By: Faith and Freedom Staff
Once again, a tremendous opportunity to live out our faith approaches – Election Day!
The Florida Faith and Freedom Coalition contends that the tenets of our faith require us to vote. It’s simple way to put our beliefs into action.
The deadline to register to vote in Florida’s general election if October 5!
Electing leaders and appointing judges who will protect religious liberties, defend the dignity of life, and uphold the traditional family that is the bedrock of our country is an essential mission for every voter of faith in America.
We urge you to confirm your voter status today and ensure that you’re able to cast your ballot for leaders who will put faith first.
You hear it year upon year, “Get out there and vote!” Some find it annoying to hear this mantra decade after decade; however, we will shrug off apathy and run straight into the battle. Folks, the faith community’s vote can turn Florida’s vote on a dime!
Florida: The Juggernaut
The power of faith-based voters is magnified in Florida. Let’s dive into the numbers:
- 29 Florida’s electoral votes
- 3rd Florida’s ranking in highest number of electoral votes among all fifty states
- 537 Votes out of six million cast that won Florida for George W. Bush in 2000
- 1.2% President Trump’s margin of victory over Hillary Clinton in Florida in 2016
Florida’s 29 electoral votes represent a major chunk of the 270 electoral votes needed to capture the White House—behind California (55) and Texas (39). But California consistently votes for the Democrat nominee while Texas votes Republican. Among the three largest states, Florida stands alone.
Make no mistake about it, Florida is the largest and most important swing state in 2020. Who can forget 2000, when George Bush won the state by only 537 votes out of six million cast . . . and hanging chads dominated the news across America? Or, 2012 when Barack Obama defeated Mitt Romney in Florida, 50.0% to 49.1%. That year, Florida was the only state decided by less than 1%. And finally, there was Donald Trump’s 2016 stunning victory, when he narrowly defeated Hillary Clinton by 1.2% in Florida.
Florida also has a reputation for picking winners. With the sole exception being President George H.W. Bush’s Florida 1992 loss, Florida voted with the winner in every presidential election since 1964.
We stand together with you to support leaders who uphold Judeo-Christian values. What an honor it is to live, worship, and vote in our great Republic.
Florida offers numerous voting options – including by Mail, Early Voting, and on Election Day. It’s critical that voting be both safe and secure. Don’t wait to set up your option to vote-by-mail, if you wish.
Vote-by-mail is available to any Floridian who desires it. With our nation being rocked by crisis, it’s the right time to ensure the faith community takes steps now to set up vote by mail or whatever manner of voting we choose. Find your county Supervisor of Elections and request to vote by mail NOW. As part of Florida’s faith community, you hold tremendous power. We encourage you to exercise it!
On a cautionary note, please don’t take the conservative, pro-life majorities in the Florida House and Senate for granted. As our state grows, traditional voting patterns will be disrupted.
According to News Service of Florida, with 21.48 million Floridians recently estimated by the U.S. Census Bureau, the Sunshine State is already expected to see an increase in federal funding and political clout in the coming years because of its growing population. It wasn’t that long ago when Florida surpassed New York to become the third most-populous state. It now appears likely the Florida U.S. House delegation will increase from 27 members to 29 members after the 2020 Census. When Republicans took control of the House in 1994, Florida’s population was 13,961,798 (see figure 1).
Today, Florida’s population stands at 21,480,000, an increase of approximately 7.5 million—or more than 50%. According to U.S. Census Bureau Projections, Florida’s Hispanic population will increase from 12% of its population to 21%, an increase attributable in part due to the influx of Puerto Rican’s into the state.
According to Fox Business News, and estimates provided by the Demographic Estimating Conference, Florida’s growth will continue, thanks in part to the $10,000 cap on state and local tax deductions for federal tax purposes. Due to changes to the tax code, many people are moving to lower-tax states like Florida. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, more people moved to Florida than any other state last year with net domestic migration of 132,602 – and New York lost the most people to Florida.
Analysts project Florida’s population will grow by an average of more than 300,000 people per year between 2018 and 2024 (a presidential election year)—or 1.8 million inhabitants. Florida’s demographic changes, involving an increased number of liberal voters, leave our important swing-state teetering on the brink of losing its conservative majorities and ending conservative control of Florida’s cabinet, including Office of the Governor, for decades.
There is no single better strategy to maintain Florida’s conservative advantage than to institutionalize efforts to educate faith-based voters and drive them to the polls—and to aggressively pursue public policy which promotes conservative principles.
No organization is better positioned to succeed in this endeavor than the Florida Faith and Freedom Coalition. Last summer in Washington, D.C., President Trump called the Faith and Freedom Coalition “the largest faith-based get out the vote organization in modern American history.” Indeed, President Trump has supported the Faith and Freedom Coalition with more than simply words. He has spoken at six of our annual Road to Majority Conferences.
Support Florida Faith and Freedom Coalition today through donating or volunteering to mobilize voters. Confirm your voter registration status, find early voting period and election dates, and find your Supervisor of Elections and request to vote by mail.