EXPLAINER: How mailed ballots slow results in Pennsylvania
He has relentlessly criticized the state's voting procedures since his loss in Pennsylvania two years ago, when it took several days to tally the results from all mailed ballots. HOW THE STATE'S MAILED BALLOT SYSTEM WORKSUntil 2019, Pennsylvania allowed only limited voting using mailed ballots. Those changes, which were temporary, fueled Trump’s claim that mailed ballots provided an opening for widespread fraud, but there is no evidence that occurred. The issue involved at least 21,000 mailed ballots, of which only a third were scanning properly. In states that allow election officials to pre-process and even pre-scan mailed ballots, results can come quickly.wftv.com
EXPLAINER: How mailed ballots slow results in Pennsylvania
Counting of mailed ballots in Pennsylvania is drawing renewed scrutiny amid a too-close-to-call U.S. Senate primary between Republicans David McCormick and Dr. Mehmet Oz. Former President Donald Trump blasted the state’s elections procedures on social media, even though there are no indications of any wrongdoing with those ballots other than a printing error that was slowing the tally in one county.
Kentucky clerk Kim Davis violated civil rights of same-sex couples
(AP Photo/John Flavell, File) (John Flavell/AP)Kentucky clerk Kim Davis violated the civil rights of same-sex couples when she refused to issue them marriage licenses, a judge has ruled. >> Read more trending newsThe ruling was issued Friday in two lawsuits facing the former Rowan County clerk, The Associated Press reported. Two same-sex couples sued Davis when she denied them the paperwork that would have allowed them to marry. Davis said she has a religious objection to all same-sex marriages and stopped issuing all marriage licenses after the Supreme Court ruled in 2015 that same-sex couples could marry nationwide. A jury will now decide what, if any, damages the couples could be owed, the AP reported.wftv.com
Judge: Same-sex marriage license denials violated rights
(AP Photo/John Flavell, File) (John Flavell)A federal judge has ruled that a former Kentucky clerk violated the constitutional rights of two same-sex couples who were among those she wouldn't issue marriage licenses — a refusal that sparked international attention and briefly landed her in jail in 2015. U.S. District Judge David Bunning in Ashland issued the ruling Friday in two longstanding lawsuits involving Kim Davis, the former clerk of Rowan County, and two same-sex couples who sued her. That led to lawsuits against her, and a judge ordered Davis to issue the licenses. The state legislature later enacted a law removing the names of all county clerks from state marriage licenses. Thomas wrote that while he agreed with the decision not to hear the Davis case regarding the immunity claims in 2020, it was a “stark reminder of the consequences” of the court’s 2015 decision in the same-sex marriage case.wftv.com
Judge: Same-sex marriage license denials violated rights
(AP Photo/John Flavell, File) (John Flavell)A federal judge has ruled that a former Kentucky clerk violated the constitutional rights of two same-sex couples after she wouldn't issue them marriage licenses — a refusal that sparked international attention and briefly landed her in jail in 2015. U.S. District Judge David Bunning in Ashland issued the ruling Friday in two longstanding lawsuits involving Kim Davis, the former clerk of Rowan County, and two same-sex couples who sued her. That led to lawsuits against her, and a judge ordered Davis to issue the licenses. The state legislature later enacted a law removing the names of all county clerks from state marriage licenses. Thomas wrote that while he agreed with the decision not to hear the Davis case regarding sovereign immunity claims in 2020, it was a “stark reminder of the consequences” of the court’s 2015 decision in the same-sex marriage case.wftv.com
US warns midterms could spark calls for extremist violence
Homeland Security Election Threats FILE - Voters wait outside the Lee Hill polling location on Election Day in Spotsylvania, Va., Nov. 3, 2020. The Department of Homeland Security warns that unsubstantiated claims of fraud that have haunted the U.S. since November’s election could return for the upcoming midterms. DHS officials and a new national terrorism advisory note that the midterms are emerging as a rallying point for domestic extremists and foreign adversaries seeking to disrupt the U.S. and incite violence. The National Terrorism Advisory System Bulletin, which is periodically updated by DHS in a replacement of the color-coded warnings of the past, warns that the primary threat to the U.S. remains lone offenders or small cells of individuals. The alert warns that the months leading up to the midterms could see extremists using online forums and other methods to call for violence at democratic institutions, candidates, party offices, election and poll workers.wftv.com
Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf said his wife dropped off his ballot for him, which is illegal and punishable by a $1,000 fine and up to a year in prison
"My wife actually dropped it off personally two weeks ago, so it's there," Wolf said in a radio interview. A spokesperson said it was an "honest mistake."news.yahoo.com
Few snags for Election Day voting amid scrutiny on process
(AP Photo/Steve Helber) (Steve Helber)ATLANTA — (AP) — After a year of dealing with false claims and death threats, election officials on Tuesday delivered a relatively smooth Election Day. Any discrepancies are researched, and election officials provide detailed explanations prior to any election being certified. Election officials said demonstrating secure, consistent and fair practices would help reassure those who still have doubts about last year’s presidential election as preparations begin for next year’s midterms. The claims have also decreased public trust and faith in election officials, who have been the target of threats and harassment. Last week, election officials of both parties testified before Congress about the threats they have received and called for more protections for election workers.wftv.com
College teams receive waivers for Election Day practice
NCAA Election Day FILE - Texas linebacker DeMarvion Overshown pauses after taking the field before an NCAA college football game against Oklahoma State in Austin, Texas, Oct. 16, 2021. A year after the NCAA gave athletes Election Day off, football teams all over the country were practicing on the first Tuesday in November. Although the NCAA's Election Day rule remains in place, teams could pursue waivers if they wanted to practice. Although the NCAA's Election Day rule remains in place, teams could pursue waivers if they wanted to practice — and many did, including some in places with significant decisions on the ballot. Eric Reveno, an assistant basketball coach at Georgia Tech, was credited with promoting the idea of making Election Day an off day for college athletes last year.wftv.com
How The Washington Post will model possible outcomes in the Virginia governor’s race
How is The Washington Post doing election results this year? Learn more about when we will report results, how our approach to displaying results is different in 2020, how our model works and how we will conclude who has won or lost a race.washingtonpost.com
WH: GOP spent like 'drunken sailors' - now must pay
White House press secretary Jen Psaki bluntly calls out GOP lawmakers about their spending during the Trump era and their refusal now to raise the national debt limit. Psaki said they "spent like drunken sailors," during the last four years. (Oct. 4)news.yahoo.com
EXPLAINER: If Newsom recall fails, no winning candidate
The Associated Press will only declare a winner in the race to replace Newsom if the vote to recall him is successful. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong, File) (Jae C. Hong)WASHINGTON — (AP) — California voters are being asked to weigh in on two questions in Tuesday's recall election for Gov. California voters are being asked these two questions: Should Newsom be removed from office, yes or no, and who should replace him? The top vote-getter on the replacement ballot could become obvious before the outcome of the recall vote is decided. Mail ballots can arrive up to a week after Election Day and still be counted, as long as they are postmarked by Election Day.wftv.com
Report shows big spike in mail ballots during 2020 election
While voting by mail has been on the rise in recent years, the 2020 election marked a major shift in the way people cast ballots, at least temporarily. Although the number of mailed ballots sent to voters doubled from 2016 to 2020, the rejection rate held relatively steady. Election officials educated votes about the process for mail voting and how to avoid mistakes. Georgia has new ID requirements for requesting mailed ballots, and Arizona and Florida will now force voters to repeatedly request mailed ballots instead of remaining on a list of permanent absentee voters. The 2020 election and the pandemic also ushered in a major shift in the demographics of poll workers.wftv.com
Report shows big spike in mail ballots during 2020 election
A new report shows fewer than one-third of voters who cast ballots in last year’s U.S. presidential election did so at a polling place on Election Day as the coronavirus pandemic led states to greatly expand mail-in balloting and early voting.
