Dear Democrats, 

This week the state released an updated vote-by-mail enrollment file for the first time since the March 17 primary, and the numbers are incredible. Democrats now have more than a 302,000 voter lead over Republicans in VBM enrollments! Thank you to everyone who helped in this tremendous effort - and still going! See more details below.

Our work to expand the electorate is important for so many reasons. Health care is one example. While Floridians are trying to stay afloat during the dual health and economic crisis born of the coronavirus pandemic, Donald Trump is still forging ahead with his lawsuit to overturn the Affordable Care Act and strip millions of Americans of their health care. This is another reminder of just how important it is for Floridians to elect Joe Biden in November -- we need a president who will treat health care as a right, not a privilege, and work tirelessly to make that a reality for all.

There is so much incredible work going on all across the state as we wrap up June and head into July. Be sure to read to the end for important information and updates.

As of Saturday, June 27, there are exactly 129 days -- 4 months and 7 days -- to November 3, 2020. We are only 23 days away from the July 20 deadline to register to vote or change party to vote in the August Primary.
Terrie Rizzo
Florida Democratic Party
Vote by Mail
Since the March 17 Presidential Preference Primary (PPP), Democrats have enrolled 350,000 Democrats into vote-by-mail (VBM) compared to Republicans enrolling 160,000 GOP voters into VBM. Democrats now have more than a 302,000 voter lead in vote-by-mail enrollments.
For the first time since 2012, in a state always won on the margins, Florida Democrats have built a strong and well-trained volunteer corps ready before the launch of the general election. We currently have 19,876 active volunteers who have completed more than 80,000 volunteer shifts. Last week alone, more than 4,000 volunteers and staff made one million calls and texts to Florida’s Democratic voters and enrolled more than 15,000 Democrats into VBM. For comparison, in June 2016 the FDP had 1,500 volunteers who had completed fewer than 1,000 volunteer shifts.

Data shows more voters are likely to cast their ballot when they are mailed a ballot in advance. Historically, the party that is able to harness the power of VBM has a major advantage because barriers to voting are removed, allowing more voters to exercise their right to vote. Plus campaign get-out-the-vote efforts improve when voters have ballots in hand a month in advance, as there are fewer voters left to persuade to vote on Election Day.

From 2012 to 2017, we increased emphasis on VBM, narrowing the divide in enrollments by enrolling warm voters into VBM. But Democratic turnout still lagged, and the GOP was successful in winning VBM and the top of the ticket elections in 2014, 2016 and 2018.
In 2018 we adjusted our strategy and began enrolling cold voters – voters who don't turn out – into VBM. This is notable for two reasons: (1) this is a much larger pool of Democratic voters than sporadic voters; and (2) these voters have been largely ignored by campaigns for nearly a decade due to their non-voter status. In 2018, we enrolled 218,000 non-voters into VBM and more than 40% of them voted. In fact, 1 in 4 Democrats who voted by mail in 2018, voted in a midterm election for the first time – and more Democrats voted in 2018 than in 2016, thanks to the expansion of the electorate due to VBM.

This year we are continuing our outreach to cold Democrats, ensuring a high Democratic turnout for Joe Biden this November. Of the voters we’ve enrolled in VBM since the PPP, 103,000 are Democrats who definitely support Joe Biden, but according to voter trends, these voters are not likely to turn out unless they are approached by Democrats and the Biden campaign. By acting now to enroll them into VBM, we can ensure they will be reached through our voter outreach and VBM chase programs.

Our down-ballot candidates are also going to benefit from our VBM enrollment efforts. In Florida, hundreds of thousands of Democrats vote top of the ticket and leave the rest of the ballot blank. But VBM voters tend to vote all the way down the ballot. In 2018, as a result of VBM enrollment, Florida Democrats flipped two Congressional seats, secured our first statewide cabinet victory in more than a decade, sent the largest Democratic delegation to Tallahassee in over 20 years, and flipped the county governments in Miami-Dade, Orange, and Hillsborough Counties. Take a look at the comparison of drop-off decreases between 2014 and 2018:
The increase in Democratic VBM enrollments is a result of tens of thousands of volunteers making calls, mailing enrollment forms, sending text messages and emails, and posting links to sign up online -- and this level of volunteerism indicates enthusiasm for Biden and Democrats. Our massive field effort to enroll Democrats into VBM has not been countered by the Florida GOP. Their failure to act, coupled with the President’s war on VBM, has had a chilling effect on Republican enrollment. The fact that a large number of Democrats who are not traditional voters are enrolling in VBM indicates Democratic voters' enthusiasm to vote. We know our 302,000+ VBM enrollment margin will only grow. This spells trouble for Republicans on Election Day.

