Office of Governor Rick Scott State of Florida. The Capitol 400 So. Monroe Street Tallahassee, Florida 32399
October 13, 2018
Dear Governor Scott,
We are writing this open letter to you about the aftermath of Superstorm Michael and it’s tremendous effects on the 2018 midterm elections in Florida.
First, may we say that your stellar response to Hurricane Michael has set a new standard for all 50 states to emulate. We pray for all of those Floridians who have been impacted by this calamitous event, especially those who perished.
As you well know, many Panhandle counties have been devastated by this Cat. 4 hurricane. As a result, many folks have lost their homes, their jobs, their vehicles and other resources.
Because of the severe destruction suffered by numerous communities many polling stations have been adversely affected and, therefore, will be not available for voting on November 6th. Thousands of residents may feel that they are unable to vote because of so many obstacles in front of them.
In light of this unforeseen situation, we concerned Florida residents respectfully request that special accommodations be made for each and every registered voter in the path of Michael who would otherwise be deprived of their constitutional right to vote.
After what the good people of the Panhandle have gone through, isn’t this is the very least that the state of Florida can guarantee them.
Governor Scott, as you well know, the constitutional right to vote is sacred to every American. Especially during these challenging times is that solemn right more important.
Both the governor’s race and a U.S. Senator seat are up for grabs—one of those you are in serious contention for. The absence of a critical mass of Panhandle voters can, and will, significantly alter the election result. (See attachment below)
If you haven’t taken note already, those counties that sustained the most damage are heavily dominated by Republican voters over many decades. Hence, it is quite likely that many right-leaning voters will be discouraged from voting in this highly consequential midterm election.
Please be so kind as to let us know how you plan to resolve this extremely difficult Panhandle-wide problem. The future of Florida greatly depends upon your response.
Concerned Residents of Florida