Trust Index: Is there ‘plenty of proof’ of voter fraud as President Trump alleges?
This has also led to a series of lawsuits in contested states two of which have already been dismissed. “All of the recent Biden claimed states will be legally challenged by us for voter fraud and state election fraud. In Michigan, Trump claims an election challenger was excluded from the counting board during the absent voter ballot review process, according to the lawsuit. Clark says Trump’s claims are short on evidence. Based on information from a law professor and political analyst, we give the President’s claims of voter fraud “Be careful” on the Trust Index.
Latino voters in Florida surged by almost half a million in 2020
Latinos were decisive this election, making up 17% of the registered voters in Florida, according to the president of the National Latino Evangelical Coalition Rev. “The Hispanic vote was very critical, and so we increased 476,000 voters from 2016 to 2020 almost half a million voters,” said Salguero. “If we keep growing at that rate, we could easily be over 3 million at the next presidential election,” said Salguero. “I think that the Hispanic community also was a trend in terms of new registered voters and first-time voters coming out,” said Frankie Miranda, president of the Hispanic Federation. The Latino vote had a big impact on the results in Florida and across the country.
Marion County extends penny sales tax to pay for public safety, infrastructure
MARION COUNTY, Fla. – Voters have spoken and the penny sales tax in Marion County will be extended another four years. Marion County Commissioners want residents to know that the revenue from the penny sales tax does not go towards any county employee salaries or recurring project costs. The penny sales tax is expected to generate $196 million in the next four years. We are also accommodating the tremendous amount of growth Marion County is seeing,” said Chairman Kathy Bryant. She also said commissioners reevaluate the allocation of the penny sales tax revenue every year.
Gov DeSantis: Other states should learn from Florida’s success in 2020 election
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – “Perhaps 2020 was the year that we finally vanquished the ghosts of Bush vs. Gore,” Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis said while addressing the Sunshine State Wednesday, one day after President Donald Trump declared victory in Florida in the 2020 U.S. presidential election. “People are actually looking at Florida and asking the question, ‘Why can’t the states be more like Florida? I also think the fact that he has really helped us with a lot of Florida issues, I think, helped him,” DeSantis said. I don’t think that was done without some type of motive -- whether it’s ratings, whether it’s something else,” DeSantis said.
EXPLAINER: Why AP called Florida for Trump
UPDATE:The Associated Press officially declared Donald Trump the winner of Florida in the U.S. presidential race shortly after 12:30 a.m. on Wednesday. The AP was waiting on more vote count to come in from South Florida, including Miami-Dade County, the largest county in the state. Trump is leading Biden in Florida in the race for the top office in the United States, and Trump’s support in South Florida is a big reason why. As of 10:20 p.m. Tuesday, Trump has received 195,000 more votes in Miami-Dade County, compared to the 2016 election. Ron DeSantis tweeted earlier on Election Night his frustration that major news outlets had not called Florida for Trump.
How election officials made sure people with COVID-19 could still vote
SEMINOLE COUNTY, Fla. – People with the contagious novel coronavirus could still cast their ballots on Election Day with precautions. [TRENDING: Trump, Biden fight for Florida | Free food on Election Day | Latest track: Hurricane Eta could dump 35 inches of rain]Anderson said he’s had several requests for emergency ballots from voters with coronavirus. Anderson said Tuesday afternoon a COVID-19- positive family had a representative drop off their ballots. The ballots will be accepted at the elections office front counter and then immediately sanitized. The ballots will be disinfected before they are handled by anyone else at the elections office.
Map your own path to the White House: Here’s a look at all the ways to win the US presidency
It’s important to remember that the winner of the presidential election is not determined by the popular vote but rather the Electoral College. To win the presidency, one candidate needs to secure 270 electoral votes. The 538 electoral votes up for grabs this year represent the following, according to nationalpopularvote.com:435 U.S. So how will presidential candidates Donald Trump and Joe Biden win electoral votes? Click on different U.S. states to see how they typically vote and what role they could play in the presidential election.
Florida voters switch political parties ahead of Election Day
More than 647,000 Florida voters switched their political party affiliation in the two years leading up to this week’s general election, state voter registration records analyzed by News 6 show. Although more than 95% of Florida’s 14.4 million registered voters have maintained the same political party affiliation since October 2020, some independent voters have committed to a political party while other voters have changed their registration from one party to another. More than 72,000 voters who were registered as Republicans in 2018 now identify themselves as Democrats, state records show. Another 178,000 No Party Affiliation voters became Democrats, state records show. But she said she later changed her mind and voted for Joe Biden, despite now being a registered Republican.
