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Retiree Advocacy Group Promotes Vote By Mail PSA

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Ryan Dailey, WFSU
Barbara Devane, secretary for the Florida Alliance for Retired Americans, promotes vote by mail outside the Leon County supervisor of elections office.

A new public service announcement is set to debut soon called “Safe and Easy: Vote By Mail in Florida.”

The groups pushing it say the video provides “steps for how all Florida voters, especially seniors and other vulnerable populations, can safely and securely register and vote by mail.” It was produced in partnership with the Alliance for Retired Americans.

Barbara Devane is secretary of the group’s Florida chapter. She was outside the supervisor of elections’ office today promoting the video:

I haven’t voted by mail for over 20 years – but I did this year, when the virus started raging in Florida, and in Tallahassee, my home town,” Devane said. “It was so easy.”

The three-minute PSA features senior voters from across Florida.

Retiree advocacy groups weren’t the only ones promoting the PSA. Adner Marcelin, president of Tallahassee’s NAACP chapter, was also outside the election supervisor’s office pitching vote by mail as a safe alternative during the pandemic.

“What I am encouraging everybody to do with me today, is to go out to the supervisor election’s office, and get one of these,” Marcelin, said, holing a mail-in ballot,” and that you sign up and return these ballots early.”

Marcelin stressed the importance of the Black vote in Florida’s often very close elections.