Floridians Abroad

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With YOUR vote, we can turn Florida BLUE!

We’re so glad you’re here! Get in touch at [email protected].

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

Free online services members have used and liked: https://www.fax.plus/ and https://www.hellofax.com/  (there are many others)

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

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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News

Florida Talking Points/Fact Sheets

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The Florida Democratic Party has prepared two flyers to summarize arguments for friends and families on why Rubio needs to go, and how the Biden economic agenda is working for all Americans.

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Crist taps Karla Hernández-Mats as running mate, focuses on issues

Charlie Crist, who handily beat Nikki Fried in the gubernatorial primary campaign in August, will face Ron DeSantis in the primary election on Nov. 8. Last weekend, he announced Miami-born teachers’ union leader Karla Hernández-Mats as his running mate. 

The two have a tough battle ahead, which makes our jobs as Florida Democrats Abroad all the more important – to vote and to encourage others to vote!

As DeSantis’ historic $140 million re-election war chest grows by the day, national Democrats have signaled they won’t invest in Florida as heavily as in the past, according to an NBC news report. The state’s growing Hispanic electorate has been shifting rightward since 2018. And, for the first time ever, there are now more registered Florida Republicans than Democrats — a key indicator of voter intensity.

Let’s hope the choice of Hernandez-Mats, 42, helps. 

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