In response to Charlottesville, Fla. Dems organize statewide voter registration drive

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Reacting to the protest and violence which took place this past weekend in Charlottesville, Virginia, Florida Democrats on Saturday organized more than 25 voter registration drives around the state.

Billed as the #RallytoRegister initiative, the effort was inspired by Kentucky’s Secretary of State Allison Grimes.

“Last week, Neo-Nazis and white supremacists descended on Charlottesville, Virginia. It was a gruesome chapter in American history. But exactly one week from those terrible events, Florida Democrats from all over the state rallied to organize over 25 successful voter registration drives,” said Florida Democratic Party Chair Stephen Bittel. “While they bring hate, we will work twice as hard to bring hope and promote democracy. This is how we win: by expanding our democracy and having the conversations that matter with our friends and neighbors. This is just the start of a year-round organizing effort by Florida Democrats to flip Florida blue.”

Organized less than week in advance, local Democratic parties also gathered signatures for the Voting Restoration Amendment and signed up registered voters to vote by mail.

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