Trust Index: No proof of voter fraud with election certification days away
President Donald Trump’s window to try and use the courts to overturn the 2020 election results is closing quickly. The president has alleged voting fraud with no evidence and so far has had a string of court losses to prove it. Even after a Trump recount in Wisconsin, the chairman of the Wisconsin election commission certified Biden the winner as well. News 6 political analyst Jim Clark points to Trump’s Election Defense Fund. “Remember, President Trump is also raising money,” Clark said.
Florida reports 6,000 new positive COVID-19 cases, 22 new deaths
Below is information provided by the Florida Department of Health for Sunday, Nov. 8. CasesThe Florida Department of Health reported 6,820 new cases on Sunday, bringing the state’s overall total to 843,897 cases since March. DeathsThe Florida Department of Health on Sunday reported 22 people have recently died from COVID-19. As of Sunday’s coronavirus report, a total of 17,333 deaths across the state have been related to the coronavirus, a number that includes 212 non-resident deaths in Florida. HospitalizationsCurrently, there are 2,777 people with the virus hospitalized in Florida, according to the state Agency for Health Care Administration.
State health officials report 4,452 new COVID-19 cases in Florida
The Florida Department of Health released new data on Florida’s fight against COVID-19. Below is information provided by the Florida Department of Health for Saturday, Nov. 7. CasesThe Florida Department of Health reported 4,452 new cases on Saturday, bringing the state’s overall total to 837,077 cases since March. DeathsThe Florida Department of Health on Saturday reported 87 people have recently died from COVID-19. State health officials have always maintained that virus fatalities are often delayed in being reported to the FDOH, with some deaths not reported for a month or more.
Orange County works to confirm ballots ahead of state deadline
ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. – A Canvassing Board meeting was held Friday at the Orange County Supervisor of Elections office. Cowles added that the deadline for the first unofficial numbers to the state is tomorrow at noon. But said next week they will be meeting again to look at the military ballots, as long as those ballots are postmarked by Election Day. “Florida has to wait 10 days for military voters, so all canvassing boards in all 67 counties will be coming back next week to look at the military ballots and add them in,” Cowles said. Cowles also said Florida law states they have to hold on to the paper ballots for 22 months.
Trust Index: Are ‘illegal’ votes being counted?
Election officials in states across the country are releasing vote totals for the presidential election, some question the ballots being counted after Election Day. I easily WIN the Presidency of the United States with LEGAL VOTES CAST. “I easily win the Presidency of the United States with legal votes cast,” President Trump posted on Twitter. Votes cast after the deadline in state law are not legally cast votes. — Marco Rubio (@marcorubio) November 6, 2020“Votes cast after the deadline in state law are not legally cast votes,” Rubio said.
Positive coronavirus cases surpass 830,000 in Florida
While Florida may avoid the title of “COVID hotspot,” the state is still seeing an uptick in cases and deaths. The state’s report lists coronavirus deaths by the date the people tested positive for the virus, not the date they passed. [RELATED: Live updates on 2020 presidential election]Below is information provided by the Florida Department of Heath for Friday, Nov. 6. CasesThe Florida Department of Health reported 5,245 new cases on Friday, bringing the state’s overall total to 832,625 cases since March. As of Friday’s coronavirus report, a total of 17,224 deaths across the state have been related to the coronavirus, a number that includes 210 non-resident deaths in Florida.
Photos: This is what ‘stop the count’ protests look like across the country
(Photo by John Moore/Getty Images) (2020 Getty Images)Trump supporters gather for a demonstration outside the TCF Center on Nov. 6, 2020 in Detroit. (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images) (2020 Getty Images)Trump supporters gather for a demonstration outside the TCF Center on Nov. 6, 2020 in Detroit. (Photo by Chris McGrath/Getty Images) (2020 Getty Images)Supporters of President Trump hold signs and chant slogans during a protest outside the Philadelphia Convention Center. (Photo by Chris McGrath/Getty Images) (2020 Getty Images)Supporters of President Trump yell at a counter protester at the Maricopa County Elections Department office on Nov. 6, 2020 in Phoenix. (Photo by Megan Varner/Getty Images) (2020 Getty Images)
Trust Index: Do Sharpie pens invalidate ballots?
