Stay-at-Home Blues

Here’s some really boring information that would only interest folks who’re in love with politics and live in Florida’s Davenport area. Why would I publish self-proclaimed, boring information?

Because coming up is the singular American activity that invokes the most vicious fights among family members, provides the most savory fodder for journalists and blog writers (at least since 2016), and simultaneously divides and joins friends and enemies, apart and together, like no other activity in the world. That activity is our upcoming election.

Florida-District-9According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Polk County is 2,011 square miles of which 1,798 square miles is land and 213 square miles (10.6%) is water. Polk is the fourth-largest county in Florida by land area and fifth-largest by total area. Economically, Polk is among the poorest counties.

Polk is made up of 167 precincts, which are defined as the smallest political subdivisions in Florida. Precinct 404, which is the City of Davenport, has 1,255 Republicans, 1,961 Democrats, and 1,988 with no party affiliation.

The Democratic turnout in precinct 404 in the last national midterm election was just below 50% (2014); and the turnout for the last city-wide election, which was in April, just a few months ago, was only 10% of all registered voters. The City of Davenport holds the distinction of lowest voter turnout in Polk County.

Precinct-404-MapAccording to The Florida Squeeze, Polk County makes up about 36% of District 9 and has about 70,000 Democratic voters. Black voters in Polk account for around 28% of the Democratic primary vote, while Hispanic voters account for around 24%. Most interesting, though, is that many who identify as Hispanics in Polk County are most likely to come from a Mexican or Central American background. (Where are my Puerto Rican compadres!? Kissimmee?)

The Value of Your Vote
Quality of leadership has been a problem for Davenport for decades in no small portion due to the lack of voter participation. Voting matters because the condition of our city is greatly affected by the character and quality of those in leadership. Only voting will improve that leadership.

A new group formed last month in part to address the issue of low voter turnout. To get involved with improving voter participation, checkout the group’s Facebook page called Davenport Democrats.

2018 Election Calendar

Primary Election

  • Deadline for Election Officials to Send Vote-by-Mail Ballots (Non-Local Voters): July 14
  • Deadline for Election Officials to Send Vote-by-Mail Ballots (Local Voters): July 31
  • Deadline to Register to Vote: July 30
  • Early Voting: August 18 – 25
  • Primary Election: August 28

General Election

  • Deadline for Election Officials to Send Vote-by-Mail Ballots (Non-Local Voters): September 22
  • Deadline for Election Officials to Send Vote-by-Mail Ballots (Local Voters): October 9
  • Deadline to Register to Vote for General Election: October 9
  • Early Voting: October 27 – November 3
  • General Election: November 6

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