Protect Our Right To Vote

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We have marched. We have cried out for justice. We have engaged in much-needed conversations about racial justice. We have mourned, along with people around the world, as the family of George Floyd laid him to rest. And we have continued to work for democratic solutions to the problems we have in our country. 

Our vote is our voice, and we must protect our right to vote. 

We see the images of voters waiting in long lines in Wisconsin and Georgia—waiting for hours during a pandemic for the chance to cast their ballots—we know we must protect the vote.

Our voter protection committee needs volunteers for August and November (non-lawyers welcome, young people welcome). 

Our field organizers (and our volunteers) are in the midst of calling thousands of Democrats who are receiving a vote-by-mail application from the Supervisor of Elections. We are urging them to fill it out and send it in (or better yet, to sign up online at www.votefromhome.miami.) 

And we are urging Democrats to run for DEC Committeeman and Committeewoman. This is your party. Help run it. If you’re interested in running for DEC Committeeman or Committeewoman, the deadline to file qualifying documents is tomorrow, Friday, June 12 at noon. All the information about what you need to run is available at www.miamidadedems.org/run_for_dec.

Make Phone Calls

The images we saw of long lines in Georgia are just one reason we are urging Democrats to sign up to vote by mail. 

Sign up to help us make calls to our fellow Democrats in Miami-Dade to remind them to sign up. We have virtual phone banks scheduled throughout the month of June. We do trainings for anyone who needs it!

Saturday, June 13, Phone Bank with Miami-Dade Dems

Wednesday, June 17, Phone Bank TRAINING

Wednesday, June 17, Phone Bank with Miami-Dade Dems

Saturday, June 20, Phone Bank with Miami-Dade Dems

Wednesday, June 24, Phone Bank TRAINING

Wednesday, June 24 Phone Bank with Miami-Dade Dems

And you can always see these events and much more at www.miamidadedems.org/events.

Postcards to voters

Not comfortable on the phones? We also have an extensive postcard writing campaign, and we have many more postcards to get through. If you’re interested in joining the program, you can purchase a postcard packet for $10, and it comes with 25 postcards, a list of addresses, and postage included. You can purchase it from our website here, and arrange pickup with our Field Director, Ariel Sepulveda.

DEC Committeeman and Committeewoman Elections: Deadline tomorrow, June 12

We’re looking for people to run for the DEC committeeman and committeewoman this year. What is the DEC? The Democratic Executive Committee is the governing body of the Democratic Party in Miami-Dade County. 

On August 18, on the same ballot where we’ll be electing a new county mayor, we will also elect a committeeman and a committeewoman to represent Democrats at the DEC from 55 different districts around the county. This is a change from years past, when individual precincts would elect DEC members. We’ve now moved to a district system, where district committeemen and committeewomen will represent around 15 precincts, and will be in charge of organizing and increasing voter turnout in those precincts.

The qualifying period is from June 8 to June 12 and forms can be submitted starting now. There is no fee or petition requirement. In order to qualify, two forms must be submitted to the Supervisor of Elections (SOE). These are the committeeman / committeewoman oath form and the certification of access to the Handbook and Election laws forms. There is a third form that must be submitted if money is expended for your campaign. These forms can be downloaded here:

Signed and completed forms can be sent attached via email to qualifyingdocuments@miamidade.gov. (Submit in PDF format)

Sign up for the Voter Protection Team

One of the missions that we have in the Miami-Dade Democratic Party is to protect the right of our citizens to vote. The Miami-Dade Democratic Party’s Voter Protection Committee, chaired by Wayne Brody is looking for volunteers to help with this mission. 

We don’t know what in-person voting will look like in August or November, but we do know that we need lawyers, activists, and problem solvers to help recruit, work the polls, and troubleshoot remotely. If you are up to joining the fight to save the vote, click here to sign up

In the News:

On The Passing of a Trailblazer, Senator Gwen Margolis
Senator Gwen Margolis passed away on Tuesday, June 9, 2020. A champion for women’s rights and social justice, Senator Margolis was the first female president of the Florida Senate. Our Chair Steve Simeonidis paid tribute to her in a statement on Tuesday. Read the full statement here. We send our deepest condolences to her family. 

Five Reasons Why You Should Be Signed Up for Vote By Mail
We published an easy to follow guide for why you should be signed up for Vote-By-Mail. It’s good for our democracy, it drives up voter turnout, it’s good for local elections and it gives you options (you can still vote in person if you want). Read the full article here.

Become a Sustaining Donor

I can’t thank all of our sustaining donors enough for stepping up and pitching in a small amount each month. These sustaining donations allow us to plan the programs that will drive up voter turnout across our county. We couldn’t run our field program or our digital program without your support. 

Can you become a sustaining donor of $7$10, or $20.20 today?

We know this is a tough time for many of us right now, so please know we appreciate you staying involved in any way that you can. Thank you for all you do.

Onward,

Christopher Richmond
Executive Director
Miami-Dade Democratic Party
http://www.miamidadedems.org/


Coronavirus Resources: We’ve collected resources on drive-through testing, grocery store hours, unemployment and small business aid and more here at miamidadedems.org/covid.  


The local Miami-Dade Democratic Party is a self-funded, membership-driven organization of dedicated volunteers. We are the largest Democratic county (600K registered Democrats) in the biggest swing state. We have a plan to win in 2020 and remove Trump from office, and it involves paid staff, increasing efforts in voter registration, outreach, events, and marketing. Support our work with a monthly donation of any amount here: https://www.miamidadedems.org/sustaining

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