Here’s a look at the facts:CLAIM: Votes were eliminated in Arizona because people were made to use Sharpie pens to mark their ballots. Arizona election officials confirmed that Sharpies were used in voting, but they said that would not invalidate a ballot. She is seeking a court order that all Maricopa County voters whose ballots were rejected as a result of using a Sharpie be given a chance to fix their ballots. Aguilera also is asking for such voters to be able to be present while election officials count their ballots. After a review of suggestions that Sharpie pens invalidate ballots, it’s been determined that the claims are not true.
Election results: What states are we still waiting on, and why? A breakdown
A handful of pivotal states remained in play Thursday in the tightly contested U.S. presidential race. But there are outstanding ballots left to be counted in the coming days. North CarolinaThe situationWith ballots left to count, the race is too early to call. As long as those ballots are postmarked by Nov. 3, state election officials have until Nov. 12 to count them. And when it comes to mail ballots, Biden was outperforming Trump.
Campaign pups throughout the years: These 11 photos will make you crack a smile
We found the following 11 photos from Getty Images, and we thought they were worth a share. (Getty Images)Pierre, a 5-year-old basset hound, apparently is a loyal fan of then-President Johnson -- and was happy to pose with a campaign button. (Getty Images)A dog wears a campaign sticker for Democratic presidential candidate and former Vice President Joe Biden during a campaign stop at the Buttercup diner on March 3, 2020 in Oakland, California. This photo was taken in front of the White House as the pups wore campaign buttons for Lyndon B. Johnson for President. (Getty Images)In Honolulu, Hawaiian women are seen casting their votes during a presidential election -- and even a dog doesn't dare peek.
Florida health officials report over 6,000 new COVID-19 cases, 39 deaths
On Thursday, the Florida Department of Health reported an additional 6,000 positive COVID-19 cases. CasesThe Florida Department of Health reported 6,257 new cases on Thursday, bringing the state’s overall total to 827,380 cases since March. DeathsThe Florida Department of Health on Thursday reported 39 people have recently died from COVID-19. State health officials have always maintained that virus fatalities are often delayed in being reported to the FDOH, with some deaths not reported for a month or more. The state reported 188 new hospitalizations ons Thursday, meaning the state has seen a total of 50,077 patients admitted to a hospital since March in relation to COVID-19.
Here’s why we don’t know who won Apopka City Council seat 2
APOPKA, Fla. – Apopka voters will head back to the polls next month to elect the city’s Seat 2 commissioner in a runoff election between candidates Yesenia Baron and Diane Velazquez. “I want to make sure that I am moving our city forward,” Baron said. Baron said she also wants to focus on connecting South Apopka to the rest of the city. “I think we should give more information, but in layman’s terms so they can understand what it costs to run a city,” Velazquez said. “I want to make sure that I am committing to the future of the city of Apopka together,” Baron said.
Presidential race still too close to call in some battleground states. Here’s where they stand
See All Battleground Race ResultsIt was unclear when or how quickly a winner could be determined. A late burst of votes in Michigan and Wisconsin gave Biden a small lead in those states, but it was still too early to call the race. But the margins were exceedingly tight, with the candidates trading wins in battleground states across the country. Trump picked up Florida, the largest of the swing states, while Biden flipped Arizona, a state that has reliably voted Republican in recent elections. Both campaigns had teams of lawyers at the ready to move into battleground states if there were legal challenges.
Race to the White House: See all the possible ways Trump, Biden can still win US presidential election
Polls closed Tuesday night and yet on Wednesday, hours later, neither Donald Trump nor Joe Biden had the 270 electoral votes needed to secure a win in the 2020 U.S. presidential election. Election Day is over, so what’s the holdup? Vote tabulations routinely continue beyond Election Day, and states largely set the rules for when the count has to end. This embed is meant to serve only as a preview of what outcomes America could in the U.S. presidential election. As much as it pains me to write this, it’s possible this presidential election could end in a 269-269 Electoral College tie.
4,400 new COVID-19 cases reported in Florida amid ongoing election battle
As election workers continue to count votes, health officials are keeping tabs on new cases of COVID-19. On Wednesday the Florida Department of Health reported nearly 4,500 new cases. Coronavirus Cases Nov. 3Below is information provided by the Florida Department of Heath for Wednesday, Nov. 3. CasesThe Florida Department of Health reported 4,423 new cases on Wednesday, bringing the state’s overall total to 821,123 cases since March. DeathsThe Florida Department of Health on Wednesday reported 32 people have recently died from COVID-19.
