GoVoteMiami

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GoVoteMiami, Inc
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Founded2018 in Miami, Florida
FocusVoter registration, Education w/ concentration on the National Voter Registration Act
Location
  • Miami, Florida, United States
Area served
Miami-Dade, Florida and beyond
MethodOn-line and in place training and education, community partnering, strategic voter awareness campaign design
Websitegovotemiami.org

GoVoteMiami is a Miami-Dade based non-partisan 501(c)3 non-profit corporation and a 3PVRO (Third-Party Voter Registration Organization) registered in 2018.[1] GoVoteMiami promotes active civic participation and democracy as well as providing training, resources, and assistance to all eligible voters.

GoVoteMiami services[edit]

GoVoteMiami reaches organizations in all of Florida and beyond through its subsidiary GoVoteEverywhere. A specific concentration is collaborating with agencies and organizations mandated under the National Voter Registration Act. The Section 7 of the NVRA requires that publicly funded agencies which provide public assistance offer voter registration and related services with every core service in every way they offer their other core services [2]

GoVoteMiami supports their efforts to reach and maintain effective compliance with the 1993 NVRA. The list of agencies tasked under the NVRA is substantial and, to name some of them, includes all public libraries, all public agencies offering services to persons with disabilities, The Department of Children and Family Services, all Armed Forces, all branches of the Department of Motor Vehicles, Medicare. But also state or local government offices such as public schools, State colleges, universities and community colleges, city and county clerks offices, marriage license offices, fishing and hunting license offices, government revenue offices, and unemployment compensation offices. Additionally, GoVoteMiami works with local, state-wide and national non-profit organizations in supporting their efforts to create higher voter awareness and engagement by elevating the visibility of voter registration in many organizations. GoVoteMiami has been endorsed by City of Miami Mayor Francis Suarez[3]

History[edit]

GoVoteMiami grew from a small volunteer group focused on voter registration and education in 2016. Incorporated in 2018, the organization declared March 2018 “Voter Registration Month” in Miami-Dade County. Countless participants came together for a one month long Voter Registration and Information Campaign. Volunteers created voter registration opportunities at local YMCAs, farmers markets, schools, at block parties, festivals, in their homes and at neighborhood parks, the Miami Zoo, near Courthouses, at PAMM, at Miami-Dade College and locations all over Florida.

Campaigns & Education[edit]

In October 2020 Miami Heat athletes collaborated with GoVoteMiami and produced a GET THE VOTE OUT video, starting off the 2020 GoVoteMiami Tour with a bang. Local artists, athletes and radio and TV celebrities offered voting information and motivation to boost voter turnout. Activities included 1.) Volunteers provide rides to polling stations, 2.) make calls to remind voters of deadlines, early voting location and 3.) other election relevant details ensuring every voter had the opportunity to cast their vote safely. Community awareness included LED and music trucks touring the neighborhoods with election reminders via video messages, QR codes and printed handouts.

The GoVoteMiami 2020 Media Campaign featured videos by HOT 105 personality Jill Tracey, Miami’s own award-winning jazz songstress Nicole Henry, reggae/hip hop artist Shifta, Funk R&B singer April Raquel, iHeart Radio’s Papa Keith, the Miami Heat and others. In addition to its digital and social media ads, mobile ads targeted Miami-Dade’s Hispanic communities and Haitian radio spots in Creole.

General Election 2020 – BillBoard on I-95 northbound. 1.25 million impressions.

As of June 2020, GoVoteMiami is working with Community Health South Florida to design and execute a Voter Awareness Campaign for their 11 clinics, 700 staffs and about 60k patients.

The “Healthy Democracy” Campaign 2020: in an unprecedented collaboration of GoVoteMiami and local health clinics and medical professionals, Key-cards on lanyards with Voter Registration QR codes and text tools were offered to doctors, nurses, receptionists to initiate conversations about voting, voter registration. The unique and COVID friendly No-Touchl campaign made it easy for medical professionals to engage with patients, raise curiosity and answer questions. Participants included CHI South Florida, Care Resource in Miami-Dade and Broward, UM doctors and single practitioners.

In 2020 The Miami Foundation designated GoVoteMiami as the “Voter Registration Support” for a donor funded campaign to raise voter awareness and voter turn-out. Twelve non-profits in Liberty City and Overtown are involved; all of them are being guided and trained by GoVoteMiami volunteers to understand proper voter registration guidelines.

In 2019 GoVoteMiami visited and trained all 50 branches of the Miami Dade Public library System[4] and worked with Director Roy Baker on best practices for VR under the National Voter Registration Act.

In February 2018: GoVoteMiami declares “Voter Registration Month”. GoVoteMiami organizes, supports and collaborates to create over 300 voter registration events throughout Miami-Dade County at Farmers Markets, in schools, at the Miami Zoo, book stores, block parties, private events, festivals, community events and more.

In 2017 before GoVoteMiami incorporated, they started to work with NACA, the Neighborhood Assistance Corporation of America.[5] They provide VR for their 3000+ seminar participants, first at their seminars in Miami, then in other cities as well. They have 2.2 million members nationwide. Approximately 230k in Florida alone and 327k in Georgia. As a result of their work, applicants are provided training courses with the lending programs.

Community Involvement[edit]

GoVoteMiami participates in the bi-monthly Ministry Alliance Meeting of Coconut Grove to inform the public about local elections, dates and deadlines. They work closely with the State of Florida answering questions about Amendment 4,[6] allowing the “Returning Citizens" who are also referenced as "Floridians with felony convictions" under No. 4 Constitutional Amendment Article VI, Section 4. Voting Restoration Amendment)

For every election, GoVoteMiami works with the local community foundation to sponsor a special insert in the newspaper: each household received a sample ballot with every newspaper prior to the elections so voters could see what it looked like and familiarize themselves with candidates and ballot measures.

GoVoteMiami contributes weekly articles to local community newspapers on civics related topics (libraries as voter registration agencies, education on vote-by-mail piece, election dates and deadlines. Prior to elections GoVoteMiami provides outdoor banners, thousands of handouts with election dates and registration deadlines as well as early voting locations and phone assistance.

GoVoteMiami offers Civic Literacy Presentations for schools, clubs and corporations.

Sources[edit]

References[edit]

  1. "Florida Division of Corporations". Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  2. "The National Voter Registration Act Of 1993 (NVRA)". www.justice.gov. 2015-08-06. Retrieved 2020-06-11.
  3. Josephsen, Kelly. "GoVoteMiami, led by Key Biscayne woman, is pushing for voter registration, education, turnout". IslanderNews.com. Retrieved 2020-06-17.
  4. "Miami‑Dade Public Library System". mdpls.org. Retrieved 2020-06-12.
  5. "NACA". www.nacalynx.com. Retrieved 2020-06-12.
  6. "Amendment 4 | Florida Association of Counties". www.fl-counties.com. Retrieved 2020-09-02.

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