On Tuesday, 4 November 2014 we Floridians go to the polls to elect a Governor of the State of Florida among other things. Ever since Rick Scott got elected governor four years ago in 2010 the State of Florida as we see it is not the same.
After all, Rick Scott did nothing more than turn against the people of the great State of Florida. Ditto with Pam Bondi, Florida's Attorney General. You'll be surprised:
Unauthorized turning of public meetings into private meetings and using law enforcement as a tool of intimidation such as using trespass warnings.
The refusal of federal healthcare money.
Throwing 25,000 potential jobs into the trash by refusing money for high speed rail between Tampa and Orlando on the Interstate 4 corridor.
The constant lying and deceit to the people of the State of Florida.
Telling people that were unemployed and are still looking for work that you are on your own.
People who are discriminated against in looking for work, including the use of credit reports as public record.
Your child treated by your school district as its property. Try to even speak with your child's teachers regarding your child's progress and you will be trespassed from school property.
The warehousing of disabled and elderly persons into nursing homes and Assisted Living Facilities (ALF), thanks to Florida's guardianship laws.
Making it very easy for a law abiding Floridian to acquire an arrest record, thanks to Pam Bondi's goals.
The constant use of Section 810.09 - Florida's trespassing law - as a tool of intimidation, especially against the homeless.
Making sure that Floridians that are legally registered to vote are purged from the voter rolls.
Now that Election Day 2014 is just around the corner, ask yourself: Do you want four more years of the constant lying, deceit and threats that is now in Tallahassee? Or do you want change in Tallahassee starting from the Governor downward?
We do not have to put up with another four years of Rick Scott as well as Pam Bondi. We Floridians can make a change come on Tuesday, 4 November 2014 at our assigned polling place.
If you have already participated in early voting or you have voted by mail, that's great! For those of you that want to go to the polls it's best to be prepared before you make the trek to your assigned polling place.
Remember, the polls are open from 7 AM to 7 PM on Election Day. What if you are in line at your assigned polling place at 7 PM when the polls close? As long as you are in line by 7 PM, you will be able to vote!
You can go over to the website of your county's Supervisor of Elections and even generate a sample ballot based on where you live. Print it out and take it with you so that you can use it as a reference when you actually vote.
For reference, here are links to the Supervisors of Elections in the Tampa Bay region (a selected list of Supervisors of Elections links):
Links to above Supervisors of Elections offices in the immediate Tampa Bay region are provided to you as a public service.
When you arrive at your assigned polling place, be sure to have a picture and signature ID with you when you go to check in with the poll worker. A Florida Driver License or a Florida ID Card is best but Florida's voter ID law allows you to use the following as ID when you go to vote:
Florida Driver License
Florida Identification Card
United States Passport (either the book or card is OK)
Debit or credit card
Student or Military ID
Retirement Center ID
Neighborhood Association ID
Public Assistance ID
When you registered to vote or updated your voting information, your Supervisor of Elections will more than likely sent you a Voter Information Card, which used to be a Voter Identification Card many years ago. A Voter Information Card is NOT valid voter ID.
If in the event you do not have valid voter ID with you when you go to vote, you can still vote. However, you will only be able to vote a provisional ballot and you will be given instructions on proving your identity at the polling place.
If you have previously requested a mail ballot and you decide to vote at your assigned polling place on Election Day, you can still vote! Having your mail ballot with you is the best, as your mail ballot will be cancelled and you will be given a regular ballot. However, if you do not have the mail ballot with you don't fret - the poll worker will check to be sure that the mail ballot was not received.
So, what can we Floridians do to see change in Tallahassee?
That, my friend, is very simple. Get on over to your assigned polling place on 4 November 2014 and VOTE! I don't care how you get to your assigned polling place, whether it may be by your own vehicle, on foot, by bicycle, by public transit or whatever, but get out there on Tuesday, 4 November 2014 and VOTE!!!