We are living through an unprecedented time, and likely flooded with thoughts of how can I help, who can help me, and what’s going to happen next. It’s even more important that we unite as a community virtually. Several community leaders have stepped up to create a grassroots mutual aid group on Facebook, where members can make requests for support, offer assistance, and share vital resources and events. This is an excellent opportunity to come together and be there for one another.
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Party Encourages Democrats to Enroll in Vote By Mail for August Primary
MIAMI, FL: While Republicans usually outpace Democrats in Vote-By-Mail, this year, Miami-Dade Democratic turnout surpassed Republican turnout in all categories of Vote-By-Mail, Early Voting, and Election Day numbers, a good indication of Democratic enthusiasm.
Despite concerns about the novel coronavirus depressing voter turnout in Florida’s Presidential Preference Primary on March 17, the Miami-Dade Democratic Party hailed the results as vindication in its efforts to enroll ever higher numbers of Democrats in Vote-By-Mail. Some 59,327 Democrats cast ballots by mail in the 2020 presidential primary, a strong increase from the 50,536 ballots cast by mail in 2016.Read more
On Friday, March 13, the Miami-Dade Supervisor of Elections announced changes to 8 polling places to protect the residents of senior residential facilities.
The voters who reside at senior residential facilities can either vote in person at their precinct or cast their vote via Vote-by-Mail ballot. The voters who do not reside at senior residential facilities will be relocated to a new precinct.
The affected precincts and their new locations are as follows:
- Precincts 047/048, Rebecca Towers, 200 Alton Road, Miami Beach, FL
- New location: South Pointe Elementary School, 1050 4th Street, Miami Beach, FL
- Precinct 196, Villas del Lago, 21100 NW 14th Place, Miami Gardens, FL
- New location: Universal Truth Center, 21310 NW 37th Avenue, Miami Gardens, FL
- Precinct 556, Residential Plaza, 5617 NW 7th Street, Miami, FL
- New location: Kinloch Park Community Center, 455 NW 47th Avenue, Miami, FL
- Precinct 767, Nspire Healthcare Kendall, 9400 SW 137th Avenue, Miami, FL
- New location: Calusa Elementary School, 9580 West Calusa Club Drive, Miami, FL
- Precinct 822, East Ridge Retirement Village, 19301 SW 87th Avenue, Miami, FL
- New location: Cutler Bay Worship Center, 8601 SW 199th Street, Cutler Bay, FL
- Precinct 858, Seasons Gardens Senior Residence, 17250 SW 137th Avenue, Miami, FL
- New location: Unity Center of Miami, 16320 SW 147th Avenue, Miami, FL
Additionally, in Bay Harbor Islands two polling places will be relocated:
- Precinct 007, Bay Harbor Islands Town Hall, 9665 Bay Harbor Terrace, Bay Harbor Islands, FL
- New location: Senator Gwen Margolis Community Center, 1590 NE 123 St North Miami 33161
- Precinct 008, Ruth K. Broad Bay Harbor K-8 Center, 1155 93 Street, Bay Harbor Islands, FL
- New location: Senator Gwen Margolis Community Center, 1590 NE 123 St North Miami 33161
As a reminder, hand sanitizer will be provided to voters upon check-in at all polling places. Additionally, there are bathrooms, with access to soap and water. All Early Voting and Election Day polling locations will have disposable gloves, disinfectant spray and wipes for staff.
We encourage voters to visit the Miami-Dade County COVID-19 website, www.miamidade.gov/coronavirus, which contains tips and resources for the entire community.
Event Was To Take Place on Sunday, March 15
MIAMI FL: The Miami-Dade Democratic Party has indefinitely postponed the planned Blue Forum & Fair over concerns about the spread of coronavirus in large groups. The Blue Forum & Fair was scheduled to take place on Sunday, March 15 at the Firefighters Memorial Building, in Doral, Florida, and had been expected to draw hundreds of Democrats from across Miami-Dade County.
“New cases are being reported every day in Florida,” stated Steve Simeonidis, chair of the Miami-Dade Democratic Party. “It is very likely that the reported cases are a severe undercount, and so out of an abundance of caution, we have decided to postpone the Blue Forum & Fair.”
The Party will be refunding ticket-buyers by the end of the week.
¡Tu Voto es Tu Voz!: Demócratas de Florida y grupos comunitarios se reúnen en Doral para alentar a la comunidad hispana a salir a votar en las primarias
El 5 de marzo, el Partido Demócrata de Florida junto al Partido Demócrata de Miami-Dade, Adelante Florida, Alianza for Progress, la Nueva Mayoría de Florida, el Caucus Hispano Demócrata de Florida y Change The Ref, se reunieron en las afueras del Departamento de Elecciones en Doral para hacer un llamado a la comunidad hispana a salir a votar durante las primarias demócratas.
