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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Looks Like Our Votes Were Not Counted

My wife and I requested vote by mail ballots — then, just to be sure, delivered them in person to an early voting location rather than trusting the mail. We should be able to confirm that they have been counted on the “status of my vote” screen of the Supervisor of Elections office website (if you haven’t checked, do it now).

We entrusted our ballots to SOE staff on Oct. 28., but as of today they still  show as “received” — not tabulated, and not rejected.

(Update: On Friday, the status finally changed to tabulated.)

General election vote not counted

Yes, we were careful to sign and date the envelope, as required.

For comparison, you can see the tabulated line on my vote for the primary election.

Primary vote counted

Is it possible this is a website glitch and has nothing to do whether my vote is actually recorded? Sure, anything is possible, but the whole point of this website feature is to provide transparency and confidence in the election system.

After several days of obsessively checking this page of the website, Beth Anne went to the SOE office in Lauderdale in person. That’s after several phone calls weren’t returned. After taking her license, they said her vote had indeed been counted but that it “takes a couple of days” for that information to be reflected on the website.

A couple of days? We turned in our ballots on Oct. 28. Their system shows them as received on Oct. 30 — 9 days ago.

Yes, I know there are lots of other issues with provisional ballots and college students who requested but never received a vote by mail ballot. But we got our ballots, filled them out carefully, then hand delivered them — and still don’t know whether to trust that they were really counted.

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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Early Voting So Far

As of sunrise Monday morning, 5.1 million Floridians — 38.7% of all elegible Florida voters — had cast a ballot in these midterm elections.  I wrote a small computer program to match each voter who cast a ballot with the races that voter could vote in.  The results suggest that we Democrats will flip three and possibly five Congressional seats blue and take razor thin control of the Florida Senate and the Florida House.  Here are the turnout numbers as of Monday morning.  

RepDemotherNo PartyTotal
Voted Vote-by-Mail1,001,727938,79813,898446,3892,400,812
Voted early in person1,047,4541,135,13819,569504,8652,709,268
Total Florida ballots cast
(as of sunrise
Sunday morning)
2,049,1812,073,93635,709951,2545,110,080
Unreturned Vote-by-Mail350,599462,0827,641267,1811,087,503

These numbers come from https://countyballotfiles.elections.myflorida.com/FVRSCountyBallotReports/AbsenteeEarlyVotingReports/PublicStats

43.96% of all eligible Republican voters have already voted.
42.17% of all eligible Democratic voters have already voted.
27% of all eligible independent and third party voters have already voted.

If we match the voter registration information of the people who have voted so far with the various Florida races, we get an interesting picture of the midterms.  There are limits to what this will tell you. 

  • These numbers only include in person early votes. I do not have the vote by mail data.
  • We have no way to know how anybody actually voted. We just know that a voter who cast a ballot was eligible to vote in certain races and registered as a Democrat or a Republican or something else.
  • We have no way to know if a voter actually voted for every race on his or her ballot. If somebody voted for governor, but not senator, we cannot detect that.
  • We have no clue about how independents might have voted.
  • These numbers do not predict how people who vote on Election Day will vote.

That having been said, if the election had ended Sunday night and only in person early voting counted, three Congressional seats, the 15th, the 26th and the 27th, would have flipped to a Democrat. There would be 22 Democrats (out of 40 State Senators) in Tallahassee and there would be 62 Democrats (out of 120 representatives) in the lower house of the Florida legislature. If we can get turnout on election day itself, there could be a pretty spectacular turn around in the third biggest state in the Union.

There are a lot of very close races throughout Florida.  Some might surprise you.  Also, notice the importance of third party and independent voters in each race.

The in person early voting numbers suggest that the 3rd, the 7th, the 13th, the 15th, the 18th, the 26th and the 27th Congressional Districts all appear close.