Channel 9′s ‘Ocoee Massacre’ documentary wins Gracie Award
ORLANDO, Fla. — Channel 9′s “Ocoee Massacre” documentary won a Gracie Award on June 9, The Alliance For Women In Media Foundation said. The film, which debuted in November, won the award for local television documentary. Read: Election Day 1920The Gracies recognize exemplary programming created by, for and about women in radio, television, cable and interactive media. The documentary tells the under-told story of the nation’s deadliest Election Day massacre. You can catch the full documentary by clicking here or scrolling below:Click here to read more about the massacre.wftv.com
Liz Cheney refuses to link Trump’s false election claims, GOP’s push for new voting restrictions
After losing a leadership role for calling out former president Donal Trump's false election claims, Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.) disputed that those falsehoods have animated the GOP's push in dozens of states to enact new voting restrictions.washingtonpost.com
As GOP restricts voting, Democrats move to expand access
Since then, one priority has become clear: expanding voting rights. Ralph Northam approved a sweeping voting rights act, reinstating election rules once required by federal law to prevent racial discrimination. A majority of the proposals focus on absentee voting, while others are meant to make it easier to register to vote or restore voting rights for those with prior criminal convictions. The U.S. Supreme Court in 2013 threw out that requirement, known as preclearance, effectively gutting the Voting Rights Act. ____Associated Press coverage of voting rights receives support in part from the Carnegie Corporation of New York.wftv.com
Democrats revise voting bill, but Senate obstacles remain
The changes would give states more time and flexibility to put new federal requirements in place after some election officials complained that the proposed timelines were burdensome. Rep. John Sarbanes, the lead sponsor of the House bill, praised Senate colleagues for addressing concerns raised by election officials and urged senators to move quickly. Some election officials had said they would prefer to use that day to prepare for in-person voting and instead start early voting a day earlier. Democrats also amended a requirement that election officials give voters 10 days to fix an issue with their ballot signature. The revised bill would require election officials to provide at least a three-day window after ballots are due.wftv.com
EXPLAINER: Varying views on how to keep accurate voter rolls
Maintaining accurate voter rolls is a bipartisan concern, but there is little agreement on the best way to do it. Republicans say Democrats are too lax, resulting in bloated voter rolls that undermine confidence and invite fraud. Here is an explanation of how voter rolls are maintained, how states do it differently and the conflicts over this year’s legislative proposals. WHAT ARE VOTER ROLLS AND HOW ARE THEY MAINTAINED? In 2016, New York City’s Board of Elections improperly removed more than 200,000 names from the voter rolls.
Sick of 2021? ‘Just Scream!’ hotline offers relief
If you’ve been screaming on the inside for the last few months, now you can do it out loud for all the world to hear. is a hotline that lets you scream into your phone. Elementary school teacher Chris Gollmar created the project to help people reduce their stress. The hotline was launched just before Election Day and Gollmar says since then he’s received more than 70,000 phone calls. To get in on the screaming action or to just listen to others scream, click here.
Biden win over Trump in Nevada made official by court
The Nevada Supreme Court made Joe Biden's win in the state official on Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2020, approving the final canvass of the Nov. 3 election. (AP Photo/John Locher, File)LAS VEGAS – The Nevada Supreme Court made Joe Biden’s win in the state official on Tuesday, approving the state's final canvass of the Nov. 3 election. Steve Sisolak results that will deliver six electoral votes from the western U.S. battleground state to Biden. Nevada Secretary of State Barbara Cegavske, a Republican who has avoided the public eye in recent weeks, presented the results to the court. That was up from a turnout of 76.8% during the presidential election in 2016, when Democrat Hillary Clinton carried Nevada by a little under 2.5% over Trump.
Transition or tropics? EPA chief looks at final trips abroad
After months of travel to battleground states before Election Day, the head of the Environmental Protection Agency now is looking at taxpayer-funded trips abroad, including the tropics, in the Trump administration's last weeks. Administrator Andrew Wheeler had been invited next month to Taiwan, a trip with an estimated cost of $45,000, EPA spokesman James Hewitt said Thursday. “Administrator Wheeler remains head of the agency and will continue to advance environmental progress both here and abroad,” Hewitt said. The New York Times, which first reported Wheeler’s travel plans, said Wheeler and other EPA officials were expected to travel by chartered flight to minimize exposure to the coronavirus. Hewitt, the EPA spokesman, did not immediately respond to a question asking whether Wheeler was doing any planning to help the agency transition from one administration to the next.
