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Frequently Asked Questions About Voting

Everything you need to know to vote–Registering to Vote, Voting by Mail, Voting Early, and Voting on election Day.

Laura Novosad Urges Residents to Fill Out Census Forms in New Video

In new video, state House candidate Laura Novosad urges residents to fill out Census forms. It’s for the good of the community.

Sara McFadden Endorsed by State Rep. Geller, State Sen. Berman

State House candidate Sara McFadden has received two additional endorsement from members of the Florida Legislature.

Holden and Estevez to Host Party at the Polls on August 15

Join Javi Estevez and David Holden this Saturday at 11:00 a.m. for a socially distant party at the polls!

Here’s An Early Look at Democratic Convention Schedule

The Democratic National Convention will be aired on television next week and streamed online.

Democrats Praise Choice of Kamala Harris for Vice President

Joe Biden has selected Senator Kamala Harris of California as his vice-presidential running mate.

Banyai Campaign Says Internal Poll Numbers Show Support

“I am humbled and astonished by these results,” Banyai said. “This really shows that Democrats across Southwest Florida are hungry for change and energized to engage.”

Mark Your Calendar for Virtual Democratic Convention Online and on TV Aug. 17-20

The Democratic Convention — which will be streamed online via a variety of social media platforms and broadcast on television, as well as on Twitch — will take place from 9 p.m. to 11 p.m. for four nights starting Aug. 17.

State House Candidate Sara McFadden Receives Multiple Endorsements

Sara McFadden, candidate for the Florida House of Representatives in District 106, has received a flood of endorsements.

Early Voting Ends Today! Election is August 18.

Early voting for the August 18 Florida primary election ends today.

Sara McFadden Receives Two More Endorsements

Sara McFadden, candidate for Florida House of Representatives in District 106, has been endorsed by the Florida Alliance of Planned Parenthood Affiliates and Action Together Florida.

Cindy Banyai and Connie Bennett-Martin Endorse Each Other

Connie Bennett-Martin and Cindy Banyai are excited to join forces to continue fighting for change in their local and state government.

OPINION: Trump’s Tweet that Election Should be Delayed is Alarming

That we have a president who would even entertain the idea of postponing an election should terrify all Americans.

Cindy Banyai Endorsed by Lee County Young Democrats

Lee County Young Democrats have Endorsed Cindy Banyai for Congress.

Candidate Laura Novosad on the Growing Hunger Problem in SWFL

Can you hear the growling stomachs in our community?  Hunger is becoming a growing problem in some of House District 80’s neighborhoods.

Check Out our Podcast Interview with Cindy Banyai and David Holden

On this week’s podcast we have interviews with the two candidates competing in the Democratic Primary for U.S. House District 19, Cindy Banyai and David Holden.

Equality Florida Action PAC Endorses Javier Estevez

Equality Florida Action PAC has endorsed Javier Estevez’s candidacy to become the Democratic nominee in the Florida State House race in District 105.

Mark Your Calendar for Candidate Forum on July 23

Candidates for Florida Congressional District 19 as well as contenders for the Democratic nomination in State House District 105, will be appearing at a candidate forum on July 23 at 7 p.m.

Check Out our Latest Podcast with Dr. Michael Savarese of FGCU’s Water School

On this week’s Collier County Democratic Roundup we feature the first part of our interview with Dr. Michael Savarese from Florida Gulf Coast University’s Water School where he is a professor of coastal resilience and climate adaptation.

An Open Letter to Commissioners: Require Masks in Public

We don’t need bravado; we need real leadership and you, as our County Commissioners, are our last defense against allowing this pandemic to reach a new level of crisis.

Maureen Porras Endorsed by The South Florida Sun Sentinel

The South Florida Sun Sentinel has endorsed Maureen Porras in the Democratic primary for Florida House District 105. 

Sara McFadden Endorsed by Progressive Caucus

Sara McFadden, Democratic nominee for Florida State Representative in District 106 has been endorsed by the Progressive Caucus in her race against incumbent Bob Rommel.

Local Democratic Party Not Involved in PPP Payback

The Florida Democratic Party is refunding its PPP loans. Collier County Democrats are not involved.

Joe Biden to Keynote Upcoming Leadership Blue Conference

Democratic Presidential Nominee Joe Biden to speak at Florida’s annual Leadership Blue conference.

