Category: Elections

Young Parkland voters’ ballots were rejected at much higher rate than state average

About 1 in 7 mail-in ballots submitted by college-age voters in Parkland were rejected or failed to arrive in time to be counted, according to an analysis. The findings are adding to questions about the reliability and fairness of the Florida electoral system, including its ballot signature requirement that became a flashpoint in the November recount between …

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Andrew Gillum Plans to Sign Up 1 Million New Florida Voters

Andrew Gillum is launching a massive voter registration effort aimed at ensuring that President Trump doesn’t win Florida again in 2020 and to give Democrats a decisive edge in a state where elections are often 50-50 splits. The 39-year-old Democrat and former Tallahassee mayor plans to use the list of supporters and volunteers he amassed in …

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Court rules Florida ‘disenfranchised’ voters by rejecting mail-in ballots for signature mismatches

TALLAHASSEE — Upholding a judge’s decision that sided with former U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson and national Democrats, the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Friday ruled that a Florida law requiring voters’ signatures on mail-in ballots to match the signatures on file with elections officials imposes “a serious burden on the right to vote.” …

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Former Felons Can Register to Vote on January 8, 2019

January 8 is a historic day in Florida. Amendment 4, passed by voters in November 2018, restores the right to vote for as many as 1.4 million former felons. Under Florida’s Constitution, it goes into effect on Tuesday, January 8. Before the amendment passed, those who served their time could apply for clemency to a …

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Florida Republicans’ turnout beat Democrats — except among young voters

In Tampa Bay, 67.5 percent of Republicans turned out for the midterm election, beating Democrats by about 6 percentage points, according to data released this week by the Florida Division of Elections. Democrats’ turnout rate in Hillsborough, Pinellas and Pasco counties was 61.2 percent. Only 43.4 percent of unaffiliated voters cast ballots. (Read more in …

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Florida GOP governor taps the brakes on restoring voting rights for ex-cons

Florida Gov.-elect Ron DeSantis, a Republican, is slow-walking the implementation of a voter-approved initiative to restore the voting rights of the majority of the state’s felons who have completed their sentences. The initiative, Amendment 4, was approved by 65 percent of Floridians last month and would restore the voting rights of 1.5 million Floridians. (See more …

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Vote-by-mail scandal in North Carolina exposes Florida’s lax laws

Most everywhere in Florida, it’s not illegal to collect ballots, like it is in North Carolina, where it’s a felony. Rather, it’s only illegal to pay someone to collect ballots in Florida, a loophole that allows campaign volunteers and even candidates themselves to go door to door collecting voters’ ballots. (Read more in

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Thousands of mailed ballots in Florida were not counted

Florida officials say thousands of mailed ballots were not counted because they were delivered too late to state election offices. The Department of State late last week informed a federal judge that 6,670 ballots were mailed ahead of the Nov. 6 election but were not counted because they were not received by Election Day. The …

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1.4 million ex-felons get their voting rights back, but Democrats shouldn’t count on them swinging Florida

On Jan. 8, David Ayala and thousands of former felons will be able to walk into their county elections office and do something they had been banned by law from doing before – register to vote. “This moment is a lifetime moment for me,” said Ayala, husband of Orange-Osceola State Attorney Aramis Ayala whose first felony drug …

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Nikki Fried announces full transition team, job openings on new website

At the end of election day in November, it appeared that Democrat Nicole “Nikki:” Fried had lost to Republican Matt Caldwell for the Florida Cabinet post of agriculture commissioner. But after late vote tallies in Broward and other counties showed she was actually ahead, Fried claimed victory and started working on a transition. (Read more …

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