Twenty-seven women and men attended the December meeting of the Democratic Women’s Club of Marco (DWCM). DWCM was proud to host the Collier County Supervisor of Elections Jennifer Edwards as the guest speaker.
Dawn Rubin, Social Coordinator, introduced the club’s new community outreach program. Members are encouraged to sign up for the committee to decide monthly project and events. Donations were collected in November and December to help new homeowners in the Habitat for Humanity communities. In January, DWCM will collect much-needed items for the Shelly Stayer Shelter for Abused Woman and Children.
Supervisor of Elections Jennifer Edwards’ presentation included a breakdown of registered voter statistics by party for Collier County and Marco Island. In Collier County out of 217,164 voters, 51,000 are Democratic voters, 109,792 are Republican voters, 4,173 registered with No Party Affiliation, and 1,484 are registered with a minor political party. Marco has 12,924 registered voters! 2,872 are registered Democrat and 8,212 are registered Republican; 2,578 have no party affiliation and 62 voters registered with a minor political party.
Supervisor Edwards also broke down voters by race, sex, and age in Collier County and Marco. There are more female registered voters than male. Age-wise, the majority of voters in Collier County and on Marco Island are over the age of 66.
In the 2018 Primary more registered voters actually voted than in the previous 10 years. 70,224 people or 34% of registered voters voted in Collier County and 5,866 or 46% of registered voters on Marco voted. In the General Election, 74% of Collier County registered voters (157,097 voters) actually voted while 80% of registered voters on Marco (10,236 voters) went to the polls. Then Supervisor Edwards broke down votes by candidates. You can find all this information on the website www.colliervotes.com.
Ms. Edwards also talked about the election, “Due to our excellent staff, we conducted another great election and recount, both of which went very smoothly.”
Then she opened up the session for questions. Ms. Edwards answered all questions fully. She talked about what happens with our mail-in ballots, and told the group the last day to register to vote is 29 days before an election. Participants also found out that they could change their address at their voting precinct on election day.
Supervisor Edwards answered questions regarding the mail system in Goodland, the constitutional amendments on the ballots and she explained what will happen now that Amendment 4 has passed. The attendees also learned a myriad of fascinating details about the election process in Florida.
The next meeting of the DWCM will be January 8th at 5 PM in Rose Hall at the Marco Library. City Councilor Charlette Roman will present and then answer questions from the audience. Those who plan to attend the January meeting are asked to bring items for the Shelly Stayer Shelter for Abused Women and Children. Requested items include: toiletries, twin bed linens, towels, pillows, Kleenex, toilet paper, and hair dryers. Meetings in February through May will take place the second Tuesday of the month and will be held at Mackle Park Community Center, 1361 Andalusia Terrace.