Early voting events
By Anthony Man The Rev. Al Sharpton, the MSNBC commentator, is scheduled to appear Saturday at rallies in communities with large black populations: Noon at the Lauderhill Mall, where there’s an early voting site , and 2 p.m. at the E. Pat Larkins Community Center, 520 Dr. Martin Luther King Blvd., Pompano Beach.
Organized labor is holding early voting rallies on Saturday, at 9:30 a.m. at the Plumbers & Pipefitters Local 719, 2502 S. Andrews Ave., in Fort Lauderdale, and at 10 a.m. at the Broward Teachers Union, 6000 N. University Drive, Tamarac.
Mitt Romney’s presidential campaign is holding events at 7 a.m. Saturday at the early voting sites atBoca Raton City Hall and Hallandale Beach City Hall.
Souls to the Polls events will take place Sunday at several churches in Broward and Palm Beach counties that have largely black congregations.
State Sen. Chris Smith, D-Fort Lauderdale, said a major rally will start at New Hope Baptist Church on Sistrunk Boulevard in northwest Fort Lauderdale, the historic heart of the black community. Form there, Smith said, people will set out at 1 p.m. for the mile-long walk to the early voting site at the African-American Research Library and Cultural Center.
Also Sunday, St. John Missionary Baptist Church, 900 N. Seacrest Blvd., Boynton Beach, will hold a Souls to the Polls event at 11:30 a.m., headlined by Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick. The congregation will early vote together, with the church supplying food, water and entertainment for those waiting in line.
Several Muslim groups are holding early events on Sunday, but haven’t released specific times. Details.
On Wednesday, U.S. Rep. Barney Frank, D-Mass., the first congressman to come out as gay, and U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, D-Weston, are headlining an early voting rally at noon at Wilton Manors City Hall, in the unofficial capital of South Florida’s gay community.