Elections

Florida to Launch Online Voter Registration October 1

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The Florida Department of State is scheduled to launch its new online voter registration website on Sunday, October 1, 2017. According to state officials, RegisterToVoteFlorida.gov, offers Florida residents another way to register to vote or update an existing registration. The website is touted as convenient, secure and easy-to-use. The website will go live as directed by the Florida Legislature in Section 97.0525 Florida Statutes.

In 2015, Governor Rick Scott signed into law a bill directing the department to implement online voter registration on October 1, 2017. Florida joins 35 other states and the District of Columbia that have online voter registration available to their residents.

Any Florida resident who is eligible to vote or is already registered to vote in Florida can use RegisterToVoteFlorida.gov to submit an application, update an existing registration or prefill an application form to print and deliver to a Supervisor of Elections office.

Contrary to current voter registration procedure, users will need a Florida driver license or state identification (ID) card and the last four digits of their social security number to register online. Currently, only one of the three is required to register to vote. Once an individual’s identity is verified and the application is deemed complete, a voter information card is issued by the local Supervisor of Elections office.

Investigations confirming Russian attempts to hack America’s elections have heightened concerns regarding potential manipulation of registration and voting data.
RegisterToVoteFlorida.gov proclaims multiple safeguards in place to verify and protect a person’s identity and personal information, including a state-of-the-art firewall, data encryption, captcha boxes, session time-out after inactivity and the use of multi-screens. The website requires information that only the person seeking to register or change an existing registration should know, such as the issue date of their Florida driver license or state ID card, their Florida driver license or state ID card number and the last four digits of their social security number. All of this information is verified in real-time in order for a person to complete the application process online. If the information cannot be verified, a person is not able to move forward with submitting the application electronically. Additionally, there is no retention of data within the RegisterToVoteFlorida.gov website because it is securely transmitted to an internal system.

RegisterToVoteFlorida.gov will be available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. It is offered in English and Spanish, is accessible for persons with disabilities and is mobile-friendly.

If you choose to use this new system, feel free to share your experience at vbyers@bloggingblackmiami.com. What’s most important is that you get out and vote. 

 

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ICYMI: Andrew Gillum Is Running For Governor of Florida

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Miami-born, Jacksonville, and Gainesville raised Tallahassee mayor Andrew Gillum has declared his candidacy for governor of Florida. Gillum is going hard and smart in his appeal via social media. His ground game is strong too. He has garnered some high-profile appearances on television as well as speaking engagements with large organizations and endorsements from key influencers. 

Andrew Gillum could become the first black person elected governor of Florida. He is also an alum of my alma mater, THE Florida A&M University. Go Rattlers! 

Gillum has, no doubt, disrupted plans by many, to see former U.S. Rep. Gwen Graham (daughter of former Florida governor Bob Graham) as the next governor of Florida. With her political and personal pedigree, she is seen as a strong traditional Democratic candidate. Gillum has charisma and experience. He is smart enough to appeal to all Floridians. Gillum brings an energy to the race that the Democrats need to win. He also should have been Chair of the Florida Democratic Party many years ago but let me not go there.

 

Stay tuned and buckle up. We'll address this race and others on the local, state and national level. 

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Photo: Florida Political Review


Get Out the Vote Block Party in Liberty City Sun. 11/6

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To all my people in Liberty City and all my urban art lovers, on Sunday, November 6, 2016, the Florida Democratic Party and Hillary for Florida will host "Our Issues, Our Vote,” a block party. This event was designed to encourage residents to vote early in the November General Election. The party will be staged in the Broadway Arts District, a local urban art culture oasis of which you may not be aware. There will be music from DJ Big Boy and live performances. Enjoy free food and the talents of nationally-renown artist Marvin Weeks who will add another mural to the landscape of the District.  

Sunday is the last day of early voting. Election Day is Tuesday, November 8. Rides will be provided to nearby early voting sites. Spread the word about this event. Thank you. See you there! 

If You Go: 

Our Issues, Our Vote Block Party
3:30 PM
Sunday,  November 6, 2016
Broadway Arts District
6214 NW 18th Avenue
Miami, FL 33147

 

 

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Blogging Black Miami 2016 General Election Recommendations

“Every election is determined by the people who show up.” ― Larry J. Sabato 

Here are our recommendations for the upcoming November 8, 2016 General Election. If you are like many of us, you have had enough of this 2016 election cycle. It is said that politics is a contact sport but this season will be one for the record books.

We are well into the early voting period in Miami-Dade County and tomorrow is the deadline to request a ballot to vote by mail. Please take action and be sure to vote in this election (and every election). It has been reported that the number of Black voters is down. Don't wake up November 9 wallowing in regret. You have heard or read it before, your vote is your voice. Please don't take it lightly.  

BBM 2016 General Election Recommendations

 


Making America Great Again? Miami homeowner refuses to remove racially-offensive Halloween display

"Nothing in all the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity." - Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.  

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Picture from Three Lakes neighborhood in southwest Miami-Dade County, Florida. Halloween display depicting lynching of two men dressed in urban-themed clothing. Homeowners refuse to remove display.

