#UFFVOTES

United Faculty of Florida is organizing its largest Get Out the Vote effort in its History. We believe in supporting pro-public education, pro-public employee candidates up and down the ballot. Pro-Education leadership in our state would have an immediate impact on all campuses across Florida, with a change in the Board of Governors and appointed Board of Trustees of our colleges and universities.

Prioritizing pro-education candidates in all down ballot races will aid in changing the face of the Florida Legislature, which has dealt some hard hits to our education system in FL, both higher ed and K-12.

We are launching a targeted 2-pronged approach to ensuring education is a priority in the state of Florida beyond the 2022 election cycle.

First, every chapter will reach out to their own membership to correct any registration issues they may have, and to encourage voter maintenance and registration among membership. 

Second, UFF will empower our members to focus on student voter registration and outreach through individual toolkits and meetings with UFF Service Unit Director Adela Ghadimi to activate a full-press strategy to engage on-campus students and community partners ahead of the midterm elections.

Our goal is to increase UFF voter turnout and voter engagement among faculty, staff, and students in the 2022 midterm election on all our campuses and within our communities. Our vision to achieve this goal includes every chapter ensuring that all eligible voters of UFF actively participate in the midterm election by registering themselves to vote, committing to a voting plan to ensure they cast a ballot before the deadline to do so, and actively encouraging students and their personal and professional networks to register to vote and turn out to the polls continuously until the election.

At minimum, every chapter will commit to: including a link in their email signature for folks to check their registration status and register to vote, and making continuous announcements to students in class and via online course sites (Canvas/Blackboard). Additional plans will be encouraged and supported at chapters across the state as they continue forward through the phases leading up to the November election.

Why should UFF members get involved?

Faculty and graduate employees are the gatekeepers on campus! Our members can implement and influence policy on campus and are seen as a trusted resource with institutional knowledge.

With just the slightest of input from faculty and GAs to direct students where to register to vote, reminders of dates and deadlines, announcements in class and in online class modules, members can really help move the needle of voter engagement in this pivotal election.

With newly elected leadership in the state of Florida, bargaining on all campuses becomes a much smoother process with new Boards of Trustees, a new Board of Governors, and a Legislature. Our members can work to proactively support higher education, rather than constantly being on the defense and battling to protect our basic rights. Tenure remains intact, academic freedom is protected, and we protect our democracy on and off campuses throughout Florida. Additionally, UFF members have the ear of administrators who can create web resources and spaces on campus to further encourage involvement by students, staff, and faculty in the election in a non-partisan, but pro-higher education way. We can make a difference!  

What is our overarching statewide approach?

With UFF staff support, chapters will focus on Voter Registration and Voter Retention of faculty and GAs and students, with faculty and GAs messaging to students on campus.

Local chapters will increase their involvement in local Central Labor Councils to interview and endorse pro-education candidates across the state, as well as, to organize statewide panels and discussions to empower our members.

We will build meaningful community partnerships across the state and share in wins across our chapters while also building and sharing a core set of best practices.

UFF General Election Guidance

Key 2022 Mid-Term Dates

July 14: Vote by Mail for Gubernatorial Primary begins**

July 25: FINAL DAY TO REGISTER TO VOTE IN PRIMARY

August 13: Deadline to Return Vote-By-Mail Primary Ballot

August 13: Primary Early Voting Begins*

August 20 : Primary Early Voting Ends*

August 23: Florida Gubernatorial Primary

September 29: Vote by Mail for General Election begins**

October 11: FINAL DAY TO REGISTER TO VOTE IN GENERAL ELECTION

October 29: Early Voting Begins*

October 29: Deadline to Return Vote-By-Mail Ballot

November 5 : Early Voting Ends*

Election Day: November 8th

*The dates listed above are the mandatory early voting dates; each county Supervisor of Elections may offer more days of early voting from one or more of the following days:

  • Primary Election: August 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, and 21
  • General Election: October 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, and November 6

#UFFVotes Calendar

#UFF Votes Kick Off Training

UFF is running the largest Get Out The Vote campaign in our history. We believe faculty and graduate assistants have a vital role to play in the upcoming governor’s race.

In 2018 DeSantis won by a small margin; around 32,000 votes. It was the closest race of the 2018 gubernatorial election cycle. In the 2020 presidential election, voter turnout among college students jumped to a record high of 66 percent.

With 8,600 UFF members across the state working alongside our many allied organizations, we can mobilize up to one million student voters!

Please join us for our 1st GOTV training Thursday, July 21st 11am-12pm where UFF members will learn how to mobilize faculty and students this fall.

