Florida Resiliency and Fair Elections Network kick off tour along I-4 corridor

The network will bring community members together to view their election process firsthand.

A bipartisan coalition of local leaders and former legislators will be crossing the Interstate 4 corridor ahead of the November General Election in hopes of restoring voter confidence and building community resiliency to resist political conflict.

The Florida Resiliency and Fair Elections Network will start off its Voter Confidence Tour in Pinellas County on Tuesday. The network will be visiting six county Supervisors of Elections Offices across the I-4 corridor, bringing community members together to view their election process firsthand to increase confidence in Florida’s election system.

Former Reps. Kurt Kelly, an Ocala Republican, and Jennifer Webb, a Gulfport Democrat, coordinated the tour with support from The Carter Center. The cross-partisan network will also host a wide range of civic, religious and community leaders to serve as public anti-violence, pro-democracy advocates, engaging Floridians from across the political spectrum to counter misinformation surrounding the Midterm Election.

“After touring the supervisor of election’s offices, we hope to share with you the perspective from a trusted community individual who viewed firsthand that elections are free, fair, safe and secure in Florida,” the network wrote in a news release.

Early voting began Monday for over half of Florida’s counties, and with little more than two weeks before the Nov. 8 General Election, the initial data show voters are likely to vote by mail at higher levels than in 2018, before the COVID-19 pandemic hit, but not as much as during the peak of the pandemic in 2020.

This year, however, conspiracy theories over election fraud and ballot manipulation are a rising trend. Some in the GOP are urging fellow Republicans to hold onto their ballots until Election Day, citing unfounded conspiracies that fraudsters will manipulate voting systems to rig results for Democrats once they have seen how many Republican votes have been returned early.

There has been no evidence of any such widespread fraud.

The Florida Resiliency and Fair Elections Network aims to prevent these trends from becoming the new normal in Florida.

Kelly Hayes

Kelly Hayes studied journalism and political science at the University of Florida. Kelly was born and raised in Tampa Bay. A recent graduate, she enjoys government and legal reporting. She has experience covering the Florida Legislature as well as local government, and is a proud Alligator alum. You can reach Kelly at [email protected].


  • Tom

    October 25, 2022 at 10:12 am

    Don’t vote for that hot drink of piss Rubio or Mini Hitler. Also don’t vote for Pizza Gaetz.

  • Patti

    October 27, 2022 at 5:04 pm

    This is does not sound like everybody is playing fair. Former candidate for Orange County commissioner describes widespread vote trafficking operation in Orlando area, authorities see enough evidence to warrant criminal probe.

    An intricate system funded by liberal leaning organizations that dispatch ballot brokers into black communities to pressure voters to turn over their ballots. The $10 fee per ballot is divvied up among the parties who help complete the harvesting.

    The collection and delivery of ballots by third parties is illegal in Florida. The development in Florida adds an explosive new allegation to concerns nationwide that ballot trafficking is widespread in some battleground states, a claim made famous by the research of the conservative watchdog group True the Vote and a documentary released earlier this year by filmmaker Dinesh D’Sousa called “2,000 Mules.”

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