Key information regarding restoration of voter rights in Florida from State Senator Jason Pizzo

Effective Tuesday Jan 8, 2019, over 1 million Florida residents will have their voting rights restored and can register to vote. Register online to vote in Florida

Amendment 4 Update from State Senator Jason Pizzo... On the morning of Monday, Jan 7, several legislators joined me via phone call with the Clerk of Courts Harvey Ruvin, Supervisor of Elections Christina White, David Maer from the State Attorney’s Office and Public Defender Carlos Martinez. We’ll be regrouping for another meeting to work through other attendant issues, but here’s what we clarified, so far:

  1. The Supervisor of Elections will be accepting registrations beginning on the effective date, Tuesday, Jan 8, 2019.
  2. Those with prior convictions must have completed their “sentence” in order to qualify as “restored”. (There is some disagreement on what is included in a “sentence”, such as court costs, restitution, fines, etc., which we’ll be working to clarify).
  3. The State Attorney’s Office will not be prosecuting anyone who mistakenly checks off the “restored” box. 
  4. The Supervisor confirmed that applications are sent to the State Division of Elections, where she believes voter registration cards will be sent out. 
  5. The burden will be on the State to research and verify if there is any part of the sentence which has not been completed, but this process will not hold up the ability for a registrant to vote.

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Great turnout for West Kendall Democrats relaunch

Last night, the West Kendall Democrats club re-launched with a bang! Over 50 Democrats attended the club’s January meeting, many recognizing the danger our democracy is in and excited to turn the ship around. Former field organizer for Donna Shalala for Congress and the club’s interim President Bryan Hernandez spoke about the actions the club will be taking in 2019, including creating a vibrant community of like-minded people, engaging with the Miami-Dade County Commission and Governor DeSantis on issues club members care about, and training candidates to prepare for the 2019 and 2020 elections, such as the county commission and mayoral races. He urged those in the room to consider running for office themselves.

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Relaunch of West Kendall Democrats Club

Hello fellow Kendall Democrats! I'm Bryan Hernandez, interim President of the West Kendall Democrats club, and I'm excited to tell you that we're re-launching our club. We will have our general club meeting next month. Former FL State Representative Robert Ascensio will be our keynote speaker to reflect on the 2018 election and plan for the future. 

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Upcoming 2019 municipal elections and why they matter

While there are no national or state level elections over the next year, there are important local elections taking place throughout the county.

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Post election thoughts by Miami-Dade Dems Chair Juan Cuba

I have been here before. The exhaustion that you've been ignoring starts to catch up with you and despair starts to creep in. How could the majority of voters choose DeSantis over Gillum? I don't know. This I do know. We have a choice.

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