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El Nuevo Herald

There has been a lot of talk of "rigged elections" or "voter fraud" circulating within the electorate in this election Nevertheless, as of today (Monday, Nov. 4) the number of Floridians who have already voted is more than five million.

Christina White, the Supervisor of Elections in Miami-Dade County, says there is no need for fear of voter fraud because the system is built to protect against it. She shares her thoughts on why voters can feel secure, as well as what people can expect on Election Day.

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Members and pastors of the community's black churches gathered together in Miami Gardens on Sunday to go to participate in "Souls to the Polls," a nationwide initiative to increase voter participation in the upcoming election.

Betty T. Ferguson park was much more than a park that afternoon. Music was playing and the smell of barbeque was in the air as local pastors and their congregations arrived by the busload to cast their votes early at the polling place.

 

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This week on The Florida Roundup...

The State of Florida has budgeted about 12 million dollars to help Miami-Dade County in its efforts to battle Zika and the Aedes aegypti mosquito. Now, Florida's Surgeon General is requesting a comprehensive Zika action plan from the county to detail spending. Mayor Gimenez says he will comply. Does this signify a rift between the state and the county? WLRN's Sammy Mack and The Miami Herald's Daniel Chang fill us in on the latest.

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Carl Juste / Miami Herald

A Broward county judge heard testimony from six witnesses today (Thursday) in a case involving ballots missing Amendment 2, the “medical marijuana” question. Among the witnesses was Broward County Supervisor of Elections Brenda Snipes. County election officials confirmed four ballots went out without the Amendment 2 question. Those voters were issues new ballots to correct the problem.

Speaking at a rally in Tampa, Fla., on Wednesday, Hillary Clinton told the story of a leukemia patient named Steven who "ditched his oxygen tank," as Clinton told it, to vote early.

"If Steven can do that, nobody has any excuses," she chided the crowd.

The Clinton camp is putting a hard push on to turn out the vote before Nov. 8. The number of people taking advantage of early voting could hit record levels this year. Here's a primer on early voting:

1. How many people will vote early this year?

Peter Haden / WLRN

Two more Broward voters realized Tuesday that their absentee ballots lacked the medical marijuana question, according to the Miami Herald.

This came just hours after a Broward County judge said she would rule quickly on a case involving ballots missing Amendment 2.

Two Oakland Park voters received ballots last week that did not have the question pertaining to Amendment 2, which would legalize marijuana statewide for medical use. The Broward Supervisor of Elections said they were “test-ballots” sent out accidentally.

Decision Florida: Is Your Vote Safe?

Oct 21, 2016
Associated Press

This week in Decision Florida, hosts Melissa Ross from WJCT and Tom Hudson from WLRN talk about voter access in light of the Donald Trump campaign's claims of a rigged election, how the November results will impact education in our state and the controversy around solar amendment 1.

With early voting starting on Monday October 24th, Susan Bucher, Supervisor of Elections in Palm Beach County, discuss the effects of extending the registration deadline one more week and how the County has been preparing for elections. 

Miami Herald

Election Day for Florida’s primaries is still two weeks away. But South Florida’s 2.5 million voters who would rather not wait until Aug. 30 to cast their ballots for federal, state and local office have other options.

Early voting began Monday in Miami-Dade and runs through Aug. 28. Broward early voting begins Saturday and runs through Aug. 28.

Florida Division of Elections

Florida’s secretary of state has released a voter education toolkit for next month’s 2016 primary election.

The guide has checklists for current and new voters to make sure citizens have everything they need when arriving at a polling location.

This includes making sure you are properly registered with the political party of your choice, checking to be sure your signature is up to date and verifying that  your address is correct.

Rally Urges Miami-Dade Minorities To Vote Early

Oct 27, 2014
Jessica Meszaros / WLRN

To encourage early voting among South Floridians, “Souls to the Polls” held a gospel concert and rally Sunday at South Dade Regional Library in Cutler Bay.

The event didn’t just happen in Miami-Dade. Faith in Florida leaders hosted the rally in Tallahassee, Belle Glade, Lauderhill and Daytona Beach. “Souls to the Polls” urged black and Latino voters to vote early.

Today on WLRN-Miami Herald News, you heard:

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The Broward County Supervisor of Elections Office announced Thursday night that it is posting notices throughout early voting and Election Day polling locations to remind voters to thoroughly analyze each form.

The ballots will have selections on both the front and back of the forms.

Several state and municipal offices are listed throughout the ballot.

Republicans Try To Turn Out Early Votes In Miami

Oct 20, 2014
John O'Connor / WLRN

It’s about two weeks until voters choose the next governor of Florida.

Absentee votes started being counted last week. And today is the start of early voting in South Florida. Other counties will follow soon.

It’s why Gov. Rick Scott and a slate of Republican candidates met at a Miami park next to a polling place Monday – to cast their early votes and encourage others to do the same.

The race between Republican Scott and Democrat Charlie Crist is tight. Scott says the first votes cast could be the difference in the end.

MIAMI HERALD STAFF

Floridians have the opportunity to choose a governor, as well as numerous other state and congressional leaders, in this year's midterm election. There are also three constitutional amendments up for a vote, and numerous other county questions, depending on your ballot.

It's easy to see why some questions or ballot measures overshadow others. But, does that excuse voters from not being informed?

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