August 28, 2017

Petitioning Begins! We Need You!

We begin petitioning this week to change our future by returning control of our Lee county commission to all voters! Approximately 36,000 signatures need to be collected in six months.  March 1, 2018 is our deadline. What you can do: 1. Petition – Simply email us at info@leevoterfreedom.com and we will get petition forms to you.  Or download Lee Voter …

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August 21, 2017

Petitioner Training – August 22 & 29

Join Us For Petitioner Training Tuesday, August 22 OR 29 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm Hughes, Snell & Co., P.A. 1470 Royal Palm Square Blvd, Fort Myers, FL 33919 Learn how you can support our efforts by training to gather signatures. Seating is limited. RSVP to info@leevoterfreedom.com or call (904) 834-1357

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August 14, 2017

Bid launched to take party politics out of county commission

BILL SMITH, BSMITH@NEWS-PRESS.COM  Aug. 11, 2017 A grass-roots effort to change the way Lee County voters elect county commissioners has begun, with an eye toward a referendum vote next year. Lee Voter Freedom, a newly organized group, wants to make county commission election nonpartisan, with no party primaries. The state’s closed primary system means party political primaries are open only …

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August 14, 2017

Voters may get chance to close write-in loophole | Our view

Treasure Coast Newspapers Editorial Board  Aug. 10, 2017 Florida’s write-in provision has undermined hundreds of elections over the past 17 years. Thankfully, voters might get the chance to end these shenanigans. The opportunity could arise in November 2018 … IF the state’s Constitution Revision Commission approves a proposed constitutional amendment offered by Dave Aronberg, state attorney for Palm Beach County. …

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August 9, 2016

Write-in candidate says he’s no spoiler

“The write-in candidate for Lee County Commissioner whose candidacy led to closing the Republican primary said he became a candidate to make sure only Republicans voted in the party primary.” BILL SMITH , BSMITH@NEWS-PRESS.COM Published  Aug. 9, 2016 The man whose write-in candidacy for Lee County commissioner closed the Republican primary takes exception with folks who refer to him as …

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August 5, 2016

End write-in candidate loophole

Sun Sentinel Editorial Board August 5, 2016 For Floridians who weren’t registered to vote or wanted to change their political party affiliation, Monday marked the deadline to complete the paperwork for the state’s Aug. 30 primary. But more than a million Floridians who met the deadline or were already registered are being cheated out of a meaningful choice in key …

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August 5, 2016

About 8,800 Lee County voters changed parties

The News-Press Published 2:51 p.m. ET Aug. 5, 2016 The Aug.1 deadline for changing parties or registering to vote in this month’s primary instigated about 1,600 phone calls to elections offices on the final day, and thousands of people changing parties to maximize their vote. About 8,800 people changed parties in Lee County since June, mostly to Republican, Lee elections …

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July 29, 2016

Phantom write-in candidates bar more than a million voters from Florida elections

By Steve Bousquet and Michael Auslen, Times/Herald Tallahassee Bureau Friday, July 29, 2016 TALLAHASSEE — In his secretive and impossible bid for public office, James Bailey will accomplish only this: He will deprive thousands of residents from voting for their state legislator. Bailey, 28, is a write-in candidate for a state House seat in Vero Beach, a three-hour drive from …

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July 29, 2016

Secretive write-in candidates lock out Florida voters

“THERE’S GOING TO BE SOME VERY UPSET PEOPLE WHEN THEY GO TO THE POLLS AND ARE TOLD, ‘YOU CAN’T VOTE.’ IT’S LEGAL. BUT IT’S NOT ETHICAL.” The Rev. Dale Glading, candidate for House District 54 BY STEVE BOUSQUET AND MICHAEL AUSLEN Herald/Times Tallahassee Bureau July 29, 2016 In his secretive and impossible bid for public office, James Bailey will accomplish …

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June 24, 2016

The News-Press: Last-minute write-ins close GOP Races

BETTY PARKER, Special to The News-Press Published June 24, 2016  Last-minute write-in candidates — some from hundreds of miles away–closed Southwest Florida’s two state Senate primaries, so that only registered Republicans can cast a ballot.The races involved: District 27, where state Sen. Lizbeth Benacquisto, R-Fort Myers, has a re-election challenge from Sanibel attorney Jason Maughan, and District 28, the race …

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