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The Urban Core High schools in Miami-Dade are no strangers to fierce competition, so it’s no surprise that their alumni associations have turned their competitive spirit to collecting the most mail in ballots from their communities to make sure all their votes are counted.
With Florida being no stranger to voter suppression and sketchy elections, organizers want to make sure ballots are turned in. Inner City Alumni for Responsible Education (ICARE) President, William “DC” Clark, announced last month that Urban Core schools are challenging each other in a friendly competition to drop off the most mail in ballots to the Miami-Dade Department of elections.
“We want to make sure our votes are counted as we give them directly to the Election Department,” said Clark in a Facebook statement.
“The Election Department will be on hand and you can get a ballot on the spot but we are encouraging people to bring them with them and join the Caravan. There will also be food, refreshments and music at Miami Dade North,” said Clark.
Community members responded to the announcement with positive feedback with many stating they loved the idea.
On Saturday October 24th, 2020 at 11 a.m. schools will gather their ballots and caravan from their schools to Miami-Dade College North Campus, 11380 NW 27th Ave, to drop off the collected ballots. Clark said members of the alumni associations are allowed to collect and drop off ballots from friends, family and elderly as long as they are not tampered with.
You are responsible for requesting your own Mail In ballots. The deadline to register to vote is October 5th. The last day to request your vote by mail ballot is October 24th. The first batches of mail in ballots have already begun to be mailed.
So far seven alumni associations are participating in the challenge which include: Miami Carol City High School, Booker T. Washington High School, Miami Central High school, Miami Edison High School, Miami Jackson High School, Miami Norland High School and Miami Northwestern High School. People who want to participate in caravan, are encouraged to contact their Alumni Association.
“If there are any other schools who would like to participate, please contact us,” said Clark.
Free food and music will be provided to each school. T-Shirts will also be provided to the first 50 people who participate at each school.
For more information on the Mail in Ballot Challenge for Alumni Associations, contact ICARE. For more vote by mail and general voting information click here for Miami-Dade and click here for Broward County.
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