Hello, Miami-Dade County! It's Tuesday, August 26, 2014, Primary Election Day. The polls are open from 7AM until 7PM. There are several races to be voted on to determine who will represent you or who will move on in the election cycle. Depending on your municipality, there are also important questions about how your tax dollars should be spent. EVERY election is important and conventional wisdom predicts that a low number of voters will again decide important issues for everyone.
There are 1.2 million voters in Miami-Dade County less than 20% are expected to vote. That's just sad. Now we are not referring to folks who are not registered, these are the pitiful numbers based on folks already on the books. You've heard the slogans before that encourage folks to get out and vote. Too many have succumbed to the belief that their vote doesn't matter. If there is anyone in your household that this is a registered voter, do everything legally possible to get them to the polls TODAY. Thank you!
Remember, take ID with you that has your photo and your signature. It could be one ID or two different pieces of identification that provide that information. If there is an issue about your eligibility, request a provisional ballot. You will have to provide the necessary information later but at least your vote will count. Be sure to get specific instructions and the name of the person assisting you. If you are in line to vote at 7PM, do not leave. The precinct will not close until everyone who is in line at 7PM gets the opportunity to vote.
We get the government that we elect. The fatal shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, MO has put the spotlight on what happens when people do not vote and actively engage in politics in their community. Your vote matters.