by Cynthia McCabe | October 22, 2014
With Election Day just two weeks away and early voting already under way, more than 14,000 Florida women came together for a teletown hall Wednesday night to talk about the importance of getting out to vote.
The mother of slain teenager Trayvon Martin, Sybrina Fulton, encouraged women on the call to get out and vote. Traditionally, midterm elections see lower voter turnout than presidential elections. In 2010, only 41 percent of the electorate turned out to the polls.
“Our voices need to be heard,” Fulton said. “We need to be sure we’re helping other people get to the polls. That we’re supporting early voting.” She added, “We just have to be very vigilant and very aggressive.”
Fulton encouraged Floridians to make a plan to vote. If you’re in Florida, you can take a second now to make your plan to vote.
Eighty-one percent of the women on the call Wednesday night said they’ve already voted early or planned to vote early. The call also offered women the opportunity to sign up to volunteer in getting out the vote across the Sunshine State
Faced with mounting attacks on everything from jobs and a minimum wage to expanding Medicaid, from retirement security to the right to vote, Florida women and all Florida voters are faced with a choice at the polls. Issues like improving public education and health care, preventing gun violence, and making higher education more affordable, are on the table this election.
“Each of us must decide what part we will play in this moment,” AFSCME Pres. Jeanette Wynn said. “Will we let the anti-worker, anti-union, anti-poor, anti-people forces continue to accumulate more power and influence over our political system and even more of our nation’s wealth? Or will we stand together and raise our collective voices in support of the values we hold dear?”
Joining Fulton and Wynn on the call were Monica Russo, president, SEIU Florida State Council, and Marίa Rodriguez, Executive Director of the Florida Immigrant Coalition.
“It’s critical for us as women as leaders in our households, communities churches to make our vote plan and help our friends and our neighbors make their vote plan,” Russo said. “In 2010, our communities did not vote. Our vote really matters.”
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