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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
Here’s how Seminole County could alter the presidential election
SEMINOLE COUNTY, Fla. – Bob Lucas lives in Casselberry and is ready to see who will win the presidency and with Seminole County playing a major role in the presidential election, he thinks the numbers will be pretty tight. There’s a whole bunch of people well over 65, they’re voting for Biden but there’s probably just as many voting for Trump,” Lucas said. [TRENDING: Trump, Biden fight for Florida | Free food on Election Day | Latest track:Hurricane Eta could dump 35 inches of rain]In 2016, President Donald Trump defeated Hillary Clinton by 1.2% in Seminole County, which has voted red for decades. In fact, Trump made several campaign stops in Seminole County within the past couple of weeks. News 6 political expert Jim Cark explained Seminole County went blue for the 2018 election, which could make a difference in this election.
Orange County voters of all ages hit the polls
ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. – With voters heading out to the polls on Election Day, Orange County broke a record for ballots cast. Around 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, election officials said the county surpassed the mark of 565,843 ballots, which was set in 2016. While there were lines at some precincts when polls opened, officials said they haven’t received reports of any problems or significant delays. Voters who spoke with News 6 said the polling location was busy, but the wait time was minimal. “I love seeing more people interested in what the future is going to be,” Allison Hartung said.
Here’s what voting looks like across the nation today
Here’s what voting across the nation looks like today -- one of the most historic election days in recent history. (2020 Getty Images)Would-be voters learn they are not registered at their precinct at the O.P. (2020 Getty Images)Voters cast their ballot at The Orpheum Theater on Nov. 3 in Madison, Wisconsin. (2020 Getty Images)Voters stand in ballot boxes at the Kentucky Exposition Center on Nov. 3 in Louisville, Kentucky. (2020 Getty Images)
This is Florida’s rule on selfies at polling stations
We understand documenting that you’ve voted is important to a lot of people — especially when you get that “I Voted” sticker. You should be proud of yourself for casting your vote, but know that there are strict rules in some places when it comes to taking pictures at polling places. “No photography is permitted in the polling room or early voting area, except an elector may photograph his or her own ballot,” the Florida Legislature website states. Voters should always practice courtesy and common sense, and you can always ask a poll worker to specify what the rules are. When in doubt, just wait until you’re back in your car to snap that “I Voted” sticker selfie.
Polling locations active on last day of early voting
Lines were long at polling locations Sunday, the last day of early voting in Orange County. For Jessica Sayegh, she wanted to make sure she made it to vote early in order to avoid the crowds on Election Day come Tuesday. This comes as early voting in most Central Florida counties ended Sunday evening after what appears to be a record turnout this year in both early voting and voting by mail. Early voting totals in Orange County reached 506,243 in Orange County, 137,436 in Osceola County and 204,053 in Seminole County, according to the Florida Division of Elections. “Otherwise, you have to bring it all the way down to 119 West Kaley Street.”Election supervisors said the new early polling locations like at the Amway Center were pretty good, and they saw higher numbers for early voting this week compared to the first week of early voting.
Seminole elections supervisor explains what to expect when polls close Tuesday
Even though millions of Floridians have already cast their ballots in this year’s election, millions more will do the same on Tuesday. Seminole County Supervisor of Elections Chris Anderson joined anchor Justin Warmoth on “The Weekly on ClickOrlando.com” to discuss what to expect when the polls close Tuesday night. “We start canvassing vote-by-mail ballots early, so that means by 7 p.m. on election night we’re going to be reporting vote-by-mail and early voting numbers,” Anderson said. “Then you’ll start to see the precincts reporting and election day results will be added to early voting and vote-by-mail totals.”Watch the full interview Sunday at 7:30 a.m. on News 6. [For more information on Central Florida elections, head to Clickorlando.com/results2020]
Early voting comes to an end in several Central Florida counties
LAKE COUNTY, Fla. – Early voting wraps up Saturday in several Central Florida counties Saturday, including in Lake County. [TRENDING: COVID-19 closes early voting location | Can you get COVID-19 twice? “we’ve had almost 85,000 in-person voting early voting and then we’ve had over 63,000 mail ballots that we’ve received already,” Hays said. Early voting is also ending on Saturday in Brevard, Marion, Flagler, and Sumter counties. Voters in the remaining Central Florida counties have until Sunday to cast their ballots early.
Young voters in Osceola County surpass other groups in voter turnout
One age group that seems to be standing out among other voters are those 18-25. [TRENDING: COVID-19 closes early voting location | Can you get COVID-19 twice? At 18, Rodríguez is part of an age group that’s surpassed voters at the polls between the ages of 26-45. That’s compared to voters 26-35 at 6 percent and 36-40-year-old voters at 7 percent voter turnout. The last day for early voting is Sunday, Nov. 1.
