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9:55 am
Mon October 29, 2012

'Souls To The Polls' Boosted Democratic Showing In Weekend Early Voting

Helping The Early Vote: MSNBC show host and activist Al Sharpton helped to organize a Souls to the Polls caravan from New Generation Baptist Church in Opa-locka.
Credit Rev. Al Sharpton on Twitter

The scorecard from this weekend's early voting in Florida is unclear this Monday morning but there was a persuasive impression -- subject to fact-finding -- that Democrats had at least won the initial show-up competition. But the Miami Herald reports Republicans excelled in their own specialty, absentee voting:

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Newscast
8:21 am
Mon October 29, 2012

NEWSCAST: Sen. Marco Rubio's Daughter Hospitalized; Coastal Flood Advisory; Home Sales Are Up

Amanda Rubio, 12, remains hospitalized in fair condition with a head injury following a golf cart accident over the weekend. A spokesperson for Senator Marco Rubio says the long term prognosis is positive for the Senator's oldest daughter. 

Remnants of Hurricane Sandy have left us in South Florida with gusty winds, big waves and large swells.

That has resulted in some coastal flooding along the Atlantic seaboard.  And a coastal flood advisory is in effect until 10 a.m. this morning.  

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Newscast
7:29 am
Mon October 29, 2012

NEWSCAST: Thousands of South Floridians Vote Early; Others Wonder Where Their Absentee Ballots Are

More than 51,000 people in Miami-Dade County waited in long lines Saturday and Sunday to vote early. About 54,000 people in Broward County cast their ballots and about 21,000 in Palm Beach County. 

Meanwhile, many others in South Florida are still wondering where their absentee ballots are. 

Legal expert Lee Rowland with the Brennan Center for Justice tells us where Floridians can track their absentee ballots online. 

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The Florida Roundup
6:25 pm
Fri October 26, 2012

Absentee, Early Or Day-Of: Florida Voters Tell Us What They Plan

Over a million absentee ballots have already been cast.
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Early voting starts tomorrow, and many say they plan on taking advantage of the pre-Election Day hours.  Mary from North Miami writes:

I like the feeling of participation and community that comes with standing in line with neighbors I don't even know. But there's a limit to the number of hours I want to devote to this experience, and I want to make sure my vote gets in, so I'll probably be voting early next week.

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Politics
5:35 pm
Fri October 26, 2012

What Your Options Are If You Don't Get Your Absentee Ballot

Don't worry if you don't get your absentee ballot-- you still have options.
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There are reports flying around in Broward County that a lot of people are not getting their absentee ballots.

However, there is no reason to worry.

Broward County is not having any problems getting absentee ballots out-- there is just a lot people requesting ballots (more than usual) and the county is working to get those out.

Broward County is one of the biggest counties in the state-- so, even if just a small percentage of people haven't gotten their ballots, yet, it turns out to be a lot of people.

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The Florida Roundup
4:18 pm
Fri October 26, 2012

Voting In Florida Starts This Weekend: What To Expect

Line of early voters in 2008 in Plantation. This year, early voting starts on Saturday.
Credit Alex Johnson

On The Florida Roundup, host Phil Latzman hears from you about how you're planning to vote - by absentee ballot, early voting or Election Day at your polling place.  Already Florida has had about 1.1 million votes cast by absentee ballot.

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Politics
4:09 pm
Fri October 26, 2012

Florida Amendments: Why There's No Amendment 7

Don't worry if Amendment 7 isn't on your ballot, because it doesn't exist.
Credit Morten Wulff/ Flickr

For those of you currently mulling over your absentee ballot or preparing to head over to the polls this coming week, don't be alarmed when you get to the Constitutional amendments on your ballot.

You will notice that there are amendments listed one through twelve-- but there's no Amendment 7.

 No worries, though. Your ballot isn't defective, there just is no Amendment 7 this year.

 This is why:

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Politics
12:44 pm
Fri October 26, 2012

Palm Beach County GOP On Ballot Blunder: 'Here We Go Again'

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From the county that brought us hanging chads  12 years ago -- a new voting snafu.

