Help Celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day by Registering Voters!

  	Good afternoon, everybody!    	Wednesday was the first day for voter registration at the West Regional Courthouse in 2019.  With the help of Marsha Eisenberg, we collected 8 voter registration forms,  including one from a neighbor whose right to vote was just restored by the passage of Amendment 4!  The breakdown of the 8 forms collected was also very encouraging:  7 Democrats and 1 No Party Affiliation!    	Here's the upcoming schedule for voter registration.  Let us know when you can join us.    	1.  The Courthouse is closed on Monday for Martin Luther King Jr. Day, so we will be registering voters from 10 AM to 2 PM at the King Celebration of Unity &  Multicultural Festival.  The location is Esplanade Park, 400 SW 2nd Street in Fort Lauderdale (next to the Performing Arts Center just south of Broward Blvd.)  Please let me  know if you'd like to help out.    	2.  On Wednesday, January 23rd, I'll be back at the West Regional Courthouse from 10 AM until 2 PM.  Let me know if you can join me on Wednesday.  For the past  few days, the weather has been wonderful!    	3.  And on Saturday, January 26th, John Ziegler's team will be at the West Regional Library from 10 AM to 4 PM in three 2-hour shifts.  If you can volunteer for one of  these shifts, please contact John Ziegler at 954-232-3918 or johnjoeziegler@aol.com    	Alan  

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I Should Never Have Left the Country!

       Happy New Year, friends!    	My wife and I no sooner leave the country, and Trump shuts down the Government.  What a child we have for a President!  And still the Republicans  say nothing.  They have no shame!    	We just got back today, but while we were gone, on January 8th, felons who have completed all of the terms of their sentences became eligible to  register to vote, and we will be delighted to register every single one of them!    	So, on Wednesday, January 16th, I will be back at the West Regional Courthouse (Pine Island and Broward) from 10 AM to 2 PM to register voters  and hopefully a lot of people who have felony convictions in their past.    	Let me know if you can join me out at the Courthouse, and also let anyone you know with a felony conviction in their past, that they can register to  vote at the West Regional Courthouse on Mondays and Wednesdays between 10 AM and 2 PM.    	Alan      


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Republicans are Trying to Block the Immediate Implementation of Amendment 4!

    Good morning, everybody!

    We should have seen this coming!  For over three years, volunteers all across the State of Florida worked very hard, first to collect enough petitions to put the Rights Restoration Amendment on the ballot, and then campaigned for its passage.  On November 6, 2018, the voters of Florida overwhelmingly approved Amendment 4 to restore the right to vote to most of the 1.4 million Floridians with prior felony convictions.  Starting on January 8, 2019, when this law goes into effect, any former felon (other than those convicted of murder or felony sexual offense) who has completed all of the terms of their sentence should be able to register to vote.  The language of Amendment 4 was designed to be self-executing,and no legislative or executive action should be necessary for its implementation.

    But now, Governor-Elect Ron DeSantis says that Amendment 4 (which he opposed) should not go into effect until the Florida Legislature passes “implementing language” in a bill which he would then sign!  Since the next legislative session does not start until March, this would delay the restoration of voting rights to felons for months.

    On December 13, 2018, a letter was sent to Florida Secretary of State Ken Detzner on behalf of the Florida Rights Restoration Coalition, the ACLU of Florida, the League of Women Voters of Florida, and Latino Justice.  The letter makes it very clear that the position of these civil and voting rights organizations is that Amendment 4 is self-executing and goes into effect on January 8, 2019.  (A PDF copy of the letter is attached.)  In the event that DeSantis and other officials do not back down, the ACLU of Florida and the other organizations should sue to force them to stop stalling and automatically restore the right to vote!

     If you would like to have your voice heard on this issue, you can contact the following individuals and tell them to stop stalling and to carry out the will of the people!

