Get Out The Vote 2020! SARASOTA COUNTY

As Joe has said,
 “We are in a Battle for the Soul of our Nation.”
LET’S ROLL!

If you haven’t voted, please, do so today at EARLY VOTING LOCATIONS:  8:30am – 6:30pm, today through Sunday, November 1st at:

– RL Anderson Building, 4000 South Tamiami Trail, Venice
– Biscayne Plaza, 13640, Tamiami Tr. S., North Port
– Shannon Staub Library, 4675 Career Ln, North Port

If you haven’t mailed your Vote-By-Mail ballot, it’s too late!  Instead, please drop your ballot off at one of the Early Voting locations above.

Volunteer:
Use this link to choose a volunteer opportunity: https://www.mobilize.us/sarasotacountydec/

Election Day: If you wait until November 3rd to vote, please know that the lines may be long and there could be a wait.  Please protect yourself by social distancing and wearing a mask.  Democratic volunteers will be on hand to assist you.

SARASOTA COUNTY Englewood polls, open from 7 am to 7 pm,  are located at:
Precinct 527  Saving Grace Bible Church, 2550 Englewood Rd, Englewood, FL 34223
Precinct 545 (& 543 temporary location)
          Englewood Sports Complex, 1300 River Rd, Englewood, FL 34223

Slate of Candidates:  Please use this link to the recommended slate of candidates from the Democratic Party.  Download the SCDP Slate Card recommendations (pdf)  

GREETINGS FELLOW DEMOCRATS,

It is no exaggeration to say, as Joe Biden has, that we are in a fight for the soul of our nation.  As we enter the final round of this epic struggle, your precinct leadership has compiled this practical guide on how, where and when to vote as well as a list of the candidates and amendments supported by the Democratic Party. We’ve also included volunteer information on what you can do to bring it home for Joe, for all of us.  (Note: Given the increasing threat of suppression from the current administration, there is an urgent need for Voter Protection Volunteers. If you can help contact Pam at pct527dems@gmail.com  or 206 579 5384. 

And now for the facts, and nothing but the facts:

VOTING

VOTING OPTIONSLOCATIONDATESTIMES
Vote by Mail Last day to request ballot: 10/24   Ballot must be at SOE* by 7 pm, 11/3By U.S. Postal Service_(use two stamps)

Drop off, inside Supervisor of Elections__________  

Drive-through, Supervisor of Elections___________  
Drop off at all Early Voting sites________________
Mail by 10/23

Until 11/3 

10/19 to 11/3

10/19 to 11/1  


M-F; 8:30 am- 5:00pm
 M-F; 8:30 am-6:30 pm  
Daily,8:30 am-6:30 pm
Early VotingRL Anderson Bldg, 4000 S., Tamiami Tr. S., Venice

Biscayne Plaza, 13640, Tamiami Tr. S., North Port
10/19 – 11/ 1    Daily 8:30 am-6:30 pm
Election DayPrecinct 527: Saving Grace Bible Church, 2550 Englewood Road
Precincts 545 and 543: Englewood Sports Complex, 1300 River Road
    11/3 
  7 am – 7 pm
* SOE = Supervisor of Elections: RL Anderson Bldg, 4000. Tamiami Tr. S., Venice, FL

CANDIDATE RECOMMENDATIONS*

Candidate websites are a source of information regarding the candidates and provide an option to donate online.  Any amount will support these candidates.  We are lucky to have a full slate of Democrats stepping up, please support them. NOTE: if a race is not listed, no Party recommendation is being made.

PRESIDENT AND VICE PRESIDENT   
Joseph R. Biden and Kamala Harris  

REPRESENTATIVE IN CONGRESS, DIST. 17   
Allen Ellison     http://ellisonforcongress.com/  

STATE ATTORNEY, 12TH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT   
Betsy Young   
https://betsyyoung.vote/  

STATE SENATOR, DISTRICT 23   Katherine Norman    https://katherinenorman2020.com/  

STATE REPRESENTATIVE, DISTRICT 74   
Lisa Stortstrom    https://www.electlisastortstrom.com/

BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISIONERS, DISTRICT 5    Alice White   
https://alice4sarasota.com/  

CHARTER REVIEW BOARD DISTRICT 1 (2 YEAR TERM)   
Walter L. Gilbert III
 
CHARTER REVIEW BOARD DISTRICT 1    Krista Lohr

CHARTER REVIEW BOARD DISTRICT 2    Doreen Dupont

CHARTER REVIEW BOARD DISTRICT 3    Mary Ellen Palermo
 
CHARTER REVIEW BOARD DISTRICT 4    Wilson A. Pava  

CHARTER REVIEW BOARD DISTRICT 5    Anthony “Tony” Dunbar  

HOSPITAL BOARD AT LARGE
SEAT 1    Everett “Bud” Weber   HOSPITAL BOARD AT LARGE
SEAT 2    Laurie J. Kreindler   HOSPITAL BOARD AT LARGE
SEAT 3    Finolia Idahosa  
HOSPITAL BOARD CENTRAL DISTRICT SEAT 1    Vicky Lynn Nighswander  

