by Mara Leventhal
You may have heard about the early voting debacles over the weekend. Lines that stretched in the night for hours. Supervisor of Elections, locking its doors with hundreds lined up outside, chanting, “Let us vote!” Lawsuits. Bomb scares. Oh, Florida. While we are used to being in the national spotlight when it comes to voting disasters, we want to give you all the tools you need to make Election Day, Tuesday, November 6 as smooth as possible.
If you have not voted yet, take a few minutes to familiarize yourself with the ballot. This year’s ballot has been called Miami-Dade’s longest ever – but don’t worry – now you have all the tools you need to be a savvy, smart and informed voter. Tell your friends and family to VOTE THE ENTIRE BALLOT and be prepared with their picks before they enter their polling place!
First, check out the WMN Miami Voter Guide. It is a step-by-step guide to figure out your precinct, what’s on your ballot and what to vote for. Its’ “Guide to the Voter Guides” has links to Voter Guides and Endorsements from Progress Florida, SAVE Dade, Equality Florida, League of Women Voters, Planned Parenthood, Florida Education Association and many other organizations. Here are the headlines: nearly every newspaper in the state, along with most progressive organizations agree: Vote NO on ALL 11 of the Florida State Constitutional Amendments and Vote YES to retain the judges on your ballot. For more tips – check out the WMN Miami Voter Guide.
Need more help?
- League of Women Voters of Florida Education Fund has a Voter Assistance Hotline: 1-855-FL-VOTER (1-855-358-6837).
- ACLU “Let me Vote” has a “Know Your Rights” Voter card and other resources
- Check your voter registration status and find your polling place by calling (866) 308-6739 or going to http://election.dos.state.fl.us.
- 866-OUR-VOTE has a website and hotline for Voter Protection administered by the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law. It is also available en Espanol.