President Trump fights headwinds as he and Joe Biden battle over Florida
Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden boards his campaign plane at New Castle Airport in New Castle, Del., Friday, Oct. 30, 2020, to travel to Des Moines, Iowa. “So glad this great GDP number came out before November 3rd,” Trump tweeted, predicting a dire reversal if Biden is elected. Biden was forced to wrap his speech up early at a drive-in rally at the Florida State Fairgrounds In Tampa after a brief shower turned into a torrential downpour. Biden’s campaign also announced he will visit Minnesota Friday, hours before Trump holds a rally in one of the few Clinton-voting states Trump is hoping to pick up this year. Associated Press writers Tamara Lush in Tampa, Florida, Michelle Price in Bullhead City, Kathleen Ronayne in Phoenix, and Will Weissert and Brian Slodysko in Washington contributed to this report.
These are the ballot machines and systems available in Florida
In Florida, the state uses two methods to vote: An optical scan system or a Direct Record Electronic system, also known as a DRE, according to vote411.org. Here is how the website explains each system:Optical scan: With optical scan, you will receive a ballot, which you’ll take to a private table or booth. The paper ballot will have the names of the candidates and the various measures and initiatives printed on it. When you’re finished, you’ll approach the ballot box, where poll workers will show you how to put your ballot inside. “Some of these devices will show all of the candidates and ballot choices on one big screen.
5 days until the election: Trump, Biden will appeal to last-minute voters
President Donald Trump and Democratic rival Joe Biden are set to chase votes in Florida, a state all but essential to the Republican’s pathway to another term as both nominees turn their focus to encouraging voters to turn out on Election Day. More than 73 million Americans have already voted, absentee or by mail, and Trump and Biden are trying to energize the millions more who will vote in person Tuesday. Thousands gathered in close proximity without wearing masks — a trend that was expected to continue through more than a dozen events in the final sprint to Election Day. Biden, meanwhile, heads later in the week to three more states Trump won in 2016: Iowa, Wisconsin and Michigan, where he’ll hold a joint Saturday rally with former President Barack Obama. Trump, meanwhile, is banking on enthusiasm among his Election Day supporters to overcome indicated Democratic strength in some early returns.
‘We’ve got to vote like never before:’ Former president Obama rallies Orlando voters for Joe Biden
ORLANDO, Fla. – Former President Barack Obama came to Orlando on Tuesday to host an event for his former second-in-command, Vice President Joe Biden. Don’t boo, vote,” Obama said. And if we pour all our efforts into this final week, if we vote like never before, then we will elect Joe Biden as president of the United States. Meanwhile, the Biden campaign is using celebrity power to encourage people to vote. On Sunday, actress America Ferrera was in Orlando and Tampa for Biden events on a “Get out the Vote” bus tour.
7 days until the election: Biden hits the road; examining Barrett’s first cases on Supreme Court
Florida: Registered voters must request a mail/absentee ballot, but no excuse is required. You have six days remaining for your county to receive your ballot. Michigan: All registered voters are sent an application for a mail/absentee ballot, and no excuse is required. You have six days remaining for your county to receive your ballot. Texas: Registered voters must request a mail/absentee ballot, and you do have to provide a reason as to why you need one.
Surging coronavirus colors White House race in closing days
Trump’s remarks came hours before the White House announced that a top aide to Vice President Mike Pence had tested positive for the virus. Pence has been in close contact with the adviser, the White House said, but still planned to keep traveling and holding rallies around the country. More than two dozen people linked to the White House have contracted COVID-19 since that gathering, as have campaign aides. “It's always cases, cases, cases. “You know why we have cases?” Trump asked.
‘The arguments are being heard:’ UCF professor reacts to final presidential debate
ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. – University of Central Florida professor and political expert Dr. Jim Clark said the final presidential debate went more smoothly than the first one. Central Florida political expert analyzes the presidential debate Presidential Debate Debrief: Central Florida political expert analyzes the presidential debate https://bit.ly/35nFuBb Posted by News 6 WKMG / ClickOrlando on Thursday, October 22, 2020Clark noted viewers could hear their arguments now. The UCF professor noticed President Trump changed his strategy for this debate. Even though voters have had months to think about who they will vote for, Clark said this final debate was still a big deal. Trump and Biden's final presidential debate President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden meet in the final presidential debate of the 2020 election season.
