2020 Election Victories Fueled by Record Voter Turnout and 1199SEIU’s Voter Outreach Campaign

December 16, 2020

Election2020_fa.jpgThe 2020 general election was historic. President Elect Joe Biden won more than 80 million votes -- the most votes of any presidential candidate in history. Kamala Harris will be the first woman and person of color to serve as Vice President. Together, they waged a successful campaign that called for unity, science-based tactics to address the coronavirus pandemic as well as social, racial and economic reforms.

More than 11 million people in Florida voted in the general election (77% turnout). That’s 1.5 million more than 2016 and the highest general election turnout in Florida since 1992. A massive voter outreach campaign led by member political organizers (MPOs) with 1199SEIU, the largest healthcare union in Florida, played a key role in boosting voter turnout among union members. More than 70% of 1199SEIU members as well as more than 77% of retirees voted before election day.

High voter turnout nationally helped Biden turn Georgia and Arizona from red to blue and he won several key battleground states including Michigan and Pennsylvania. Biden didn’t win Florida but voters in the Sunshine State overwhelmingly voted in favor of Amendment 2. As a result, 2.5 million Floridians are now on a path to a $15 minimum wage.

Down ballot candidates also did well. 81% of 1199SEIU endorsed candidates won. Congressional representatives Val Demings, Debbie Wasserman-Schultz and Charlie Crist are among the many candidates we endorsed who won reelection. On the state level, Anna Eskamani, Nick Duran and Ben Diamond also won. We also made history in South Florida by helping to elect Daniella Levine-Cava -- the first woman elected to serve as Mayor of Miami-Dade County.