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a person submitting their vote by mail

It’s National Voter Registration Day—an opportunity for our community to step forward, get informed, and ensure we're all set to vote. Voting is one of the most powerful tools we have to influence change, and if that weren’t true, people who don’t want to see that change wouldn’t be doing everything in their power to make it so hard to vote. It’s pretty logical to conclude that if someone is trying to make it harder for some people to vote than others, then they must be pretty afraid of what the power of the vote can do.

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Group of Latina women.

Sponsored by: New Florida Majority

New Florida Majority is building political power of marginalized constituencies in Florida.

Voting is widely recognized as a U.S. principle and basic democratic right. However, Florida’s far-reaching history of voter suppression, like Jim Crow era barriers that barred Black Floridians from voting and recent confusion around the removal of some people with felonies from voter rolls, is evidence that not everyone in this country has had the opportunity to make their voices heard. Throughout the state, Latinas have picked up the fight against voter disenfranchisement.

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Sophia Arredondo Stringer smiling.

In our home everyone proudly walks in on election day with their “I Voted” sticker. That’s just the way I grew up. Every election, local or national, my family voted. When I was little, my parents typically would go to a polling location near my elementary school or somewhere near our house. I remember going with them and feeling the excitement build as my parents filled in the bubbles.

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