Please continue to make VBM enrollment calls and to share our VBM sign up links for every county in both English and Spanish .
20 Weeks Out Week of Action
This week was our big 20 Weeks Out Week of Action. We hosted trainings and patch-through phone banks for VBM enrollment all week. Throughout the week we trained 956 volunteers, completed 1,827 phone bank shifts, made 58,585 calls, and enrolled 2,093 voters into vote-by-mail!
Incentive Grants
Monthly incentive grant goals are based on the number of volunteer calls made into FDP vote-by-mail virtual phone banks . These county-specific phone bank targets include cold and warm Democrats with high support scores and cell phones who are not enrolled in VBM. The script includes a Joe Biden ID, vote-by-mail ask, and a request to forward the call to the local SOE's office. Because these are patch-through calls, the phone banks will only be live weekdays during SOE business hours. Additional guidance, including instructions for how to patch-through calls to the SOE, are included in our Incentive Grant Program Guide . Goals are as follows:
County DEC phone banks are available at

Note: Caucuses, please reach out to Party Affairs for your statewide phone banks.
Virtual Leadership Blue
Our Annual Leadership Blue event has been rescheduled for a virtual gathering July 17-19 . The weekend will be filled with trainings, Party updates, guest speakers, and the Leadership Blue Virtual Gala. Our main events and trainings will be broadcast live on Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube. Registration links for specialty trainings will also be available. RSVP Here for Leadership Blue!
DNC National Convention
In light of the ways the coronavirus pandemic continues to change the world around us, the Democratic National Convention Committee (DNCC) announced they will be transforming and modernizing some elements of the 2020 Democratic National Convention. Host city Milwaukee will anchor the events for the week, and programming will include four nights of live broadcasts and curated content from Milwaukee and other satellite cities, locations, and landmarks across the country from August 17-20 . These changes will help the convention reach more Americans than ever before, so we can organize and mobilize our party ahead of the most important election in American history. Most importantly, these changes are driven by a commitment to the safety and well-being of delegates, party members, convention guests, and our host community, and are guided by the expertise of leading public health officials.

The DNCC is focused on ensuring everyone involved with the convention can complete their official business without risk to personal or public health. After consulting with public health officials about the COVID-19 pandemic, convention organizers have determined state delegations should not plan to travel to Milwaukee and should plan to conduct their official convention business remotely. A process is being developed to ensure all delegates can cast their votes on all convention matters, including the presidential nomination, remotely during the convention. DNC standing committee meetings will take place virtually as well, with the first standing committee meetings tentatively set for the last week of July.

We will share additional information as we receive it in the coming weeks.
Florida Dems Live
The FL Dems Live events allow Democrats from across the state an opportunity to get to know other Democrats in an interactive social event that includes training, games, and so much more! This week we held a discussion on the resources FDP provides to train and help elect democrats up and down the ballot!
Virtual Fundraiser with Congressman Adam Schiff!
Join us Sunday, June 28 at 2 p.m. ET for a virtual fundraiser with special guest California Representative Adam Schiff and Chair Terrie Rizzo. This fundraiser will support our vote-by-mail programs. Click here to RSVP or Contribute .
Young Democrats for Climate Change!
Students for Biden and Young Voters for Joe will have a roundtable discussion focused on Climate Change Monday, June 29 at 4:30 p.m. ET Register here to join the talk about climate change facts, calls to action, and campaign involvement.
Florida Veterans for Biden Call
Biden for President will host a Florida Veterans for Biden call Tuesday, June 30 at 7 p.m. ET as part of the Veterans and Military Families for Biden program. Join the discussion about what a Biden Administration would mean for the veteran community and how we will organize to elect Joe this November! Register to receive the call details.
Training Resources
The National Democratic Training Committee (NDTC) has several virtual live trainings scheduled to help you increase your online success:

The Team Blue Pipeline Program (TBPP) professional development training program is a collaboration between the Best Practices Institute (BPI) and DNC Talent Bank. Their Organizational Stability series of webinar trainings is dedicated to building organizational stability during the time of social distancing.