3rd Congressional District 105,155 voters. (R +9)
42,284 Democrats,  47,585 Republicans,  15,592 others

7th Congressional District 122,239 voters. (Cook rated even)
50,885 Democrats,  43,003 Republicans,  28,351 others

13th Congressional District 40,065 voters. (D +2) 
18,994 Democrats,  12,266 Republicans,  8,805 others

15th Congressional District 85,583 voters. (R +6) possible Dem flip
35,864 Democrats,  33,296 Republicans,  16,423 others

18th Congressional District 105,850 voters. (R +5) possible Dem flip
40,112 Democrats, 44,004 Republicans, 21,734 others

26th Congressional District 85,781 voters. (D +6) probable Dem flip
35,235 Democrats, 29,304 Republicans, 21,242 others

27th Congressional District 96,426 voters. (D +5) probable Dem flip
39,364 Democrats, 32,689 Republicans, 24,373 others

More Democrats than Republicans have cast a ballot in 22 Florida Senate races.  Ten of those races appear close close.  More Democrats than Republicans have cast ballots in 6 of the close races.

9th Florida Senate District 84,167 voters.
31,671 Democrats,  32,551 Republicans,  19,945 others

16th Florida Senate District 33,193 voters.
11,430 Democrats,  13,880 Republicans,  7,883 others

18th Florida Senate District 67,642 voters.
27,914 Democrats,  25,717 Republicans,  14,011 others

20th Florida Senate District 60,700 voters.
24,663 Democrats,  23,795 Republicans,  12,242 others

22nd Florida Senate District 54,802 voters. close
23,068 Democrats,  20,152 Republicans,  11,582 others

24th Florida Senate District 24,130 voters.
9,767 Democrats,  8,797 Republicans,  5,566 others

25th Florida Senate District 67,866 voters.
25,871 Democrats,  28,861 Republicans,  13,134 others

36th Florida Senate District 40,194 voters.
13,768 Democrats,  15,714 Republicans,  10,712 others

39th Florida Senate District 53,355 voters.
21,094 Democrats,  19,644 Republicans,  12,617 others

40th Florida Senate District 66,092 voters.
26,088 Democrats,  23,472 Republicans,  16,532 others

More Democrats than Republicans have cast an early in person ballot in 62 out of the 120 races for the Florida House.  27 of the 120 races appear to be close.  Democrats have cast more ballots than Republicans in 14 of those close races. Close Florida House races in the greater southeast Florida neighborhood include

83rd Florida House District 25,719 voters.
10,046 Democrats,  10,718 Republicans,  4,955 others

84th Florida House District 19,387 voters.
8,834 Democrats,  6,844 Republicans,  3,709 others

85th Florida House District 26,621 voters.
10,005 Democrats,  10,661 Republicans,  5,955 others

89th Florida House District 21,988 voters.
8,713 Democrats,  7,829 Republicans,  5,446 others

105th Florida House District 17,974 voters
6,781 Democrats,  6,115 Republicans,  5,078 others

110th Florida House District 12,620 voters.
4,112 Democrats,  5,440 Republicans,  3,068 others

114th Florida House District 24,075 voters.
9,303 Democrats,  9,091 Republicans,  5,681 others

115th Florida House District 24,708 voters.
9,464 Democrats,  9,496 Republicans,  5,748 others

118th Florida House District 19,509 voters.
6,915 Democrats,  7,524 Republicans,  5,070 others

119th Florida House District 20,510 voters.
6,607 Democrats,  7,923 Republicans,  5,980 others

120th Florida House District 19,488 voters.
7,933 Democrats,  7,297 Republicans,  4,258 others

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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Vote! Then Get Out the Vote!

The first thing every patriotic Democrat must do is vote! Early voting is still going on today until 7 pm in Broward County, with Tuesday coming up fast. Then do whatever you can to get everyone you know (and anyone else who will listen) out to vote.

How to vote? At the top of the ticket, that’s pretty simple. Since the Republicans for governor and senate are so closely aligned with Trump, you must vote for Andrew Gillum and Bill Nelson — and Democrats on down the ticket. For guidance on other races and amendment questions that can be more confusing, see my roundup of recommendations and comparison of recommendations on the amendments and the judicial races (from friends as well as the newspaper editorial boards).

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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