Cindy Banyai Endorsed by Two Florida Legislative Candidates

Florida Congressional District 19 candidate, Dr. Cindy Banyai, and the young couple running for Florida’s state legislature, Rachel Brown and Anselm Weber, are endorsing one another.

David Holden endorsed by Nonpartisan Environmental Group VoteWater

David Holden, candidate for Congress for Florida’s 19th Congressional district, welcomed the endorsement of VoteWater Florida.

Maureen Porras Endorsed by Former State Rep. Sean Shaw

Maureen Porras has been endorsed by former state representative and Democratic nominee for attorney general Sean Shaw!

Sara McFadden Endorsed by Florida AFL-CIO

Candidate Sara McFadden has been officially endorsed by the FL AFL-CIO for 2020.

Spotlight on Collier County’s Candidates

Starting Tuesday, June 30, through early August, tune into our Spotlight series of interviews with Collier County’s candidates.

Florida Democratic Party Chair Terrie Rizzo on our Podcast

On this week’s Collier Democratic Roundup podcast we chat with the chair of the Florida Democratic Party, Terrie Rizzo.

Novosad Endorsed by Former Candidate Jennifer Boddicker

While getting ready for her move to Tallahassee, Laura Novosad is endorsed by Jennifer Boddicker.

Holden Announces Endorsements by Estevez, McFadden, Truax and Others

David Holden is proud and humbled to earn the endorsement of a slate of community activists and candidates in SWFL.

Banyai and Porras Endorse One Another’s Candidacies

Congressional candidate Dr. Cindy Banyai, and candidate for Florida State Representative District 105, Maureen Porras, have endorsed each other.

Sara McFadden Endorses David Holden for Congress

Sara McFadden, the 2020 Democratic nominee for Florida State Representative in District 106, has announced her endorsement of David Holden for the 19th Congressional District.

Cindy Banyai Endorsed by County Commission Candidate Rev. Juan Gonzales

Cindy Banyai,, running for the Democratic Party nomination for Florida congressional District 19, shares endorsements.

Help us Ensure That Every Vote is Counted This Election — We Need Volunteers

We need Volunteers on the Voter Protection team to protect the voters in Collier County and ensure the integrity of the voting process.

Candidates Porras and Estevez this Week’s Podcast Guests

Maureen Porras and Javier Estevez, running for the Democratic nomination to represent eastern Collier in the statehouse, are the guests on this week’s podcast.

Sara McFadden Endorsed by Moms Demand Action for Guns Sense in America

Sara McFadden, Democratic candidate for the Florida House in District 106, endorsed by Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America.

Maureen Porras, Statehouse Candidate, Endorsed by Emily’s List

Maureen Porras, Florida House District 105 candidate, has been endorsed by Emily’s List.

Collier Democrats Applaud Supreme Court Decision on Dreamers

Annisa Karim: Trump’s cruel and reckless attempts to deport the “DREAMers” shows a total disregard for the process and laws of this land.

Javier Estevez Endorsed by SAVE, Dedicated to Protecting LGBTQ Rights

Javier Estevez, Democrat running for the Democratic nomination to serve in the Florida House of Representatives, endorsed by SAVE.

David A. Turrubiartez Jr. Announces for County Commissioner

David A. Turrubiartez Jr has announced his candidacy to run for Collier County Commissioner in District 5.

David Holden Applauds Supreme Court’s LGBTQ Ruling

Congressional candidate David Holden lauds decision by U.S. Supreme Court upholding rights of LGBTQ workers.

Supreme Court Confirms LGBTQ Rights, but the Fight is Far From Over

“It is fitting that such a major victory comes as we celebrate Pride Month, but we must also stop to think why this ruling was necessary in the first place.  Shouldn’t it be a given that all Americans’ civil rights would be upheld?”

Celebrate Juneteenth — Freedom Day — by Registering to Vote

Celebrate Juneteenth — Freedom Day — by registering to vote. This is the ultimate expression of freedom–ensuring your voice is heard.

Democratic Women’s Club Focuses on Voter Suppression June 25

Voter suppression is real. Learn what you need to know about the “For the People” Act at the next virtual meeting of the Democratic Women’s Club.

Democrats are on the Ballot Around Collier and Florida

Democrats are running in every State Senate seat up for election and every State House seat except for one. Democrats all over the state are fired up to win up and down the ticket!

David Holden Endorsed by the Democratic Environmental Caucus

David Holden has been officially endorsed by the Democratic Environmental Caucus of Florida.

