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It's not over, Florida. You have ONE day…

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This is absolutely critical. Rick Scott, and even Ron DeSantis, have had their leads cut significantly as final absentee ballots trickle in and provisional ballots are starting to be counted. Right now, Scott has only a 0.35% lead.

There were a record number of provisional ballots given out because of a voter suppression law Rick Scott signed into law.  People who changed their names and addresses used to be able to update that information at the polls, but now they are forced to use a provisional ballot.

If someone used their student ID to vote, or didn't have an acceptable photo and signature identification at the polls, they were given a provisional ballot. If their address wasn't an exact match, they were given a provisional ballot. If their name was dropped from the rolls, they were given a provisional ballot.

The voter suppression law also allowed ”vote caging,” which allows partisan operatives to challenge legitimate voters en masse.

Rick Scott’s voter suppression law was designed to target likely Democratic voters: People of color (voter purges and illegitimate challenges), students (address changes) and women (name changes). We have to make sure we don’t lose these votes without a fight. 

Floridians please do these things by COB November 8th:

 1. First of all, if you Voted by Mail, you have until 5pm tomorrow EST to see if your vote was counted! In Democratic counties, rejection rates were at an all-time high.


2.  Second, if you were given a provisional ballot, make sure it gets counted!

If you were given a provisional ballot because you were challenged by another person, or showed up at the wrong precinct, or had an issue with your address or ID, you have bring in evidence to your local supervisor of elections no later than 5 p.m. on Nov. 8.

You should have been given a notice of your rights, which includes information on how to find out if your ballot was counted after review. Contact your local supervisor of elections if you didn’t get this info.

3. If you find that your vote counted, great! But we still need your help! The Democratic Progressive Caucus of Florida is organizing a massive operation on the morning of November 8th!  Please help by showing up!

We have one day to find and capture Provisional Ballot Voters in order to set up the recount that will help Nelson and all other Dems down the ballot who are within striking distance, including Gillum!

The Work: Volunteers will be assigned a turf of Provisional Ballot Voters and will be asked to call and house visit until we can get the voter to sign the proper affidavit and submit it to the Supervisor of Elections.

There will be an in-depth training at the office starting in the morning and continuing throughout the day.

Miami-Dade County
What: Get Out the Provisional Ballot
When: Thursday, November 8 @  8:00AM – 5:00PM
Where: 354 Minorca Avenue, Coral Gables, FL 33134

Broward County
What: Get Out the Provisional Ballot
When: Thursday, November 8 @  8:00AM – 5:00PM
Where: 5239 West Broward Blvd, Plantation, FL 33317

Palm Beach County
What: Get Out the Provisional Ballot
When: Thursday, November 8 @  8:00AM – 5:00PM
Where: 3008 S Dixie HWY, West Palm Beach, FL 33405

Orange County
What: Get Out the Provisional Ballot
When: Thursday, November 8 @  8:00AM – 5:00PM
Where: 1612 E Colonial Dr, Orlando, FL 32803

Hillsborough County
What: Get Out the Provisional Ballot
When: Thursday, November 8 @  8:00AM – 5:00PM
Where: 5118 North Nebraska Ave Tampa FL, 33603

Pinellas County
What: Get Out the Provisional Ballot
When: Thursday, November 8 @  8:00AM – 5:00PM
Where: 2501 First Avenue North, St. Petersburg, FL 33712

We only have tomorrow until 5:00PM to get as many disenfranchised voters' voices counted.

Also, I’ve been informed that volunteers are needed for absentee ballot curing—reaching out to those whose absentee ballots were rejected. From AKA Lib’s diary:


— Pam Keith (@PamKeithFL) November 8, 2018

Meanwhile, the Nelson campaign is planning to have election observers stationed in every county to watch for “unusual partisan activity.”  For example, Madison County Supervisor of Election Thomas Hardee—who was initially appointed by Rick Scott—said he would “eat his [Nelson’s] lunch.”

With the exception of the passage of Amendment 4, which restored voting rights to 1.5 million people, Florida was the lone dark spot for the national blue wave. If both Democratic candidates lose, we will have no Democratic statewide official for the first time in our state’s history—which means voter suppression and gerrymandering will only get worse from here. 

We have an obligation to fight for every last vote before we concede these critical elections.

Although I appreciate the reposts and retweets, I’d appreciate a lot more your help. Please devote just a little bit of time on Thursday to give Florida a hand. 

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