Puerto Rican wave hits Florida, carrying big political implications. 130,00 arrived. GOP won by 113,
Some 130,000 Puerto Ricans have arrived in Florida since Hurricane Maria, adding to an already steady wave and signaling a potential major development in I-4 corridor politics.
Experts at the Center for Puerto Rican Studies at Hunter College in New York estimate that more than 300,000 Puerto Ricans could leave the island in the next two years, and Florida would likely attract many of those.
The political ramifications are big and at least on paper favors Democrats, as Puerto Ricans tend to vote for the party.
"Florida is a big swing state and Central Florida is the epicenter of that," Dennis Freytes, a political activist in the Orlando area, told the Tampa Bay Times in September, just after the storm. "This could be a very big deal. There are going to be voter registration drives and both parties are going to be after them. They already are."
130,000 Puerto Ricans abandoned by Trump move to state he won by only 113,000 votes https://shareblue.com/130000-puerto-ricans-abandoned-by-trump-move-to-state-he-won-by-only-113000-votes
Scott and the Republicans are not going to allow this many nonwhite to vote. If they haven't started already. They will impose new voter registrations rules or stricter ID requirements to discourage Puerto Ricans from voting.
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Primary Election: July 30, 2018
General Election: October 9, 2018
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Primary Election: August 28, 2018
General Election: November 6, 2018
Note: Special elections may be called at any time during the year.
I'd love for many Puerto Ricans to stay here in FL - and vote! And yes, I'm being mercenary.
Thats why we gots to build us a wall!!! Keep them foureners out! Merica for Mericans!
pretty much a toss-up right now
they have more motivations to sack the GOP.
to court their vote - I don't think that will be ignored in the election next year - many will have made a successful transition to Florida based on his actions.
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legislation to help incoming Puerto Ricans when they come to Florida get aid faster instead of having to wait 30 days.
he lifted out-of-state tuition for students, and he lifted fees for occupational licenses to include teacher certification fees
to vote in 2018.
Dems in FL and those able and willing to travel to FL to assist should focus on this now.
(can't get a handle on any actual percentages)
So you are right - we should encourage registering as Dems. Taking their vote for granted based on the past could be a big mistake in the tight senate make-up.
Trump and the GOP are going to regret neglecting the Puerto Rican US citizens. And isn't great than when it comes to voter ID laws the citizens of Puerto Rico hold US Passports.
means that their passports could be useful.
Assuming the cops check ID before they "stand their ground."
I have been extremely disappointed by the political indolence of the Latinos of Texas. This is a state where millions of Latinos could register to vote, March to the polls as early as next October, and put an end to Republican rule of Texas. Instead, they stay home, even as the Republicans of Texans are returning to their old race-baiting ways which so many of us thought theyd given up decades ago.
Are they undocumented or fear for undocumented family members? Are they just intimidated by the right? Are they just uninformed?
What do you think is the cause for this?
Most of the non-voters seem to be native-born, whose parents and even grandparents have been US citizens.
I am baffled and perplexed. Its not like they dont have the opportunities to register. Its not like theyve been terrorized by the ICE and the older Border Patrol. These are by-gosh, born-here US citizens, just like most DU posters (Or the (expletives deleted) Free Republic membership).
They just dont seem to get the idea that even if voting doesnt affect their daily lives, its an efficient way of halting the political antics of Right-wingers seeking to (Phillips-head) them over.
I vote against politicians who seek to do me or the causes I believe in Ill. A majority of potential, citizenship-qualified, eligible Latino voters in Texas just dont bother to go to the polls.
If so, I'm also curious about whether and how the State Democratic organization focusing effort on this.
I'm in Oregon -- a solidly blue State at this point. It must be very frustrating. Sometimes I wish I lived in a State where my personal efforts might actually contribute to making a big difference.
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Much of what I wrote has been seentime and time again after we Democrats wake up on another early Wednesday morning after Election Day and find we took another hammering.
Such losses might be understandable if Texas Democrats has copy-catted the worst of the Republican platform, like piratize public schools, bust the unions, shut down poor peoples access to health clinics, uphold white supremacy, call for revocation of birthright citizenship, but we dont.
You live in Oregon? Count yourself lucky. Texas seems to be a state where many of the Phillips-headed over choose to respond by voting against. The rascals, not by rolling over and going back to sleep like so much of the Texas electorate.
Yeah, I know there was an uptick in Texas Democratic turnout last year, but I expect too many voters will play sleepy-bunnies again next year.
from voting as they can.
Patriots voting is the last fucking thing the GOP wants to see.
Welcome to DU
Storm survivors don't always have the necessary form of id to register in a state like florida. They have likely lost birth certificates and getting replacements will be difficult.
Some may not even have a drivers license.
Better get the balls rolling sooner, rather than later. It will take time and a lot of effort to get a lot of these refugees registered.
The same thing happened after katrina. It was very difficult to register when all you have is your name......
a PR drivers license is not a valid proof of citizenship under FL law. Did they need passports to enter the country or were there waivers?
They are US citizens. What do you need to move to another state? If there is a problem, I'm sure the ACLU will file a lawsuit.
A drivers license is not an acceptable proof of citizenship in FL from what I hear. You need your original birth certificate.
A passport is probably ok, but a drivers license isn't proof of citizenship in most places.
Or proof of citizenship. Women who have been married, divorced, or widowed have to provide documentation of each of those events in order to prove a trail for any name change.
People who have lost everything probably do not have certified copies of the needed documents. Getting them from offices in Puerto Rico may be impossible with the continuing problems of power supply and lack of services.
Here is what Florida requires:
The Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (DHSMV) requires you to apply for your Florida REAL ID card in person at a Division of Driver Licenses.
To do so, make an appointment online using the DHSMV's OASIS online service before visiting a nearby Division of Driver Licenses office and provide:
Proof of identity (1 document). Examples are:
A valid, unexpired U.S. passport.
Original or certified copy of a birth certificate.
Certificate of Naturalization issued by the DHS.
For non-U.S. citizens, please see Non-U.S. Citizen FL ID Requirements" below.
Social Security card.
If you do not have a Social Security number, the DHSMV requires that you bring a letter from the Social Security Administration indicating you were never issued one, plus an acceptable document proving your identity.
Proof of FL residency (2 documents). Examples are:
Deed, mortgage, or rental/lease agreement.
Florida voter registration card.
W-2 form or 1099 form.
Payment for your FL ID card fee:
Original ID card: $25.
ID card renewal: $25.
Duplicate ID card: $25.
Address change: $25.
Tax Collector office additional service fee: $6.25
The DHSMV's GatherGoGet page has a list of all acceptable documentation.
I wonder, do they have to go back to Puerto Rico personally to obtain this? Or is it something that we can help them accomplish?
get Florida driver's licenses right there and then!
They are US citizens. If your stuff was all wiped out, how would you prove citizenship?
Are they being registered to vote? They are citizens, so they just need to register.
licenses and iD's right there and then. Also help setting up aid and getting kids back to school.
The question is what forms of ID are required to register to vote.
In FL, you have to show proof of citizenship; drivers licenses don't qualify. Original birth certificates or passports are usually required, along with other forms of id.
But if they don't have their passports or birth certificates, can they register?
The Racist-in-Chief will not be able to rely on those turnout numbers again.
The rural and suburban white vote was off the charts in many states for 45. Florida is just one example. That turn out will not be repeated in 2020.
Hillary won Florida but stolen from her by Repuke vote suppression and Russian vote
there's really nothing in place that will guarantee this doesn't happen again in 2018-20.