Building Bridges 4 America mobilizes networks of relational grassroots organizers to support pragmatic progressive campaigns and causes. They are hosting a weekly discussion series, diving into different election topics to help organizers mobilize and train grassroots volunteers to widen the tent of the Democratic Party and expand voter participation.

Democracia al Día
Tune into our Spanish-language radio show every Saturday:
  • 9 a.m. ET on La Mega Tampa Bay 101.1 FM and 1110 AM
  • 10 a.m. ET on La Zeta 105.3 FM and La Numero Uno 99.1 FM and 1280 AM in Tampa
  • 11 a.m. ET on Acción 97.9 FM and 810 AM in Orlando
  • 12 p.m. ET on Actualidad 1040 AM and 103.9 FM in Miami

Each show is also available as a podcast on Apple Podcasts and Google Play .
FDP Press Conferences
The FDP Communications and Political teams work hard to hold the Trump and DeSantis administrations accountable, organizing multiple press calls and events weekly to highlight Florida's Democratic elected officials and community leaders, our Party values, and solutions for issues our communities face.

Here's a summary of this week's press events:
  • On Monday we held a press call with Hispanic leaders: State Representative Javier Fernández, Democratic Hispanic Caucus of Florida (DHCF) Vice President Natascha Otero-Santiago, DHCF - Palm Beach former President Claudia Mendoza, League of United Latin American Citizens Political Director Cramer Verde, and FL House District 118 Candidate Ricky Junquera. The leaders demanded Ron DeSantis apologize to the Hispanic community after his latest comments blaming Hispanics for the increase of coronavirus cases in Florida, and to condemn the recent news about Donald Trump expressing an openness to meeting with Venezuelan Dictator Nicolás Maduro and admitting to having second thoughts about his recognition of Juan Guaidó as Venezuelan Interim President.
  • Tuesday FDP and US Representatives Wasserman Schultz, Donna Shalala, Darren Soto and Debbie Mucarsel-Powell hosted a press conference to condemn Trump’s willingness to meet with Venezuelan Dictator Nicolás Maduro and his comments regarding Juan Guaidó, the interim Venezuelan president. 

You can see the results of these press conferences in the FDP News Digest below.
FDP on Social Media
Now there are more ways than ever to join us online. Follow FDP on these platforms and share our content:
Last week's Digital Summit has been added to FDP University . You can find the complete Digital Summit in the Digital Organizing 101 course offered in the Campaign Resources category.

Thank you to everyone following @FlaDems on Twitter , we now have over 70,000 followers! And check out our recent TikTok video that received nearly 10,000 views! Be sure to sign-up here to join our Digital Team .
Compliance Corner
As we enter an important election cycle, we want to remind Party leaders of the state and federal laws governing political activities. This week's Compliance Corner focuses on DEC requirements and restrictions on soliciting and accepting funds.
  • Fundraising solicitations must contain a conspicuous statement that contributions to the organization are not deductible for federal income tax purposes as charitable contributions [Title 26. Internal Revenue Code 6113(a)]
  • DECs cannot solicit or accept contributions while in a building owned by a government entity unless the building has been rented for the specific purpose of holding a fundraiser. Violation of this is a first-degree misdemeanor. [FLA. STAT. section 106.15(4)]
  • Political parties may not solicit contributions from any religious, charitable, civic, or other organizations established primarily for the public good [FLA. STAT. section 106.08(5)(b)]
  • Judicial candidates cannot make contributions to political parties [FLA. STAT. section 105.071(6)]
  • Individuals may not contribute more than $50 in aggregate in cash or by cashier's check per election. Violation of this law is a first-degree misdemeanor, and if the violation exceeds $5,000 in cash contributions is a third-degree felony. [FLA. STAT. section 106.09] (Note: There are no limits on how much an individual can contribute via check or credit card to support the DEC’s activities on behalf of state or local candidates.)
  • Contributions cannot be made in someone else's name, directly or indirectly [FLA. STAT. section 106.08(5)(a)]
  • Political parties may not accept contributions specifically designated for the partial or exclusive use of a particular candidate [FLA. STAT. section 106.08(6)(a)]
  • Candidates or their spokespersons cannot pay money or give anything of value for the privilege of speaking at a political meeting to further his or her candidacy. Violation of this is a first-degree misdemeanor. [FLA. STAT. section 106.15(1)]
  • DECs cannot accept local government public funds for political advertisement or electioneering communications concerning an issue, referendum, or amendment that is subject to a vote of the electors unless the communication is limited to factual information. [FLA. STAT. section 106.113(2)]
For more information or questions, you can attend financial compliance office hours with our COO Anne Morgan on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 2 p.m. - 4 p.m. ET by calling (305) 697-4202, PIN 86381#, or email Anne directly at .
County Spotlight: Miami-Dade
Miami-Dade County has our largest number and most diverse base of registered Democrats. In May, the Miami-Dade DEC partnered with the Democratic Black Caucus of Miami-Dade, the Democratic Haitian American Caucus of Florida, the Democratic Hispanic Caucus of Florida - Miami-Dade, and the South Dade Democratic Black Caucus - Ron Brown Chapter and hosted "You Count ✅ Vote Safe, Stay safe: A Vote-By-Mail Roundtable." The information-packed roundtable highlighted why vote-by-mail is important, changes in vote-by-mail legislation, and how to vote-by-mail and make sure your vote counts. They had planned to provide this webinar in Spanish and Haitian Creole as well.

