Ultimately, the most effective way to make our voices heard on the issues that are important to us, including gun safety, is to VOTE for candidates who share our values at the federal, state and local levels. EVERY SEAT, EVERY ELECTION!
The time is now for each and every one of us to stand up —not against what we hate about Trump and the Republicans in Congress—but for what we love about our country. It is our right and our responsibility!
We need YOU to be a part of our boots-on-the ground army of canvassers, phone/text bankers, postcard writers, support staff and others! There are spots for everyone, even those who cannot physically canvass. If you're hungry for change, then we have a place and a job for you!
ISSUE: Florida’s Presidential Preference Primary will be held on March 17, 2020. In the Presidential Preference Primary Election, voters registered with one of Florida’s major political parties choose a presidential candidate they would like to see representing their party on the November ballot. After this preliminary election, designated political party delegates from Florida will nominate the preferred presidential candidate at the party’s national convention next summer. Many municipalities will also be holding elections on March 17th.
Here's a partial list of towns holding municipal elections on March 17.
PBC early voting dates and locations
Palm Beach Gardens
North Palm Beach
Palm Beach Shores
CALL TO ACTION: Florida is a closed primary election state, so only voters who are registered members of political parties may vote in the presidential primary election and may only vote for candidates from the party for which they are registered.
This means you must be a registered Democrat by February 18, 2020 to vote for a Democratic Party presidential primary candidate in March. The early voting periods for 2020 are March 7 to 14 for the Presidential Preference Primary.
Also it is your responsibility to make sure that your vote by mail application has not expired. Voters can request mail-in ballots to keep coming through the end of the calendar year of the second general election cycle. In Florida, general elections happen during November of even-numbered years. Depending on when you last requested to vote by mail, you may not be able to use VBM in the upcoming general election without re-applying.
Now is the time to act. Together we can make a difference! Make sure you are ready to VOTE, VOTE, VOTE!
Palm Beach Indivisibles is your resource for all things relating to getting out the vote and the upcoming elections.
•Get information on registering to vote and obtaining a vote by mail ballot here
•Click here for other crucial voting deadlines
•Learn how you can help get out the vote with our innovative new Neighbor Network for Good Government effort here
• Are you willing to listen to your registered Democrat neighbors talk about their important issues, and to encourage them to vote? Then you should enroll in PBIN's signature Get Out the Vote program, the Neighbor Network for Good Government (N2G2). N2G2 harnesses the power of face-to-face neighbor-to-neighbor interaction to get people to the polls. PBIN provides you with a list of your registered Democrat neighbors, scripts and support. To learn more, send an email to NNInfoPBIN@gmail.com.
• Are you and everyone you know registered to vote by mail (VBM)? The chance of voting doubles when a voter uses a VBM option. Go here for additional information on vote by mail and go here to register to vote by mail in Palm Beach County.
•Are you willing to learn to register voters? There are ongoing opportunities and training. Check the League of Women Voters website (link below).
• Are you willing to drive people to the polls? Go to CarPool2Vote to register as a driver or to find a ride to the polls.
•Are you willing to phone bank for candidates? Check out this link to register.
•Are you willing to help flip seats in other states? If so, join a "Flip" group on Facebook. Flip Nation is a great place to start. Click on the link to find them on Facebook.
•Are you willing to help with races outside of Florida? Use this candidate support tool to help candidates in races all over the country with text banking, phone banking, events and other activities.
•Are you willing to write postcards to voters? If so, go here for more information.
•Can you help the Community Justice Action Fund? CJAF is a nonprofit organization building power for and with communities of color to end gun violence. CJAF is changing the conversation on gun violence prevention by leading with the people closest to the pain of everyday gun violence. CJAF.will work to pass policy on all levels of government that is reflective of communities of color, as well as fight back against any policies that will lead to mass incarceration, or other forms of discrimination. CJAF will build regional strategy hubs to support our collective partners and efforts on the state, local, and national level. You can volunteer or donate. Click on the link above to learn more and get started..
•Are you willing to help people obtain proper identification so they can vote, and/or drive people to the polls? Join VoteRiders, which is a non-profit organization that provides free voter ID assistance. Volunteers also sign up to provide transportation to the polls on election day.
•Are you willing to become a poll worker? Other than voting - Becoming a Poll Worker (or Poll Watcher) is one of the best ways to help the Democracy thrive and ensure fair elections throughout your State. In order to be a poll worker you must apply, receive training and meet certain qualifications. Palm Beach County poll workers are paid up to $400. Go here for more information. The link is for poll workers in Palm Beach County. For other counties, contact your local Supervisor of Elections.
•Are you aware of election dates in your county? Check out the Florida Supervisor of Elections voter information page
--Check out our Voting FAQ page. Thank you, Jerry Kornbluth, for compiling this information!
--League of Women Voters of Palm Beach County - https://www.lwvpbc.org/
--League of Women Voters National -- https://www.lwv.org/
--Flip Florida (on Facebook) - https://www.facebook.com/groups/FlipFlorida/
--Caucuses and Clubs in Palm Beach County - https://www.pbcdemocraticparty.org/committees-caucuses-clubs
--Democratic Party National -- https://www.democrats.org/
--The Florida Department of State Elections website maintains a list of races and candidates - https://dos.myflorida.com/elections/candidates-committees/offices-up-for-election/
--Ballotpedia publishes a NATIONWIDE calendar of elections - https://ballotpedia.org/Elections_calendar
-- Headcount is an organization that pairs volunteers with organizers at musical events and festivals to register voters. https://www.headcount.org/events/