Native American votes helped secure Biden's win in Arizona
Native Americans were among the difference-makers who swung the race to Biden in Arizona. That show of force is now translating into leverage for Native Americans seeking more representation in top levels of the federal government. Native voters say they were motivated by many of the same things as other voters. She also was part of a group helping to boost voting among Native Americans. “People need to start paying attention to not only Navajo votes but across the board nationally, Native votes,” Davis said.
Poll workers contract virus, but Election Day link unclear
FILE - In this Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2020, file photo, poll workers assist a voter on Election Day at Frank McCourt High School, on New York's Upper West Side. Poll workers in some states who came in contact with voters on Election Day are now reporting they have tested positive for the coronavirus despite painstaking efforts to secure election sites. In most places, poll workers were required to wear masks. The cases emerged while election workers continued counting thousands of ballots. It's difficult to trace cases back to polling places because the virus manifests in different ways, and some people never get symptoms.
States cite smooth election, despite Trump's baseless claims
But the election was largely smooth, in large part because 107 million voters that cast their ballots early and took the pressure off Election Day operations. Election experts said the large increase in advance voting — 107 million people voting early in person and by mail — helped take pressure off Election Day operations. Among the many lawsuits filed since Election Day is one in Nevada by the Trump campaign alleging voter fraud. “On Election Day, we didn’t have any reports of anything significant," said Lisa Schaefer, who leads the bipartisan County Commissioners Association of Pennsylvania. “The system held up given the extraordinary circumstances that election officials faced,” said Amber McReynolds, who leads the National Vote at Home Institute.
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.
EXPLAINER: What is a 'cured' ballot?
Here, Christina A. Cassidy, a reporter for The Associated Press who covers voting and election security, offers some insight into the post-election process for fixing ballots:UNDER WHAT CIRCUMSTANCES CAN A BALLOT BE CURED? In states that lack such a process, ballots with these problems are generally not counted. But a few states do not use signature verification to validate a mail ballot, including Pennsylvania. In a few states, if the problem is identified before Election Day, the voter is sent a replacement ballot. Partisan poll watchers can report concerns to party officials, who can raise objections and file lawsuits.
Analysis: Trump's vote diatribe both shocking, unsurprising
And he had demanded in advance that the results be known on Election Day, which is never a given. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell waited until Friday morning to tweet that “Every legal vote should be counted. All sides must get to observe the process.”Whether that dynamic will continue if fuller election results deliver the presidency to Biden is another key unanswered question. If the vote count goes against him, does he really want to be remembered as the president who burned down the building on his way out the door? ___EDITOR’S NOTE -- Nancy Benac is White House news editor and has covered government and politics for The Associated Press for four decades.
False claims of Wisconsin voter fraud rely on wrong numbers
The image Eric Trump shared in his post claimed that there was a huge, inexplicable increase in voter turnout in Wisconsin this year. The image showed voter turnout percentages during presidential elections over the last 20 years in Wisconsin, with voter turnout hitting 89.25% this year. The Wisconsin Elections Commission calculates voter turnout based on the entire voting-age population, not just registered voters. But as of 7 p.m. on Sunday, the Wisconsin Elections Commission reported 3,684,726 registered voters. The Wisconsin Elections Commission received “a lot of calls” about the false rumors, said the state's top elections official Meagan Wolfe.
EXPLAINER: How much misinformation is kicking around?
Karen Mahabir, fact check and misinformation editor for The Associated Press, says her team of reporters has had no shortage of work since Americans stopped voting late Tuesday. Here, she answers three quick questions about the misinformation landscape at the moment. We know they stepped up all their efforts to curb misinformation, which seems to be working for the most part. They're taking action. ___SOME RECENT AP STORIES ABOUT MISINFORMATION:— Claim that Sharpie pens ruin Arizona ballots misses the mark— Trump and allies spread falsehoods to cast doubt on election— Did social media actually counter election misinformation?
EXPLAINER: Have election-related protests materialized?
