In advance of a 3 p.m. press conference today in Broward County, Florida Democratic Party chairwoman Karen Thurman has e-mailed Democrats and told them that party leaders have chosen "overwhelmingly to reaffirm our strong commitment to fully participating in the state-run Democratic presidential primary."
The move comes even though the Democratic National Committee has voted to take away all of the state's 210 delegates to the national convention and the four early states have gotten presidential candidates to agree to forgo campaigning in Florida.
"There will be no other primary. Florida Democrats absolutely must vote on January 29th. We make this election matter. Not the DNC, not the delegates, not the candidates but Florida Democrats like you and me voting together. We make it count.
"Don't let anybody call this vote a 'beauty contest,' or 'straw poll.' On January 29th, 2008, there will be a fair and open election in Florida, which will provide for maximum voter participation. The nation will be paying attention, and Florida Democrats will have a major impact in determining who the next President of the United States of America will be,'' continued Thurman, who noted that voters will also be voting on the property tax constitutional amendment.
Thurman also said the party has set up a website that will answer questions about the primary. There will even be bumper stickers available for Dems to remind other Democrats to "Make it Count."