This time, the problem in Palm Beach County is 27,000 misprinted absentee ballots that can't be read by voting tabulation machines.

But Florida Republicans and Democrats say the situation doesn't appear as grave as the butterfly ballot fiasco that threw the 2000 Presidential Election into turmoil.

Palm Beach County GOP Chair Sid Dinerstein says when he heard about the mishap, his first reaction was, "Here we go again."

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Smash and Grab Fundraiser
12:30 pm
Fri October 26, 2012

'Smash and Grab' Fundraiser Attracts Artists and Collectors Alike

artwork by Farley Aguilar

Surviving fifteen years as an art space in Miami unofficially grants you the status of cultural institution.  Starting your fifteenth year in a new location with twice the space only cements it.  

Locust Projects of Miami is well poised for longevity as it prepares for both its 15th anniversary, and the 10th edition of it’s ‘Smash and Grab’ signature fundraising event.

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Dance For Democracy
11:30 am
Fri October 26, 2012

How To Dance To The Preamble Of The United States Constitution

Urban Bush Women dance company rehearsal for Saturday's performance
Jordan Levin

The endless election season is enough to turn anyone cynical about politics. But for a group of female South Dade migrant workers, the idea of democracy is still a wonder.

They've been exploring it at a dance workshop sponsored by Miami-Dade College and the South Miami Dade Cultural Arts Center. It’s part of the “Are We Democracy” workshop in Cutler Bay. The program was created by the New York dance troupe Urban Bush Women. The idea is to make democracy personal and concrete for everyone.

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Voter Protection
11:00 am
Fri October 26, 2012

Labor Union Trains Volunteers To Look Out For 'Shenanigans' At The Polls

Unions are training volunteers to be vigilant at the polls.
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Reports surfaced this week that fraudulent voter intimidation letters have been circulating the state. The letters warn voters that they have 15 days to prove they are  citizens or they will be removed from the state's voter rolls.

This incident has prompted investigations from both state officials and federal officials.

While these sorts of  shenanigans are not uncommon during big elections, groups are already anticipating more of this when Floridians start voting at the polls tomorrow.

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Voter Guides
10:30 am
Fri October 26, 2012

Florida Voter Guide Roundup 2012

Here at WLRN-Miami Herald News we put together a guide to explain Florida's lengthy and somewhat confusing ballot measures for you. We've focused on what, exactly, the measures mean and what the policy implications are.

Advocacy groups across the state have taken it a step further. A number of organizations have developed ballot voting guides with suggestions on how to vote.  

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Politics
10:00 am
Fri October 26, 2012

Why A Conservative Legal Group Is Defending Florida Supreme Court Justices - Despite Republican Push

Justices Three: R. Fred Lewis, Barbara Pariente and Peggy Quince.
Credit Florida Supreme Court

Legal scholars at the conservative Federalist Society are heaping skepticism on the Republicans' rationale for drumming liberal Justices Barbara Pariente, Peggy Quince and R. Fred Lewis out of the Florida Supreme Court for "judicial activism."

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8:02 am
Fri October 26, 2012

NEWSCAST: South Florida Water Managers ready for Sandy

Credit South Florida Water Management District

While no major flooding is expected in South Florida as a result of Hurricane Sandy, South Florida water managers are taking no chances.

The South Florida Water Management District says it started lowering drainage canal levels throughout the region days ago.  In late August, record rains from Tropical Storm Isaac overtaxed Palm Beach County's canal system, leaving many neighborhoods in the western part of the county flooded for days.

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6:33 am
Fri October 26, 2012

NEWSCAST: Winds, rain from Hurricane Sandy lash South Florida

NASA's Terra Satellite shows Hurricane Sandy over the Bahamas
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Hurricane Sandy is still swirling around in the Bahamas. The storm has left 21 people dead in Cuba, Haiti and Jamaica. 

The storm is lashing South Florida with heavy rains and strong wind.        

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