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 firstname.lastname@example.org Alan
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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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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 email@example.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!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.
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!
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.
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 (email@example.com), 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!
Thank you for all you are doing during this crucial time!