FORT LAUDERDALE (CBSMiami) – Volunteers with the Urban League of Broward spent several hours Friday morning going door to door, talking to registered voters, or leaving information about voting, in an effort to get people to cast ballots in Tuesday’s election.
They focused on homes and apartments in Fort Lauderdale neighborhoods where mostly Black families live.
There are roughly 1.2 million registered voters in Broward and more than 700-thousand have already voted early in person or vote-by-mail ballots. But there’s a continued push in South Florida to increase Black voter turnout.
The volunteers say they are non-partisan. Their push is to inform voters and make sure they cast ballots.
“We are going to knock on doors. It’s a contactless effort. We want to make sure that everyone receives information and that they’re informed and ready to vote,” said volunteer Alica Brown.
Former Vice President Joe Biden urged supporters to turnout during a drive-in rally Thursday in Coconut Creek. His running mate, Senator Kamala Harris, will make her way to South Florida on Saturday to make the same pitch.
“The November 3rd election is truly important and a critical election that determines the changes that we need to make in our society. A critical turnout spot in Broward County is the Sistrunk area,” said Brenda, another volunteer.
Democrats are leaning on the Black voting block for a win, but Republicans are also trying to recruit them.
State Representative Keonne McGhee is sounding the alarm about mail.
He posted video on social media. He says it shows vote-by-mail ballots for this upcoming election and other mail staked in a room at the US Postal Service Princeton Distribution Center in Southwest Miami-Dade.
“They have been understaffed, underfunded, which has created a quagmire effect. That has caused residents within this area not to have received their mail,” State Rep Mcghee said.
The state house member is running to be a Miami-Dade Commissioner. His opponent, Elvis Maldonado, is also concerned.
“My question is, is that mail backed up? Is it supposed to be going out? That’s why I came out here to see what’s going on,” Maldonado said.
Since this video, the Miami-Dade state attorney has requested an audit at all postal distribution centers. She wants all ballots delivered immediately and she believes the attorney general is investigating possible employee negligence.