Sunrise Self-Advocate, George Carrasco (who is also the Presidential Advisor of the People First of South Florida South Dade Chapter) is Election ready thanks to Miami-Dade County Elections Staff
On Saturday, July 23, 2016, People First of South Florida (Dade and Broward Chapters), Abilities Venti, the Florida Developmental Disabilities Council andDisability Rights Florida hosted “Project Vote” in South Florida. The event kicked off at the North Dade Regional Library at 10 am and ran through 5 pm in Miami Gardens. Sunrise self-advocates were represented by George Carrasco (who is also the Presidential Advisor of the People First of South Florida South Dade Chapter) and Linda Angress, from Sunrise Social Services.
Miami-Dade County Elections staff were there to register new voters and update voter registrations. They brought a demonstration voting machine so that new voters could learn about what to expect when they show up to vote on election day. Strong support from Palm Beach and Tallahassee was on hand as self-advocates imparted stories of personal voting experiences along with plans about future trainings for the 2016 election cycle as well as upcoming legislative sessions. Damian Gregory from The Advocacy Network on Disabilities (formerly CCDH) also shared his first hand experiences as an engaged self-advocate along with the two ladies from Disability Rights Florida in Tallahassee. The group’s next plan is to “Train the Trainers” over the next two years with the goal of exponentially increasing self-advocacy around the state of Florida.
Project Vote is a national, nonpartisan, nonprofit organization founded on the belief that an organized, diverse electorate is the key to a better America. Project Vote’s mission is to build an electorate that accurately represents the diversity of this nation’s citizenry, and to ensure that every eligible citizen can register, vote, and cast a ballot that counts. American democracy is always a work in progress. Make your voice heard… and vote this election cycle!