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Proposed HCDEC by-law changes
We will be reviewing our by-laws at the March 16 General Meeting. Please review proposed changes here.
COVID-19: Steps to prevent illness
- Wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds several times daily and after sneezing, coughing or blowing your nose. Use a had sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol content.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- If you are sick, wear a mask around others.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces (phone, door knobs, refrigerator handles, etc.).
- For more information see: https://www.cdc.gov/
If you think you have been exposed:
Symptoms of Covid-19 include fever, cough, shortness of breath. Symptoms may develop 2-14 days after exposure. If you think you may have Covid 19, call your doctor. Do not go into the office unless advised to do so. Call first, so the doctor’s office may prepare for your visit. Visit this page on the CDC website for a detailed list of steps to care for yourself or a loved one.
Does my vote COUNT?
- Check the domain. Fake brands often add “.co” to a trusted source, to hide behind their trustworthy reputation. The site abcnews.com.co is fake.
- Check snopes.com. Plug in the article’s keywords, like “George Soros”. If it’s a popularly suspected scam, Snopes will find it and label it TRUE or FALSE. Factcheck.org and PolitiFact.com can help too.
- When you land on a site you don’t know, click the “about” page. Then Google it with the word “fake” and see what turns up.
- If a story offers links, follow them. There will be a trail of rubbish. No links? That’s a sure sign that this story has nothing to back it up.
- Lots of pop-ups and banners are a good sign a story is pure clickbait.
- Photos can also be doctored, out of date, or out of context. Upload a photo to com to see where else it appears online.
- Google the story and see if it appears in other sources you trust. News doesn’t happen in a vacuum.
- Is the story in ALL CAPS? Speling errers? Dramatic punctuation???!! Are there obviously photoshopped photos? These are warning signs.
- Listen to your gut. Does the story trigger a hot button emotion? It was probably designed that way.
- Still Not sure? DON’T SHARE. Real people are harmed by fake news.
Are you ready
to have your
In 2018, Hillsborough County residents granted returning citizens the right to regain their voting privileges by passing Amendment 4 with a decisive two-thirds majority. Florida Republicans are now trying to block implementation of the Amendment to suppress this new group of voters before the 2020 election. Republicans are creating new hurdles—like requiring payment of court fees before voting rights are restored. Click here to read how Florida State Attorney Andrew Warren is working to bypass those obstacles and enable returning citizens to get the voting rights that Floridians have already resoundingly agreed they deserve.
Are you a Democratic Party supporter from a Hispanic community? Do you speak fluent Spanish? We need your help!
Our County’s Spanish-speaking population is thriving and growing. In several parts of the county over fifty percent of communities are from Puerto Rican, Mexican, Cuban, or other Latino cultures.
If we can get the Hispanic vote out, Hillsborough County will be SOLID BLUE…
The vast majority of Americans of Spanish-speaking heritages share our Democratic values, from education and jobs to health care and immigration. These communities are among the most consistently Democratic-voting populations, and yet statistics show they are FAR LESS LIKELY to vote than many other demographics, including women, Caucasians, or African Americans.
Just increasing the vote of registered Democrats of Hispanic background in Hillsborough county from the current voting average of 49 percent to the 70 percent range we see in most other demographics, WOULD MAKE EVERY SEAT IN THE COUNTY SOLIDLY BLUE.
We need to reach our Hispanic voters in their homes and communities and show them that THEIR VOTE MATTERS.
How do we do this?
There are no studies to answer why this demographic votes less often, but we DO know that many Hispanics don’t feel their vote makes a difference. Still others are afraid to go to the polls, having had poor experiences with other government bureaucracies.
We, as Hillsborough County Democrats, need to be a presence in these communities. We need to listen to their concerns and show them the impact their combined voting force could have on this community. We need to knock on doors, table at community rodeos and musical festivals. We need to speak more Spanish, translate our materials into Spanish, and we need a volunteer to help us make this website bilingual!
Nuestro voto ES nuestra VOZ!
Hillsborough County Democrats will be rolling out a campaign in the coming weeks to show our Latino base that THEIR VOTE MATTERS. The campaign “Nuestro voto ES nuestra VOZ” will include tabling at local events, Spanish-language radio promotions, short and impactful social media videos and more.
Sign up here to volunteer, and if you speak Spanish please be sure to tell us.
How your vote is protected in Hillsborough County
Your vote in Hillsborough County is safe, according to Hillsborough County Supervisor of Elections Craig Latimer.
“I am confident our votes are not going to be hacked. We have enough checks and balances,” Latimer told the Hillsborough Society on August 9.
“Our minds were attacked. Our voter systems were not hacked,” Latimer said, referring to the broadly reported 2016 penetration of two counties in Florida by the Russians. No votes or registrations were affected by the penetration, he emphasized.
Senator Marco Rubio has refused to reveal which counties were targeted, because he claims that information would reveal methods and sources, but Latimer says he is confident Hillsborough is not one of them.
Any single break in, should it succeed, would be immediately noticed, Latimer says. There are electronic and paper backups and redundancies, and processes in place to audit changes to the voter registration database. If someone were to change addresses in the system, for example, “we can go back a month and see (the change),” he says.
If discrepancies are spotted at the polls, potential voters are issued a provisional ballot, which goes into a special envelope so the voter’s eligibility can be researched.
The bottom line is that if a bad actor were to make changes to the voter registration database it would slow things down, but it would not change the outcome.
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WHO IS THE HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY DEC AND WHAT DO WE DO?
We are dedicated to getting Democrats elected in Hillsborough County and throughout the State of Florida.
Membership in the Hillsborough County Democratic Executive Committee (DEC) is open to all registered Democrats in Hillsborough County.
As a member of the Hillsborough County DEC, you’ll have a voice in setting the party’s overall direction and supporting the candidacy of Democrats in local, state, and national elections.
Any Democrat can attend our monthly meetings!
Other Ways to Get Involved
February’s Volunteer of the Month is Javier Guerero, an immigrant who says he became a proud U.S. citizen 20 years ago. After the 2016 election, he became increasingly concerned that politics as usual is not working for everyday people, and decided it’s up to each one of us to become involved and help make a difference. Javier has two boys, and he says he would like to be able to look at them in the eye someday and not feel ashamed to tell them that, “we did our best while it was our turn to fix the dismal legacy that we are leaving for them”.
To honor this pledge, he became District leader in the Brandon area, helps on the Environmental Caucus Earth Day Committee and the Hispanic Task Force. He is a member of both the Environmental Caucus and the Hispanic Caucus and started the Tampa Bay Electric Vehicle Club.
“This is a pivotal election,” Javier says. “Our freedoms, our democracy and the future of our children are being threatened, and we need all those who care to make a stand and become involved.”
Thank you, Javier, for all you do!