August 17, 2016

 

MIAMI — Today, more than 75 Miami-Dade voters supporting the An Accountable Miami-Dade initiative, stormed County Hall to demand county officials start reviewing the 127,000 petition signatures immediately to ensure the initiative, which would give everyday people a bigger voice in Miami-Dade politics, is on the ballot in November.

Seventy-five activists flooded the lobby of Miami-Dade County Hall and were initially blocked by police from delivering a letter to Mayor Carlos Gimenez demanding he instruct the Supervisor of Elections to start reviewing the petitions. Eventually, 25 people, the maximum allowed,  to the Mayor’s office, and also delivered letters to the offices of the 13 County Commissioners.

police blockade at county hall
Police blockade the escalator to commissioners’ offices. They later allowed small groups through to deliver the demand letter.

“We’re here to tell county officials that we won’t stand idly by while they ignore the will of their voters,” said Gihan Perera, Executive Director of New Florida Majority. “127,000 Miami-Dade voters earned the chance to transform our county politics into something better and give everyday people a bigger say in the process. That 127,000 represents more than the total number of votes that put Mayor Gimenez in office. Voters deserve to be heard, and inaction from our county officials on this issue proves we have a problem here in Miami-Dade County. Our government does not truly represent the voters’ interests.”

Earlier this week, An Accountable Miami-Dade and its Co-Chairs, Monica Russo and Former Doral Vice-Mayor Bettina Rodriguez Aguilera filed a lawsuit to demand Miami-Dade voters are heard this November. The lawsuit was filed after Miami-Dade County Commissioners failed to meet to order the Supervisor of Elections to start reviewing the 127,000 initiative petition signatures that were turned in on Aug. 2.

Majorities of voters across all demographic groups and political parties support the initiative, according to a survey released by An Accountable Miami-Dade and national money-in-politics reform group Every Voice.

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