From the Chair’s Desk

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Thank you all for making National Voter Registration Day (NVRD) a success. We had a great showing, but we must keep registering new voters and signing them up for vote by mail. Voter Registration and Vote-by-Mail are an essential component of our plan to Take Back Florida. Let’s keep the momentum going and staying active in all of our counties! Another essential component of our efforts to reclaim Florida is our Take Back Florida State Convention, planned for October 27 through October 29 in Orlando. During the State Convention, we will launch our organizing initiatives and provide training for party leaders in preparation for the 2024 elections. Having everyone in one location receiving consistent training will ensure that we are well-prepared for the 2024 election. I am asking that you encourage your DEC, Club, and caucus members to attend this event. When we are all together and learning from one another we leave in a stronger position ready to take back our state. Be sure to complete delegate registration for State Convention as soon as possible. With your help and attendance, I am confident that this State Convention will be our best one yet!


Nikki Fried
Florida Democratic Party

Last Week in FDP

  • Tuesday was National Voter Registration Day. 
  • FDP hosted press conferences in Tallahassee, Miami, Palm Beach, Jacksonville, Pensacola and Tampa and ended the evening in Orlando.
  • FDP is now using “Reach” to register voters digitally. 
  • You can learn more through our VR Toolbox linked here.
  • Congressman Maxwell Frost joined President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris for the unveiling of the Office of Gun Violence Prevention
  • Chair Fried called for an investigation into State Senator Tom Wright after reports that he sexually harassed and physically assaulted an employee of a women’s shelter in Volusia County. 
  • On Thursday, Chair Nikki Fried joined Campaign Committee Chair Danielle Hawk in speaking to the University of Florida College Democrats
  • On Friday, Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz spoke to University of Florida College Democrats and Chair Fried dropped by
  • Saturday evening, Chair Fried joined the Puerto Rico’s Governor Pedro Pierluisi, State Rep. Susan Valdez and other elected officials, and party leaders at the Hillsborough County Kennedy King Dinner.

State Convention- Sign Up Today!

We are excited about our upcoming state convention. To view the tentative schedule, hotel information and so much more, click here.

Please note that for State Convention, all attendees must register to become a Delegate. Delegate registration is now open and will close on October 6. 

All Delegates are required to submit the filing form provided on the State Convention site, as well as the filing fee of $60. The filing fee for students is $35. 

Both a filing form and a filing fee must be received by FDP for registration to be completed. You will automatically be redirected to the filing fee submission after completing your filing form.

Click Here to Register as a Delegate

Mission: Take Back Florida Dinner

Dinner Tickets and Special DEC, Club, and Caucus Pricing now available for our State Convention Mission: Take Back Florida dinner on Saturday night. 

DEC, Club, Caucus only pricing of just $1,500 for a table now (Only 6 Tables left!) through October 1st.

You can purchase tickets to the Mission: Take Back Florida Dinner by clicking the link below.

Click Here for Sponsorship Information

Voter Registration

Thank you to all of our partners who participated in National Voter Registration Day! We had more than 60 events throughout the state, and trained over 500 activists on our new voter registration tool Reach. Stayed tuned for additional training opportunities! If you need assitance using Reach, or your organization would like to schedule time to meet with Voter Registration Program Director Kris Estanga, use the link below to sign up for office hours.

VR Office Hours

Our VR Director is aiming to speak with all the DEC chairs and boards about what field work is taking place in our counties. She wants to take into account the great work that is already happening and ensure she accounts for that, different counties’ needs and opportunities into the overall plan. The FDP Voter Registration program will be fully unveiled at State Convention!


DECK, a tool that some DECs and organizations were using for targeting in coordination with VAN, will no longer exist. The targeting that was available in DECK has been pushed to our VAN statewide as targets. You can find the following target groups directly in Create a List in VAN:

  • DECK Persuasion Targets – A static list of targets that DECK considers persuadable voters within the state of FL
  • DECK Fundraising Targets – A static list of targets that DECK considers likely to donate within the state of FL
  • DECK Turnout Targets – A static list of targets that DECK considers high propensity voters likely to vote D in the state of FL

Any remaining DECs that want unregistered targets or likely volunteer targets from DECK and have not yet pulled them can submit a data ticket for a copy of these exports here. They are statewide lists, so you will have to filter them to your specific area. As a reminder, the unregistered export cannot be uploaded to MyVoters in VAN because these are not registered voters. Many DECs are bulk uploading these to MyCampaign so they have a space to work with the unregistered targets.

The FDP still urges folks to only use this targeting data as a last resort and recommends putting together a field plan and targeting that mirrors your campaign or organization’s goals using the DNC scores, vote history, and other important fields within VAN. 

Our Campaign Committee has been hard at work making it easier for potential candidates in 2024 to win. They have developed the resume bank below for candidates to find great talent to help with campaigns. Candidates will be able to “shop” through potential campaign staff, interns, and volunteers using filter features by availability, location, language proficiencies, skills, etc. The ultimate goal is to have hundreds of resumes for our candidates to look through and find the best fit for their needs! Please complete the form below add your name to the list.

Resume Bank Submission

Chair’s Challenge

Competing and winning demand resources, and I am proud to announce the launch of our Chair’s Challenge. You can join the chair’s monthly challenge by becoming a recurring donor to FDP. Help us reach our end of month goal with just $5 a month!

Click Here to Join the Challenge!

Build Blue Week

The National Democratic Training Committee is offering its third edition of Build Blue Week, October 2-5, 2023. Please check out their site for more information. Below are some of the upcoming trainings, please be sure to check them out.

Monday, October 2, 1-2pm EST:Down Ballot Up Ticket: How Democrats Win in 2024RSVP here.
Tuesday, October 3, 1-2pm EST:Cultivating Local Donors for Long-Term ChangeRSVP here.
Wednesday, October 4, 1-2pm EST:Coalition Building for Community ChangeRSVP here.
Thursday, October 4, 1-2pm EST:Messages that Connect: Local Issues and National NarrativesRSVP here.

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Florida Democrats believe in effective and efficient government that prioritizes quality education, affordable health care, and an economy in which anyone who works hard can succeed.

Most importantly, we believe that we are stronger together. We believe the fundamental American promise — that you can go as far as your own hard work will take you — should shine brightest in Florida.

That is why we champion the middle class and cherish the principle that all Floridians should have the opportunity to work hard and succeed. That is why we will never stop fighting for better public schools, because education is the surest path to a better life for millions.

From standing for affordable health care and better schools to fighting for civil rights and access to the ballot box, Florida Democrats are leading every day to move our state forward.

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