The Miami-Dade Election Reform Coalition


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The  Miami-Dade Election Reform Coalition  (MDERC) is a non-partisan grass-roots organization dedicated to election reform.  Our mission is to protect the rights of every eligible voter to cast a ballot and to have that ballot accurately recorded and counted.  We are neither liberal or conservative, Republican or Democrat.  We will not be co-opted by partisan agendas, political strategies or candidate or issue-driven interests.  If you do not agree with this, we are not the group for you. 

Rage Against the Machines was published in The Miami New Times September 23, 2004 (Read)

MDERC featured in the Playboy (yes, that's right). Read (4MB!)
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“Floridians Want Reform of the Election System….Now!”
What happened in South Florida between April 2001 and September 10, 2002 to bring about the change that Floridians in general and South Floridians in particular so overwhelmingly demanded? Sadly, the answer is “almost nothing.” Read Why Reform

Watch Videos of MDERC on TV aired Mar. 05
Introduction of The Reform Coalition
 Cooperation with Election Department
 What Reform Coalition recommendations were implemented?
 Opinion on Voting at Polls during Nov. 2002 Elections
 How to Restore Voter Confidence
 Citizen Participation in Elections
 Poll Worker Training
 Voter Registration
Coalition Recommendations for Future Elections
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Watch Video of MDERC Press Conference announcing the release of the Post-Election Report:

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The work of the MDERC, its effectiveness, preparation and full grasp of the issues, earned it the respect of elected officials, County staff and outside third parties who descended upon our County in the aftermath of the September 10th debacle. The MDERC’s successes should be a source of pride for this County and this community. In the process of making change, the MDERC bridged the chasm between the citizenry and its government and the end product was revolutionary. The reason for this is simple; while the County focused its energies on “having a smooth-running election,” the MDERC focused its efforts on bringing about meaningful reforms that would benefit and empower the voters of Miami-Dade County, rich or poor, black or white, immigrant or native born, English, Spanish or Creole speaking.
Read our demands in Our Issues


The massive and embarrassing voting problems of the September 10, 2002 Primary election once again put Miami-Dade County at the center of another national firestorm over election reform. The Miami-Dade Elections Reform Coalition (the “Coalition”) was born out of this controversy.

Holding its first meeting on September 19, 2002, in the fellowship hall of the Apostolic Revival Center in Liberty City, the Coalition brought together representatives from a broad spectrum of community organizations, civil rights and civil liberties groups, and citizen activists (see full list).

In the best tradition of civic participation, the Coalition came together to call for and demand basic reforms to the County’s voting system. It worked without a budget and with a purely volunteer core. In spite of this, it swiftly put together a comprehensive list of solutions and demands aimed at correcting the problems of the September 10th election. Those demands were hand-delivered to the Miami-Dade Supervisor of Elections, to the Mayor and to the Board of County Commissioners on September 20, 2002, the same day that the Miami-Dade Inspector General delivered his report. But the Coalition’s work did not end there. In the days and weeks that followed the September 10th election, the Coalition became an aggressive advocate for change, as it pushed to have its demands met. To the County’s credit, County staff and elected leaders opened their doors to Coalition and listened to its concerns.

In the process of working for reform, the Coalition’s representatives logged an impressive number of hours at the County’s task force meetings and logistics and strategy sessions, in meetings with elected officials and County staff, in research sessions to fine-tune different reform proposals, in community outreach initiatives, rallies, forums, and discussions, and responding to media inquiries.

Who we are:
The Coalition brought together representatives from a broad spectrum of community organizations, civil rights and civil liberties groups, and citizen activists. Among participating groups and activists are:

Participating Groups:
Advancement Project
American Civil Liberties Union
American Association of University Women
Brothers of the Same Mind
Community Political Screening Panel
Election Consultants and Community Overseers (ECCO)
Fanm Ayisyen Nan Miyami (Haitian Women of Miami)
Florida League of Conservation Voters
Haitian-American Grassroots Coalition
League of Women Voters of Dade County
The March for Justice
Miami Workers Center
Miami-Dade NAACP
National Women's Political Caucus of Miami-Dade
People For the American Way Foundation
SEIU 1199
Southwest Voter Registration Education Project
Unite for Dignity/South Florida Jobs With Justice

Citizen activists:
Anthony Barthelemy
Jesse Brooks
Rev. Butler (New Mt. Moriah MB Church)
Dr. Mae Christian (Democratic Black Caucus)
Richard P. Dunn II (Word of Life Baptist Church)
Vilma and Robert Fox
Evelyn Goodman
Marc Kevin Hall
Katrice Jenkins
Len Kaminsky
Alan Kobrin (Miami-Dade Green Party
Cindy Lerner
Lorelei Loudis
Martha Mahoney (Professor, University of Miami School of Law)
Bess McElroy
Bill Patterson
(We the People Congress:
Max Rameau
Cheryl Roberts
Susan Schein
Diana Shinaberry
Rev. Dr. Willie E. Sims, Jr. (African-American Council of Christian Clergy) Seth Sklarey (AFL-CIO)
and a team of University of Miami law students.
and many, many more have joined over the years

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