Why don't people vote? It's time to Emerge, Miami!
I am against absentee ballots. I feel that most people are too lazy to get out and vote and I don't trust absentee ballots. I do think that while it is legal to vote that way, that that will be the deciding factor in the District 2 commission race. Only because people don't get out and vote. If people would physically get out and vote, things can be different.
I never understand the reasoning behind not voting. We have two weeks to vote, it's usually 75 and sunny with a beautiful breeze, if you vote early, there is no wait, they are usually falling all over themselves at the polls in order to assist you. Why don't people vote?
I wonder what it will take to get people out to cast their ballots. Last time, some of the commission candidates were so hurt by the fact that people didn't get out and vote that the candidates are still reeling from it today, almost four years later. It's quite insulting that the candidates go door to door, they hold debates, they work non-stop for months and then when it's time to vote, the people they met and partied with and went to church with and the people they thought they persuaded to vote for them, don't even vote for an opponent. They just don't vote at all. They don't want to be bothered.
In the District 2 commission race, a few votes can sway the election, so your vote does count. Instead of being an armchair activist, you can make a difference by actually casting a vote.
In the last District 2 race, only 5,450 of 41,000 registered voters cast a ballot.
Emerge Miami wants to change that, they want to get more people out to vote. That is now their main goal. Emerge Miami all started with a small group of UM students and local organizers. Since then, they have been open to anyone who wants to make Miami a better place. Emerge Miami has met weekly for 10 years at round table discussions. They started the monthly Critical Mass bike ride and also helped community groups organize marches, parades and parties. If they could get the same amount of new voters as they have that are part of Critical Mass, that is really doing something. Thousands of new voters, who actually will vote, is needed.
Talking about the District 2 commission race, Justin Wales, an Emerge Miami member says, "This fight is for Miami's soul." He believes that developers are taking over the city at a rapid rate, too rapid and that a handful of politicians are calling the shots, these politicians controlled by the developers. They are in their pockets. And just a handful of people are voting, allowing this to happen.
Emerge Miami will be out in the streets signing up new voters from now until election day in November. The first event will be this Friday, May 1 from 6 to 8 pm at the Arts + Entertainment District’s Performance Pavilion (90 NE 17 Street), preceding a circus performance, which is free, but you have to be on the wait list here for the circus. Voter registration will be available at the event.
Emerge Miami meets every Tuesday from 7 to 8 pm at Sweat Records (5505 NE 2nd Avenue). You're invited to attend.
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