WASHINGTON – Two days after Election Day, protests across the United States are scattered, happening in places from Portland, Oregon and Seattle to Washington, D.C. Similar protests — sometimes about the election, sometimes about racial inequality — took place in at least a half-dozen cities, including Los Angeles, Houston, Pittsburgh, Minneapolis and San Diego. In Portland, demonstrators engaged in what authorities said was widespread violence downtown. Here, Elizabeth Kennedy, deputy Washington bureau chief for The Associated Press, who is leading coverage of election-related protests, breaks down what AP journalists across the United States have been encountering. There was no widespread violence at the polls or in the immediate aftermath.
Long wait for Hawaii vote spurs call for more voter centers
FILE - In this Nov. 3, 2020, file photo, a long line of people waiting to vote stretches around City Hall on Election Day, in Honolulu. Overall, the state’s vote-by-mail election appears to have been a big success, leading to record numbers of voters participating. The law also gives voters the option to vote in person at voter service centers, where people may also register to vote or get help with casting a ballot. Ma said people waited between two to four hours on Tuesday at the two voter centers on Oahu, an island with about 549,000 registered voters. Another factor was people who view voting in person on Election Day as sacrosanct and something they wanted to do.
Trump’s Election Day surge powered by small-town America
With the race unsettled in several key battlegrounds, Trump's strong Election Day surge may not be enough to overcome a Democratic operation that also turned out its vote. But the tight presidential races and unexpected Democratic losses in congressional races demonstrated the resilient power of Trump’s appeal with rural, white voters and a growing polarization that may outlast his leadership. “But in this election we found it’s not ticking fast enough for the Democrats.”Even as the winner of the White House was unclear, Republicans had victories to celebrate Wednesday and white, rural voters to thank. Trump held one of his final, largest campaign rallies in Butler, drawing an estimated 54,000 people two days before Election Day. State Republicans spent months signing up new GOP registrants in the county — the GOP netted 11,000 voters over Democrats since Trump's 2016 election.
After judge's order, Postal Service sweep finds 13 ballots
Postal Service inspectors found just 13 ballots — all in Pennsylvania — during an Election Day sweep of mail processing centers ordered by a federal judge. The ballots were found in two separate mail processing facilities and were expedited for delivery to local election offices, according to court records filed Wednesday. U.S. District Judge Emmet G. Sullivan in Washington, D.C., had given the Postal Service until Tuesday afternoon to search 27 facilities in several battleground areas for outstanding ballots and immediately deliver any ballots discovered to election offices. Justice Department attorneys representing the Postal Service said they could not meet the judge's order without disrupting the agency's own Election Day operations. Instead, they are expedited directly to the boards of elections,” Postal Service spokesman Dave Partenheimer said.
Election officials scramble to count ballots in key states
Unlike in previous years, states were contending with an avalanche of mail ballots driven by the global pandemic. Every election, what’s reported on election night are unofficial results and the counting of votes extends past Election Day. This year, with so many mail ballots and close races in key states, counting every vote was expected to take more time. “These ballots were cast by tens of thousands of Michigan citizens who have the right to have their vote counted. Slowing the process down was the fact that local election officials could not begin processing and scanning ballots ahead of Election Day, as most states did.
These 9 snap shots give a different view of Election Day across the nation
On Election Day, polls, “I voted” stickers and maybe long lines may come to mind. Take a look at these snapshots from Election Day and see how it compared to yours. Ahmed Morsi brought his 1-month-old along to cast his vote on Election Day. It was all smiles on Election Day as the pair made their way to the ballot box -- and we’re talking about the horses. Dressed as a Continental soldier, Woods said the 2020 election is a historic one -- and Michigan is a key player.
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.
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?
Race for US president: There’s no winner yet and we don’t know when we’ll find out
And the closer the margin in a state is, the more votes are needed for The Associated Press to declare a winner. There are also roughly 20 states that allow ballots received after Election Day to be counted if they were postmarked by the day of the election. Some states, including Florida, began counting absentee ballots days before Election Day — and had definitive results within hours of the polls closing. And they will prevail.”Vote tabulations routinely continue beyond Election Day, and states largely set the rules for when the count has to end. ___Eds: Story has been updated to correct that 2000 Supreme Court decision came more than a month after Election Day, not more than two months
Trump seeks to stop voting, but only counting remains
“We’ll be going to the U.S. Supreme Court — we want all voting to stop,” Trump said early Wednesday. No state will count absentee votes that are postmarked after Election Day. Let the rule of law work.”In any event, there's no way to go directly to the high court with a claim of fraud. The high court refused before the election to rule out those ballots, but conservative justices indicated they could revisit the issue after the election. The Supreme Court also refused to block an extension for the receipt and counting of absentee ballots in North Carolina beyond the three days set by state law.