Is there a racial divide when it comes to length of the voting lines?
Is there a racial divide when it comes to voting wait times at precincts? In 2016, white voters waited an average of 10 minutes, according to a survey of voters conducted by the Bipartisan Policy Center and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. In comparison, Black voters waited an average of 16 minutes and Latino voters were in line an average of 13 minutes, according to the survey. During the 2018 election, Black voters waited an average of 11.5 minutes, Latino voters an average of 11.7 minutes and white voters an average of 8.8 minutes, according to the Bipartisan Policy Center. In precincts with 90% or more non-white voters, the average wait time was 32.4 minutes and the median was 13.3 minutes.
6 days until the election: Will we know who won on election night?
That is going to produce results coming in at very different times -- perhaps days or even weeks after Election Day. Processing early ballotsIn some places, election officials can begin processing ballots weeks before Election Day. So on Nov. 3, Election Day, officials will have to run an in-person election while also working through the unprecedented number of mail-in votes. Republicans, including Trump's campaign, have been filing lawsuits to stop election officials from counting ballots that are delivered after Election Day. Also, Pennsylvania doesn’t allow early processing of mail-in ballots, further complicating matters.
5 times in which a U.S. president was elected, but lost the popular vote
If President Donald Trump is elected for a second term next week, there’s a chance it will be the sixth time in history a president was elected without winning the popular vote. Since the Electoral College was established as the means of electing a president, it hasn’t been often when a president won the election without winning the popular vote. Despite the fact that Jackson had more electoral votes and won the popular vote, the House voted Adams as President. Cleveland ended up winning the popular vote by more than 90,000 votes, but Harrison won the electoral vote, 233-168. That gave Bush a 271-266 win in the electoral vote, even though Gore won the popular vote by roughly 500,000 more votes.
LIVE: See the most up-to-date tweets from Trump and Biden right here
We don’t need to tell you that 2020 has been an epic election year. If you’ve kept an eye on social media to stay up to date on all the election happenings, you’ve likely been watching the feeds of President Donald Trump and Democratic Presidential nominee Joe Biden. They both address issues, as well as, at times, take jabs at one another. Regardless, it’s one of the best ways to stay up to date on what’s happening with both nominees. If you want to keep an eye on the latest tweets from both Trump and Biden, we’ve got them for you right here.
Take our quiz to rate your feelings on the final presidential debate
With less than two weeks before one of the biggest Election Days in history, Republican incumbent nominee, President Donald Trump, and Democratic nominee and former vice president Joe Biden met at Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee, for the second and final presidential debate. The debate, which appeared to be a little more constructive than the last, was moderated by Kristen Welker of NBC News. What did you think of responses and ideas presented by Biden and Trump? Let us know your reaction by clicking on an emoji below each statement that was made.
Dozens of pastors march to Amway Center to vote early
ORLANDO, Fla. – Pastors from all over Orlando hit the polls at the Amway Center on Friday during early voting. The group met outside Shiloh Baptist Church on Jackson St Friday morning then marched a couple of blocks to the arena where early voting is taking place. [TRENDING: Iran behind ‘Vote Trump or else’ emails | CDC redefines close contact | 2-headed snake found at Fla. home]The march is part of the Central Florida Vote Festival taking place this weekend. Dozens of pastors march to Amway Center to vote early“We recognize every vote matters, our pastors, our millennials have been marching the streets crying out black lives matter and it gave them attention, it gave them an opportunity to be heard. On Saturday, returning citizens with the Florida Rights Restoration Coalition are expected to march outside the Amway Center on Saturday for early voting.
State of Emergency Tour stops in Orlando to push voter turnout
Until Freedom and Woke Vote focus on engaging communities across the deep south and east coast to get out and vote. This tour will inspire, inform and galvanize the collective power of communities of color.”State of Emergency Vote TourThe State of Emergency vote tour schedules stops in targeted and highly concentrated cities that are located in key states. This moment, this tour, this vote - it’s about us,” said DeJuana Thompson, creator of Woke Vote. The tour kicked off on Friday in Orlando and will make another stop in Miami before leaving the state. The State of Emergency Tour will continue to travel the country and educate voters all the way until election day, officials said.
Mismatched signatures lead to voter confusion in Orange County
ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. – First-time voter, Micah Gregory, said he tried to vote in the 2020 Primary Election, but said his vote didn’t count because of a mismatched signature, that he failed to submit a cure affidavit for. Orange County Supervisor of Elections, Bill Cowles, said they’ve already seen hundreds of signature issues this election. Cowles said, as of October 21st, they’ve received 567 ballots without a signature and 769 where the signature differs. Gregory said, in his case, by the time he realized there was an issue with his ballot, it was too late. Cowles said voters who have provisionally rejected ballots, have until 5pm on the Thursday after the election to cure their ballot, so that it counts.
