Letter from Chairman Kathy Rapp
$10,000 Prize for County with the Highest Voter Turnout
Dear Fellow Republicans,
The Republican Party of Florida has offered a $10,000 Prize for the county with the highest combined turnout percentage. In addition they have offered a $3,500 prize for the county with the highest absentee turnout percentage. I want Highlands to win this, and we can do it. Competition will be stiff, but look at what we’ve already accomplished:
As a result of our grass-roots get out the vote efforts in 2012, Highlands County had 25,915 votes cast for our 2012 candidate Mitt Romney vs only 16,148 for Barack Obama. Highlands County is doing everything possible to help our national ticket of Donald Trump and Mike Pence win. We need to increase our margin of victory for our candidates even further to counter the effects of other counties if we are going to win Florida
We are also helping our US Senator Marco Rubio get re-elected and also assisting our excellent slate of local candidates led by Captain Paul Blackman for Sheriff and Dr. Brenda Longshore for Superintendent of Schools.
What are we doing:
- We have a new phone app: Geo Connect from the RNC that lets us walk neighborhoods and survey using our smart phone. And we have Trump Talk, which allows us to make calls from our laptops or smartphones at home!
- We are working in close cooperation with the Trump/Pence campaign and have taken the necessary steps to establish our Highlands County HQ office as a qualified federal office to support and enable victory for Donald Trump and Mike Pence. We have jointly sponsored and supported two debate watch parties and a visit by the Trump Mobile RV Van and Trump Tuesday events for the last several weeks. And we are supporting several upcoming events.
- We have been among the top counties in Florida for knocking doors with the Geo Connect. However, we need many additional volunteers to keep up the momentum! Volunteer today at http://www.highlandscounty.gop/volunteer
- We have also developed a highly effective social media Facebook, Twitter and Instagram outreach program and will be using very cost-effective targeted boosts on those platforms to target likely Trump/Pence voters. With additional donations to our Highlands County Republican Party (donate at https://highlandsgop.nationbuilder.com/contribute we could mount an even more aggressive Facebook (see https://www.facebook.com/highlandsrepublicanparty) and Google advertising campaign. We have also been providing in-kind support to our local candidates with frequent shares and promotions of their qualifications and outreach events.
We have an uphill battle! However, because of our size and large Republican majority and because of the huge interest in Highlands County in this extremely critical election, we have a shot at winning this contest. And even if we did not win, our participation in trying to win could be the difference in winning Florida!
See the contest details following this message! Let’s win this contest Highlands County!!!!
Kathy Rapp, Chairman
Highlands County Republican Executive Committee
Purpose: To track and then reward counties based on total turnout percentage and total absentee ballot percentage.
Categories: A county can win by having the highest overall turnout percentage (early voting, absentee voting, and election day voting combined) or by having the highest percentage of absentee ballots returned. Counties will be divided between rural and non-rural. Rural will be described as the 27 counties that qualify under the Rural County Initiative program. Those counties are: Baker, Bradford, Calhoun, Columbia, DeSoto, Dixie, Franklin, Gadsden, Gilchrist, Glades, Gulf, Hamilton, Hardee, Hendry, Holmes, Jackson, Jefferson, Lafayette, Levy, Liberty, Madison, Okeechobee, Suwannee, Taylor, Union, Wakulla and Washington.
Contest Prizes: For non-rural counties, $10k to the highest overall Republican voter turnout percentage and $3,500 to the highest Republican absentee ballot return percentage. For rural counties, $5,000 to the highest overall Republican turnout percentage and $3,500 to the highest Republican absentee ballot percentage. A county cannot win both prizes. If a county wins both, the second place winner of the lower dollar prize will get the contest prize.
Announcement of Winners: The formal announcement of the contest winners will take place at the RPOF Annual Meeting on January 14, 2017. The results will be based on the close of book numbers for the general election.