polls http://wlrn.org en Why Many Registered Voters In Miami-Dade Didn’t Vote http://wlrn.org/post/why-many-registered-voters-miami-dade-didn-t-vote <p>Florida voters waited almost a week to hear who won the presidential election in Florida. It wasn’t until Saturday, Nov. 10 that President Obama had been declared the winner.</p><p>According to the Florida Division of Elections, only 67 percent of registered voters in Miami-Dade County cast a ballot in this election. This includes people who waited in line at the polls, and people who voted via absentee ballot.</p><p>Statewide, this number hovers around 71 percent, which is the lowest turnout in the past three presidential elections.</p> Wed, 14 Nov 2012 15:30:00 +0000 Jessica Meszaros 4528 at http://wlrn.org Why Many Registered Voters In Miami-Dade Didn’t Vote Miami-Dade Early Voting Lines Are Long, But They Could Be Worse http://wlrn.org/post/miami-dade-early-voting-lines-are-long-they-could-be-worse <p></p><p>All week, early voters have been grumbling about the hours-long lines as they cast ballots before the deadline for the presidential election on Tuesday, Nov. 6 at 7 p.m.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>Miami-Dade, in particular, has only 20 available early voting locations for the county’s 1.28 million registered voters. In other words: the ratio of voters to early polling places is about 64,000:1.</p><p>Granted, these voters won’t be there all at the same time, but it’s still a daunting number.</p> Fri, 02 Nov 2012 17:04:55 +0000 Jessica Meszaros 3970 at http://wlrn.org Miami-Dade Early Voting Lines Are Long, But They Could Be Worse Florida Starts Early Voting With Dual Election Laws http://wlrn.org/post/florida-starts-early-voting-dual-election-laws <p>Monroe County, and four other Florida counties, &nbsp;have begun early voting for the August 14th primary. All five are protected by the 1965 Voting Rights Act.&nbsp;This means that any new voting law there must be cleared by the federal government.</p><p>Last year, state lawmakers passed a law reducing the number of early voting days.</p><p>“Until this year, the state has refrained from implementing those changes statewide until it had pre-clearance to do so in the five covered counties,” explains Michael Masinter, a law professor at Nova Southeastern University.</p> Thu, 20 Sep 2012 00:32:42 +0000 Ashley Lopez 691 at http://wlrn.org Florida Starts Early Voting With Dual Election Laws Elections in Palm Beach County: The “Butterfly Ballot” Effect http://wlrn.org/post/elections-palm-beach-county-butterfly-ballot-effect <p></p><p>Throughout every election cycle, it’s fair to say that there’s more nail-biting in Palm Beach County than in any voting district in the country. For nearly 12 years, a reputation for botched elections has clung to the county like a hanging chad.</p> Fri, 10 Aug 2012 04:00:00 +0000 Christine DiMattei 2126 at http://wlrn.org Elections in Palm Beach County: The “Butterfly Ballot” Effect