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Mon Jul 9, 2018, 08:16 PM

The most encouraging thing I have seen in months. Voter registration in Florida!

I bet I have not started 10 discussion since being here but today I saw something yíall need to know about. We took some books to donate to the local library which is shared with the local community college. Although a public library it feels more like a college library and is a somewhat affluent area.

At the entrance of the library there were three young gentleman and I would guess were students, two of them African-American. They were registering voters.

I grew up in the south and I am over 50 years old. I have never seen anyone under 40 trying to register voters. I engage them in a brief conversation and left totally energized. As expected they were not wearing partisans clothing, just voter registration shirts. They told me they Had been doing this for several weeks and had registered a couple of hundred voters.

I could not help myself, on the way out I made a quick comment, ďblue wave comingĒ. I got 3 big smiles in response.

Those three smiles meant more to me than anything I have a read on DU in the last 18 months.


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Reply The most encouraging thing I have seen in months. Voter registration in Florida! (Original post)
GulfCoast66 Jul 2018 OP
Gothmog Jul 2018 #1
Hortensis Jul 2018 #2
SallyHemmings Jul 2018 #3
Awsi Dooger Jul 2018 #4
Blue_true Jul 2018 #25
IronLionZion Jul 2018 #30
redstateblues Jul 2018 #5
a kennedy Jul 2018 #6
world wide wally Jul 2018 #7
GulfCoast66 Jul 2018 #8
Blue_true Jul 2018 #26
MyOwnPeace Jul 2018 #9
fierywoman Jul 2018 #10
lpbk2713 Jul 2018 #11
RandomAccess Jul 2018 #12
Cha Jul 2018 #13
mcar Jul 2018 #14
beachbum bob Jul 2018 #15
Honeycombe8 Jul 2018 #16
IronLionZion Jul 2018 #17
Fla Dem Jul 2018 #18
GulfCoast66 Jul 2018 #22
Blue_true Jul 2018 #28
Blue_true Jul 2018 #27
Blue_true Jul 2018 #19
appalachiablue Jul 2018 #20
Corvo Bianco Jul 2018 #21
JHan Jul 2018 #23
aikoaiko Jul 2018 #24
Blue_true Jul 2018 #29
aikoaiko Jul 2018 #34
McCamy Taylor Jul 2018 #31
GulfCoast66 Jul 2018 #32
blue-wave Jul 2018 #33

Response to GulfCoast66 (Original post)

Mon Jul 9, 2018, 08:19 PM

1. That is great news

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Response to GulfCoast66 (Original post)

Mon Jul 9, 2018, 08:20 PM

2. Thanks for the view into your world, GulfCoast.

It's very good to know, even if we don't get to see your own smile in person.

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Response to GulfCoast66 (Original post)

Mon Jul 9, 2018, 08:27 PM

3. Can't get enough good news!

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Response to GulfCoast66 (Original post)

Mon Jul 9, 2018, 08:27 PM

4. Could have been part of the Tom Steyer push

 

He smartly targeted community colleges for registration drives.

I wish the people who are planning to waste the $5 million toward air time opposing the Supreme Court pick would instead devote that money to college campus registration drives, where it does the most good now and especially long term.

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Response to Awsi Dooger (Reply #4)

Mon Jul 9, 2018, 09:57 PM

25. The group appears to be either the DNC or the Obama voter registration effort.

I am really Steyer will end up registering a lot of the type that caused so much trouble for us in 2016.

The redshirt voter registration effort in Florida appears to be aimed at registering people at libraries and other places like that.

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Response to Awsi Dooger (Reply #4)

Mon Jul 9, 2018, 10:23 PM

30. Tom Steyer announces $7M effort to bring out young voters in Florida, California

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Response to GulfCoast66 (Original post)

Mon Jul 9, 2018, 08:28 PM

5. Thanks for the good news. I've been sinking of late listening to too much bad cable news

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Response to GulfCoast66 (Original post)

Mon Jul 9, 2018, 08:28 PM

6. Now, get em to the polls eh??

Outstanding news.......blue wave indeed.

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Response to GulfCoast66 (Original post)

Mon Jul 9, 2018, 08:30 PM

7. While the weather is still wam...

You might want to organize a live music/barbecue in a public park and register people when they stop to check it out.

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Response to world wide wally (Reply #7)

Mon Jul 9, 2018, 08:35 PM

8. In Florida? In July?

Thanks for the suggestion, but in Florida we just donít do these kind of things in the summer. Itís not warm itís soul sapping to most people! I love the heat and fish in it all the time but I grew up in the Deep South.

Outdoor events here donít start till October and end in May. We do not even garden here in the summer. Tomatoes go in the ground in September and again in late February. Itís not for everyone but I love it.

These guys were in the perfect place, the entrance to an air-conditioned building!

Have a nice evening.

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Response to world wide wally (Reply #7)

Mon Jul 9, 2018, 10:01 PM

26. I Florida, October-April is the time to do that, otherwise too hot.

But those times will be too late for November voting. The effort that is ongoing is making good headway, they are registering people and asking people to tell friends that may not be registered. A low key, impressive effort.

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Response to GulfCoast66 (Original post)

Mon Jul 9, 2018, 08:40 PM

9. Great news...........

We can not only "hope" the wave is coming - we can do everything we can to GET OUT THE VOTE!!!!!