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.
9 photos that prove Election Day 2020 was different than any other in recent years
There’s no doubt that Election Day this year was one for the books. After record-setting early voting, people still showed up in droves on Election Day to cast their ballot. Below are 10 photos -- all from Getty Images -- that give an indication of how different this Election Day looked. (2020 Getty Images)Protesters march through the streets around Black Lives Matter Plaza on Nov. 3 in Washington DC. (2020 Getty Images)Did you feel things were different this year?
Sarah McBride becomes the first openly transgender person to be elected state senator
While most Americans continued awaiting the presidential election results, history was silently being made in Delaware. Sarah McBride, 30, made history on election night by becoming the first openly transgender person to be elected to the state Senate in U.S. history. “I hope tonight shows an LGBTQ kid that our democracy is big enough for them, too,” McBride tweeted Tuesday night after the election was called. McBride is a former spokesperson for the LGBTQ advocacy group Human Rights Campaign and also became the first trans person to speak at a major political convention. McBride will represent parts of Bellefonte, Claymont and Wilmington, the state’s largest city.
The world waits nervously, impatiently for US vote count
The world is watching as millions of Americans cast their ballots for the next president on Tuesday. “In the American system, the last vote counts, and maybe the last vote changes the result," Borrell told Spanish National Television. "The battle over the legitimacy of the result — whatever it will look like — has now begun,” said the German defense minister, Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer. “Africa used to learn American democracy, America is now learning African democracy,” tweeted Nigerian Sen. Shehu Sani, reflecting a common view from some on a continent long used to troubled elections and U.S. criticism of them. ___AP journalists around the world contributed to this story.
Amendment 4 fails: Floridians decide against requiring second vote on constitutional amendments
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Florida’s proposed Amendment 4, which aimed to require a second vote for amendments to the state constitution, has failed. Currently, a constitutional amendment requires a 60% vote to become effective, anything less means the amendment is rejected, but under Amendment 4 it would extend the process to another round of voting. “Essentially, an amendment approved by Florida voters would not count unless it passed a second time in the next election. A “yes” vote supports requiring voter-approved constitutional amendments to be approved by voters at a second general election to become effective. A “no” vote opposes requiring voter-approved constitutional amendments to be approved by voters at a second general election to become effective.
Democrat Marco Lopez wins Osceola County sheriff race
OSCEOLA COUNTY, Fla. – Democrat Marco Lopez has been declared the winner of the Osceola County sheriff race. He was first elected Osceola County sheriff in November 2016 and took office in 2017. Marco Lopez is very familiar with the Osceola County Sheriff’s Office after spending more than 16 years with the agency, according to his campaign website. In 2005, he joined the Osceola County Sheriff’s Office as a deputy sheriff. Now retired and living on a small farmstead in west Osceola County, Fernández has seven children through a blended family with his wife, Carmen.
Osceola County Property Appraiser Katrina S. Scarborough wins re-election
OSCEOLA COUNTY, Fla. – Democrat Katrina S. Scarborough has been declared the winner of the Osceola County property appraiser race. One election happening in Osceola County is for the county’s property appraiser. Her duty is to determine the value of all property within the county, including improved and vacant real property, tangible personal property, and agricultural property. Property-appraiser.orgLet’s meet the candidates:Katrina S. Scarborough (D)Katrina Scarborough, the incumbent, is a lifelong Osceola County resident. She also served as the chief of staff for two years prior to being elected as the Osceola County Property Appraiser.
Mary Jane Arrington wins Osceola County’s supervisor of elections race
Democrat Mary Jane Arrington has been declared the winner of the Osceola County supervisor of elections race. One election happening in Osceola County is for the county’s supervisor of elections. The supervisor of elections is the official designated by Florida law and the county charter to administer elections and voter registration for Osceola County. She began her role in government in 1994 when she was the first women to be elected to serve on the Osceola County Commission. Arrington was one on the founding supervisors of the TOHO Water Authority, where she served from 2001 to 2008.
Republican Neal Dunn re-elected in US House District 2 race
MARION COUNTY, Fla. – Republican Neal Dunn has been declared the winner of the U.S. House District 2 race. Incumbent Neal Dunn currently holds the seat for U.S. House District 2 and was facing write-in candidate Kim O’Connor on the November ballot. [2020 VOTER GUIDE: Everything you need to know ahead of the presidential election]Here’s what you need to know about the candidates:Neal Dunn (R)Congressman Dunn first assumed office in 2017. At the beginning of the 116th Congress, Dunn was appointed to serve on the House Committee on Veterans' Affairs, the House Committee on Agriculture, and the House Committee on Science, Space and Technology. She first graduated from the University of South Florida with a philosophy degree then got her law degree at the University of Florida.