SARASOTA SOIL AND WATER CONSERVATION DISTRICT GROUP 1    Sean Patton    

AMENDMENT RECOMMENDATIONS*

  1. Vote No –  A No vote leaves constitutional wording as, is stating: “Every citizen of the U.S. …can vote” instead of changing it to “only a citizen…. can vote”. 
  2. Vote Yes – A Yes vote raises minimum wage to $10 per hour effective 9/30/21. Thereafter minimum wage will increase by $1 each year until minimum wage reaches $15 per hour on 9/20/26.
  3. Vote No – A No vote maintains the current process which assures a Democrat choice for voters.
  4. Vote No – This amendment requires all proposed amendments or revisions to the state constitution to be approved by voters in two elections.  This amendment will greatly increase the difficulty of amending the constitution.
  5. Vote Yes – Currently, when a FL resident moves, they have two years to transfer their Save Our Homes Benefit to new primary residence. This amendment increases this period to 3 years.
  6. Vote Yes – This amendment would transfer Homestead Property Tax discounts of veterans with permanent combat-related disabilities to their surviving spouse.

* Recommendations made by the Florida Democratic Party and the League of Women Voters


VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

Because none of us wants to wake up in despair on November 4, wishing we’d done more. Please join us.

Phone Banks

Contact Nancy Shoemaker at njshoemaker@comcast.net for more information.

General: Call either DEMS or NPA’s for a variety of reasons during the campaign. Must have internet connection and a PC, tablet, or a desktop.    Click here to sign up and an email with more information will be sent to you from the Sarasota County Democratic Party – https://www.mobilize.us/sarasotacountydec/event/303220/  

Spanish Speaking Phone Bank: Special phone bank calling Spanish-speaking voters in Sarasota County.  Must be able to speak Spanish. 6 Click here to sign up and an email with more information will be sent to you from the Sarasota County Democratic Party – https://www.mobilize.us/sarasotacountydec/event/314038/  

Senior Phone Bank sponsored by “The Bowzer:’ Special phone bank sponsored by Jon “the Bowzer” Bauman from Sha Na Na fame.  Volunteers will call Sarasota Seniors to create a Voting Plan and sign up for Vote by Mail.   Click here to sign up and an email with more information will be sent to you from the FL Democratic Victory Fund- https://www.mobilize.us/fl2020victory/event/328693/  

Literature Drop and Go

Contact Jo Bloom at jo.bloom@verizon.net for more information.

Volunteers drop bags of literature (VBM application, campaign info, sample ballots, etc.) at the front door of Dems and NPAs.  No contact with Voters.  No knocking – just Drop and Go.

Click here to sign up and an email with more information will be sent to you from the Sarasota County Democratic Party:  https://www.mobilize.us/sarasotacountydec/event/308600/

Voter Protection on Election Day Poll Watchers and Observers

Contact Pam Nolan at pct527dems@gmail.com 206 579 5384 to get started.

The current need is for trained Poll Watchers and Poll Observers for Election Day only. 
We have two polling places in Englewood, two jobs described below, two shifts per day.  We will need 8 trained Volunteers.  Once Englewood polls are covered, trained volunteers will be encouraged to help at North Port. 

Contact Pam to get into the sign up/training process.  Sign up for this is open until 10/24/20.  The training sessions are on Tuesday (evenings) and Thursdays (day time) and can be completed up until November 2, 2020.  Don’t wait ’til the last minute!

Poll Watcher: Must be a registered Sarasota County voter.  You will be trained to work inside the polling location for Election Day.  You observe the process and report issues.  Shifts are half-day and volunteers work alone.  This work is part of the Florida DEM Party Voter Protection Program.   

Outside Poll Observer: If you want to help at the polls but do not want to work inside or are not registered to vote in the County, you can still participate.   This work is outside at the 150 ft mark of the polling location, and the Observer is in contact with the inside Poll Watcher.  These volunteers are needed for Election Day.  
Voter Protection on Election Day Greeters

We will have Greeter Tables at each of our Englewood Polling place on Election Day.  Once Englewood polls are covered, trained volunteers will be encouraged to help at North Port. 
Sign up at the links below the ‘job description’. .Shifts are two hours and volunteers work in pairs.  Minimum need is 24 volunteers to staff all shifts at both polls.  Sign up today!  

