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What’s Happening Now
Click here to view the resolutions
passed at the October 2019
FDP annual convention.
September’s Kennedy King fundraising dinner broke all records: attendance, funds raised and number of sponsors. Click here for the full story in the Tampa Bay Times.
Click here to see all the photos taken on the Blue Carpet.
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.
UPCOMING EVENTSThere are no upcoming events at this time.
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!
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