Dear Fellow Floridians:
So much has been said about this upcoming election: it’s been called historical, unprecedented, unpredictable; some have even said reprehensible. But one thing is for certain: Election Day is fast approaching and every single vote will make a difference in this year’s outcome.
A year ago, few could have predicted the candidates, the commentary, or the national conversation that we’re engaged in today. Fast forward, and our candidates are set. They’ve debated and they’ve traveled the country. From California to Maine to Florida, they’ve made their pitch to the American public.
Regardless of whether you identify as Republican, Democrat, Independent or otherwise, I hope that you have remained engaged and informed. Whether or not you believe in our candidates, I hope you continue to believe in our country and the values upon which it was founded. Your right to vote is sacred, and it should never be taken lightly.
Research the candidates and the amendments. Talk with your friends and family, turn to trusted sources for information. And most importantly, stay above the fray and recognize that our United States must move forward.
As I travel around Florida, I’ve heard from many of you who have honestly stated a hesitance to participate this year. You’ve said, "what does it even matter?" and "why bother when I dislike both of my options?" With its 29 electoral votes, many have stated that neither candidate can win without Florida. History has proven this to be true, and I fully expect Florida to play a large role in the outcome of this election. We are a large state, a diverse state, and our votes matter.
Early voting started this week, and I look forward to hearing about record turnouts. Whether you choose to vote by mail, early, or in-person on Election Day, show up to your polling location. Let your voice, your opinion, your preference be heard.
If you don’t know where to vote, the Florida Department of State can help.
Their website can help you identify an early voting location no matter where you live in
the state. It contains a wealth of knowledge, so check it out today if you have questions about the upcoming election.
Chief Financial Officer
State of Florida