For minorities, 2020 Election is reminder of sacrifices made to earn right to vote
She said every election year is a sad reminder of the sacrifices made by her great uncle, Julius July Perry. “He did everything right to educate people to get out and vote,” said Mcwhite. Meanwhile, the Orange County NAACP has been also pushing black people especially to vote. “If it’s no more than just an act of symbolism, vote for the sacrifices that were made,” said Beveryle Neal. President Neal said she protested and fought as a girl for the right for blacks to be able to vote.
Experts say Seminole County could play big role in determining election
SEMINOLE COUNTY, Fla. – For about 30 minutes in pouring rain, people held their umbrellas and their spot in a line wrapped around the Seminole County Library in Casselberry for the first day of early voting. “People are curious on how Seminole County will play on the national election,” Anderson said. According to News 6 political expert Jim Clark, Seminole County could play the biggest role. Clark believes Seminole County and Pinellas County are the two swing counties in an already swing state, both along the important I-4 Corridor. “I think either candidate would come over and wash your car for you if you are a Seminole County voter.”
1 million face masks donated to returning citizens for Election Day
Meade said he’s inspired knowing that other returning citizens like him are getting their first chance to soon vote in a presidential election. “We as returning citizens we’ve been through a lot.”News 6 was there when Meade legally registered to vote in January of 2019. He said he’s encouraging returning citizens to vote early. He said there will be plenty of masks on hand for returning citizens and their families. With 27 days left until the general election, we’re asking state election leaders if returning citizens who are registered can still pay their fines and vote by election day.
Server configuration caused Florida voter registration crash
Secretary of State Laurel Lee issued a statement late Tuesday saying it does not appear that bad actors caused Monday's collapse of registration system. Monday's trouble with the voter registration website stoked concern, but there was relief that the cause was far less sinister. Its site would send Floridians to the state’s registration website. The statewide voter registration system, which serves Florida’s 67 counties, went online in October 2017. “The online voter registration site failed because it was designed to fail,” Holder said.
Florida looking into crash of voter registration site; extends deadline
Ron DeSantis extended the state’s voter registration deadline Tuesday after he said heavy traffic crashed the state’s online system and potentially prevented thousands of enrolling to cast ballots in next month’s presidential election. In addition to online registration, DeSantis ordered elections, motor vehicle and tax collectors offices to stay open until that hour for anyone who wanted to register in person. “No voter should be denied their right to vote during a global health pandemic because Florida did not have a functioning online voter registration system,” said Jorge Vasquez, power and democracy director at Advancement Project National Office, one of the suing groups. The volume of requests that overwhelmed the Florida registration site Monday was not consistent with denial-of-service attacks, which typically render websites unavailable with barrages of several hundred million requests per second. Sarah Dinkins, a Florida State University student, tried to help her younger sister register Monday night.
Florida election offices see rush on final day to register to vote
ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. – Monday, Oct. 5 was the last day for Florida voters to register to vote in the 2020 General Election. Being the last day, the Orange County Supervisor of Elections office was very busy, both inside and outside. Orange County’s Supervisor of Elections Bill Cowles said the department will have record breaking numbers of registered voters for the 2020 General Election. Cowles said the number of registered voters is constantly changing due to people registering online, in person and through mandated sites like libraries. As of Monday at noon there were already at over 849,000 registered, compared to 776,721 in 2016.
2020 Watch: How much do debates matter this year?
Second, the first general election debate gives Trump a prime-time opening to test Biden’s physical and mental strength once and for all. ___THE BIG QUESTIONSHow much do debates matter in 2020? If recent history is any guide, the 2020 debates will not significantly change the direction of the election. But the Trump campaign is investing $10 million in a digital ad campaign featuring the court battle while encouraging battleground state voters to cast ballots. ___2020 Watch runs every Monday and provides a look at the week ahead in the 2020 election.
A fraction of former Florida felons will be able to vote this election
But just a fraction of the so-called “returning citizens” targeted by the measure will be able to participate in the Nov. 3 presidential election. “The Legislature purposely set up a system that was designed for voter suppression, and it has worked,” Palm Beach County State Attorney Dave Aronberg, a former Democratic state senator, told The News Service of Florida. The 11th Circuit’s decision means that felons must clear up financial obligations to be legally eligible to register and vote. It’s unclear, however, how many felons have registered to vote since the amendment went into effect in January 2019. Volz --- whose group is also engaged in voter-registration activities --- acknowledged that he’d like to see more felons participating in the upcoming presidential election.
