Charlie Crist to hold three early vote rallies in South Florida

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Charlie Crist will hold three get-out-the-vote rallies in South Florida on Monday, which focus on new polling times.

From Monday, October 27 through Friday, October 31, polls in Miami-Dade County are open from 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.

Crist will also hold a rally at Florida Atlantic University, where Palm Beach County early vote sites are open from 7 a.m. – 7 p.m. through Sunday, November 2.

Crist’s first early vote event Monday will be at 12 p.m. on the Free Speech Lawn at Florida Atlantic University, 777 Glades Road, Delray Beach. He follows that with a 2 p.m. rally at Tamiami Park (across from the early voting site), 11201 Southwest 24th Street, in Miami.

At 4:30 p.m., Crist will also attend a rally at the American Legion Post 29, 6445 Northeast 7th Avenue in Miami.

Democratic efforts at pushing early vote turnout seem to be having the intended effect.

While Florida finishes its first full weekend of in-person early voting statewide, Democrats have substantially cut the historic Republican early-vote and absentee ballot advantage. Last Monday, the GOP lead was 13 points; as of Saturday, it dropped to a little over eight percent.  In 2010, the GOP entered Election Day with an 11.9 percent lead in early and absentee ballots, setting the stage for a Rick Scott win by a slim margin of only 61,500 votes.

With a changing electorate, combined with a reduced GOP early voting lead, the overall environment gives Democrats some hope for their chances on Nov. 4.

Information on early vote dates and times, as well as what is needed to vote can be found at www.charliecrist.com/vote. For those with questions and concerns about voting, there is the Crist Campaign Voter Assistance Hotline at 844-FL-VOTES (844-358-6837).

Phil Ammann is a St. Petersburg-based journalist and blogger. With more than three decades of writing, editing and management experience, Phil produced material for both print and online, in addition to founding HRNewsDaily.com. His broad range includes covering news, local government and culture reviews for Patch.com, technical articles and profiles for BetterRVing Magazine and advice columns for a metaphysical website, among others. Phil has served as a contributor and production manager for SaintPetersBlog since 2013. He lives in St. Pete with his wife, visual artist Margaret Juul and can be reached at phil@floridapolitics.com and on Twitter @PhilAmmann.