Elections Have Consequences; Let's Volunteer to Change the Future
By Annisa Karim
Collier County Democratic Party Chair
Elections have consequences.
The 2016 presidential election untethered a person who used his position as the most powerful man on earth to amass wealth and status for his family and cronies while this country slid into the midst of one of the worst pandemics in modern history.
Yet, all of this is eclipsed by what is happening right now. As I write this letter, the Senate is confirming Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court. My eyes are filling with tears knowing she will surely vote to overturn the Affordable Care Act and Roe vs. Wade. Marriage equality could be next, along with climate change law, protections for workers, and gutting equal employment policies.
Senator Kamala Harris said, “There is no other issue that so disrespects and dishonors the work of Justice Ginsburg's life, than undoing the seminal decision in the court's history that made it clear -- a woman has a right to make decisions about her own body."
I'm terrified! The only way through this is to elect Democrats up and down the ballot. Joe Biden needs help in Congress to get the work of the people done! And we need to filp the State House and unseat the anti-science commissioners right here in Collier County.
My friends, it’s all hands on deck for the last few days before the election!
I have one question for you – how much do you want to set this county, state, and country back on track? Now, take that energy and VOLUNTEER!
We have just a few short days but we still have work to do. Help us call Democrats to remind them to drop-off their vote-by mail ballots or to vote in-person. Help us deliver no contact literature drops to Democrats who have not yet voted. Commit to 5 volunteer hours for this election, it’s worth it.
Let's keep moving #ForwardTogether
Hats Off to Our Amazing Volunteers
FloridaPolitics.com asked the question of where the Democratic Party in Florida is turning out the most votes.
The answer is: Collier County.
A look at county totals shows some of Florida’s Republican strongholds also see the highest turnout rate among Democrats so far this election cycle.
The clearest example comes in Collier County, where Democratic turnout 10 days out from the election has already exceeded 62 percent. As of Saturday morning, 26,310 Democrats had returned their mail ballot and another 7,553 cast votes at early voting locations. That’s a total of 33,863 votes already locked in.
Way to go Collier Democratic volunteers!
Hats off, too, to our Voter Protection team, which is doing a terrific job during this early voting period to help ensure that the rules of this election are applied fairly and evenly to all in-person voters.
Democratic poll watchers and greeters have brought certain situations to light in real time, allowing them to be resolved on the spot, which is the best outcome.
In one case, a Republican poll watcher was removed from working during the election and the Supervisor of Elections agreed to change some procedures to make sure voters are better protected in the future.
The Democratic team is well-trained (by Voter Protection leads Anne Daley and Marv Diamond) and we sincerely appreciate everyone's efforts to make sure that voting can take place without fear of intimidation or harassment.
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In Florida you can vote by mail, you can take advantage of two weeks of early voting, and, of course, you can vote on Election Day, Nov. 3.
At the nine early voting sites in Collier County, which are open until Oct. 31, you can vote in person or you can drop off your Vote-By-Mail ballot there.
Here’s some helpful information so you can plan on how to vote:
At four of the Early Voting polling locations you can vote in person or you can drop off Vote-By-Mail ballots at outside tents. All the rest of the Early Voting locations have either indoor or outdoor drop boxes. Early voting is from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Curbside Early Voting and Vote-by-Mail ballot drop-off sites:
Golden Gate Community Center – 4701 Golden Gate Parkway, Naples
Library Headquarters – 2385 Orange Blossom Drive, Naples
Marco Island Library – 210 S Heathwood Drive, Marco Island
North Collier Regional Park – 15000 Livingston Road, Naples
Early Voting and Vote-by-Mail Drop Boxes. (All drop boxes are located inside the building during early voting hours, except at the Supervisor of Elections Office where the drop box is located outside the front entrance 24×7):
Collier County Government Complex – 3311 Tamiami Trail E, Naples
Everglades City Hall – 102 Copeland Avenue N, Everglades City
Immokalee Community Park – 321 N 1st Street, Immokalee
Norris Center – 755 8th Avenue S, Naples
Supervisor of Elections Office – 3750 Enterprise Avenue, Naples.
Where do you vote on Election Day, Nov. 3? That depends on where you live. Election Day voting is from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. All Vote-By-Mail ballots must be returned by Election Day.
You can get the latest information on your designated polling place here:
You can see what your actual ballot will look like by clicking here:
Check out our FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions) on who is eligible to vote, how to register, how to request a Vote-By-Mail ballot, when to vote, where to vote. In short, everything you can think to ask about voting.
