There are a lot of problems with our democracy. Millions of words have been written about gerrymandering, Russian hackers, and voting machine malfunctions that give you alarm whether your vote will actually count, but we want to take the time to praise one thing Miami-Dade County has done to encourage people to take part in their civic duty. Early voting.
Every day from Monday, October 22 through Sunday, November 4 from 7 am to 7 pm, voting booths have been open at 28 locations sprinkled across the county. Here is a complete list of locations. We went to vote on Sunday afternoon, October 28 at Miami Beach City Hall to find absolutely no wait. We want to encourage people to do the same this coming weekend.
Why not go vote at Miami Beach City Hall this weekend and make a beach day out of it? If you do your research beforehand (we made a list of endorsements for state amendments here) the process will take only 20 minutes, and you have the rest of the day to hit the beach or walk a block to hang out on Lincoln Road.
If the beach isn’t your thing or the weather is crummy this weekend, there are other Miami-Dade locations ranging from FIU to Government Center to the Coral Gables Library. For early voting all polls are open to all people registered to vote in Miami-Dade County.
A lot can go wrong on Tuesday. Your car can break down, you can feel too sick or hungover to fulfill your civic obligation, the line to vote could be too long. Take advantage of the extra time allotted this weekend to fill the ballot box.
Of course we’re assuming everyone reading this post will vote the way we want them to. If you’re a registered Republican never mind what we wrote and take advantage of late voting starting November 10.