UPDATE: Derrick Henry re-elected as Daytona Beach mayor after recount
VOLUSIA COUNTY, Fla. – UPDATE: The Volusia County Supervisor of Elections announced Friday evening that the recount had been completed and incumbent Derrick Henry was re-elected as Daytona Beach mayor. Original story below:On election night it appeared Daytona Beach Mayor Derrick Henry was a show in serving another term as the leader of the Volusia County city but election officials revealed Thursday a recount is in order. According to Volusia County Supervisor of Elections, the Volusia County Canvassing Board has ordered a recount. Sherrise Boyd received 2,280 votes with 18.72%, Derrick Henry received 6,101 votes with 50.10% of the vote and Ken Strickland received 3,796 votes with 31.17%. If the machine recount indicates that a manual recount is required, the manual recount will begin following the machine recount.
Ballot drop off boxes ‘a huge hit’ during Florida primary
SEMINOLE COUNTY, Fla. – The Seminole County Supervisor of Elections said he’s noticed a huge jump in the amount of people who participated in early voting and vote-by-mail. “What we saw is a 10,000 vote increase from the primary election of 2016 to the primary election 2020,” said Chris Anderson. Poll workers are prepping supplies for each precinct and coordinating deliveries in Seminole County, expecting a large turnout for Tuesday's primaries. She says just about the same amount of people turned in their ballots in-person than those voting early at the precincts. Most of the supervisor of elections offices throughout Central Florida and are told most are up-to-date on counting mail-in ballots.
Here’s when early voting will take place in Central Florida counties
As Florida continues to report thousands of new coronavirus cases daily, Supervisor of Elections are suggesting people request a vote-by-mail ballot. For those who enjoy the traditional stroll to the polls, election experts are pointing to early voting days as a viable option for voters to make sure their voices are heard while mitigating any exposure to COVID-19. [RELATED: Things to know about voting in Central Florida during the coronavirus pandemic]There’s a number of races across Central Florida, so make sure to brush up on your sample ballots and check out the candidates running for office using this link. For those hoping to cast their ballots early, here’s a list of early voting dates available by county. “We need to social distance between everyone within check-in and the voters as they are voting,” said Lisa Lewis, Volusia County Supervisor of Elections.
VOTER GUIDE: Everything to know about Florida’s 2020 presidential primary election
What is a closed primary election state, and what does it mean for Florida? In Florida, the Democratic Party and the Republican Party are considered the only two major political parties. If you know for certain that you’re registered, but you’re not sure with which party you’re affiliated, you can check here. The voter registration deadline for this particular Florida primary was Feb. 18. In Florida, you’re out of luckOther helpful linksContact your county’s Supervisor of ElectionsFull election coverage from News 6
Presidential candidates calling it quits prompts Florida voters to ask for second early ballot
ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. – Many Florida voters who opted to make their votes count on an early ballot before next week’s presidential primary find themselves without a candidate in the race after several candidates officials ended their campaigns this week. Orange County’s Supervisor of Elections said his office has been receiving calls from voters asking for a chance to vote again before Florida’s March 17 presidential preference primary. “Understand the national parties gave the state the list of candidates for the ballot of Democrats and Republicans back in December," Cowles said. “If they voted early by spending their vote by mail-in they can’t get it back," Cowles said. All voters should check their respective county supervisor of elections web sites for locations for early voting.