State election officials say they have received just over 1 million early votes and more than 1.5 million absentee ballots. Meanwhile, election officials are visiting Palm Beach County again. The county's election office has been plagued with printing problems on its absentee ballots.
State election officials say they're keeping an eye on Palm Beach County's operations, after a second printing mishap involving absentee ballots.
The first blunder involved 27,000 absentee ballots with a header missing above the judicial races. The ballots can't be read by Palm Beach County's vote tabulation machines, so election office workers are copying out those forms by hand onto new ballots.
Over 70,000 people in Miami-Dade, Broward, Palm Beach and Monroe counties voted yesterday, bringing the total to over a quarter-million in the region that have cast ballots at the polls early since Saturday.
The numbers suggest a lot of people are really anxious to get this voting business behind them. According to an AP report this morning, 1.9 million Floridians, about 16 percent of the electorate, have voted already.
Most of those have cast absentee ballots but about a half million have done it in person, often waiting for hours at early voting sites.
Originally published on Tue October 30, 2012 6:00 am
Sandy made landfall along the New Jersey coast, earlier this evening. The storm has already wreaked havoc across the Mid-Atlantic and northeast and its expected to affect millions more Americans as it moves northwest, dumping rain and kicking up winds of up to 80 mph.
We'll update this post with the latest news about the storm, which forecasters warn is historic in size and intensity.
Update at 5 a.m. ET Tuesday. Dozens Of Homes Destroyed In Fire
Even though Hurricane Sandy has moved past South Florida, the region's airports continue to feel the storm's effects.
Director of Operations at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport, Mike Monnemacher, said 152 flights have been canceled at his airport.
"One of our larger markets for this airport is to the Northeast," Monnemacher said. " So, when we're not having any operations into the Washington all the up through Boston area, that's a significant number of aircraft. So, right now we have 35 aircraft that really don't have any place to go."
Under new federal dietary rules, kids in school cafeteria lunch lines will be required to accept a serving of fruit or vegetables. But since there is no corresponding federal power to make them eat it, it’s likely many students will soon be defying their government at lunchtime.