With YOUR vote, we can turn Florida BLUE!
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Our votes from abroad can be the margin of victory in local, statewide and Federal elections. After the many challenges voters faced in 2021, the 2022 Midterm Elections are set to be the most crucial of our lifetimes.
🗳️ Request your absentee ballot for the Midterm election on November 8. When we all vote, we win! Ask for your ballot to be sent to you by email so it arrives in time, and fax it back.
FULL STATE/LOCAL BALLOT OR FEDERAL BALLOT? (Intent to return)
You must request your ballot every election year, which you can do at votefromabroad.org. In Florida, each county Supervisor of Elections office determines which ballot you receive depending on how you answer the question about whether you plan to return to Florida.
If you choose "intend to return, ": You are eligible to vote in federal, state, and local elections.
(You don't have to have a set return date, and it doesn't have to be within a set time frame, but you do need to have the intention to return at some time in the future.)
If you report that your “return is uncertain” in Florida: You may or may not be eligible to vote in state and local elections, but you can still vote for your US House Representative and US Senator.
NOTE: Many counties in our 2022 survey have reported that they WOULD send a full ballot to "return uncertain" voters. Unfortunately, two of the biggest -- Miami/Dade & Palm Beach -- said they would only send a federal ballot.
MIAMI/DADE NOTE: The Miami-Dade Supervisor of Elections limits who can get a full ballot for "overseas residents who are not registered Miami-Dade voters." It goes on to say if you or a family member has a home in Miami-Dade county and your FPCA/ballot request application is received no later than 29 days before the election, you will "...become an actual Miami-Dade County voter." However, "If your last address was in Miami-Dade County and you do not currently have a home in Miami-Dade County, you are eligible to receive an Overseas Citizen's Ballot for Federal Elections..." Source: Miami-Dade County/Elections/Vote by Mail/Overseas and Military Voters.
Florida doesn't have an income tax, so there's no tax downside to choosing "intend to return."
How to Return Your Ballot by Fax
Ballots in Florida can be returned via postal mail or FAX. We recommend FAX. You do NOT need a fax machine! You can use a free online version.
DA fax info link: https://www.votefromabroad.org/faqs/BL7
Don't have a scanner and need help scanning? Watch this video on how to scan using your smartphone.
If you don't have a scanning app on your phone, you can use Adobe Scan mobile app for iPhone. & Android
General Public Resources - Democratic and Non-partisan
- County by County League of Women Voters voting guides:
- Check your county/region Democratic party’s website, as they might have made recommendations.
- Vote 411, run by the League of Women Voters Education Fund:
- Ballotpedia has information about Florida Elections.
- Google your local news sources, social media, progressive groups, etc.
- Palm Beach County Democratic Party has endorsements and recommendations.
Voting on the Three Florida Constitutional Amendments
We don’t give specific recommendations, but we are happy to share resources. If you have other sources for information on the amendments, please let us know at [email protected].
The Florida League of Women Voters gives background and their stance on the amendments (They are neutral on 1 and oppose 2 and 3). Link: https://lwvfl.org/amendments-2022
Palm Beach Democratic Party recommends a “no” vote on all three amendments. See: https://www.pbcdemocraticparty.org/candidates-nov-2022
Florida Supreme Court Judges
For the Florida Supreme Court justices, five Republican-appointed justices face a "merit retention" vote to stay on the court for six more years. (You’ll likely need to vote to retain District Judges as well.) While we don’t make recommendations, the Palm Beach County Democratic Party is advising that members vote "no" to retaining all judges *except* Jorge Labarga, who they voted to remain neutral on. Their rationale is that if Crist is elected governor, he’ll have the opportunity to choose new justices.
Below is a list of which governor voted in which judge, via info provided by a Pinellas County democratic leader.
NOTE: All of Crist's appointments were when he was a Republican governor. They recommend a “no” vote on those appointed by DeSantis and Rick Scott.
FLORIDA SUPREME COURT
Charles T Canady - Justice of the Florida Supreme Court. Jeb Bush appointed him to the District Court of Appeals, and Charlie Crist appointed him to FL Supreme Court.
John D. Couriel - Justice of the Florida Supreme Court. Appointed by Ron DeSantis
Jamie Grosshans - Justice of the Florida Supreme Court. Appointed by Ron DeSantis
Jorge Labarga - Justice of the Florida Supreme Court. Appointed to the District Court of Appeals in 2008 and the Supreme Court in 2009 by Charlie Crist.
Ricky Polston - Justice of the Florida Supreme Court. Appointed to the Court of Appeals in 2001 and the Supreme Court in 2008 by Charlie Crist.
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