EXPLAINER: Widespread Election Day unrest not materializing
WASHINGTON – Election Day ushered in skirmishes near the White House and relatively minor demonstrations in California and elsewhere on the West Coast, but none of the widespread unrest that some had feared in the hours after the polls began closing around the country. In Washington, D.C., police created a wide security perimeter around the White House, where President Donald Trump watched the election returns and hosted guests. Mostly peaceful protests overtook streets near the White House earlier this year following the killing of George Floyd, who was Black, by a Minneapolis police officer. Hundreds of people gathered in a generally festive mood Tuesday night on a street near the White House that was recently renamed Black Lives Matter Plaza by the city's mayor, who is Black. Seattle police advised residents in a tweet about a pair of marches moving through separate neighborhoods.
UPDATES: Trump wins Florida; Floridians approve minimum wage increase
LIVE LOOK | Long line forms at Volusia County voting location LIVE LOOK | Long line forms for voting at McInnis Elementary in Volusia County. In Marion County, voters are also set to surpass 2016 total turnout with 72% by 3 p.m. In fact, President Trump made several campaign stops here within the last couple of weeks. pic.twitter.com/qb22CE2U4e — Mark Knoller (@markknoller) November 3, 202010:08 a.m.More people have voted in Orange County, Florida, this year than in 2016. Florida residents will also get to vote on six state constitutional amendments, including an increase on minimum wage.
Florida General Election Results for State House of Representatives on Nov. 3, 2020
[LIVE RACE RESULTS: Scroll to bottom of story to see all race returns starting at 7 p.m. on Nov. 3]As of early October, Republicans had a 71-46 control of the state House of Representatives, with three vacancies in the lower house of the state legislature, according to Ballotpedia.org, but all 120 Florida House seats are up for grabs in the upcoming election. Among some of the most-watched House races in Central Florida are Districts 28 and 29. As of 11 p.m. on Tuesday, the Associated Press had not declared a winner in the District 29 race. Below is a list of candidates in the running to represent Central Florida districts in the Florida House. Here’s who’s running in your district:State House District 22 -- MarionState House District 23 -- MarionState House District 24 -- FlaglerState House District 25 -- VolusiaState House District 26 -- VolusiaState House District 27 -- VolusiaState House District 28 -- SeminoleState House District 29 -- SeminoleState House District 30 -- SeminoleState House District 31 -- Lake, OrangeState House District 32 -- LakeState House District 33 -- Lake, SumterState House District 39 -- Osceola, PolkState House District 40 -- PolkState House District 41 -- PolkState House District 42 -- Osceola, PolkState House District 44 -- OrangeState House District 47 -- OrangeState House District 48 -- OrangeState House District 49 -- OrangeState House District 50 -- Brevard, OrangeState House District 51 -- BrevardState House District 52 -- BrevardState House District 53 -- BrevardRandy Fine (R), incumbentPhil Moore (D)Thomas Patrick Unger (WRI), no official campaign page could be foundState House District 56 -- PolkFind more election results and news on the Results 2020 page.
EXPLAINER: Postal Service, judge at odds over ballot search
Postal Service says it can't meet a federal judge’s order to sweep processing centers for undelivered mail-in ballots. THE BACKGROUND:U.S. District Judge Emmet G. Sullivan's order came after weeks of bruising court decisions for an agency that has become heavily politicized under its new leader, Postmaster General Louis DeJoy. Much of Sullivan’s order hinged on postal data showing roughly 300,000 mail-in ballots in several states had not received scans showing they had been delivered. The Postal Service said it had already conducted rounds of morning checks at all its processing hubs. Further, the agency said has been performing daily reviews of all 220 facilities handling election mail and planned another sweep hours before polling places closed Tuesday.