Registered to vote in Florida? Some of your data is public
This might sound scary, but if you’re registered to vote in Florida, anyone can get their hands on your name, date of birth, address, and party affiliation, News 6 sister station News 4 Jax reports. In fact, every time someone registers to vote, 38 different pieces of personal information are collected and tied to that person. “Change your party affiliation to Republican to let us know you received our message and will comply. He said the state provides a monthly disc that’s comprised of all registered voters in Florida. For this election cycle, Phillips said voters can only update their physical address and party affiliation.
Electoral College vs. the popular vote: Why either can outweigh the other on any given election year
Have you ever wondered why is it that one candidate can win the popular vote but another wins the electoral vote, and thus, the presidency? Four candidates in history have won a majority of the popular vote only to be denied the presidency by the Electoral College. That includes Hillary Clinton, who had the largest popular vote margin of any losing presidential candidate in U.S. history. Graphic shows scenario in which a presidential candidate can win the popular vote but lose the election. It would take a constitutional amendment to abolish the Electoral College -- an unlikely move because of how difficult it is to pass and ratify constitutional changes.
‘Why am I here?’ 5 especially memorable lines from election debates of the past
In the 1992 presidential election, independent candidate Ross Perot had what at the time was deemed an unusual selection for his running mate, retired Navy Admiral James Stockdale. Bush, who served as Reagan’s vice president, easily won the 1988 presidential election over Michael Dukakis. “I served with Jack Kennedy, I knew Jack Kennedy. Jack Kennedy was a friend of mine. Senator, you’re no Jack Kennedy,” Bentsen said.
President Trump to make campaign stop in Sanford on Friday
(Copyright 2020 The Associated Press. All rights reserved)President Donald Trump is coming to the Orlando area for a campaign stop on Friday. [TRENDING: Florida moves to phase 3 of coronavirus reopening | Missing 11-year-old girl from Apopka found | President Trump nominates Judge Amy Coney Barrett for Supreme Court]Trump’s campaign announced he will have a rally at Orlando Sanford International Airport on Friday. The rally starts at 7 p.m., with doors opening at 4 p.m.For more information, click or tap here.
Ready to vote but need a ride? This company says it’s stepping in to help
And just like every election year, it’s of the utmost importance that citizens cast their ballot in this year’s election. If you’ve registered but are already concerned about how you will make it to a polling station, the ride-sharing company Uber wants to step in and lend a hand. As Election Day approaches, and as part of its “Get Out the Vote” campaign, the company aims to help people find their polling location, as well as offer discounted rides to and from the poll during early voting. “As we look ahead to this year’s election, we are committed to doing our part to make sure every citizen has access to vote,” Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi said. Uber officials said as Election Day nears, people will begin to have access to important information in the app.
A look at the gender gap when it comes to voting in presidential elections
Women wearing masks pose behind a voter registration table in Union Square as the city continues Phase 4 of re-opening following restrictions imposed to slow the spread of coronavirus on August 09, 2020 in New York City. Photo by Alexi RosenfeldAug. 18 marked the 100-year anniversary of the 19th Amendment being ratified, which changed elections forever. The 19th Amendment prohibits the state and federal government from denying the right of citizens to vote based on sex -- meaning, women became eligible to vote after previous years of discrimination at the polls. Since 1980, more women have voted in each presidential election than men, according to Statista. So, how much of a gap has there been between women and men voters in each presidential election of the century?
Deceased cat gets voter registration application in mail
Ron Tims said he checked his mail Wednesday and found a voter registration application addressed to Cody Tims — his cat, who died 12 years ago. “There’s a huge push but if they’re trying to register cats, I’m not sure who else they’re trying to register. I’m not sure if they’re trying to register dogs, mice, snakes,” Carol Tims said. The Secretary of State’s Office said the application did not come from its office and that third-party groups often use mailing lists to get names and addresses. “Third-party groups all over the country are targeting Georgia to help register qualified individuals," the Secretary of State's Office said in a statement.
Florida to allow early mail-in ballots due to COVID-19 concerns, report says
Since COVID-19 first made its way to the state, the pandemic has caused upheaval for plans made and those yet to be set in stone. With 2020 an election year, talk about safety surrounding voting in summer and fall has been a point of contention for lawmakers and voters. Ron DeSantis issued an executive order that would allow some flexibility under state law for elections supervisors to begin processing mail-in ballots earlier than the law would typically allow, according to the Miami Herald. Under his order, DeSantis set forth policies that would help keep state employees in their home counties, preventing them from traveling to other areas and possibly bringing COVID-19 with them. I find that the strict application of some provisions of the Florida Election Code may prevent, hinder or delay necessary action in coping with the COVID-19 emergency, DeSantis said in the order.