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Charlie Crist leads “souls to the polls” on final day of early voting

Sunday, November 6th, 2016

As the final day of early voting wound down, there were lines at voting sites and overall turnout was about 47.8 percent in Pinellas.
That number included both mail-in ballots that had been received and early voting as of about 4 p.m. Sunday, a day that saw candidates scrambling for every vote still left on the table.
One of the big pushes was the “Souls to the Polls” events, a statewide initiative designed to reach members of the faith community, particularly African-Americans, said Melissa Baldwin, the Tampa Bay regional press secretary of For Florida’s Future.
“Souls to the Polls” events were scattered across Florida, with several in the Tampa Bay area. According to a press release from For Our Future, the events, which combined entertainment and food, with the “get out and vote” message, was a success.
Thousands of congregants from dozens of faith organizations joined together today to celebrate the progress our country had made and ensure their community has a say in our future, the release said. At 15 “Souls to the Polls” events across the state, family fun, speeches and marches, among other activities, helped to ensure the last day of the popular early voting was a success.
In St. Petersburg, former Gov. Charlie Crist led a contingent of voters from Williams Park to the Courthouse, a block away.
Crist, like his opponent, David Jolly, had started the morning visiting African-American churches in southern St. Petersburg to urge voters to go to the polls. Then he took time to drop by the Gulfport Neighborhood Center, 1617 49th St. S, and stand in line to cast his ballot.
Crist, a Democrat, is challenging Republican incumbent Jolly for the Congressional District 13 seat.
The election is Tuesday.

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SEIU Florida launches half a million dollar campaign in ads targeting young minority voters

Tuesday, October 25th, 2016

A new push by SEIU Florida aims to get African American and Hispanic voters out to the polls through a $510,000 investment on radio and digital ads.
The campaign is a coordinated effort through PICO National Network, Faith in Florida, FLIC Votes, Organize Now and New Florida Majority.
Ads geared towards African American voters revolve around the Souls to the Polls campaign on Oct. 30 and Nov. 6, and towards voter protection. One ad promises that “tens of thousands” of voters will march to the polls for the Souls to the Polls campaign, saying a vote is not an individual thing, but a “church thing.”  Another ad touts the values of raising the minimum wage to $15 an hour and end racial injustice.
Other ads will attempt to engage young Hispanic voters who have been turned off and disengaged by the rhetoric of the campaign, appealing to them on the issues that will directly affect them – health care, affordable education, raising the minimum wage, immigration reform and more.
“For too long election campaigns focused on parties and candidates, we are changing this by bringing the focus back to the real issues that impact our communities,” said Alphonso Mayfield, SEIU’s State Director for the 2016 Election Campaign. “The issues of racial and economic injustices can no longer be ignored. Our campaign intends to educate the voter that their votes are directly related to how the policies and practices are crafted at local and federal level. We are doing this through our face-to-face contacts with voters and also through the media buys.”
The ads will start airing today in counties all over the state, including Miami-Dade, Broward, Palm Beach, Hillsborough, Pinellas, Orange, Osceola, Pensacola, Leon and Duval counties. Digital ads will reach voters through online platforms like Pandora.
“While politicians are screaming at each other, young Floridians are making some of

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Mayors take to the highway to boost Florida’s African American vote

Saturday, October 22nd, 2016

A “Souls to the Polls Train” pulled into Tallahassee Saturday, bearing a predominantly African American collection of mayors to encourage Hillary Clinton campaign volunteers and mobilize minority voters for the Nov. 8 general election.
Actually, it was a big blue motor coach that pulled up outside state party headquarters at noon, after participating in Florida A&M University’s homecoming parade. Reinforcing the mayors were members of the Congressional Black Caucus.
“It’s all about energizing our base. Going out to energize voters in barbershops, beauty salons and the churches,” said Alvin Brown, former mayor of Jacksonville. “We are making the case — to make sure we take no vote for granted.”
“Without a doubt, Leon County is going to what it has to do for Hillary Clinton. What these folks are here to do is make sure we deliver the entire state of Florida,” Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum said. “So goes Florida, so goes the nation.”
The road trip was the brainchild of Miami Beach Mayor Philip Levine.
“For about a year I’ve been saying AAF — all about Florida,” Levine said. “You win Florida, you become president. You don’t win Florida, chances are you may not become president. That’s how important Florida is to this election.”
The expedition began Thursday in Miramar and Miami, proceeding on Friday to St. Petersburg, Tampa and Orlando. Next stop Jacksonville, where the officials planned to encourage churchgoers to vote on Sunday.
They planned to finish Monday in South Florida, to coincide with the first day of early voting.
The group largely represented safe Democratic states.
“I am here because this is where the action is. Seriously. There’s no need in me sitting in Brooklyn twiddling my thumbs,” said U.S. Rep. Yvette Clarke of New York. “I’ve got to be somewhere where I can encourage someone who’s going to be the closer. Florida, you are

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