Andrew Gillum Launches Voter Registration Initiative
Former FL gubernatorial candidate Andrew Gillum, who lost his bid to Republican Governor Ron DeSantis by less than half a percentage point, is making voter registration his central focus in advance of 2020. He made the announcement Wednesday night at an event in Miami Gardens. "Are y'all ready to flip Florida Blue? Or better yet are you ready to flip the United States of America blue?" Gillum said to a cheering crowd at the Florida Memorial University Wellness Center. A Florida 501(c)(3) was formed in Broward County in January, made up of supporters of Gillum's gubernatorial campaign named after his signature slogan, Bring it Home Florida, Inc. It registered last week as a Florida Third-Party Voter Registration Organization. His Forward Florida PAC had $3.9 million remaining in it as of February 28th. Gillum also boasts 70,000 supporters and organizers, more than one million cell phone numbers, and over one million email addresses in assets from his campaign. If a Democrat can carry Florida in 2020, they would only need to win one other swing state -- Wisconsin, Michigan, Ohio, or Pennsylvania -- to win the White House, if the remaining states voted the same as 2016. In November, Florida voters overwhelmingly approved an amendment to restore voting rights to 1.4 million people with felony convictions. But once DeSantis took office, the GOP set out to mitigate the effects of that amendment; this week, the Florida House passed a bill requiring formerly incarcerated people to pay off any fines or court costs before their voting rights are restored. There are currently 4.96 million registered Democrats in the sunshine state compared to 4.7 million Republicans and nearly 3.6 million voters with no party affiliation. More here.