

    I hope you are also doing something to Get Out The Vote, but most of all I hope you VOTE!

    Alan


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One Last Time: How I Voted

    For those procrastinators out there, tomorrow is the last day for early voting at the libraries and here, one last time, is how I voted:


    Hi, everybody!

    (This message represents my opinion alone and does not represent the view of any political party, club, or other organization.)

    With the understanding that what is on my ballot may not be the same as what’s on your ballot, this is how I am voting in the November 6th Mid-Term Election:

    United States Senator…………………………………..Bill Nelson

    Representative, District 23……..Debbie Wasserman Schultz

    Governor………………………………………………Andrew Gillum

    Attorney General…………………………………………Sean Shaw

    Chief Financial Officer…………………………………Jeremy Ring

    Commissioner of Agriculture……………..Nicole “Nikki” Fried

    State Representative, District 98…………….Michael Gottlieb

    Yes for Retention………………………… All Justices and Judges

    Circuit Judge, Group 38…………………Stefanie Camille Moon
    Circuit Judge, Group 46……………..Maria Markhasin-Weekes
    County Judge, Group 9……………Tanner Channing Demmery
    County Judge, Group 19……………………………Allison Gilman

    Plantation Mayor……………………………………Peter S. Tingom
    Plantation City Council, Group 1………………….Eric Anderson
    Plantation City Council, Group 2………………..Denise Horland
    Plantation City Council, Group 5………………………Nick Sortal

    Broward Soil and Water, Seat 2……………………..Richard Leys

    Constitutional Amendment No. 1………………………………No
    Constitutional Amendment No. 2………………………………No
    Constitutional Amendment No. 3………………………………Yes
    Constitutional Amendment No. 4………………………………Yes
    Constitutional Amendment No. 5………………………………No
    Constitutional Amendment No. 6………………………………No
    Constitutional Amendment No. 7………………………………No
    Constitutional Amendment No. 9………………………………No
    Constitutional Amendment No. 10…………………………….No
    Constitutional Amendment No. 11…………………………….No
    Constitutional Amendment No. 12…………………………….No
    Constitutional Amendment No. 13…………………………….No

    Broward County Transportation Tax…………………………..No

    Broward County Charter Amendments…………………..All Yes


    Alan

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Last Chance to Help Win the Senate!

    Hi, Everybody!

    Former President Barack Obama will campaign in Florida on Friday with Andrew Gillum and Bill Nelson.  They will appear at the Ice Palace Film Studios in Miami.  The time has not yet been announced.  Free tickets, one per person, must be picked up in person today until 8 PM or from 12 Noon to 8 PM on Wednesday or Thursday at the following locations:
   
    Fort Lauderdale – 1033 NW 6th Street, Suite 206;
    Miami Gardens – 16190 NW 27th Avenue;
    North Miami – 822 NE 125th St., Suite 110;
    Coral Gables – 354 Minorca Avenue

    As much as I would love to see Barack Obama with Gillum and Nelson, I have decided that my time would be better spent knocking on doors to help get out the vote!  So I will be canvassing every day starting on Wednesday.  Let me suggest that you knock on some doors too!  Or that you make some phone calls!

    If making calls or knocking on doors is not for you, then allow me to ask you one last time to make a contribution (like I just did) in the following Senate races:

    So, the time has come again for all of us to make a contribution to the campaigns of the Democrats in tough races for the Senate, starting with our own Bill Nelson, right here in Florida:  https://secure.actblue.com/donate/nelson_search?refcode=ads_google_fl_search  Think about all of the harm to the Federal Judiciary we can help prevent if the Democrats can retake the Senate!  Here are some of the other campaigns you can help with:

        Claire McCaskill (Missouri) – https://secure.actblue.com/donate/mccaskill-d2d?refcode=ads_google_nat_d2d
        Joe Donelly (Indiana) – https://secure.actblue.com/donate/donate-primary-web
        Jacky Rosen (Nevada) – https://secure.actblue.com/donate/rosen-homepage?refcode=websitenew
        Heidi Heitkamp (North Dakota) – https://secure.actblue.com/contribute/page/hh4nd
        Phil Bredesen (Tennessee) – https://www.bredesen.com/

   
No amount is too small.  Every dollar helps!

     Alan

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Last Chance for Gillum Yard Signs

    Just finished knocking on 56 doors in Plantation with Mary O’Donnell!  Weather a little cooler.  Yay!

    I have a few more Andrew Gillum yard signs for whoever wants 1 or 2.

    Call and stop by to pick yours up.

    I’ll be canvassing in Hollywood later in the week.  Let me know if you’d like to walk with me.

