Florida Democratic Party calls on Rick Scott to extend voter registration…

first_imgAs 35 counties in North Florida are in a state of emergency preparing for Hurricane Michael, the Florida Democratic Party is asking Governor Scott to extend voter registration past the original October 9th deadline.In the request to Governor Scott, FDP Chair Terrie Rizzo wrote that “The impending hurricane will adversely impact the ability of eligible, but unregistered, individuals who may have waited until the last day to register to vote. These individuals may forego registering, in view of your warnings regarding the danger of the storm, the need to prepare, and anticipated and existing evacuation orders.“While 11 Counties have already issued evacuation orders, it is expected that even more local governments in the area of the emergency declaration will consider closing offices and issuing evacuation orders on Tuesday in anticipation of the hurricane’s landfall, also affecting the ability of these individuals to register.”Meanwhile Florida’s Secretary of State Ken Detzner has issued the following statement: The Florida Department of State is committed to ensuring that all eligible Floridians are able to register to vote, including those Floridians who may be impacted by Hurricane Michael, which is forecasted to make landfall as a category 3 storm on Florida’s Gulf Coast. We encourage all Floridians to use the Department’s secure, fast, and easy online voter registration website: RegisterToVoteFlorida.gov. The website is mobile-friendly and available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The Department’s efforts to launch voter registration online have been successful with more than 40,000 people utilizing this new tool to register to vote or update their voter registration online during the past week. Florida law requires the voter registration books to be closed on the 29th day before each election. For the For the 2018 General Election, the deadline is Tuesday, October 9, 2018. At the same time, thirty-five Florida counties are currently under a declared state of emergency due to the approach of Hurricane Michael.In my capacity as the Chief Elections Officer of the State of Florida and pursuant to my authority in section 97.012(16), Florida Statutes (2018), and as directed by Governor Rick Scott, I hereby issue this directive regarding the book closing deadline established by section 97.055, Florida Statutes.Registration applications can be collected after Oct 9Any Supervisor of Elections whose office is closed on Tuesday, October 9, 2018, the book closing deadline, as a result of Hurricane Michael is authorized to accept paper voter registration applications for the 2018 General Election on the next day that his or her office is reopened. This will ensure that each Supervisor of Elections Office has the same amount of days to register voters at their offices.On line applications must be by midnight Oct. 9The deadline to submit an online voter registration application will not change and will remain at 11:59 p.m., October 9, 2018. Please notify the Division of Elections if your offices will be closed on October 9, 2018, due to Hurricane Michael and the date your office reopens following the storm. This will allow Department staff to process voter registration applications consistent with this directive.last_img read more

Jaguars VP Tom Coughlin makes voluntary workouts sound pretty mandatory

first_img“It’s not about rights and privileges. It’s about obligations and responsibility, and the question is: Can we count on you?”With those remarks, Coughlin was calling out cornerback Jalen Ramsey and linebacker Telvin Smith, without identifying them by name, because according to multiple reports they were the only two players not present this week for the voluntary workouts.However, per ProFootballTalk , Article 21, Section 5(a) of the NFL’s Collective Bargaining Agreement, includes this directive: “No Club official may indicate to a player that the Club’s offseason workout program or classroom instruction is not voluntary.”In a tweeted response from the union, prefaced with a pointed “there seems to be some confusion over what a voluntary workout actually means,” NFLPA president Eric Winston said:“Our CBA definition of voluntary is the same as the actual definition of voluntary and prohibits anyone from threatening players to participate in voluntary workouts. This is precisely the reason players negotiated strict work rules and bright lines when it comes to offseason activities. We know, from experience, that not all coaches and executives will adhere to them and we always pursue any violations to protect our rules.”Since there seems to some confusion over what a voluntary workout actually means…#NFLPA President @ericwinston 🗣 pic.twitter.com/QK1QFAj9MY— NFLPA (@NFLPA) April 18, 2019Coughlin and the NFLPA have butted heads before about offseason workouts, among other issues, as covered by the CBA.The NFL declined to comment on Coughlin’s comments, according to PFT. NFL Draft 2019: Patriots have growing interest in early-round QB, report says While the NFL was mum, the NFLPA pushed back Thursday afternoon after Jaguars executive VP Tom Coughlin’s less-than-subtle comments earlier in the day that made his team’s voluntary offseason conditioning program sound less-than-voluntary.Speaking to reporters about about participation in the offseason program, Coughlin said ( via ESPN.com ): Cardinals’ Josh Rosen hears the noise behind all those trade rumorscenter_img Coach Doug Marrone told reporters on Tuesday that he had tried to contact both players to see if they planned to be in Jacksonville any time ahead of mandatory minicamp June 11-13, but he said he got no response.The Jaguars were a huge disappointment in 2018, going 5-11 after what some thought was a breakout season the year before at 10-6. Last season marked the seventh time in eight years that Jacksonville lost 11 or more games.That, perhaps, explains Coughlin’s impatience: “Championship teams are dominated by selfless individuals who recognize that the welfare of the team must always be paramount to any other consideration.” “We’re very close to 100 percent attendance, and quite frankly, our players should be here building the concept of team, working hard side by side, constructing our bond of togetherness, formulating our collective priorities and goals.”Success in the NFL demands struggle. Those who have everything given to them become lazy, selfish and insensitive to the real values of team. The hard work that many try to avoid is the major building block for the development of an outstanding football team. Related Newslast_img read more