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National Voter Registration Day is Tuesday Sept 24

Volunteer to canvas or table and help your fellow citizens be ready for the next election! 

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.

 

 

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.

Are you thinking of running for public office? Or do you want   to support someone who is?

 We’d love to help you achieve your dream!

Click here to set up a conversation. We’ll help you take those first steps toward holding public office.

 El Paso Mass Shooting: Message from the Chair

 Residents of Hillsborough County,

 Once again, our nation mourns. Twenty more dead in El Paso, nine in Dayton. Our screens are filled with images of shocked and numb relatives, flashing lights on ambulances and police in bullet proof vests. Two tragedies barely 14 hours apart; both within a week of the last mass shooting by another domestic terrorist using an assault weapon. My heart aches for the people of these towns.

 And yet even as we mourn, we assess:  This could just as easily have happened here. When will our number come up? How do we protect our loved ones when Republican administrations, flush with NRA campaign donations, will not?

 We in Hillsborough County will wait no longer. Hillsborough county Democrats demand that the legislators in the State of Florida stand up to the NRA and pass meaningful, commons sense gun control NOW.

 We further endorse putting an amendment on the Florida’s 2020 ballot to constitutionally ban the sale of assault weapons.

We need 700,000 signatures to get this on the ballot. Please add your voice to this call for change by signing the Assault Weapons Ban Petition. You can download, print, sign and mail your petition to the Hillsborough County Democrats at 13221 N. 56th Street, Temple Terrace, Fl. 33617; or scan or sign online and email to hcdec.office@gmail.com.

Yours in solidarity,

Ione Townsend, Chairman

Hillsborough County Democratic Executive Committee

 

 

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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Hillsborough County Leads the Way on Criminal Justice Reform

“Lock ‘em up and put ‘em away – it’s an outdated way of thinking,” Florida State Attorney Andrew Warren told a crowded room at a meeting of influential county  Democrats and large donors at the Hillsborough Society quarterly meeting on June 13th.

Warren became Florida’s top prosecutor in 2016 on a pledge to bring about broad scale criminal justice reform. His platform emphasized victim support, being tough on violent offenders and domestic abusers and using civil citations and other diversions to keep low-level offenders – especially kids – out of prison and help them onto a better path.

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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.

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