SATURDAY, JULY 18, 2020 ~ 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
“BLACK VOTES MATTER”
“Get Out The Vote” Car Caravan
Swings – With an Upbeat Message – through Fort Myers Neighborhoods Encouraging “Vote by Mail” & New Registrations
WHAT: The national conversation about “Vote by Mail” should be an easy one in Florida, as our state already offers this healthy alternative. But our election law does require our voters to plan ahead. A caravan of Lee County Democratic neighbors will be driving residential neighborhoods of Fort Myers in colorfully decorated cars to promote registration for “Vote by Mail” and encourage new registrations. During this time of social distancing, the caravan will include lots of easy-to-read signs, free handouts, and pre-stamped vote-by-mail applications, all encouraging Fort Myers neighbors to request ballots for upcoming elections. The county election website is http://www.Lee.Vote.
WHEN: Saturday, July 18, 2020 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. An early visual opportunity is when the cars gather to decorate in flags, pinwheels and posters at 10:00 a.m. at Stars Complex, 2980 Edison Avenue, Fort Myers, FL 33916. At 11 a.m., the decorated car caravan will then proceed through historic Dunbar and adjacent residential neighborhoods. This “Mini-parade” is expected to last till 2 p.m.
MORE: This civic gesture draws inspiration from former President Barack Obama who published on June 1, after the murder of George Floyd in Minneapolis: “If we want to bring about real change, then the choice isn’t between protest and politics. We have to do both…This moment can be a real turning point in our nation’s long journey to live up to our highest ideals.”
The caravan is a partnership project between lower Lee county neighbors called The Blue Gator Initiative, the Democratic Election Committee of Lee County, and civic leaders in the city of Fort Myers. All have been working during social isolation to
encourage everyone in Lee County to plan ahead to take advantage of the healthy “Vote by Mail” option for the upcoming August primary and the general election in November. New registrations are also highly encouraged. Promoting healthy phone and web access for both initiatives has been a civic priority by Lee County Democrats.