‘Stay Woke Go Vote’ rally aims to awaken South Florida’s voting might
Puerto Rico Governor Ricardo Rossello celebrates the results of a referendum on the status of the island, next to Congresswoman representing Puerto Rico Jennifer Gonzalez, left, at the New Progressive Party headquarters in San Juan, Puerto Rico, Sunday, June 11, 2017. The governor announced that the U.S. territory overwhelmingly chose statehood on Sunday in a non-binding referendum held amid a deep economic crisis that has sparked an exodus of islanders to the U.S. mainland. Voter turnout was just 23 percent. (AP Photo/Carlos Giusti)

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Broward County's voter turnout usually falls below the state average and Democratic leaders are hoping to change that.

In a county where voter turnout consistently falls below the state average, South Florida politicians plan a rally to spur the region to exercise its demographic — and Democratic — might.

Wednesday’s announcement of the “Stay Woke Go Vote” campaign on Saturday in Miramar lists all the reasons Black voters should beat a path to the voting booth, along with some participants whose names will resonate with political junkies.

“Fed up with the constant attacks on Black people in the state of Florida, including attacks on the freedom to protest, elimination of Black congressional districts, and the silencing of Black voices at the voting booth, members of the South Florida Legislative Black Caucus will join leaders and activists across the state in rallying,” the call to the rally says.

Miami Sen. Shevrin Jones will be there with central Broward’s Sen. Rosalind Osgood, former presidential candidate, and Miramar Mayor Wayne Messam. Other lawmakers on the schedule are state Rep. Marie Woodson of Hollywood, Felicia Robinson of Miami Gardens, Dotie Joseph of North Miami, Christopher Benjamin of Miami Gardens, and Daryl Campbell of Fort Lauderdale.

In the last Midterm Election, just 61% of Broward County’s 1.1 million voters cast a ballot. That’s about 2% less than the state average.

If voter turnout in Broward County increased by 2% more than the last Midterms, it would mean 95,450 more Broward County voters.

And that could make an enormous difference, considering Gov. Ron DeSantis won with a 32,463-vote margin in 2018.

The call to the 2 p.m. rally at Miramar City Hall, 2300 Civic Center Pl., details what’s at stake and how things could worsen.

“The “Stay Woke Go Vote” campaign comes on the heels of a Legislative Session in which Gov. DeSantis and the Republican-controlled Legislature built upon their years of attacks on historically marginalized communities, doing everything in their power to make it harder for people of color to vote,” the announcement says. “These actions included passing and signing into law SB 524, which gave Gov. DeSantis his own private police force to attack political opponents under the fake cover of ‘election integrity,’ and the Legislature’s relinquishment of control over congressional redistricting to the Governor as they passed extreme district maps that cut the state’s majority Black districts by 50%.”

Anne Geggis

Anne Geggis is a South Florida journalist who began her career in Vermont and has worked at the Sun-Sentinel, the Daytona Beach News-Journal and the Gainesville Sun covering government issues, health and education. She was a member of the Sun-Sentinel team that won the 2019 Pulitzer Prize for coverage of the Parkland high school shooting. You can reach her on Twitter @AnneBoca or by emailing [email protected]


9 comments

  • Tom

    May 18, 2022 at 4:17 pm

    One problem, you woke a joke can’t overcome.
    Joe Biden. His disapproval in Florida is 35% per civiqs poll in Florida.

    Alzie Joe is a 1000 pd albatross upon the Dem party in Florida. You are not going to get away from that. He’s going to lead you to political oblivion and with chameleon crispy or the fraud will do so as well. Dumings is an extremist and Marco wins bigly. America’s Gov wins bigly. Enjoy.

    • Ocean Joe

      May 18, 2022 at 6:02 pm

      Tom, condolences, thoughts and prayers on your hero Madison Cawthorn’s loss. I know you are hurting, and hope lashing out at our elderly president will ease your grief. Voters will decide the election on economic issues, Biden presides over raging inflation and continued supply issues triggered by the schizophrenic approach to covid by his predecessor who finally decided to treat it as a political event rather than a public health crisis.
      Odd that Desantis and 25 years of Republican control get no blame for Florida’s status as the most expensive state to live in, the insurance crisis which will impact mortgages, and the unavailability of affordable rentals. Please save your lettuce for the manatees, their environment is too filthy to grow the food they have survived on for eons.

