Anna Eskamani committee targets high schoolers in latest voter registration drive
Anna Eskamani hits the high schools to fire up future voters.

Anna Eskamani
‘We are committed to help them convert their anger into action.’

Rep. Anna V. Eskamani’s political committee is launching a high school outreach program to register young voters.

The program, called Campus Collective, is a peer-to-peer, student-led voter registration program trying to register young Florida voters ahead of the 2022 Midterms. People Power for Florida, Eskamani’s committee and third-party voter registration organization, is working with Gen-Z for Change and “Don’t Say Gay” student activists to register classmates who will be eligible to vote.

Eskamani, a progressive Democrat from Orlando who has served in the Legislature since 2018, focused her announcement on the role of Gen Z in electing President Joe Biden over former President Donald Trump in 2020. NBC exit polls suggest that 65% of voters between 18 and 24 cast ballots for Biden — 11% more than any other age group, People Power for Florida notes.

Come November, Florida Democrats’ top target is Gov. Ron DeSantis.

“The youth movement in Florida has been galvanized by the dangerous policies and actions of Gov. Ron DeSantis,” Eskamani said in a statement.

“From attacking LGBTQ+ people, immigrants, reproductive rights, people of color and freedom of speech, young people at high schools and college campuses across the Sunshine State have become more civically engaged and politically active — and we are committed to help them convert their anger into action.”

In Florida, 16- and 17-year-olds can pre-register to vote. Eskamani told Florida Politics she is thinking long-term with the program, which she hopes to replicate each year if successful.

“It took 10 years to flip Georgia, but even those wins are very fragile,” Eskamani said.

The new program aligns with People Power for Florida’s goals to “support the next generation, build a leadership pipeline, and protect American Democracy for generations to come.”

People Power for Florida is seeking student leaders to join the team and help register voters on their high school campuses.

“Peer-to-peer is such a powerful way to register voters,” Eskamani said. “It’s one thing to have an adult tell you to register to vote, but there’s something really powerful about that coming from your peers.”

Student leaders will receive a $200 stipend for their work. People Power for Florida is beginning with a $2,000 grant to enter the program into 10 schools with the goal of expanding into 25 schools.

While the program launch comes after book closing ahead of the Primary Election, which will take place Aug. 23, the campaign launches in advance of two major dates in the voter registration calendar. Sept. 20 marks National Voter Registration Day, and Oct. 11 marks the voter registration deadline for the 2022 General Election.

People Power for Florida, which Eskamani founded in 2017, had more than $111,000 in the bank as of the latest campaign filing. Eskamani has no Democratic challenger in House District 42 and is expected to win her General Election matchup.

Renzo Downey

Renzo Downey covers state government for Florida Politics. After graduating from Northwestern University in 2019, Renzo began his reporting career in the Lone Star State, covering state government for the Austin American-Statesman. Shoot Renzo an email at [email protected] and follow him on Twitter @RenzoDowney.


10 comments

  • Joe Corsin

    August 17, 2022 at 3:40 pm

    Vote BLUE for progress
    Vote RED for slavery and death

    • Impeach Biden

      August 17, 2022 at 4:39 pm

      When you can’t get the older, wiser, well read voters to embrace radical leftism (Democratic Party), you go to the young and impressionable kids out there. Eskimo probably offering marijuana, condoms, and abortion vouchers to these youngsters if they register as a Democrat.

      • Joe Corsin

        August 17, 2022 at 7:31 pm

        Many of the older voters are so stoned on stupid religion that they don’t know their tits from their salamis from their azzholes. Also just been grifted to a husk by Republicans all their lives so that’s all they know. Stoned on rich man’s right wing propaganda although many of them barely have a pot to piss in because underpaid their whole lives.

  • Tom

    August 17, 2022 at 4:17 pm

    Really looks bad with Eskimo as face of Dums.
    Not good to look at, extremism espoused, she turns people off. Just a bobbie socker Nikki Fraud. Looks like chameleons granddaughter.

    Just a train wreck of a party. Who did Dumings thugs knock down today.

    • Joe Corsin

      August 17, 2022 at 4:43 pm

      ^ Gibberish… complete nonsense. Poor guy doesn’t know his baloney stick from his bung hole 🍩 Also probably terrorist supporter. God save us from these sub-apes.

      • Impeach Biden

        August 17, 2022 at 4:46 pm

        FP scrubbing again. Yet you allow Corsin to write his junk. Shame on you FP as you obviously support this lunatic and his views.

        • Joe Corsin

          August 17, 2022 at 7:33 pm

          No they just think you are more despicable with your far right baloney 🌭😆

      • Tom

        August 18, 2022 at 5:15 am

        Corsin scum bag. Not a competent person. Box of rocks like Rep Eskimo. So ugly.

        • Joe Corsin

          August 18, 2022 at 10:11 am

          ^ More complete nonsense…

  • Don’t Look Up

    August 17, 2022 at 6:45 pm

    If Americans want women to control their own bodies, qualified teachers to replace DeSantis’s culture wars in classrooms, intelligent teacher-student conversations concerning the social issues facing Americans in the 21st century, non-bullying discussion about classroom students who are different, common sense gun regulations, and a new honest approach on how best to address climate change……AMERICANS MUST VOTE ALL REPUBLICANS OUT OF OFFICE. REPUBLICANS ARE AMERICA’S PROBLEM.

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