Cindy Banyai Endorsed by the Democratic Environmental Caucus

Cindy Banyai endorsed by the Democratic Party of Florida’s environmental caucus.

Newsletter From Florida Democratic Party Chair Terrie Rizzo

To all of our Caribbean American, African American, and LGBTQ brothers and sisters, we are here, we support you, and we will never stop fighting alongside you.

Mark Your Calendar for the June 15 Meeting of the CCDC

The next virtual meeting of the Collier County Democratic Club is June 15.

Check Out Our Newest Episode of the Collier County Roundup Podcast

On this week’s episode, we speak with Dr. Amanda Phalin, about the impact Covid-19 is having on the economy and how the economy looked before the pandemic.

Marueen Porras Endorsed by Broward County Commissioner

I am delighted to announce that I have been endorsed by Broward County District 8 Commissioner Dr. Barbara Sharief!

Be Part of our Next Campaign to Win!

The Florida Democratic Party and the Collier County Democratic Party have launched an initiative to reach all voters who have yet to request their vote-by-mail ballots.

Hendry County Democrat to Run for Florida House District 80

Laura Novosad, president of the Democratic Women’s Club of Hendry County, has announced her intention to enter the race for the District 80 Florida House seat.

Dem Candidate Debates Set for SWFL Congressional District 19

David Holden and Cindy Banyai, both contending to be the Democratic Party nominee for Congressional District 19, will face off in debates this month.

Sara McFadden Qualifies for State House Race

Sara McFadden has qualified to be on the November ballot as a candidate for  State House District 106.

Keep Up With the Best Video on Politics in our Gallery

Check out our video gallery for the best in television news and commentary on politics and the coronavirus pandemic.

It’s Time for Collier County Voters to Get Their Vote-By-Mail Forms

Voting by Mail is the best way to vote. It’s easy and it’s safe. Check your mailbox for forms being sent out by the Supervisor of Elections office.

DeSantis Knew Unemployment System Was Broken; It Still Is; Federal Benefits in Peril

Tens of thousands of Floridians may have no way of getting their federal unemployment benefit during the pandemic because of a huge state government failure.

Democrats to Text One Million Floridians to Vote By Mail

The Democratic National Committee is launching a text message campaign in Florida asking voters to switch to vote-by-mail ballots, as voter registration organizations continue to shift methods and goals amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Despite the Pandemic, We Have Work We Can — and Must — Accomplish Together

Now, more than ever, we must push #ForwardTogether to work on electing true leaders. We won’t let the Coronavirus stop us!

Coronavirus Update: DeSantis Nees to ‘Act Like You Give a Damn’

Miami Herald editorial slams DeSantis for his faltering performance in dealing with the coronavirus pandemic in Florida. ‘Act like you give a damn,’ editorial says.

Winners and Losers Among Bills in the Florida Legislature

Winners and losters in the Florida legislative sessions include pay raises for the state’s teachers and new restrictions on abortions. Listiting of some of the results here.

We Must Take Decisive Action to Stem the Coronavirus Pandemic

The American government has failed to act aggressively enough in the face of a pandemic. The Democratic Party calls on leaders to take more decisive action.

Collier County Democrats Congratulate Joe Biden

Collier County Democratic Chair Annisa Karim congratulates Joe Biden on his victory in the Florida Democratic Presidential Preference Primary.

Our April Gala has Been Postponed to October 9

The Democratic Party’s annual gala has been postponed due to the coronavirus outbreak, but it has been rescheduled for October 9.

Democratic Headquarters Closing due to Coronavirus

Democratic Party Headquarters will be temporarily closed, but our work will continue thanks to our tireless volunteers.

Coronavirus Causes Democratic Clubs and Caucuses to Cancel Meetings

The coronavirus (COVID 19) is prompting cancellations including the March meetings of the CCDC, Collier Progressives, and Democratic Women’s Club.

Help Us Restore Democratic Voters Who Have Been Rendered Inactive

Help us restore Democrats to their active voting status. This is a crucial initiative and we need your assistance.

The Most Powerful Voting Block: 100 Million Non-Voters

In Collier County, we are focused on registering Democrats to vote. This study, part of The 100 Million Project, shows why this effort is so urgent. Click the link for the video.

Democrats Celebrate Historic 5 Million Active Registered Dems

Making history, the Florida Democratic Party announced that we now have more than 5 million registered Democrats in Florida.

Cyber Attacks and Voting Errors Threaten Security of 2020 Election

Electronic voting equipment failures and cyber attacks from Russia and other countries pose serious threats to the 2020 elections, election security analysts and key Democrats warn.

