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Monday, June 14, 2021

Deadline approaching for participation in Sumter Commission election

John Kastura

If you are currently registered as a Democrat or no-party-affiliation or independent, then you cannot vote against the current County Commissioners (Butler, Burgess, and Printz) who favor the Developer and massive economic growth over the wants and needs of the vast majority of the Sumter County residences. 

Check your current voter registration information

The deadline for switching is July 20. Requests to switch must be received by that date.  If you already decided that you want to switch, then Go to Registertovoteflorida.gov and register as a Republican immediately! (Or print this form, fill it out and mail it.).  If you are not registered to vote, then you can register using the same links.

In Sumter County, as of July 11, an estimated total of 1,145 Democrats and Others have changed their registered-party affiliation so that they could vote against the current county commissioners by voting for the EMS team of Republicans Estep, Miller, and Search. The “Others” is defined by our election officials as those registered as No-Party-Affiliation, independents and minor parties.

Don Burgess, Al Butler and Steve Printz, from left.

The Republican Party hierarchy in Sumter County has been pushing the re-election of the current commissioners via large campaign contributions and a dirty trick.  See more information, including how to easily change your party affiliation, at www.FG4S.org/vote.  Remember that you only have until July 20 to change your affiliation for the August Republican Primary.

Another excellent commentary by Faye Scher was published on June 11.

Per SumterElections.org, on July 11, the total political contributions to the three incumbents are $210,542; whereas, the total for the EMS team is $8,727.

The estimate of 1,145 is, as of July 11, based on numbers posted on the webpage of SumterElections.org.  The June 2, 2020 numbers are used as a baseline; the estimated number of Democrats switching is 689; the others is 456. The total number switching is expected to increase daily until the July 20 deadline.

John Kastura is a resident of the Village of Belvedere.

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