As early voting closed on October 31, the race in the Democratic Primary to fill the void left by the passing of Congressman Alcee Hastings in Florida District 20 is down to the wire. With only 11 percent voter turnout so far, if the Caribbean community turns out in large numbers on November 2, and votes for Dale V.C Holness, he could be the first Jamaican-American from Florida elected to Congress.
According to Attorney Marlon Hill, “This race is Holness’ to lose, but he has to motivate his voters to come out, especially the Jamaicans who are registered, voters.” According to Hill, only 30 percent of 72,000 requested Vote By Mail ballots have been returned. That is a lot of votes not cast, so we urge anyone who did not mail in their requested ballot, to take it to a precinct or their Supervisor of Elections office before 7:00 pm on Election Day – November 2 – as it is too late to mail them in at this time.
The final opportunity for voting is on Tuesday, November 2nd from 7:00 am to 7:00 pm. As long as you’re in line by 7:00 pm, you can stay and cast your ballot. Remember, you cannot vote at an Early Voting Location, you MUST vote at your assigned precinct on Election Day.
The winner of the Democratic Primary is presumably the winner of the election in January 2022 as the district consists of predominantly registered Democrats. Jamaican-American Angella Smith, an activist in Miramar said, “We have a responsibility to send Dale to Congress, especially when he is making a difference in all our communities.” Smith has been mobilizing friends in the district to ensure that they take advantage of this opportunity to make history by casting their ballots.
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