        Secretary of  State Ken Detzner:  850-245-6500 or SecretaryofState@DOS.MyFlorida.com

        Governor-Elect Ron DeSantis:  904-827-1101 or info@rondesantis.com

    I am including a copy below of the notice I have prepared for Broward County residents who have felony convictions.  (Also attached as a PDF.)  Please share this on Facebook and with every person on your email or other lists!

    With thanks for your help and Happy Holidays!

    Alan

    SECOND CHANCES FOR FELONS

    This notice is for any and all Broward County residents who have a felony conviction, other than murder or felony sexual offense, and who have completed all of the terms of their sentence.

    On November 6, 2018, the voters of Florida approved Amendment 4.  The voting rights restoration amendment restores the right to register to vote to any former felon who has completed all of the terms of their sentence, other than those convicted of murder or a felony sexual offense.

    This restoration of voting rights goes into effect on January 8, 2019.  If you live in Broward County, have a felony conviction in your past, but have completed all of the terms of your sentence, and would like to register to vote, you can contact any local political party, the Supervisor of Elections Office, the League of Women Voters, or the American Civil Liberties Association.

    You can also contact Alan Ehrlich, a Broward County attorney who works with the 2nd Chances Campaign, by sending an email to pan1@comcast.net.  Please include your telephone number in the message you send, and he will contact you to let you know where and when you can register to vote.
   

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Reminder:  Holiday Party!

    Hi, Democrats!

    Don’t forget about  the Plantation Democratic Club’s Holiday Party!  It’s this Thursday, not Tuesday at 7 PM at the Deicke Auditorium.  And I’ll be making my punch!

    Hope to see you there!

    Alan

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In lieu of our regular meeting, the Plantation Democratic Club invites you to a Holiday Party!

7PM Thursday December 13th, 2018
Deicke Auditorium
5701 Cypress Road, Plantation 33317

Please note the Party will be on Thursday and there is NO MEETING ON TUESDAY!  

Please join us to share food and drink.  This event is complimentary.  

For those who wish to share the joy of the season with those less fortunate, we are collecting new unwrapped toys, checks (made out to the Broward Veterans Coalition) or cash which will be donated to this worthy charity.

If you haven’t already paid 2019 dues, it’s still only $10 per year!  (cash, check or credit card).  Dues may also be paid on our website (www.plantaiondems.org) — click on “Pay Dues” button at top right.

We wish all of our members a very happy, healthy and safe holiday!.

 

 

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Do You Know Any Felons We Can Register to Vote?

    Good afternoon, everybody!

    So, both Andrew Gillum and Bill Nelson lost their races by the smallest of margins in a state with over 8 million votes!
   
    For the past three years, during the time I worked so hard to get the Rights Restoration Amendment on the ballot and then to get it approved, I suggested that with over 1.4 million Floridians with felony convictions, the restoration of voting rights could go a long way towards making Florida a reliably blue state.

    And so today, in an article in Vox, the writer agrees with my suggestion, saying that if people with felony convictions had been able to vote, Bill Nelson would likely have beaten Rick Scott.  He is less sure that Andrew Gillum would have won, but I think he would have as well.  Check out this article and then let’s talk about what we can do.

    https://www.vox.com/policy-and-politics/2018/11/19/18102579/florida-senate-midterm-election-results-felons-nelson-scott

    Amendment 4 restores voting rights to all former felons who have completed all the terms of their sentence, except for those convicted of murder or sexual felony offenses.  It is self-executing, meaning that no further action is necessary for eligible felons to register to vote.  Starting on January 8, 2019, any eligible former felon can register to vote by checking the box in Question # 2 on the Florida Voter Registration Application and affirming that their right to vote has been restored.

     Instead of just waiting for ex-felons to come across a voter registration event by chance, I would like to try to reach out and let them know where and when they can go to register to vote starting in mid January.

    So if you know anyone in Broward County who would be eligible to vote under this constitutional amendment, please give them my email address (pan1@comcast.net), and ask them to message me with their name and telephone number.  We will then contact them about where and when to register to vote.

    Thank you for helping to pass Amendment 4!

    Alan Ehrlich

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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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