Florida

  1. Three days after the election, while most of the country has moved on with their lives, Florida remains technically in voter limbo. 

    Mitt Romney’s campaign officials here conceded on Thursday and the Obama campaign has claimed victory. 

    The state’s counties — overwhelmed by the amount of absentee and early voting ballots — still have not finished counting votes. Although the presidential race results will not be affected if Florida decides to lean blue or red, voters are curious to see who won the swing state. 

    The Tampa Bay Times reports that President Obama has the lead over Governor Romney, 49.9 percent to his 49.2 percent. 

    The country will have to wait one more day for the announcement of the official winner of Florida. The deadline for Florida’s counties to have their results in is Saturday at noon. 

  2. I told them, ‘Thank Rick Scott for the line today,’”

    - Former state Senator Dan Gelber D-Miami Beach told the The Tampa Bay Times. Sen. Gelber worked the long lines during early voting up until Election Day and reminded voters that Gov. Scott and Florida’s primarily Republican Legislature cut the early voting period short. (via floridaelects)

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  3. Last night Barack Obama was the victorious candidate for the presidency. But this morning, residents in Florida are still wondering who won their state.

    According to the Florida Department of State Division of Elections, nine counties have still not completed counting their absentee ballots. 

    The Miami Herald reports Miami-Dade is one of those counties. As of Wednesday morning, the county still had 20,000 absentee ballots left to count. Miami-Dade county, victim of lack of resources and an unexpectedly high volume of voters on Election Day, experienced extremely long lines that lasted throughout the night. At one polling place, the last voter was said to have left at 1 a.m. According to the voter protection law, any voter who arrives in line before 7 p.m. has the right to cast a ballot.

  4. The Miami Herald reports that 4.5 million people voted early in Florida, accounting for 38 percent of voters in the state. The early voter turn out could mean the presidential race will end early in Florida.

    "Democrats have a lead in total ballots cast over Republicans — 167,000 — but polls indicate Republican Mitt Romney is in a better position than President Barack Obama."

    The article also gave early voter data statistics that show Florida has racial divisions that give each campaign had strengths from different groups. The statistics were gathered by the Florida Center for Investigative Reporting and the Miami Herald. 
    According to the statistics:
    • African-American voters made up more than a quarter of Florida’s early votes, and about 90 percent of those ballots were from Democrats. 
    • Democratic Hispanic voters outnumbered Republican Hispanic voters, and 12 percent casted their votes early in-person. The Herald notes that the population of Puerto Rican voters in Central Florida who tend to have more liberal views are the Democrats’ strength. 
    • Non-Hispanic white voters make up 67 percent of the electorate and are more likely to show up to vote on Election Day in Florida than minorities.

    The Miami Herald also reports Romney is winning in the polls with the Non-Hispanic white vote. Obama will need the support of minority voters to win the state.

  5. Arizona State University’s campus groups, including the Arizona Students’ Association, the Young Democrats, Students for Mitt and Students for Liberty, will be spending election day  posting and distributing election information to encourage voting.
Political science professor Rodolfo Espino told State Press reporter Riis Valcho that Nevada, Ohio and Florida will likely decide the race.
"In my analysis, if Obama wins Ohio, it will be a short night," he said. "But if Romney wins Ohio, look for it to be a long night with Nevada in the west playing a deciding factor."

    Arizona State University’s campus groups, including the Arizona Students’ Association, the Young Democrats, Students for Mitt and Students for Liberty, will be spending election day  posting and distributing election information to encourage voting.

    Political science professor Rodolfo Espino told State Press reporter Riis Valcho that Nevada, Ohio and Florida will likely decide the race.

    "In my analysis, if Obama wins Ohio, it will be a short night," he said. "But if Romney wins Ohio, look for it to be a long night with Nevada in the west playing a deciding factor."

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  6. floridaelects:

    Swing voters, those wavering independents, will decide the state of Florida.

    This article by the Palm Beach Post says that independents make up 23.8 percent of registered voters in Florida. Whichever candidate wins over the majority of independent voters will win the state.

    The Miami Herald also reports that independents will make the decision in Florida.

    No Party Affiliation is the fastest growing major party in Florida since 2008, even though it’s not a party at all.

    By: Amanda Long

    floridaelects »

  7. floridaelects:

    The campaigns have sung their last songs, pulled out the last cheering rally stops and battened down the hatches for the last hurdle in the election.

    On the last day of early voting in Jacksonville, participants came from across the city to cast their ballot at the Main Branch of the…

    floridaelects »

  8. Supporters of President Obama stood for hours, chanting and cheering during the wait to wait to hear First Lady Michelle Obama speak to a packed crowd in the Prime F. Osborn III center in Jacksonville, Fla. on Thursday.

    Legendary musician Stevie Wonder extended the crowd’s patience during the wait for Obama, playing a few of his mega-hits, including “Superstitious” and “Sir Duke”.

    Wonder and Obama both stressed the importance of voting early. The last day for Floridians to vote early is today. 

  9. Registered voters across Florida received letters regarding their citizenship status, the Florida Times-Union reports. The falsified letters told eligible voters that they were not considered U.S. citizens. The letter also warned of what could happen if they voted — unavoidable jail time.

    The FBI began investigating the letters last week. Joining the FBI in the investigation is The Florida Department of Law Enforcement, the U.S. Postal Service, and various election officials. 

    The FBI will have agents in field offices that voters can call on Nov. 6 regarding fraudulent voting procedures and election abuse, according to the Tallahassee Democrat.

  10. Early voting in Florida begins Saturday Oct. 27 and continues until Saturday Nov. 3. The state’s predominately Republican legislature cut the early voting period by one day.

    Unlike in 2008, there will be no early voting the Sunday before the election.

    Due to the cut-off, accusations that the state is trying to keep minorities from casting their vote early are flying. 

    The Orlando Sentinel reports The Florida Civil Rights Association is one of the groups casting that accusation. The association has organized a “souls to the polls” event to be held the Sunday before the election. It calls for black voters in nine counties in Florida to assemble at the polls in protest.

    Early voters are said to have helped Barack Obama win Florida in the 2008 election. 

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