Monique Worrell to replace Aramis Ayala as Orange-Osceola state attorney
ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. – Democrat Monique Worrell has been declared the winner of the Orange-Osceola state attorney race. As of 11 p.m. Tuesday, she had 66% of the vote with 342 out of 348 precincts reporting. [LIVE RACE RESULTS: Scroll to bottom of story to see all race returns]RACE DETAILS BELOWAfter a heavily contested primary, voters had the choice of two candidates to replace Aramis Ayala as the state attorney for Orange and Osceola counties. He’s been endorsed by former Orange County sheriffs Kevin Beary and Lawson Lamar. Monique Worrell (D)Monique Worrell has earned endorsements from Ayala, Sen. Bernie Sanders and singer John Legend.
Amendment 5 passes: Floridians vote to extend Homestead exemption transfer period
Florida’s proposed Amendment 5, which would extend the Homestead exemption transfer period, has passed. “There is a 3% annual limit for an increase in the valuation of a homestead property. Currently, after moving to a new primary residence, a Florida resident has two years to transfer their homestead property benefit. A “yes” vote supports extending the period during which a person may transfer Save Our Homes benefits to a new homestead property from two years to three years. A “no” vote opposes extending the period during which a person may transfer Save Our Homes benefits to a new homestead property from two years to three years.
R.J. Larizza re-elected as Flagler-Volusia state attorney
Republican R.J. Larizza has been declared the winner of the Flagler-Volusia state attorney race. [LIVE RACE RESULTS: Scroll to bottom of story to see all race returns]RACE DETAILS BELOWVoters in the 7th Judicial Circuit, which covers Flagler, Volusia, St. Johns and Putnam counties, were asked to choose between the incumbent or an independent challenger running for state attorney. The former prosecutor believes the criminal justice system is broken with a heavy emphasis on incarceration, which he hopes to change by focusing more on diversion programs and common sense sentencing practices. R.J. Larizza (R)Incumbent R.J. Larizza has been elected for a fourth term as the state attorney for the 7th Judicial Circuit, a role he’s filled since being sworn in in January 2009. Larizza has worked in the criminal justice system since 1980 and has experience as a probation officer, a private attorney, a prosecutor and a state attorney.
Amendment 1 passes: Floridians decide to change right to vote citizenship language
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Florida’s proposed Amendment 1, which would change the verbiage that describes who has the right to vote in the state of Florida, has passed. She says the language can be tricky but the change Amendment 1 would make is actually pretty simple. So would this amendment change who is allowed to vote in Florida? A “yes” vote supports amending the Florida Constitution to state that “only a citizen” of the U.S. who is 18 years old or older can vote in Florida. A 60 percent supermajority vote was required for the approval of Amendment 1, which is sponsored by the political committee Florida Citizen Voters.
Residents vote to extend Marion County’s 1% sales tax
MARION COUNTY, Fla. – Marion County residents have voted to extend a 1% public safety and transportation infrastructure sales tax referendum. [LIVE RACE RESULTS: Scroll to bottom of story to see all race returns]RACE DETAILS BELOWMarion County voters will decide on the November ballot if they want a four-year extension of a 1% public safety and transportation infrastructure sales tax referendum. County officials said $167 million was generated to fund various projects from 2017-2020 from the sales tax. If approved, county officials said $196 million will be generated in revenue. Marion County officials also expect to build new facilities for safety departments and to add more safety vehicles.
Amendment 6 passes: Floridians approve transfer of veteran benefits to surviving spouses
Florida’s proposed Amendment 6, which aims to ensure beneficiaries of veterans with combat-related disabilities continue to receive Homestead tax benefits after the death of the veteran, has passed. Amendment 6 ensures the beneficiaries of veterans with combat-related disabilities would continue to receive Homestead tax benefits after the death of the veteran. The discount may be transferred to a new homestead property of the surviving spouse under certain conditions. A “yes” vote supports allowing a Homestead property tax discount to be transferred to the surviving spouse of a deceased veteran. A “no” vote opposes allowing a Homestead property tax discount to be transferred to the surviving spouse of a deceased veteran.