    And if you’d like to help out at the West Regional Library Early Voting Site, contact John Ziegler at 954-232-3918 or johnjoeziegler@aol.com

    Alan
    9411 NW 10 Street
    Plantation, FL 33322
    954-472-6211

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Come and Get Your Yard Sign!

    Good afternoon, everybody!

    Just over two weeks to go before the most important Mid-Term Election we’ve ever seen!  If you have not yet gotten involved, now is the time.

    I have yard signs:  Vote Yes on Amendment 4 (the Rights Restoration Amendment) and a limited number of Andrew Gillum signs.  These are first come, first serve.  So call if you want one (or both) and stop by to pick it up.

    As for getting involved, I will be campaigning at the West Regional Courthouse on Monday and Wednesday from 10 AM to 2 PM.  Let me know if you can join me.

    And here is the notice sent out by John Ziegler, President of the Plantation Democratic Club:

    On Sunday, Oct 21Plantation’s Municipal Projects Director, Nicholas Forero 954-873-2266 <Nicholasbdp@gmail.com>, will again be running phone banks & door-to-door canvassing out of the Broward County Democratic Party HQ, 8302 W Sunrise Blvd # 203, Plantation 33322.

    Starting 7am-7pm, Monday, Oct 22-Sun, Nov 4, early voting volunteers are needed at our club’s canopy outside West Regional Library to distribute palm cards daily for 3-person, 2-hour shifts (7am-9am, 9am-11am, 11am-1pm, 1pm-3pm & 3pm-5pm & 5pm-7pm). 

    Contact John to RSVP for Early Voting outreach at <JohnJoeZiegler@aol.com>.


    Thanks for everything you are doing to turn Florida bluer than ever!

    Alan
    9411 NW 10 Street
    Plantation, FL 33322
    954-472-6211

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Don’t Leave Anything Blank!

    Hi, friends!

    In my message yesterday, I forgot to mention one very important point.  Each proposed constitutional amendment requires a 60% vote in order to pass.  That’s 60% of those voting for that proposed amendment.  That means that if you are against a proposed amendment, you must vote NO and not leave it blank.  Leaving proposed amendments that you are against blank makes it easier for those proposals to reach the 60% threshold.  SO, BE SURE TO VOTE NO ON ALL PROPOSED AMENDMENTS YOU ARE AGAINST!

    As I mentioned in my previous message, yesterday’s editorial in the Tampa Bay Times recommended a yes vote on Amendment 4, and no on all of the rest.  Their reasoning is sound and their explanations are very persuasive.  If you have not yet voted, read this editorial before you vote:

    Alan

    “The list of proposed constitutional amendments is long and confusing. Some have multiple parts. So here’s some easy advice: After voting yes on Amendment 4, vote no on all the others.

    All but two of the 12 amendments to the Florida Constitution on the November ballot were put there by the Legislature or by the politicized Constitution Revision Commission, and the disappointing result reflects the partisanship underpinning them and the lack of sound reasoning on why any of the proposals should be added to the Constitution.

    For its part, the Legislature put three tax-related amendments on the ballot as Republicans seek to make it harder to raise revenue in the future no matter what the need. The CRC squandered an opportunity that occurs only once every 20 years to propose meaningful reforms to the Constitution. Its amendments are a muddle of unrelated issues. Why, for example, should one amendment both ban vaping in the workplace and offshore drilling? This is just one example of the mess of these 11 amendments, and why voters should reject them all. (The Florida Supreme Court already threw off Amendment 8 for not being clear that it would have allowed the state, rather local school boards, to authorize charter schools without ever using the phrase “charter schools.”)

    Times recommends: Vote yes on Amendment 4

    Here’s a rundown, starting with the three that came from the Legislature.

Amendment 1. Passed by a largely party-line vote in the Republican-dominated Legislature, this measure would increase the current typical $50,000 homestead exemption — except for school taxes — by another $25,000 for homes valued above $125,000, prorated for any home assessed at $100,000 or more. This is effectively an unfair tax on business and renters, as they would certainly have to make up the shortfall for homeowners who would gain another tax break. And it’s another example of the Legislature leaving city and county governments in the lurch, forcing them to explain why tax rates might rise — just to maintain the same level of services — as the tax base falls. On Amendment 1, the Tampa Bay Times recommends voting No.

