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Florida Democratic Party Approves Measures to Limit the Spread of COVID-19 and Protect Staff and Volunteers

The Florida Democratic Party held a meeting with elected officers, including Chairwoman Terrie Rizzo, First Vice Chair Judy Mount, Secretary Casmore Shaw and Treasurer Francine Garcia to approve measures to protect staff, volunteers and the public against the spread of COVID-19.

The Florida Democratic Party shares the concerns of our fellow Floridians and the entire country and we join with our communities to work to slow the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic.

FDP has implemented new policies and procedures that follow the guidelines provided by the CDC and public health officials to ensure the safety of staff, volunteers, and the public.

While we have taken measures to stay safe, the Florida Democratic Party, our staff of more than 100 employees and our 12,000+ active volunteers will NOT stop campaigning, but we will begin to change the nature of our campaign efforts in light of the public health reality.

This election is as critical as any in our lifetimes and we are committed to electing Democrats in the state and defeating Donald Trump in 2020.

These policies shall remain in effect to the end of March. FDP is monitoring the situation and shall update our policies as needed. We expect our state and federal government to work to protect the public’s health and we are making these changes to do our part to ensure our government will be successful in mitigating and stopping the spread of the virus. The Florida Democratic Party urges the public to stay informed and follow CDC guidelines.

Terrie Rizzo, Chair of the Florida Democratic Party stated health and safety are a top priority for the party:

“Our top priority is the health and safety of our community, so out of an abundance of caution, we have decided to postpone events and shift to digital means of voter contact for the time being. We have a critical upcoming election and we will continue our work in full force online to reach voters and turn Florida blue.”

National Convention 

The Florida Democratic Party currently has their congressional district caucus scheduled for Saturday, April 4 (with some counties providing early voting on Thursday, April 2) to elect 148 district level delegates. This process is currently under review and we are working with the DNC to evaluate options for a safe election.

Office Protocol and Safety

FDP is recommending all county parties, clubs and caucuses begin to move meetings to teleconference and videoconference if possible. And if that is not possible, meetings should implement social distancing and the meeting should be conducted swiftly and limited to essential business.

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