NASA astronaut plans to cast her ballot from space station
Rubins and two Russian cosmonauts are preparing for a mid-October launch to the International Space Station, where shell spend the next six months. Rubins is just outside Moscow in Star City, Russia, preparing with two cosmonauts for a mid-October launch and a six-month stay at the International Space Station. Mission Control forwards the ballot to the space station and relays the completed ballot back to the county clerk. Rubins and Shane Kimbrough cast their votes from the International Space Station. Rubins, the first person to sequence DNA in space, plans to work on a cardiovascular experiment and conduct research using the space station’s Cold Atom Lab.
Why is Florida important to 2020 election? Historically, presidents don’t win without the Sunshine state
The election is 50 days out and both candidates-- President Donald Trump, and former Vice President Joe Biden-- are spending time in Florida. One historian tells News 6, it’s because the state is up for grabs, and for the incumbent, Trump, he needs Florida to win. “Donald Trump knows he has to carry Florida if he’s to have any chance of winning reelection,” University of Central Florida Professor Jim Clark said. “They will determine who wins Florida; since 1996, whoever wins the majority of those seven counties has gone to the White House,” said Clark. He also said he expects both candidates to spend record amounts in Florida campaigning ahead of the November election.
President Trump claims universal mail-in ballots lead to fraud; experts say vote-by-mail is safe
Universal mail-in ballots is a system where states automatically mail ballots to all registered voters. “Now they want to send in million and millions of ballots,” Trump said. It’s going to be a catastrophe.”In Florida, voters have to request an absentee or mail-in ballot, which Trump did. Unlike some states, voters do not need to have a medical or other reason to vote-by-mail. News 6 political analyst Dr. Jim Clark says when it comes to voter fraud there is often smoke, but no fire.
Singer John Legend endorses Orange-Osceola State Attorney candidate Monique Worrell
ORLANDO, Fla. – Grammy-Award winning singer and songwriter John Legend is paying attention to Florida politics, specifically several upcoming elections for local state attorney seats. The current Orlando-area state attorney Aramis Ayala said last year she would not be seeking re-election. Worrell, former chief judge of the Ninth Judicial Circuit Belvin Perry; current assistant state attorney in Orange-Osceola Deborah Barra and Ryan Williams, a longtime assistant state attorney in Florida’s 9th and 5th Judicial Circuits, have all announced they are running. Worrell, a criminal justice attorney, faces the three other candidates in the Aug. 18 Democratic primary. The goal of the political group is to “elect prosecutors who will fix our broken criminal justice system,” according to its website.
Former felons voting rights in limbo again after federal appeals court ruling
This week a federal appeals court judge granted Gov. Ron DeSantis motion to review a judges May ruling that determined the requirement for Floridians to pay all court costs and fees prior to being able to vote unconstitutional. A group of Florida residents impacted by this decision sued the state, along with the attorneys from the American Civil Liberties Foundation and the NAACP, among other voting rights groups. In May, a federal judge ruled that Florida law cant stop an estimated 774,000 disenfranchised felons from voting because they cant pay back any legal fees and restitution they owe. Circuit Court of Appeals, requesting a stay of Hinkles ruling and a review of the case by the full appeals court.
28 things you probably forgot happened in the whirlwind that 2020 has been
So let’s take a look at all of the wild things that happened so far this year that you probably already forgot about, shall we? (Photo by Brett Hemmings/Getty Images) (2020 Getty Images)Jan. 3: Iranian general Qasem Soleimani was killed in a drone strike by the U.S. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images) (2020 Getty Images)Feb. 5: After months of investigations, hearings and lots of tweets from Trump, the president was acquitted by the Senate on both articles of impeachment. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images) (2020 Getty Images)And now we’re in June. It’s hard to believe that all of those things happened during a pandemic, so who knows what else is next?
You won’t believe these stats on incarceration in the U.S.
If mass incarceration doesn’t affect you in a major way, it’s easy to go about your day and not think much of it. Legend believes we have a major issue of mass incarceration, and that problem can’t be solved until we address the over-reliance on jails. I don’t remember.”By highlighting human stories, supporting innovation projects, and encouraging productive policy change, FREEAMERICA aims to amplify the conversation about mass incarceration at the local, state and national levels. “And my children would not be following in my footsteps.”Some of the statistics on incarceration in the United States are quite jarring. According to the Safety and Justice Challenge website:Majority of people who are jailed have not been convicted of a crime.