Save the Date–April 10–For Our Annual Gala

On April 10, 2020, the Collier County Democratic Party will celebrate the centennial of winning women’s right to vote.

Florida Voters Will Get to Vote on $15 an Hour Minimum Wage

Voters in the battleground state of Florida will decide in November 2020 whether to raise the state’s minimum wage to $15 an hour.

Congressional Members from Florida Share Their Impeachment Views

Democrats from Florida share their views on why President Trump needed to be impeached in this roundup of comments.

UPDATE: House Did Its Duty by Impeaching Donald Trump

For only the third time in U.S. history, the House is about to impeach a president. Annisa Karim: ‘Congress has a duty to act.’

Impeachment Report: Trump Sought Foreign Election Interference

House Intelligence Committee issues 300-page report accusing Donald Trump of trying to persuade a foreign country to interfere with an American election.

December Newsletter Now Available on CollierDems Website

The monthly Collier County Democratic Party newsletter is now available online and on Facebook.

Democrats Call Out Trump For Harm He’s Inflicted on Florida

Florida Democrats speak out on eve of Trump’s so-called homecoming visit to Florida and decry the damage he is doing to our state.

Florida Has a New Resident Named Trump; Let’s Give Him a Big Unwelcome

Donald Trump is moving to Florida, but we’ve got a message for him: We will defeat him in 2020 no matter where he lives.

Climate Change Strategy Should be a Bipartisan Concern

Climate change is real, but we should be learly of exaggerations at opposite ends of political spectrum, speaker cautions.

Democratic Primary Elections Shaping Up in Southwest Florida

With recent announcements, at least two SWFL seats up for grabs in 2020 may force primaries among Democrats.

Francis Rooney Announces His Retirement, Leaves SWFL House Seat Open

Francis Rooney, who represents coastal Collier County in the U.S. House of Representatives, has announced his retirement.

Rooney Surprised by Etch A Sketch Moment in Trump Ukraine Scandal

Republicans, including Francis Rooney, surprised by White House aide’s Etch A Sketch admission of quid pro quo in Ukraine scandal.

Democrats Praise Federal Judge’s Decision Striking Down Illegal Florida Poll Tax

Florida will not be allowed to block ex-felons who cannot afford to pay certain court fees from registering to vote or voting, a federal judge ruled.

Terrie Rizzo Exhorts Democratic Values, Slams ‘Axis of Corruption’

Florida Democratic Party Chair Terrie Rizzo exhorts values, condemns Republican ‘Axis of Corruption’ at state convention in Orlando.

Cindy Banyai’s Congressional Campaign Attracts News Media

Democrat Cindy Banyai is challenging U.S. Rep. Francis Rooney in Florida’s 19th Congressional District. She’s attracting media attention.

Tell Us What Issues Keep You Up At Night: Take Our Survey

What are the issues that you care the most about heading into the 2020 election? Tell us what you think in this online poll.

New Tool Helps Grassroots Donors Sponsor Voter Registration

The Florida Democratic Party has a new online tool that allows grassroots donors to apply small donations to send voter registration forms.

Florida Democrats Stand Behind Pelosi’s Impeachment Decision

Florida Democrats stand behind Nancy Pelosi’s decision to open formal impeachment inquiries against Trump.

DeSantis Closes Voter Registration; Dems Force Him to Re-Open

Florida Democratic Party Chair Terrie Rizzo thwarts Republican voter suppression effort by calling out DeSantis.

From Naples to Around the World, Millions Strike for Climate

Millions of people around the world took part in Friday’s climate strike, and estimates of crowd sizes are rising — some as high as 4 million.

Trump’s Florida Field General Kneecapped over Leaked Memos

Donald Trump sacked his Florida field general after Gov. Ron DeSantis suspected she bore responsibility for a leak.

Battle over Voting Rights for Released Felons Heats Up

The legal battle lines are solidifying over how Florida’s restoration of felons’ voting rights should be implemented.


Pressed for time? Keep up with the news with this quick roundup that links to stories from around the state of Florida.

Want to Ban Assault Weapons? Sign This Petition

Attorney General Ashley Moody, is trying to derail a statewide petition drive that would put an assault weapons ban on the 2020 ballot.

Florida Democratic Party Expands Presence in Tallahassee

The Democratic Party arty has announced the purchase of new office space in Tallahassee just blocks away from the State Capitol.