BIDEN /HARRIS Signs Are Still Available at Our Reopened Headquarters
The Collier County Democratic Party's headquarters has reopened with limited hours, and Biden/Harris yard signs are available for pickup at our location, 600 Goodlette-Frank Road in Naples. The signs are free. Limit, two to a customer.
We are emphasizing safety at headquarters, limiting the number of people who may be inside the building at any given time and requiring everyone to wear protective masks.
Our new office hours are:
Sunday: Noon - 4 p.m.
Monday: Noon - 4 p.m.
Tuesday: Noon - 4 p.m.
Wednesday: 2 p.m. - 6 p.m.
Thursday: 2 p.m. - 6 p.m.
Friday: Noon - 4 p.m.
Saturday: 2 p.m. - 6 p.m.
Got questions? Call HQ at (239) 434-7754.
Democratic Women's Club of Marco
The next meeting of DWC Marco will be on Tuesday, Nov. 10 at 7 p.m. via ZOOM. November is Member Appreciation Month. Let's celebrate together as we acknowledge and than you for all your hard work and dedication in this election cycle.
Registration is required. For more information or to RSVP, please email DWCMarco@gmail.com
Collier County Democratic Club
After the election, join CCDC Monday November 16 for a virtual presentation by Brad Cornell of Audubon of SWFL. He will speak about the development of environmentally sensitive lands in eastern Collier County.
This is a hot topic in Collier County and something we should all learn more about! Sign up to attend the virtual meeting at the following link:
Special thanks to all of our hardworking volunteers from the CCDC who have participated in so many ways to get out the vote during this hard fought election!
Now or Never Days of Action - No Contact Literature Drops
Now or Never Days of Action - No Contact Literature Drops are scheduled for Sunday and Monday, Nov. 1 & 2.
We are focused on dropping literature to Democrats and Dem-leaning No Party Affiliates who haven't yet voted on these final two days before Election Day.
Click on the link below and choose a time to pick up your materials and lists (between 8 a.m. and 10 am), then check your email for instructions on how to prepare (includes watching a short video on how to use MiniVAN touch, the mobile app we use to track deliveries).
Pick up your supplies on the day and time you chose, then deliver the literature to your assigned "turf."
If you are interested in more than one shift per day (some of our volunteers plan to work 2-3 turfs on each Day of Action), please enter the number of turfs you will commit to delivering in the box just below Zip Code.
PHONE BANKING: Help us reach out to Democrats who haven’t yet voted or mailed their Vote-By-Mail Ballots! Registered Democrats only, please. If you would like to help chase these votes, please contact Adam Molny via email: firstname.lastname@example.org
He will send you the information you need to get started!
NO CONTACT LITERATURE DRIVERS. Voting information and information about the candidates are being delivered to targeted locations. We recommend you bring a helper to assist you, but if that helper does not share a Covid bubble with you, you will both be required to wear masks and encouraged to open the windows often.
We want our volunteers to be safe! Click on the link below to choose dates and times to pick up your supplies at our HQ. You will immediately get a confirmation email with detailed instructions and a link to a brief training on how to download the MiniVAN touch app. You must download that app and watch the video before you pick up supplies.
HELP US AT HQ EVERY MORNING as a Lit Drop Assistant: Help make copies, prepare, dispense, and accept returning materials for no contact pick up at HQ daily, from 8:45 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. Sign up for shifts here.
Texting for Biden/Harris to Florida voters:
I LIVE IN A GATED COMMUNITY AND I’LL HOST DEMOCRATIC VOLUNTEERS.
Democrats are doing literature drops to doors of Democrats and No Party Affiliation voters all over Collier County. We will be working between now and election day. Some of those doors are behind gated communities. We need Democrats in each gated community who will host our canvassing teams.
Political Canvassing is NOT SOLICITING. It IS LEGAL and it is protected under the First Amendment. The only stipulation is that the canvassers are registered as guests of someone in the community.
Before we schedule a canvass in your gated community, we will call you with the names of the Democrats who will be doing no contact literature drops to targeted doors behind your gates. We'll ask you to put our drivers on your guest list. That’s all you need to do!
WE NEED MULTILINGUAL PEOPLE to help speak to members of our community about the importance of voting in this election.
IF YOU HAVE QUESTIONS or need help getting started, just text QUESTION to (239) 300-1632. One of our volunteer assistants will call you as soon as possible to answer your questions and help you get started!
Hey, Democrats, Let’s Get Social
The Social Committee of the Collier County Democratic Club organizes monthly virtual get-togethers where like-minded people can gather online and, hopefully someday soon, in person once again. Contact Dawn Rubin to get your name added to the mailing list at CCDC.Socials@gmail.com
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