Voters re-approve Brevard County’s half-cent surtax
BREVARD COUNTY, Fla. – Brevard County residents have voted to extend a half-cent surtax for a school board referendum on their November ballot. [LIVE RACE RESULTS: Scroll to bottom of story to see all race returns]RACE DETAILS BELOWVoters in Brevard County will have to decide whether to extend a half-cent surtax for a school board referendum on their November ballot. The half-cent surtax was approved by voters in 2014. The reason for the initial referendum was to upgrade aging schools, school security and technology, according to the district. The surtax is shared with charter schools based on proportionate share or district enrollment, according to the county’s board of elections.
Republican Scott Franklin wins US House District 15 race
Republican Scott Franklin has won Florida Rep. Ross Spano’s seat in the U.S. House. Franklin defeated Democrat Alan Cohn in Tuesday’s election, ensuring that Spano’s seat stays in Republican hands. The Lakeland commissioner has operated a small business in the city for 20 years. He said he never voted for a tax increase while serving as a Lakeland commissioner. Alan Cohn (D)Cohn is a Peabody Award-winning television investigative journalist and is making another run for the District 15 seat.
Flagler County voters re-elect Sheriff Rick Staly
FLAGLER COUNTY, Fla. – Republican Rick Staly has been declared the winner of the Flagler County sheriff race. The sheriff leads more than 300 Flagler County Sheriff’s Office employees who serve a community of more than 95,000. He then served 23 years in the Orange County Sheriff’s Office before being promoted to undersheriff. Staly began leading the Flagler County Sheriff’s Office in 2017. Although he is running as a Democrat, on his Facebook page, he reminds people living in Flagler County that’s he’s a candidate for all.
Brevard County voters re-elect Republican Sheriff Wayne Ivey
BREVARD COUNTY, Fla. – Republican Wayne Ivey has been declared the winner of the Brevard County sheriff race. The race marks the first time in eight years that Brevard County residents cast their votes for sheriff. Sheriff Wayne Ivey, who was first elected in 2012, faced Democratic challenger Alton Edmond this year after Ivey ran unopposed in 2016. The winner’s responsibilities will include leading the men and women of the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office, which, according to the agency’s Twitter, provides law enforcement services to more than 510,000 residents on Florida’s East Coast, and managing the agency’s multi-million dollar budget. Here’s how to track your ballot]Here’s what you need to know about the candidates:Wayne Ivey (R)Republican incumbent Wayne Ivey has more than 40 years of law enforcement experience in Florida, according to his campaign site.
Rep. Daniel Webster re-elected in US House District 11 race
Republican incumbent Daniel Webster has been declared the winner of the U.S. House District 11 race. The Associated Press called the race for Webster, who was leading Dana Marie Cottrell 67-33%. He faces Democrat Dana Marie Cottrell on the ballot. Here’s what you need to know about the candidates:Daniel Webster (R)Congressman Webster was born in Charleston, West Virginia, on April 27, 1949. He previously represented Florida’s 8th Congressional District from 2011 to 2012, and Florida’s 10th Congressional District from 2013 to 2016.
Republican Kat Cammack wins US House District 3 race
MARION COUNTY, Fla. – Republican Kat Cammack has won Florida’s U.S. House seat held by her former boss, retiring Florida Republican Rep. Ted Yoho. Cammack owns a political consulting firm and previously served as Yoho’s deputy chief of staff and campaign manager. Yoho is leaving Congress after four terms to fulfill a campaign promise to self-impose term limits. Cammack won the August primary with 25% of the vote in a 10-way race. Cammack was the deputy chief of staff and campaign manager for Yoho from 2012-2020.
US House District 10 voters re-elect Rep. Val Demings
ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. – Democratic incumbent Val Demings has been declared the winner of the U.S. House District 10 race. [LIVE RACE RESULTS: Scroll to bottom of story to see all race returns]U.S. House District 10 View All CandidatesRACE DETAILS BELOWThree candidates were in the running to represent Florida’s 10th Congressional District, which includes west Orange County. Here’s how to track your ballot]Prior to incumbent Rep. Val Demings winning the 2016 election, the House seat had been held by Republicans. Val Demings (D)Congresswoman Demings, born in Jacksonville, is the youngest of seven children. She especially wants voters to know she’s not a politician.
