• Florida is a “closed primary” state. Unaffiliated or independent voters are not able to participate in the primary, unless voting for Nonpartisan Races like School Board & City Council. In order to vote in the primary election for a party affiliated race (state reps & senate, local municipalities, gov., etc.) , voters must be registered with 1 of the 2 political parties.
•Gerrymandering is the practice of drawing district lines that favor a particular political party, politician, or group of people. In 2022 Gov. Desantis pushed a GOP-led effort to approve a new map, which boosts the number of Republican-held seats in the nation’s third-largest state & dismantles the North FL district held by Rep. Al Lawson (D-Fla.), a Black Democrat. THIS IS GERRYMANDERING! A judge has said he will block the map, but the efforts to disenfranchise voters will not stop unless we pass legislation prohibiting this.
• In Florida, petition signatures are only required in lieu of a filing fee. If you have the means to pay the fee you don’t need any signatures to get on a ballot, essentially buying your way into office if unopposed.
• In 2020, only 28% of registered voters voted in the Florida Primary, during a presidential election!! This is a huge problem. Elections are often won in the primary.
***Primary Election: 8/23/22
•To vote in General Election, your voter registration must be filed by 10/11
***General Election: 11/8
Join us through out the month at any of our Local Events! Drinks For Democracy of SWFL is a non-profit organization aimed at spreading awareness of Florida Election Laws, Basic Political Literacy, as well as local issues in SWFL.
We have a few event locations:
Millenial Brewing Co. – Downtown Fort Myers, Florida
Ollie’s Pub, Records & Beer – Cape Coral, Florida
Bone Hook Brewery – Naples, Florida
Ceremony Brewing Co., Florida
Weekday Events are from 6:30 to 8:30 PM
Weekend Events are from 4 – 7 PM
Enjoy a drink, some food, hear from local activists and candidates as well as enjoy great conversation with like minded individuals. Food will be available for purchase. All of our events are family friendly, unless otherwise stated.
Drinks for Democracy - Ceremony Brewing February 1, 2023 | 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm Ceremony Brewing, 10441 Packinghouse Ln, Bonita Springs, FL 34135, USA
Drinks for Democracy - Vichino's February 8, 2023 | 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm Vichino's Cafe & Wine Bar, 25987 S Tamiami Trail Unit 100, Bonita Springs, FL 34134, USA
Drinks for Democracy - Ceremony Brewing February 9, 2023 | 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm Ceremony Brewing, 10441 Packinghouse Ln, Bonita Springs, FL 34135, USA
Drinks for Democracy - Vichino's February 22, 2023 | 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm Vichino's Cafe & Wine Bar, 25987 S Tamiami Trail Unit 100, Bonita Springs, FL 34134, USA
Drinks for Democracy - Ceremony Brewing March 1, 2023 | 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm Ceremony Brewing, 10441 Packinghouse Ln, Bonita Springs, FL 34135, USA