Poll Greeter: Volunteers who are outside the polling location  on Election Day.  You will greet all voters and answer their questions about candidates and amendments.  You also participate in Voter Protection Program in case of voter problems  

Click on either link  to sign up and an email with more information will be sent to you from the Sarasota County Democratic Party: 
Precinct 527 Nov 3, 2020 Election Greeter Table

Precinct 545 Nov 3, 2020 Election Greeter Table

Sarasota County Registered Voters – source SC SOE 10/8/20
PctDemsRepubOtherTotal
527 Reg Voters1638263216375907
543 Reg Voters3898064191614
545 Reg Voters1552273416611661
Eng Total Reg Voters3579228637179182
SC Total103,745137,77084,595326,110

PAST NEWS

Sarasota County Englewood Precincts 527, 543 and 545 UPDATE 7/22/20

TOWN HALLS

We had two Virtual Town Halls- one in June on the School Board race with our Candidates David Graham and Tom Edwards and one in July on the Environment that introduced us to Alice White, our candidate for County Commissioner in Dist 5. Each of the Town Halls had local experts on the topics and gave excellent perspective on local implications of voting our Candidates into office.  Dark Money is playing too big a part in the School Board operation as well as the Environment.  We hope to have more Town Halls on various topics and races in September and October as we move into the November 3 election cycle.  

VOTE BY MAIL

The Sarasota County Democratic Party’s focus since April has been to encourage Dems to sign up to Vote By Mail.  In May and June the Dems went from a 10k lead of voters registered for VBM to a 14K lead, but the R’s are now catching on…  so we need to keep our efforts going.

Here in Englewood, in June and July both phone bankers and N2N Leaders called Dems to encourage them to sign up for VBM.  It is working, in two months, the number of Dems registered to Vote By Mail has increased by about 14 % in Englewood!:

PHONE BANK – We still have calls to make in Englewood to Dems not signed up to Vote By Mail!  (127 calls to make for Round 2 in precinct 545 and in 527/543 we have 129 calls to make before August 8 (the deadline to request a VBM ballot for the Aug 18 election) so please contact Pam 206 579 5384  pnolan483@comcast.net or Chris  763 227-1023 chriskenealy@msn.com ASAP to get information on making a few calls. Its important and relatively easy to do.

SCHOOL BOARD RACE AUGUST 18, 2020

From now until August 18, the School Board race is THE NUMBER ONE PRIORITY FOR Democrats in Sarasota County.  We can win this School Board Election if we Get Out The Vote.   It will be a sad day for our children if Eric Robinson and Karen Rose are elected to the School Board.  We are lucky to have two excellent candidates to vote for: David Graham at electdavidgraham.com and Tom Edwards at electtomedwards.com.  Their positions and platforms are on their websites, check them out, vote for them, send them money and tell your friends about this important election!  

Are you an educator?  We’d like to ask for a Personal Endorsement of the candidates.  Educators please contact Pam Nolan if you are interested, click on this link for information on sending in your endorsement: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1EihTxUD0hWjkZz8WEcdY0OBJ9fP7YseG/view?usp=sharing

We are also planning a Car Caravan to get the School Board Candidates visibility in Englewood they on Aug 1, 2020 at 3:45 pm to have a presence at the Car Show on Dearborn: https://www.mobilize.us/sarasotacountydec/event/290812/

We’d like to ask you to put up Yard Signs, especially in high visibility places:

Contact Carolann Palm-Abramhoff at the South County Office  SoCo@sarasotadems.org or 941 888 0940 to arrange to pick up School Board Candidate signs or Biden signs ($10).

And you can join the county Phone Bank to get back those VBM ballots:

SCDP VBM Chase Phone Bank: https://www.mobilize.us/sarasotacountydec/event/249978/

Vote Tripling– please commit to getting those in your circle to participate in our election process—word of mouth is powerful!  We know from years of academic research that the best way to make sure people vote is through social accountability. People who don’t vote tend to feel embarrassed about it. But they also assume that no one will ever know whether they voted or not, so who cares? But in fact, it’s publicly available information whether one voted or not—not whom they voted for, but whether they voted at all. And if people know that their friends, family, and neighbors are paying attention, they’re much, much more likely to vote. So lets encourage family, friends, and neighbors to vote.

Primary Greeter Tables on August 18, 2020, we will be manning tables at the Precinct 527 and 543 polls observing social distancing and other precautions to connect with voters.  Please use these links to sign up for a shift or two; an email with more detailed information will be sent to you:

Precinct 527 – Saving Grace Bible Church 2550 Indiana:

https://www.mobilize.us/sarasotacountydec/event/288815/

Precinct 545 – Englewood Sports Complex 1300 River Rd.:

https://www.mobilize.us/sarasotacountydec/event/288818/

Let’s make it happen so we have something to celebrate on August 18

Coming up after the August 18 election – a sample ballot for Nov. 3 will be available so you’ll know what offices are up for election and who is running.  Then multiple events to meet Candidates and lots of opportunities to Get Out The Vote, including my personal favorite, sign waving! 

Pam Nolan     Pct 527 Captain  206 579 5384  pnolan483@comcast.net

Muriel Glaim Pct 527 Captain  941 525 2588  mikki@comcast.net

Peter Imhoff  Pct 527 Captain  678 333 7455  imhoffpeterryan@gmail.com

Chris Kenealy Pct 545 Associate Captain 763 227-1023 chriskenealy@msn.com