General Election Results for US Presidential race between Donald Trump and Joe Biden on Nov. 3, 2020
Find All Race Results HereThe highest office in the United States is on the ballot this Election Day. Voters on Nov. 3 will choose who should be the president of the United States, deciding whether Republican Donald Trump should keep the office or Democrat Joe Biden should take over. While it may not determine the presidency, below is the nationwide presidential popular vote:U.S. President National View All CandidatesBelow is a breakdown of how each state is voting according to the latest election data. The infogram below will update as more race data becomes available. Check all the races in Central Florida and statewide in the dropdown menu below, and get more information on the ClickOrlando.com Results 2020 page.
Here’s why an Orange County precinct reported 102% voter turnout
ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. – An Orange County precinct is reporting a voter turnout higher than 100 percent. As of 4:50 p.m. Tuesday precinct 538 had a voter turnout of 102 percent. Officials with the Orange County Elections Office said by the voter registration deadline on Oct. 6 there were 754 voters in the precinct. As of 5:26 p.m. Orange County as a whole was reporting a 73.14% voter turnout, the total in 2016 was 72.58%. [RELATED: RESULTS 2020: ‘Your Vote, Your View’ lets you see Election Day the way you want]
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.
George Floyd’s brother rallies voters on Election Day
Terrence Floyd, brother of George Floyd, waits to speak at a Get Out the Vote Rally outside the Brooklyn Museum, Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2020, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)NEW YORK – The murmurs spread quickly among the poll workers late Tuesday morning at a Brooklyn neighborhood station: George Floyd’s brother was present. A few came up to Terrence Floyd, whose brother George died at the hands of Minneapolis police, sparking protests for racial justice across the nation. A 42-year-old school bus driver in New York, Terrence is normally a quiet man, deeply attached to his three children. “My administration is fully committed that, for George and his family, justice will be served,” Trump said in remarks from the White House Rose Garden.
Big prime-time ratings for Fox News week before election
NEW YORK – Two of Fox News Channel's three prime-time opinion hosts — Tucker Carlson and Laura Ingraham — reached their biggest weekly audiences ever during the week leading up to Election Day. “Tucker Carlson Tonight” (Tuesday), Fox News, 7.59 million. “Tucker Carlson Tonight” (Monday), Fox News, 6.78 million. “Tucker Carlson Tonight” (Wednesday), Fox News, 6.33 million. “Tucker Carlson Tonight” (Thursday), Fox News, 6.14 million.
Most of us can walk into a polling station and vote -- this is what it’s like for deployed military members
It’s an issue that dates back to World War II: Making sure American servicemen and servicewomen have the ability to cast a vote in a presidential election, no matter where they’re stationed. With the passage of the Soldier Voting Act of 1942, it was settled: Military members would be given easy access to vote. Moran, who’s currently deployed in Poland, cast her first-ever absentee ballot for this year’s election. Although voting is a common task for many Americans, for most soldiers, it is a very unorthodox method -- voting overseas, that is, but the process is quite simple. In the 2000 presidential election, Republican nominee George W. Bush relied on 537 ballots to tilt Florida in his direction.
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
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.
Voting throughout the years: These photos will make you realize how much has changed
(Automatic Voting Machine Co/PhotoQuest/Getty Images)A hand as it inserts a ballot into a box during the U.S. presidential election in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, Nov. 2, 1948. (PhotoQuest/Getty Images)An over-the-shoulder view of an unidentified woman as she demonstrates how to use an IBM voting machine in 1966. The voter casts a ballot by punching holes in a card, which then drops into a ballot box. (Getty Images)A hand presses the switch, marking a selection in a 1970s-style voting machine. (Getty Images)A view showing empty voting booths during the Senate elections in 1986.
EXPLAINER: When do Electoral College votes need to be in?
IS THERE A DEADLINE BY WHICH THE ELECTORAL COLLEGE MUST OFFICIALLY HAVE ALL ITS VOTES IN? Election Day is only one point in the process of the Electoral College, which decides who wins a U.S. presidential race. After the polls close, states begin to count and certify popular vote results according to their respective rules. Electoral College electors in each state don’t vote until Dec. 14. Certificates recording the electoral vote results in each state must be received by the president of the Senate and the archivist no later than Dec. 23.