Republican David Johnson wins Seminole County property appraiser race
SEMINOLE COUNTY, Fla. – Republican David Johnson has been declared the winner of the Seminole County property appraiser race. [LIVE RACE RESULTS: Scroll to bottom of story to see all race returns]This Seminole County office has been running since 1913, and Johnson, the current property appraiser, was first elected in 2004. RACE DETAILS BELOWBefore we go over the candidates, it’s important to know exactly what a property appraiser does. [2020 VOTER GUIDE: Everything you need to know ahead of the presidential election]According to the Seminole County Property Appraiser website, their duties include identifying, locating and fairly valuing all property within the county for tax purposes. Jeff Triplett (NPA)Triplett has been the mayor of Sanford since 2011, and now he’s stepping down to run for county property appraiser.
Chris Anderson wins Seminole County’s supervisor of elections race
SEMINOLE COUNTY, Fla. – Republican Chris Anderson has been declared the winner of the Seminole County supervisor of elections race. Currently, Republican Chris Anderson holds the position after replacing former Seminole County Supervisor of Elections Mike Ertel. Seminole County’s supervisor of elections, according to the county’s SOE website, is responsible for overseeing all election activities for the county, including managing all municipal, county, state and national elections in Seminole County, preventing voting fraud activities and facilitating qualifying of county-wide candidates for office. According to the Seminole County Supervisor of Elections Office website, Seminole County currently has 335,183 registered voters. Ron DeSantis as Seminole County’s supervisor of elections in January of last year.
Democrat Stephanie Murphy re-elected in US House District 7 race
Democratic incumbent Stephanie Murphy has been declared the winner of the U.S. House District 7 race. [LIVE RACE RESULTS: Scroll to bottom of story to see all race returns]RACE DETAILS BELOWFlorida’s 7th Congressional District includes portions of Orange and Seminole counties. Incumbent Stephanie Murphy currently holds the seat for U.S. House District 7 and defeated two challengers who were seeking to replace her in the November election. Stephanie Murphy (D)Congresswoman Murphy first assumed office in 2017. William R. Garlington (NPA)According to his campaign website, Garlington is a businessman, entrepreneur, author, public speaker and educator.
Seminole County Sheriff Dennis Lemma wins re-election
SEMINOLE COUNTY, Fla. – Republican Dennis Lemma has been declared the winner of the Seminole County sheriff race with more than 58% of voters opting to re-elect Lemma. [LIVE RACE RESULTS: Scroll to bottom of story to see all race returns]RACE DETAILS BELOWThe voters of Seminole County have decided who will be their top cop going forward and decided to continue with Sheriff Dennis Lemma. The Republican candidate, Dennis Lemma, has served as Seminole County sheriff since 2017 while Democrat Paul “Spike” Hopkins unsuccessfully ran for the role in Orange County in 2016. Lemma will continue deciding how crime is enforced in Seminole County for the next four years and manage the sheriff’s office’s multi-million dollar budget. Here’s what you need to know about the candidates:Dennis Lemma (R)Before he was re-elected, Dennis Lemma was a decades-long Seminole County resident who has served as sheriff since he was sworn in on Jan. 3, 2017.
Amy Mercado wins Orange County property appraiser race
ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. – Democrat Amy Mercado has been declared the winner of the Orange County property appraiser race. [LIVE RACE RESULTS: Scroll to bottom of story to see all race returns]Orange County Property Appraiser View All CandidatesRACE DETAILS BELOWAmy Mercado was the only name on the November ballot for the Orange County property appraiser race, though she does face one write-in candidate. The county property appraiser is responsible for identifying, locating and fairly valuing all property within the county for tax purposes. She said she wants to improve the relationships and communication with property owners, the real estate community and the property appraiser’s office. Tim Loucks (WRI)Loucks is running as a write-in candidate in the race to become Orange County’s next property appraiser.
Orange County voters re-elect Sheriff John Mina
ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. – Democrat John Mina has been declared the winner of the Orange County sheriff race. Made up of more than 2,500 employees, including 1,600 sworn officers, the Orange County Sheriff’s Office is the largest law enforcement agency in Central Florida. Here’s what you need to know about each candidate:John Mina (D)Mina became the 29th elected sheriff of Orange County in November 2018, when he won a special election to replace former Sheriff Jerry Demings after Demings was elected Orange County Mayor. You can read read more about Mina’s career as Orange County sheriff and the issues that matter most to him here. Winston Johnson (WRI)Winston Johnson, a write-in candidate on the November ballot, is running to become the next sheriff of Orange County.