Las comunidades hispanas han sido atacadas por Donald Trump y las políticas públicas emanadas de su administración. La retórica de odio de Trump contra los hispanos y los inmigrantes ha creado temor en nuestras comunidades, haciéndoles sentir inseguros. Los demócratas de Florida y otros grupos alentaron a los votantes latinos a participar en las elecciones primarias, participar en el proceso democrático y votar para proteger su futuro de la agenda cruel de Trump, la cual incluye atacar la atención médica de los hispanos y aprobar una estafa fiscal que impacta desproporcionadamente comunidades hispanas.
El domingo 15 de marzo, horas antes del último debate entre Bernie Sanders y Joe Biden previo a la primaria presidencial de la Florida, cientos de demócratas se reunirán en Doral con el fin de abrir el camino para que el Partido Demócrata gane la Florida en el 2020. El Partido Demócrata de Miami-Dade auspiciará una feria en Doral que concluirá con un foro en el que participarán tres de los principales contrincantes por la alcaldía de Miami-Dade.Read more
On Sunday, March 15th, hours before Joe Biden and Bernie Sanders take the debate stage leading up to the Florida presidential primaries, hundreds of local Democrats will gather in Doral to prepare for flipping Florida blue in 2020. The Miami-Dade Democratic Party will host a Forum and Fair in Doral, ending with a two hour event featuring three leading Democratic candidates for Miami-Dade County Mayor.
With only 2 presidential candidates with a fighting chance to win the nomination, and still close to 1500 delegates needed to win the nomination, Florida’s 219 pledged delegates will play a significant role. Miami-Dade County has over 600,000 Democrats. Their turnout will be critical in deciding both the Democratic nominee, and the eventual winner of Florida’s 29 Electoral College votes in November. Fair attendees will have opportunities to learn how they can support their candidate in the final days, and participate in a preference poll that will be published at the end of the day.Read more
Experienced Voter Turnout Organizer begins this week
Miami, FL: The Miami-Dade Democratic Party has hired community organizer and student power network program manager Ariel Sepulveda, as its new Field Director.
An organizing director for several Florida campaigns, Sepulveda grew up in Homestead, Florida before receiving a bachelor of liberal arts degree from the University of Texas at San Antonio. Returning to South Florida, she worked as the Organizing Director for Engage Miami where she coordinated voter registration and get out the vote efforts at college campuses and universities throughout Miami for several national, state and local elections.
Patrick Hidalgo was a beloved son, brother, and friend. He was also an entrepreneur, organizer and activist. He passed away Monday, March 2nd, 2020.
Patrick served as the Obama campaign’s Florida Hispanic Vote Director in 2008 and then served as a Presidential Appointee for President Obama for three years, including his last role directing the White House Business Council.Read more
Early voting for the Presidential Preference Primary in Miami-Dade County started on Monday, March 2. You can vote early at any early voting location in Miami-Dade County. Are you Election Ready? You can see a full list of early voting locations below. Here are the dates and times:
- Monday, March 2 - Friday, March 6 (7 am to 3 pm)
- Saturday, March 7 - Sunday, March 8 (8 am to 4 pm)
- Monday, March 9 - Friday, March 13 (11 am to 7 pm)
- Saturday, March 14 - Sunday, March 15 (8 am to 4 pm)
Or you can wait to weigh in on the Democratic Party's nominee for president on Tuesday, March 17.
Because Florida is a closed primary state, only registered Democrats will be able to vote in the Presidential Preference Primary. If you're registered with any party other than the Florida Democratic Party or as a no party affiliated (NPA) voter, the deadline has passed to change your party affiliation, but you may want to update to participate in local primaries in August.
If you want to receive a Vote-By-Mail ballot for the Presidential Preference Primary, make sure to request one here by March 7.
If you're already registered to vote as a Democrat, then you're all set—but don't stop there!
Because Vote-By-Mail ballots were printed some time ago, they include the names of some candidates who are no longer running for president. As of March 2, 2020, the following candidates are still in the race for president:
- Joe Biden
- Michael Bloomberg
- Tulsi Gabbard
- Bernie Sanders
- Elizabeth Warren
And of course, two days before the Florida primary election, on Sunday, March 15, 2020, the Miami-Dade Democratic Party will be holding our Blue Forum and Fair. There will be booths for meet and greets with Democratic candidates and organizations that share our values; as well as food and a cash bar. Later in the day, there will be a Mayoral Forum featuring several Democratic candidates for county mayor.
We will be seeing many more presidential candidates in Florida at this time, so stay tuned for details about special guests at this convention.Read more