      • Tom

        May 18, 2022 at 7:50 pm

        Ocean, you hide and take your cheap shots and run. Don’t suggest I supported Cawthorn. His lack of maturity showed. The peeps decided.

        You have the crazies, AOC, the squad, Omar, Swawell, and and others. Picking on a handicapped guy is your style. You have scum crats on these pages joying in Casey’s cancer.

        Biden is in the crapper, and he’s throwing crap on all Dums. You guys are a sack of Adam Schiff piled into a
        Pelosi nanny sack for Chuck Schumer. .
        America’s Gov provided significant funding for the manatees. So save it.

        Incompetence by fda, hhs and Kamala, who the Biden’s hate is pathetic. We can’t even provide baby formula under this incompetence.

        As for your lame excuses, honest people know, not extremist partisan Dem dumcrats that inflation was 1.8% when 45 left. Everything 45 signed was bu partisan. But the Dec 20 Covid package that Pelosi purposefully held up on her own was a mistake. Everything the Dums passed in 21 was excessively over the top. That kicked inflation on steroids.

        Biden/Dums own the economy, it’s on him. Your ignorance is overwhelming pal, people now know the difference between Trump economy and this sack of manure and media lies.

        As for Gov, he’s on pedestals, nationally he’s liked, in state he’s in the mid to high 50’s approval. Florida economy, wages, manufacturing and love for life, liberty and freedom lead the nation. He had us at $20 billion in reserves, 3.2% jobs, 8.7% wage growth, and more.

        In the new budget is $200 million towards housing needs.

        The Dem Dums are in the stew nationally, and in state. 40 to 60 new GOP House seats, 5 Senate or more and in Florida Biden’s disapproval at 35% is abysmal. Chameleon crispy and n fraud will not be able to throw away the ankle chains from bidens 35% disapproval.

        Dum dum Dumings and the mayor will not escape investigation. The Dums thank to schumer voted for abortion In the 9th month, 63 million later. Schumer is an idiot.

        Get ready for epic devastating losses for Dums. Plus 15 Biden Cong districts are in play. Remember, I am legend, poly science guy, and student on congress and presidency, I remember Carter and this WH/Biden is the worst since Hoover, the Great Depression.

        Get ready for political extinction!
        Enjoy the flip flopper Chameleon.

      • Tom

        May 18, 2022 at 8:44 pm

        Joe, 40 to 60 new GOP house seat pick up. Chameleon and Fraud, no chance. America’s Gov the best! You guys can’t touch this. Marco too.
        Biden’s 35% abysmal. Cawthorn very immature but handicapped Joe. Pick on Casey like other Dums on FP do.
        Enjoy the shellacking.
        You know I am legend.

  • Wanda

    May 18, 2022 at 6:52 pm

    We need all the people that work for Mickey to vote out DeathDesantis and all the gay people to get him out of office we need all the black people to vote Ron the moron out of office he is trying to keep blacks from voting go vote and vote blue we need all the women to vote because he is trying to tell use what we can do with our bodies like he ownes
    us like a slave owner vote blue

  • Claude Kirk the younger

    May 19, 2022 at 6:03 am

    The party of catchy phrases stricks again:
    Dont SAY GAY
    Stay WOKE go VOTE
    Whats next childern?

  • Carol t

    May 19, 2022 at 5:20 pm

    Woke my foot how do you fools like the gas prices and no food for your babies? Biden sending billions to communists to line his pockets? Oh please!!!

  • Claude Kirk the younger

    May 19, 2022 at 8:32 pm

    STAY WOKE GO BROKE

  • Caitlyn J.

    May 20, 2022 at 11:53 am

    DeSantis is a Lesbian

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