Mi Vecino Celebrates the First Hispanic Congressional District To Meet Ballot Qualification Threshold as Reproductive Rights Initiative Qualifies for the 2024 Florida Ballot

Kissimmee, Florida – The Reproductive Freedom Citizens Initiative has qualified for the 2024 ballot. The latest numbers released by Florida’s Division of Elections show that an additional four congressional districts have met the verified petition threshold. One of those districts, FL-9, was the target of Mi Vecino’s Hispanic voter-centered petition collection program, and is the first majority Hispanic district to meet the ballot qualification threshold.

“When the ballot initiative launched, Mi Vecino evaluated what we could deliver to this effort,” said Gloria Romero Roses, a political activist and investor who serves on Mi Vecino’s Board of Directors. “Our strength lies in the daily conversations we are having on the ground that have built trust with Hispanics of all political persuasions over the last 3 years. We knew that bringing their voices and values into this campaign was critical for the ultimate successful passage. We’re proud to help deliver CD-09, a majority Hispanic district that shows Hispanic voters believe in being free from government interference in their medical decisions.”

Mi Vecino’s professional team of organizers, who work year-round in Hispanic communities, spoke with over 64,000 voters in FL-9, collecting 12,566 petitions to help boost the campaign over the qualifying threshold. The group has expanded these voter outreach efforts by launching door canvassing and phone programs, making over 98,000 calls and knocking on 12,500 doors since the beginning of December. What these outcomes-driven activities have validated is that contrary to the national narrative about Hispanic voters turning Florida into another Texas-style extremist government-controlled state, Florida’s Hispanics have discerned that while some have faith values that guide their personal beliefs about abortion, they do not believe in imposing those values on other Floridians.

Today’s qualification milestones will be celebrated by volunteers, activists, voters – and funders. 

“We’re well aware of the national narratives around Florida, especially in funding circles,” states Devon Murphy-Anderson, Mi Vecino’s co-founder who has raised $450,000 for the group’s Florida-based efforts since July. “Every petition, door knock and phone call was made possible because our funders believe in this effort and are digging deep to support Florida. 742 donors invested in our work in CD09– and we delivered. We’re looking forward to building on this win to secure more victories for the initiative in the coming months. Together we are placing the cornerstone for future victories that will ensure Floridians’  freedom to be safe, healthy and prosperous.”

Mi Vecino’s team aims to knock another 10,000 doors this month to talk to voters about reproductive freedom; they’re targeting Republicans, unaffiliated voters, and Trump voters. The group is planning to scale up their year-round on-the-ground efforts this year.

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