Voter Suppression is no Hoax!
Sometimes voters cannot cast their ballots. Other times, they cast their ballots — but those ballots are never counted.
The mission of the Florida Democratic Party’s Voter Protection Department is to make sure that every eligible voter is allowed to cast a ballot that actually counts.
The central challenge facing the Voter Protection Team is that we have thousands of volunteers statewide working very hard to register voters,
persuade those voters to support our Democratic nominees, and get out the vote on Election Day — and yet, many of those votes we fought so hard to deliver are never counted.
The Voter Protection Department solves problems. We remove impediments to voter registration, voter participation, and the fair administration of elections in all 67 counties.
Many of our volunteers have been working in Florida voter protection for three decades or more. We hope you will join us in building our voter protection bench for the future.
Call the 24/7 Voter Information Hotline
We also have office hours to work with our partners and volunteers:
Thursdays 9:00 AM – 11:00 AM EDT
(720) 835-5809 PIN: 50486
Charlotte County Democrats’ Voter Protection Team
Volunteer opportunities begin now and expand throughout the year.
The right to vote is the one right that preserves all others. This November, it’s imperative that all of us are able to vote when we show up to the polls. The Charlotte County Democratic Party is committed to protecting your right to vote through our Voter Protection Program.
Here’s how we’ll do it
- Making sure voters have the resources they need to have a successful voting experience
- Coordinating with our Democratic candidates and campaigns to help people get to the polls
- Staffing a statewide Voter Protection Hotline, 833 VOTE-FLA or 833-868-3352 and our Local Hotline 941-746-8440 staffed with voter advocates and lawyers during early voting and on Election Day
- You can assist us in recruiting other Voter Protection team members.
- You can be a poll watcher during Early Voting (Oct. 19-Nov. 1) and/or on Election Day (Nov.3).
- Are you interested in being a poll worker? Go to charlottevotes.com for more information.
- Political Parties are permitted by law to designate individuals as “poll watchers” to observe the administration of elections. Just by being there, a poll watcher’s presence at a polling place helps promote transparency and accountability.
- Poll watchers track important data, such as how long voters wait to vote, whether election equipment is operating correctly, and whether proper opening and closing protocols are adhered to.
- Poll watchers report data, concerns, and incidents directly to Charlotte County Democratic Party’s Voter Protection Team in real-time.
- Poll watchers are our eyes and ears on the ground during voting, and an essential part of our voter protection efforts.
- There is online training offered through the Florida Democratic Party.
- Poll workers (as opposed to poll “watchers”) are paid positions with your county of residence. We need good people working in polling locations who are committed to providing access to the polls!
- The county trains you, pays you, and allows you to see the inner workings of election administration. Expect to work a full day on Election Day. More information about being a poll worker can be found at www.charlottevotes.com.
Charlotte County Voters Guide
Voter’s Rights and Responsibilities
Register to Vote Online
Vote by Mail Form:
The president is the latest in a long line of conservative politicians to see minority voters as a threat.
Source: New York Times
April 11, 2020
On March 30, the Republican id burst forth when President Trump said that the latest congressional stimulus bill “had things — levels of voting that, if you ever agreed to it, you’d never have a Republican elected in this country again.” Two days later, the Republican House speaker in Georgia, David Ralston, admitted that an expansion of absentee voting would be “extremely devastating to Republicans and conservatives in Georgia.”
And on April 6, the U.S. Supreme Court refused, in a 5-to-4 ruling, to allow additional days for absentee voting in the Wisconsin primary. For years, Wisconsin Republicans have demonstrated that they will do anything to gerrymander and restrict access to voting to stay in power, including now asking citizens to risk their health to vote. Someone should ask Mr. Ralston and the conservative legislators and judges in Wisconsin what they are conserving.
Petitions are now flying around the internet, calling for mail-in voting as has long been practiced in Oregon and other states. Democrats are using Mr. Trump’s stumble into truth-telling as a fund-raiser. Republicans are trying to avoid the subject entirely or repeating worn-out claims of voter “fraud.”