Amendment 2. The taxable value of non-homestead properties currently cannot rise by more than 10 percent a year, a constitutional cap that is set to expire on Jan. 1. This measure would make that cap permanent. Although it’s an easy crowd-pleaser for the Legislature to put on the ballot, the measure would deny local governments the full effect of rising property values, once again, hamstringing them. It is estimated that amendments 1 and 2 together would cost local governments $1.3 billion a year. If voters think their local taxes are too high, they can turn their local leaders out of office. On Amendment 2, the Tampa Bay Times recommends voting No.

Amendment 3. While it would be good to make it harder to expand gambling in Florida, this amendment is unfair. It would allow casino gambling in Florida only if voters — and only voters — proposed a constitutional amendment, which would then, of course, have to pass. That cuts out the other two means of placing amendments on the ballot, through the Legislature or the Constitution Revision Commission. On Amendment 3, the Tampa Bay Times recommends voting No.

Amendment 5. This measure would make it harder for future legislatures to raise or impose taxes by requiring a two-thirds vote rather than a simple majority. The likely effect would be to make it nearly impossible to raise taxes even in times of crisis. On Amendment 5, the Tampa Bay Times recommends voting No.

The next seven amendments were put on the ballot by the Constitution Revision Commission, and they all should be rejected.

Amendment 6. This measure includes three separate issues — raising the retirement age for judges from 70 to 75, banning courts from deferring to a state agency’s expertise on interpreting a law or rule, and a series of rights for crime victims. These are each big issues that should be considered on their own merits, not jumbled into one proposal. On Amendment 6, the Tampa Bay Times recommends voting No.

Amendment 7. This is another amendment that jumbles together three issues. It would make it harder to raise university fees by requiring super majority votes by a university’s board of trustees and the Board of Governors. It would require that death benefits are paid out to first responders killed in the line of duty (it’s already in state law) and add paramedics and emergency medical technicians to the list, and for the state to waive “certain educational expenses” for the post-high school education of their children. It would establish the Florida College System (which evolved from the community college system) within the Constitution alongside K-12 and State University System. The fee issue is the major stumbling block here, as universities are already strapped for cash, and this would make it far harder — requiring much more than a majority — to raise them. On Amendment 7, the Tampa Bay Times recommends voting No.

Amendment 9. This is the oddest combination of issues. It would prohibit vaping (the use of e-cigarettes) at indoor workplaces and ban oil drilling beneath waters controlled by Florida. Offshore drilling should be banned, but this strange juxtaposition of issues has no place in Florida’s Constitution. On Amendment 9, the Tampa Bay Times recommends voting No.

Amendment 10. This amendment would subvert local control by forcing every county to elect rather than appoint its sheriff, tax collector, property appraiser, supervisor of elections and clerk of courts — whether it wanted to or not. Those already are elected offices in most counties, but the choice should be theirs, not the state’s. Miami-Dade County, for example, appoints its sheriff. Other parts of the amendment are uncontroversial but also unnecessary. It would establish a counterterrorism office within the Florida Department of Law Enforcement and add to the Constitution a state Department of Veterans’ Affairs. It would make permanent the Legislature’s recent practice of beginning sessions in even-numbered years in January, rather than March. All of those elements either already are or can be handled by state law and don’t need to be enshrined in the Constitution. On Amendment 10, the Tampa Bay Times recommends voting No.

Amendment 11. This amendment, among other things, would allow lawmakers to make some changes to criminal laws retroactive. Some gun-rights groups see this as a way to ensure that the revised Stand Your Ground law, which requires prosecutors, not defendants, to meet the burden of proof in pretrial hearings, could be applied retroactively. Other elements of the amendment would repeal a nearly century-old provision in the Constitution barring immigrants who aren’t eligible for citizenship from owning property in Florida. It also would erase a constitutional amendment ordering the construction of a high-speed train that voters already voted to repeal. Those final two elements are house-keeping measures, but the proposed retroactivity of criminal law changes makes this a non-starter for the Constitution. On Amendment 11, the Tampa Bay Times recommends voting No.

Amendment 12. This amendment would prevent the governor, Cabinet members, agency heads, state lawmakers and local elected officials from getting paid to lobby their former colleagues for six years after leaving office. Judges would also be banned from lobbying the Legislature or executive branch for six years. Although this amendment would move toward stopping the revolving door from elected office to paid lobbyist, it puts an unfair six-year burden on those who might otherwise consider public office and would be good candidates. It doesn’t belong in the Constitution. On Amendment 12, the Tampa Bay Times recommends voting No.

Amendment 13. The proposal would outlaw betting on greyhound racing by the end of 2020, though it would allow tracks to continue some other pari-mutuel offerings. Whatever your view on dog racing, its disposition doesn’t belong in the Constitution. On Amendment 13, the Tampa Bay Times recommends voting No.”

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