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Florida Democrats Ramp Up Voter Registration Effort in Wake of Charlottesville Protest

August 14, 2017 - 4:30pm

The Florida Democratic Party is pushing its statewide voter registration effort on the heels of a violent protest organized by white nationalists in Charlottesville, Va., this weekend.

 The FDP said it was inspired by Kentucky Secretary of State Allison Lundergan Grimes, who tweeted this weekend she would be responding to the white supremacist movement by “promoting democracy” through voter registration.

"They bring torches to push hate,” Grimes tweeted. “We bring registration cards to promote democracy. Which side are you on? #Charlottesville #RallytoRegister.”

FDP chairman Stephen Bittel offered a message of hope for voters in the midst of the chaotic protest, which left one dead and several others injured. 

"The white supremacists who organized the hateful demonstrations and violent protests in Charlottesville want to intimidate us--they will not,” Bittel said. “We will not fall silent, and we will not allow these acts of terror to subdue us.”

Bittel went on to say the party aimed to “counteract these acts of hate with hope,” encouraging all Floridians to participate in the rally. 

Further details were not available at the time of this article’s release, though the press release indicated there would be multiple locations and times for Floridians to register to vote. 

The FDP has often been criticized for not doing enough to reach voters but with new leadership onboard, it appears state Dems are prepared to start anew and attempt to expand their voter rolls to fight back in 2018 and beyond. 

Democrats currently have more registered voters in Florida than Republicans, with about 4.9 million voters compared to the GOP’s 4.5 million. Independents account for nearly 3.1 million voters across the state. 

Florida politicians -- both Republicans and Democrats -- condemned the Charlottesville protest over the weekend, directly blasting white supremacy and bigotry as an out of place sentiment and movement in the U.S.

Sens. Bill Nelson, D-Fla., and Sen. Marco Rubio were on the same page in criticizing the events over the weekend, taking aim at white supremacists and hatred nationwide.

“I condemn the hatred and lack of respect for others,” Nelson said. “It turned into fatal violence which must not be tolerated.

“Nothing patriotic about #Nazis,the #KKK or #WhiteSupremacists,” wrote U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla. on Twitter over the weekend. “It's the direct opposite of what #America seeks to be…these haters in #Charlotesville are agitators in search of relevance & publicity for a vile cause very few people support. Can't ignore them, but also don't give them relevance they crave. Only way they win is if they can turn the rest of us against each other.”

Details on the voter registration events are forthcoming.

 

 

Reach reporter Allison Nielsen by email at allison@sunshinestatenews.com or follow her on Twitter: @AllisonNielsen.


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"... violent protest organized by white nationalists..." is dead wrong. First, they had approval to demonstrate against removal of the Lee statue; second, the violence was started by imported leftists who didn't have approval. Removal of the Lee statue and other reminders of our history is part of the plan to destroy our freedom and bring about totalitarian rule. Anyone see open rebellion in our future ?

The term "racist" is an adjective inherent in describing Democrats since the "Civil Rights" era ALL the way up until today...(and my bet is that Democrats will continue their "circular firing squad" to "repeatedly shoot themselves in the foot" until the "Democrat National Party" finally "dies"...)

Sadly this is so predictable. The Democrats take a tragedy and then try to profit from it somehow. What was that famous saying from Rahm? "Never let a crisis go to waste."

The term racism is a mechanism being used by the far left, for them to have some type of cause to rally the base and give them a sense of purpose. Hence the cause in an uptick in voter registration and an excuse for them to riot like they are doing not what is know as a peaceful protest as our US Constitution states in our 1st. amendment rights.The advent of this barbaric behavior from the universities, communist activists like Senator Elizabeth Warren, has been fueled by no other than the one Barrack Hussein Obama and Eric Holder. Their response to the Ferguson riots due to the killing of Michael Brown has brought us to this juncture. Nothing could more drive a wedge into the black & white relationship in our country than how the former POTUS handled that situation. The real purveyors of racism in this event was the mainstream media showing photos of Michael Brown as a child not current photos, creating a fury of racial hate amongst the simple minded and uninformed thugs waiting for a reason to riot. Do you hear anything from the former administration in an attempt to heal this great divide??? No,"now you know who the real racist are!!"

Check those registrations, democrats have no credibility when it comes to voter fraud. Match local population to registered voters. You don't want to see 200k registered voters in a 100k residence.

Nothing patriotic about using racism to fill up the voter rolls either. Getting people registered is a good thing, but to do it to DEFEAT racism is just as bad. People fighting people because they don't like the other's ideas.

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