Elections Bulletin



September 2020

Bulletin Contents: 


2020 Presidential ElectionA PPT the NASW-WI interns put together comparing President Trump and Vice-President Biden on issues of importance to social workers and our clients. 

ELECTIONS

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Don’t Lose Your Right to Vote in Florida:
Check Your Voter Status by October 5!


Did you know that if you’re registered to vote but didn’t vote in the past two national elections you may have been removed from the voting rolls? In Florida, if you don’t vote in one national election and don’t return voter address confirmation mailers, you can be marked as an “inactive voter,” and—depending on your county—after two elections without voting you may be marked as an “ineligible voter,” and removed.

Thankfully there’s a simple fix: Go to
registertovoteflorida.gov and check your voter registration status. If you don’t show up in the system as a registered voter, you can register online immediately. But you must do it before October 5 -- the deadline to register and be eligible to vote in the 2020 election. 

Three other important reasons to go to
registertovoteflorida.gov before October 5: 

  1. If you haven’t registered to vote before and want to vote for the first time.
  2. If you’ve moved or changed your name since you last voted.
  3. If you just want to make sure—sometimes voters have been flagged for removal because of a computer error.    


Don’t lose your right to vote in the 2020 election! Your vote is your voice.

Go to
registertovoteflorida.gov to register or to update your registration today. 


Feedback Requested


The ballot in November will list 6 constitutional amendments for Florida voters to accept or reject. The following article explains each amendment and list groups which support or oppose it.


We ask you to review the amendments and provide feedback to Jim Akin at jakin.naswfl@socialworkers.org . The NASW-FL Executive Committee will review the feedback and decide if we will support, oppose or take no stand on the amendments. Thank you.


Florida Amendments
By Christina Cazanave, MSW


Florida Amendment 1, Citizen Requirement for Voting Initiative

Purpose of this Amendment 1


Amendment 1 would amend Section 2 of Article VI of the Florida Constitution to state that only citizens of the United States who are 18 years old or older are qualified electors in Florida.[1]

The Florida Constitution currently says, "Every citizen of the United States who is at least eighteen years of age and who is a permanent resident of the state, if registered as provided by law, shall be an elector of the county where registered."
Under the ballot measure, the Florida Constitution would say, "Only a citizen of the United States who is at least eighteen years of age and who is a permanent resident of the state, if registered as provided by law, shall be an elector of the county where registered."


Click here to read the full article.