Click the link to Join Zoom: https://floridaea.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZArce6trjgpGtIOrYPXKlDQUNOQG3fukcxK

Phase 1: GOTV Prep

May/June/July 2022

  • Each Chapter individually schedules meeting with SUD Adela Ghadimi to discuss chapter-specific plans from now to November 
  • Vote by Mail for Gubernatorial Primary begins** July 14
  • FINAL DAY TO REGISTER TO VOTE IN PRIMARY: July 25

Phase 2: GOTV Launch: Back to Campus

August 2022

  • Monthly FEA Power Hour Call
    • Tuesday August 2nd @ 5:30pm on Zoom (FEA Registration already available) 
    • #UFF Votes breakout room upon entry 
  • Monthly UFF Statewide All-Call #UFFVotes Meeting
    • Focus: TBA by GR Chair in partnership with Staff
    • Date: Friday, August 5th at 11:00AM EST
    • Purpose: This is an all-Call Invite to all Leaders to hear updates/asks for the month and to receive guidance from GR leadership, also a place to assess progress and make adjustments where needed.
  • Weekly UFF Statewide Call #UFFVotes Check-in
    • Date: Wednesdays weekly for one hour beginning at 6:00pm
    • Focus: Weekly opportunity for a representing leader from a chapter to join and share highs/lows and successes/shortcomings and learn from one another, share best practices, brainstorm  
    • Target: GR activists, at least one member of each chapter team to represent their team
  • August 13 : Deadline to Return Vote-By-Mail Primary Ballot
  • August 13 : Primary Early Voting Begins*
  • August 20 : Primary Early Voting Ends*
  • August 23 : Florida Gubernatorial Primary

Phase 3: GOTV Mobilization

September 2022

  • UFF Senate, September 17-18 in Orlando, FL
  • Monthly Statewide All-Call #UFFVotes Meeting
    • Focus: TBA by GR Chair in partnership with Staff
    • Date: Friday, September 2nd at 11:00am EST
    • Purpose: This is an all-Call Invite to all Leaders to hear updates/asks for the month and to receive guidance from GR leadership, also a place to assess progress and make adjustments where needed 
  • Monthly FEA Power Hour Call
    • Tuesday September 6th @ 5:30pm on Zoom (FEA Registration already available) 
    • #UFF Votes breakout. Rotate leadership: Action asks
  • Weekly UFF Statewide Call Election Check-in
    • Date: Wednesdays weekly for one hour beginning at 6:00pm
    • Focus: Weekly opportunity for a representing leader from a chapter to join and share highs/lows and successes/shortcomings and learn from one another, share best practices, brainstorm 
    • Target: GR activists, at least one member of each chapter team to represent their team

Vote by Mail for General Election begins September 29**

Phase 4: GOTV!!! Oct 12 Onward, focused on plan to cast ballots

October 2022

  • Monthly FEA Power Hour Call
    • Tuesday October 4th @ 5:30pm on Zoom (FEA Registration available)
    • #UFF Votes breakout
  • Monthly Statewide All-Call #UFFVotes Meeting
    • Focus: TBA by GR Chair in partnership with Staff
    • Date: Friday, October 7th at 11:00am EST

FINAL DAY TO REGISTER TO VOTE IN GENERAL ELECTION: October 11

  • Get to Know Your Ballot Virtual Event!
    • Date: First Week of October, Tentatively aiming for Thursday, October 6th right now
    • Focus: This will be a panel discussion with outside experts brought in to demystify our Florida Ballot and help members understand every piece of their ballot and how to research it in their area ahead of time
      • Will be livestreamed on social media
      • Include reminders of the deadline to register for the General Election on October 11th
  • Weekly UFF Statewide Call #UFFVotes Check-in
    • Date: Wednesdays weekly for one hour beginning at 6:00pm
    • Focus: Weekly opportunity for a representing leader from a chapter to join and share highs/lows and successes/shortcomings and learn from one another, share best practices, brainstorm 
    • Target: GR activists, at least one member of each chapter team to represent their team

Early Voting Begins: October 29*

Deadline to Return Vote-By-Mail Ballot: October 29

November: (Election Day: November 8th)

  • Monthly FEA Power Hour Call
    • Tuesday November 1st @ 5:30pm on Zoom (FEA Registration already available)
    • #UFF Votes breakout room 
  • Monthly Statewide All-Call #UFF Votes Meeting
    • Focus: TBA by GR Chair in partnership with Staff
    • Date: Friday, November 4th at 11:00am EST
  • Weekly UFF Statewide Call Election Check-in
    • Date: Wednesdays weekly for one hour beginning at 6:00pm
    • Focus: Weekly opportunity for a representing leader from a chapter to join and share highs/lows and successes/shortcomings and learn from one another, share best practices, brainstorm 
    • Target: GR activists, at least one member of each chapter team to represent their team

Early Voting Ends: November 5*

Election Day: Tuesday November 8th!

  • Debrief
    • Date: Wednesdays November 16th for one hour beginning at 6:00pm
    • Focus: Celebrate our work and share highs/lows and successes/shortcomings and what we learned, begin to discuss: where do we go from here?
    • Target: staff, officers, GR activists, at least one member of each chapter team to represent their team, allies 

Still to Schedule: 

  • Statewide GOTV Script Training (1 of 3)
    • Date: TBA
  • Statewide GOTV Script Training (2 of 3)
    • Date: TBA
  • Statewide GOTV Script Training (3 of 3)
    • Date: TBA

UFF General Election Guidance

In support of the #UFFVotes Statewide Get out the Vote (GOTV) campaign, here is a guide you can share with your leaders and members so that everyone feels comfortable and confident supporting GOTV across our state!

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