Leon County, volunteers work to register voters on National Voter Registration Day

Posted at 6:32 PM, Sep 22, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-22 18:32:52-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) — Volunteers from the Big Bend Votings Rights Project going door to door and Leon County is sending postcards to potential voters for National Voter Registration Day.

The Leon County Supervisor of Elections Mark Earley says 20,000 potential voters in Leon County should have received a postcard in the mail showing how to register and vote in Florida.

Statewide, that card went out to more than two million people.

The goal for both the Supervisor of Elections Office and the Big Bend Voting Rights Project is to make sure every potential voter is reached.

For the BBVP, that means doing things outside of the box.

"We've adopted a challenge that a lot of other voter registration organizations don't do," said Bob Rackleff, the founder of the Big Bend Voting Rights Project. "We're going after really hard to reach people. These are the people the ordinary, garden variety, voter registration drives ignore. That's how we make a difference."

There are also social media blasts and radio spots.

"There's been quite an uptick," said Earley. "The state sent out the eligible but unregistered mailer. We got some registrations from that."

There was a small hiccup with some of those mailers. While 20,000 postcards went out, not all of those people are unregistered.

"Myself and my family members got one of these mailings," Earley said. "We've received four calls today."

Earley says it's because some people with government jobs are able to hide their voter records from the system, making it seem like they haven't registered.

"We explained to them that's evidence of your protection working," said Earley.

Election Day is on November 3.

To cast a ballot that day, you must be registered by October 5. To learn how to register, click here.