Milestone is the Result of Registration Efforts by Numerous Grassroots Partners and Allies
Miami, Fla. — Today, Forward Florida Action made a voter registration progress update following the release by the State of Florida of new voter registration statistics.
Allied groups in Florida have registered over 100,000 new voters between April and October, the seven months since Andrew Gillum issued his call to Florida progressives to register and reengage one million voters.
Earlier this year, Andrew Gillum set an audacious goal for Florida’s progressive movement: 1 million voters registered and reengaged to defeat Donald Trump. Building on the progressive momentum of the 2018 election, Florida progressives are on track to meet this promise in 2020. Forward Florida Action is joined in this work by numerous grassroots partners, including the Florida Democratic Party, New Florida Majority, and Organize Florida.
Voter Registration Update:
- Forward Florida Action allies have registered 106,000 voters between April and October, 2019.
- In August, Forward Florida Action projected we would reach this milestone by the end of 2019. We are pleased to have crossed it two months ahead of schedule.
- In both September and October allied groups doubled the number of new voter registrations from April through August, an acceleration that we are on track to continue.
- Forward Florida Action has invested over $1 million in grassroots voter registration.These resources are deployed in partnership with groups across Florida to empower grassroots activists to register and reengage voters in their communities.
- Forward Florida’s grassroots mini-grant program has received over 50 applications, many from first-time activists and communities of color. The Forward Florida mini-grant is a unique program to empower local grassroots groups to re-engage and register voters in their communities with $1,000 to $5,000 grants.
“This milestone is only one of many that we will cross as we work with all who want to move Florida forward to build historic infrastructure in this state,” said Forward Florida Action spokesperson Joshua Karp. “The fact is that Donald Trump cannot win reelection without winning Florida, and we are proud to stand with Democrats across Florida to roll up our sleeves and do the hard work of democracy by engaging and registering voters.”
Data for this voter registration update was obtained from the State of Florida and Forward Florida Action’s quality control processes. The State of Florida engages in regular “off year” purges of active and inactive voters — 371,043 so far in 2019. As a result, the total number of voters in Florida has been declining month-over-month throughout this year. Despite these purges and because of these new registrations, in October these new registrations brought Florida’s total of registered Democrats on the voter rolls above the total at this time last year.