A Halloween display of a mock hanging of two men in the gated Miami community of Three Lakes has caused quite a bit of controversy. A Trump-Pence campaign yard sign is also near the hanging dark-hued dummies dressed in urban-themed clothing. The yard sign is actually in the adjoining yard of a neighbor and exacerbates an already racially-sensitive situation. Donald Trump has encouraged violence against protestors at his presidential campaign rallies and his campaign is closely associated with white nationalists. Nooses... hangings... lynchings... are symbols of the history of terror that Blacks have been forced to endure. This Halloween display is not a good look for the Trump-Pence campaign and it's definitely not a good look for Miami.

The homeowners refused to remove the display. They also declared the display is not racist it's just Halloween fun. Hmmm... Let me keep this 100 and translate that response for you: Listen Black people and bleeding heart liberals, we don't care about you and your feelings! Yeah...that sums it up. 

Meanwhile, please go to the updated Miami New Times story on this Halloween display and share it far and wide with all of your networks of family, friends and various organizations. Also, get more information via the related links to this post. Since today is Halloween, let's see how soon the homeowners take down the offensive display. 

Is this how we make America great again? I don't think so. Wake up. Stay woke.

 

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Halloween decoration in Miami showing mock lynching of two black men
This is the homeowners' response to complaints about their Halloween display of the mock lynching.


  

Related Links:

Miami New Times - Dummies Lynched Next to a Trump Sign for Halloween in Kendall UPDATED

WPLG Channel 10 - Halloween display sparks controversy in southwest Miami-Dade neighborhood (Please note that the Channel 10 report refers to the hanging decoration as "classic.")

The Legacy of Lynchings in Halloween Decorations (Please read this for a historical perspective.)

 

 


Here's why YOU should VOTE NO on Amendment 1

By now you've either heard the commercials on the radio or seen the commercials on television touting Amendment 1 as favorable to Florida's consumers. Don't fall for the okey doke. Here's what you need to know AND share with your family, friends, co-workers, etc. VOTE NO ON AMENDMENT 1!

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Early voting has begun in Miami-Dade County. Go vote.

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Early voting for the November 2016 General Election has begun in Miami-Dade County. Please get out and vote today. This election, like others in previous years, is important. While the presidential race is garnering most of the news coverage but our state and local races are equally important also.  

Make sure all of your family and friends vote. Do you want to exercise your right to vote or do you want to wallow in regret? No excuses. No complaining. Inarguably, this presidential election cycle has been particularly nasty and polarizing. Many Americans are tired of the divisiveness and lies and just want the election to be over already.

Here is a list of the early voting sites in Miami-Dade County. Each location will be open 7am-7pm through Sunday, November 6. Don’t boo, vote. 

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President Obama to Campaign for Hillary Clinton in South Florida Thursday 10/20

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On Thursday, October 20, President Barack Obama will campaign for Hillary Clinton in South Florida. At a public event, President Obama will lay out the high stakes of November's election for Florida families and highlight Clinton's vision for an America that is stronger together, with an economy that works for everyone, not just those at the top.

With more people voting in this election than any in history, President Obama will urge Florida voters to take advantage of in-person early voting, which begins in Florida on Monday, October 24.


Members of the public interested in attending this event should RSVP here
Additional details for the trip will be announced in the coming days. This is the event that was previously postponed due to Hurricane Matthew.
 
 

TODAY: Block Party with Senator Tim Kaine and Pusha T to Launch Liberty City Organizing Office and Register Voters

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On Saturday, October 15, and Sunday, October 16 -- the final weekend before Florida's new October 18 voter registration deadline -- Democratic vice presidential nominee Tim Kaine will return to Florida to campaign in Miami-Dade and Broward counties, where he will discuss his and Hillary Clinton’s plans to create an economy that works for everyone, not just those at the top, and their shared vision for an America that is stronger together. Joining Kaine at a Florida Democrats block party Saturday in Liberty City, hip hop recording artist and Virginia native Pusha T will lay out why he is supporting Clinton and Kaine in this election and urge Floridians to register to vote.

 

With more people voting in this election than any in history, Kaine will urge Florida voters to visit iwillvote.com to register to vote, check their registration status, and make their voices heard this election, ahead of the new October 18 voter registration deadline.

 

Florida Democrats Block Party to Celebrate Liberty City Organizing Office Opening with Senator Tim Kaine

Block Party Doors Open: 2:45 PM EDT

Sen. Kaine Remarks Time: 5:15 PM EDT

Where: Parking lot of the Carrie P. Meek Entrepreneurial Education Center, Miami Dade College - North Campus, enter at NW 63rd St. between NW 7th Ave and NW 8th Ave.

 

 


Get Ready to Vote in the Upcoming General Election and Select Run-Off Elections

Please be mindful of upcoming dates for the November 8, 2016 General Election. Get registered to vote or change your voter registration information (address, party affiliation, etc.) no later than October 11. Request a vote-by-mail (absentee) ballot no later than November 2. If you have already registered to vote, confirm your status and make sure your voter registration record is current.

Some Miami-Dade voting precincts have changed due to reprecincting, and this may affect where you vote. View your registration information and confirm your current Election Day voting location before heading to the polls on Election Day. 

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Please refer to the schedule below for run-off election dates and voter registration deadlines for select municipalitites conducting election activities after the November 8 General Election.  

Run-off Election Dates Nov 2016

If you have any questions, contact the Miami-Dade County Elections Department online, by phone at 305-499-VOTE (8683) or by email to soedade@miamidade.gov.