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Task F.O.R.C.E. Week 2

This past week, the Task F.O.R.C.E. civic education classes focused on the topic of the elections process. On Monday, students learned the differences between primary and general elections, the term “partisan” and how it applies to elections, what the electoral college is and how it functions, and what special elections are. Attorneys Shannon Davis and La-Zondra Randolph also explained the importance of their votes through teaching them about the marches from Selma to Montgomery, the Voting Rights Act, the ways that Black votes have been suppressed, and about how elections can be decided by a very small number of votes.

Task F.O.R.C.E. participants were given the assignment of researching Florida Amendment 4 and the recent supreme court decision regarding the electoral college. Students arrived on Tuesday with questions, ready to delve into a deeper understanding of the implications of these decisions. Students also met the Task F.O.R.C.E.’s second guest speaker, Sheritta Davis Johnson, candidate for supervisor of elections in St. Lucie County. Mrs. Johnson explained the process for registering or pre-registering to vote, what early voting is, the process for voting in person or by mail, and voters’ rights in the polling location including the right to up to two additional ballots in the event of making a mistake. Students also learned that the deadline to register to vote in Florida is 29 days before that election. For the August 18, 2020 primary the deadline is July 20, 2020. The students were urged to encourage those in their lives who are eligible to vote to do so. Mrs. Johnson also explained the role and duties of the supervisor of elections.

On Thursday, with an understanding of who the supervisor of elections is and what they do, participants learned how to navigate a supervisor of elections website to find information about upcoming elections, candidates, how to become a poll worker, and how to run for office. Students were asked to take some time to look up candidates for sheriff for their county as a way to practice researching candidates. The Task F.O.R.C.E. will reconvene on Monday, and students will have a chance to share what they learned from their homework before moving on to the next topic, political parties.

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