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7:55 am
Mon November 5, 2012

NEWSCAST: President Campaigns In Hollywood

A crowd of enthusiastic supporters of President Obama packed the grandstands and the football field at McArthur High School in Hollywood.
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President Obama goes Hollywood in his last Florida appearance before election day as he tries to secure last-minute votes.

He spoke for about 25 minutes to a crowd of 23,000 supporters at McArthur High School.

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6:55 am
Mon November 5, 2012

NEWSCAST: Voting Chaos in Miami Dade

Some voters waited in line for hours Sunday to cast an in-person absentee ballot.
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The trouble started when voters were told Sunday in-person absentee voting was on, then it was called off leaving lots of voters in line crying foul. Eventually, the process was allowed to continue.

We breakdown what caused this voting fiasco in WLRN Miami Herald News.

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Breaking
12:08 pm
Sun November 4, 2012

You Can Still Vote on Sunday

People stood in a five hour long line in West Dade Regional Library yesterday waiting to vote on the last day of early voting.
Credit Ashley Lopez /WLRN

From 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. today you can vote at the Miami-Dade Supervisor of Elections office.

Here is a press release from the Miami Dade Elections office,

In an effort to continue serving eager voters on the final Sunday before Election Day, the Elections Department is opening its doors to voters.

While state law does not permit Early Voting today, we are permitted to provide and accept absentee ballots.

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Listen To WLRN Miami Herald News
7:09 pm
Fri November 2, 2012

NEWSCAST: Early Voting Nears An End

Some voters stood in line for hours to cast an early ballot in Kendall.
Credit Jessica Meszaros

Early voting comes to a close Saturday, and some Floridians say the process has been anything but smooth.

However, we've been crunching the numbers and found things could be a lot worse.

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Newscast
8:49 am
Fri November 2, 2012

NEWSCAST: Legislators Ask Gov. Scott For More Early Voting

Credit League of Women Voters California

Former democratic state lawmaker Dan Gelber, League of Women Voters of Florida President Deirdre Macnab each sent letters calling for more early voting. U.S. Senator Bill Nelson also emphasized the need more early voting hours if long lines continue.

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Newscast
8:45 am
Fri November 2, 2012

NEWSCAST: 'Civil Citations' Headed To Leon County

Leon County will pilot a civil citation program, allowing officers to give tickets for some non-violent crimes.
Credit Chris Yarzab

Leon County will be the first in Florida to give law enforcement officers the ability to ticket adults for some minor crimes instead of arresting them.

That's if the crimes are non-violent and it's a first-time offense. Civil citations have been used with juvenile offenders instead of putting them behind bars, with success.  About 90 percent of kids who get citations and then go through a diversion program instead of to a lock-up, go on to stay out of trouble.  

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The Campaign
8:02 am
Fri November 2, 2012

Clinton Launching Florida Tour In Lake Worth

Lake Worth Early Birds: Even this late in the campaign, Bill Clinton draws crowds.
Credit Christine diMattei / wlrn.org

They’re lining up in Lake Worth this morning for their last chance to watch Bill Clinton campaign for President Obama. Clinton is beginning a five-stop Florida swing that will take him to Fort Myers, Palm Bay, St. Petersburg and Tallahassee before the day is over.

He's scheduled to speak at Palm Beach State College at 9 a. m.

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Election 2012
7:31 am
Fri November 2, 2012

Nope! Scott Won't Extend Early Voting

He Disagrees: Gov. Scott says early voting will end Saturday, period. Democrats want an extension to relieve the long lines.

Top state Democrats and the League of Women Voters have been pleading with Gov. Rick Scott  to extend the early voting to relieve the long lines and multi-hour waits. 

Last night, the governor said no.  "Early voting will end Saturday night," he announced to reporters at a fundraiser in the Alachua County town of Newberry. 

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7:08 pm
Thu November 1, 2012

NEWSCAST: Frustration Builds Over Early Voting

More than a million Floridians have gone through the early voting process.
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Early voting in Florida is nearing a close, and some voters are calling the process a nightmare.

A long ballot is making for long lines to vote, and the crowds are only expected to grow this weekend.

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Auditing Hate Crimes
1:35 pm
Thu November 1, 2012

South Florida Anti-Semitism Declined In 2011

Mixed Report: Anti-Semitism incidents declined in 20121 but trends remain disturbing.

Anti-Jewish behavior is at a 20-year low in the United States, according to the Anti-Defamation League's latest Audit of Anti-Semitic Incidents, but the Florida numbers have barely budged.

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News
7:50 am
Thu November 1, 2012

NEWSCAST: Millions Have Already Voted In Florida

Early voting totals continue to be strong in South Florida, but many have had to deal with long waits. The estimated wait time for these voters in Northwest Broward is 45 minutes.
Credit Terence Shepherd

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.

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News
6:58 am
Thu November 1, 2012

NEWSCAST: Romney Campaigns In Miami

The University of Miami was Mitt Romney's second stop following his Hurricane Sandy campaign hiatus.
Credit Kenny Malone

Mitt Romney tries to pivot from disaster in the northeast to the final week of campaigning in Florida. Meanwhile, the death toll rises in Haiti as a result of Sandy. 

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6:54 pm
Wed October 31, 2012

NEWSCAST: Romney Holds Rally At UM

Mitt Romney visited the University of Miami Wednesday. On Sunday, President Obama is set to campaign in Fort Lauderdale.
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Mitt Romney spoke to an enthusiastic crowd of supporters Wednesday afternoon at the University of Miami.

He was joined by Senator Marco Rubio, former Florida Governor Jeb Bush and Congressman Connie Mack. Mack is running for the US Senate seat held by Democratic Senator Bill Nelson.

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News
6:31 pm
Wed October 31, 2012

Palm Beach County Dogged By Ballot Printing Problems

Credit Christine DiMattei

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.

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News
9:30 am
Wed October 31, 2012

Several Protest David's Cafe On Miami Beach

Carlos Perez said the group will continue protesting until they recoup their wages.
Credit Melissa Sanchez, El Nuevo Herald

David's Café in Miami Beach is a popular campaign stop for politicians. Now, it's become a site for protest.

A group of former workers claims they are owed about $70,000 in unpaid wages from a satellite location that closed in July.

Carlos Perez was among the protestors outside the main restaurant on Collins Avenue in South Beach Tuesday. He claimed its owners offered to pay a fraction of his original wages.

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