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Response to GulfCoast66 (Original post)

Mon Jul 9, 2018, 08:44 PM

10. Thanks for sharing those three big smiles!

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Response to GulfCoast66 (Original post)

Mon Jul 9, 2018, 08:45 PM

11. I hope our recent Puerto Rican arrivals make a big difference.



And I hope it will stay like that for a long time to come.
They have no use for Trump or rethugs, and rightly so.

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Response to GulfCoast66 (Original post)

Mon Jul 9, 2018, 08:47 PM

12. Fabulous. Thanks very much.

 

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Response to GulfCoast66 (Original post)

Mon Jul 9, 2018, 08:48 PM

13. Stop! You're making me

.. that's how I feel about THAT! Tears of undying gratitude for something so Beautiful!

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Response to GulfCoast66 (Original post)

Mon Jul 9, 2018, 08:52 PM

14. Florida is fired up!

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Response to GulfCoast66 (Original post)

Mon Jul 9, 2018, 08:52 PM

15. Imagine if we all do this, my wife and I registered 1000 new voters in

 

2008

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Response to GulfCoast66 (Original post)

Mon Jul 9, 2018, 09:03 PM

16. Very encouraging!!! nt

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Response to GulfCoast66 (Original post)

Mon Jul 9, 2018, 09:07 PM

17. The Stoneman Douglas students were registering lots of new voters

high school students and people who would turn 18 before November. I saw lots of it in the spring time at March for our lives but am impressed to see it in the summer when people are vacationing.

They can make a difference in a big swing state like Florida. They need to re-elect Bill Nelson to Senate instead of that bald bastard.

I hope they register a lot of Puerto Ricans and other latinos too, and Florida is filled with immigrants of all types who may take exception to Trump's anti-immigrant rhetoric.

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Response to GulfCoast66 (Original post)

Mon Jul 9, 2018, 09:19 PM

18. Hope what you experienced is wide spread. I live in a red county.

Dems are outnumbered 3-1. Hope that shifts a bit.

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Response to Fla Dem (Reply #18)

Mon Jul 9, 2018, 09:40 PM

22. I'm in Lake. Red as they come outside the panhandle.

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Response to GulfCoast66 (Reply #22)

Mon Jul 9, 2018, 10:08 PM

28. But, in a statewide race, every new Dem helps. nt

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Response to Fla Dem (Reply #18)

Mon Jul 9, 2018, 10:06 PM

27. Where I live repugh outnumber true Dems about 1.8:1,

But there is almost as many independents as dems. The place is still bible beltie, just not as much as when I was growing up here.

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Response to GulfCoast66 (Original post)

Mon Jul 9, 2018, 09:32 PM

19. It is a statewide effort.

They are in my city also. We need this and need to keep people energized. With the "vote my principles", "no difference" crowd out there POC voters will have to carry more than their share of the water for a while if we are to get out of this mess we are in. And once they do, the people in Washington must recognize that and stop flirting with people that are not real democrats.

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Response to GulfCoast66 (Original post)

Mon Jul 9, 2018, 09:32 PM

20. Parkland, FL Students 'March for Our Lives' Mvmt.*ROAD TO CHANGE*

Summer Bus Tour just did a state-wide tour of Florida, and are now travelling to many other cities across the US to *register young voters* for the Nov. Mid-terms.

ROAD TO CHANGE: CITIES & TOUR DATES, *RSVP
https://marchforourlives.com/tour/

https://marchforourlives.com/road-to-change/

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Response to GulfCoast66 (Original post)

Mon Jul 9, 2018, 09:36 PM

21. Lovely.

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Response to GulfCoast66 (Original post)

Mon Jul 9, 2018, 09:41 PM

23. K&R

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Response to GulfCoast66 (Original post)

Mon Jul 9, 2018, 09:42 PM

24. Saw voter registration in the streets of Flagstaff AZ over Huly 4th


Nice lefty Flagstaff

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Response to aikoaiko (Reply #24)

Mon Jul 9, 2018, 10:13 PM

29. I vacationed there once. Almost froze to death every time I pumped gas into my car,

IN JULY!!! Maybe it was just me, but the only place that was colder in the summer evening and night was San Fran during the July-September fog inversion.

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Response to Blue_true (Reply #29)

Tue Jul 10, 2018, 12:26 AM

34. With the city of Flag at 7000 feet. It can get chilly.



Especially at night.

I lived there for 5 years during college. It always warmed up nicely even after bad weather.


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Response to GulfCoast66 (Original post)

Mon Jul 9, 2018, 10:34 PM

31. I see police roadblocks of polling places in Florida's future.

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Response to McCamy Taylor (Reply #31)

Mon Jul 9, 2018, 10:52 PM

32. WTF?

Are you in Florida? What do you know about Florida?

We are slowly making progress here. We passed a constitutional amendment making partisan gerrymandering unconstitutional.

The right to privacy is in our Constitution. Abortion is more safe here than in any other southern state.

We voted for President Obama twice.

Are you sure were not thinking about Oklahoma when you made that post?

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Response to GulfCoast66 (Original post)

Mon Jul 9, 2018, 10:57 PM

33. K&R

Very uplifting to hear. I hope and pray the youth of our nation come out and vote in droves this November to take charge of the nation's direction. It's the way it should be. It is, after all, their future.

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