Following that initial roundtable, State Representative Dotie Joseph reached out to the DEC and offered to assist with paring down the information and lead shorter webinars on how vote-by-mail works in English and Haitian Creole. She also suggested inviting other elected officials to lead a Spanish-language webinar. Dec volunteers translated the slides into Creole and Spanish, and the DEC began marketing the webinars online and via email.

On June 24, they hosted three Vote by Mail webinars in English, Spanish, and Haitian Creole on Facebook Live. Representative Dotie Joseph joined DEC Vice Chair for Programs Laura Wagner for the English webinar and Democratic activist Karen Andre for the Haitian Creole webinar . Representatives Cindy Polo and Javier Fernandez co-hosted the Spanish webinar with DEC First Vice-Chair Maria-Elena Lopez. Over the course of the evening, they had over 2,500 unique viewers and many shares. The Miami-Dade DEC will continue to use these videos to help spread the word about vote-by-mail to Democrats whose primary language is English, Haitian Creole, or Spanish.

Thank you Miami-Dade Democrats for this excellent example of partnering with caucuses and elected leaders, providing voter education and protection tools, and working to expand voter turn-out in your diverse communities!
Florida Democratic Seniors Council
The Florida Democratic Seniors Council is an extension of the National Democratic Seniors Coordinating Council (NDSCC) of the DNC. The goal of the Florida Democratic Seniors Council is to ensure all Florida Democrats aged 50+ are registered to vote by mail and that they actually do vote by mail in both the August and November elections.

The Council would like at least one representative from every county to serve on the council and is very close to achieving this. Council members will be invited to a Zoom meeting with DNC Chair Tom Perez, NDSCC Chair Steve Regenstreif, Social Security Works President Jon "Bowzer" Bauman, Chair Terrie Rizzo, and Florida Democratic Senior Caucus President Yolanda Russell Monday, June 29 at 1 p.m. ET . To join the Council or receive more information, please contact Yolanda Russell at .
FDP Is Hiring!
During this time when so many organizations are closing and talented people are out of work, we are fortunate to be able to continue to expand our team. Help us spread the word and direct talented individuals to apply for these positions:
  • Downballot Elections Press Secretary (Ft. Lauderdale)
  • Deputy Finance Director - Call Time (Ft. Lauderdale)
  • Small County Organizing Coordinator (Tallahassee)
Job descriptions are available here . Please have applicants send their resumes and references to with their name and the position they are applying for in the subject line.
Take Action to Protect Florida Voters
Last week DeSantis finally took action toward making our elections run safely and smoothly. His Executive Order gives counties the ability to begin counting vote-by-mail ballots early, encourages proper social distancing protocols, and allows for appropriately trained state employees to serve as poll workers. But his actions were not enough, and additional steps are urgently needed to ensure all Floridians can vote in a safe, accessible election.

Please write to Governor DeSantis and urge him to take additional steps to protect Florida voters this August and November. Specifically request he:
  • release CARES Act funds to the local Supervisors of Elections immediately so they can buy supplies and address staffing demands for the elections
  • allow counties to increase access to Early Voting by adding additional days
  • provide additional support to the State of Florida's Online Voter Registration System

Common Cause Florida makes sending a letter quick and easy. You can use their pre-written letter or edit it as you see fit. Click Here to Send a Letter to Governor DeSantis.
FDP News Digest

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