US House District 9 voters re-elect Darren Soto
Democratic incumbent Darren Soto has been declared the winner of the U.S. House District 9 race. Nearly 689,000 people live in District 9, according to the last U.S. Census. Darren Soto (D)Congressman Soto was first elected in 2016 to represent Florida’s 9th Congressional District. He was first elected to the Florida House at the age of 29 and served for five and a half years. Clay Hill (WRI)Hill is a write-in candidate in the U.S. House District 9 race.
SURVEY: Here’s how Florida voters feel about key issues in 2020 election
ORLANDO, Fla. – Voters in Florida made their pick for president while holding negative views about the country’s direction, according to an expansive AP survey of the American electorate. AP VoteCast found that 38% of Florida voters said the United States is on the right track, and 61% of voters said it is headed in the wrong direction. ON THE ISSUESThe pandemic was top of mind for many voters in Florida. Users can also see voters' views on the coronavirus pandemic, the country’s direction and other issues. The survey of more than 100,000 voters will provide insight into who voted, and why, in this year’s general election.
These celebrities are proudly showing off their ‘I Voted’ stickers
Celebrities -- they’re just like us. Well, not really, but they definitely vote, and they definitely post selfies on Election Day with their “I Voted” sticker. Here are a few celebs who have let social media know they are exercising their constitutional right to have their voice heard. Laura DernSnoop DoggJessica AlbaNatalie PortmanJennifer LopezCharlize TheronBlake Lively and Ryan ReynoldsDemi LovatoDrew BarrymoreLizzoMariah CareyKerry WashingtonAshlee Simpson RossReese WitherspoonHalle BerryNick JonasSelena GomezBrittany SnowJimmy FallonJoe Jonas
These are the states to watch closely on election night
The former vice president is competitive in all the battleground states Trump carried in 2016, and has put a handful of traditional Republican states, including Georgia and Arizona, in play. Grab the binoculars and focus on these 10 states as election returns start rolling in:Florida: 29 electoral votesAll eyes are on Florida, a swing state known for razor-thin election tallies. If Trump doesn’t win Florida, he’s going to have a rough time capturing enough states to stay in office. As early voting began in the state, Biden expanded his ad buys into every corner of Ohio. Trump won Arizona in 2016, but it is no longer an ironclad GOP stalwart.
What to know about Florida’s Amendment 4: Requires second vote on constitutional amendments
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Under Amendment 4, Florida voters will decide this November whether constitutional amendments such as Amendment 4 should receive two general election votes before becoming part of the state constitution. [LIVE RACE RESULTS: Scroll to bottom of story to see all race returns starting at 7 p.m. on Nov. 3]Currently, a constitutional amendment requires a 60% vote to become effective, anything less means the amendment is rejected, but under Amendment 4 it would extend the process to another round of voting. “Essentially, an amendment approved by Florida voters would not count unless it passed a second time in the next election. A “yes” vote supports requiring voter-approved constitutional amendments to be approved by voters at a second general election to become effective. A “no” vote opposes requiring voter-approved constitutional amendments to be approved by voters at a second general election to become effective.
AP VoteCast: Voters split on virus, economy, even football
Among the few shared views in the two camps of voters: Trump has changed the way things work in Washington. Most Trump voters say he has changed Washington for the better; most Biden voters say he's changed it for the worse. And Biden voters overwhelmingly said the federal government should prioritize limiting the spread of the virus — even if that damages the economy. About half of Trump voters called the economy and jobs the top issue facing the nation, while only 1 in 10 Biden voters named it most important. Trump voters remain adamant that the economy is in good shape: About three-quarters call national economic conditions excellent or good.
Battleground races we’re watching across the U.S. today
Political teams across Graham Media Group are watching “battleground” races in Texas, Florida, Michigan and Virginia. TEXASThe entire state of Texas itself is something of a battleground with Democrats holding onto a longshot hope of turning the long-red state blue. Here’s a report from KPRC2 in Houston and KSAT in San Antonio on competitive districts in the Lone Star state:Follow all Texas results on Click2Houston and KSAT.com. Follow all Florida results on News4Jax, ClickOrlando and Local 10 (Miami). Follow Virginia results on WSLS.com.