Elections

Pedro Portal / El Nuevo Herald

With just a few days left before ballots for November’s election have to be finalized and printed, an initiative to curb the influence of wealthy donors on local politics is still tied up in court, and staff at the Board of Elections are bracing for work around the clock.

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This week, three batches of mosquitoes found in traps in Miami Beach tested positive for Zika . In another important development, the Florida Department of Health admitted it may take longer for pregnant women to get their Zika test results back. WLRN’s health reporter Sammy Mack fills us in on the latest on the Zika epidemic in South Florida. Listen here: And, the races are set: Senator Marco Rubio versus Representative Patrick Murphy , Representative Carlos Curbelo against Joe Garcia, and...

David McDougal / New Florida Majority

Activists who spent months collecting signatures for an initiative to limit political contributions by people who make their living off of county contracts say county officials are holding up the process to get the initiative on the November ballot. The initiative would ban groups that make more the $250,000 off of county business from donating to candidates for county offices.“People are tired of corruption, and what they see as a rigged system,” says Gihan Perera, executive director of the...

The algae problem in Lake Okeechobee is so bad it can be seen from space. The massive bloom continues fouling waterways on the Treasure Coast as new money is promised to help, but how would those dollars address the blue-green gunk fouling up waterways? You did not miss Election Day, but about a dozen South Florida lawmakers already are assured they will be sent back to Tallahassee when the next legislative session begins in March. They are running unopposed. However, the districts they will...

The Pasco Supervisor of Elections is warning voters about misleading voter registration forms from the Washington D.C. based Voter Participation Center (VPC).

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Just two weeks after the last one, Tuesday is another election day in Miami-Dade County. Two commission seats will be decided, one in Miami Beach the other in Miami, but you might not actually call the Miami race an election this time around. Many cities in Miami-Dade County use a “majority” voting system, which means that in order to win an election, you have to get 50 percent of the vote - the majority of the voters. But when elections, like those that produced runoffs, have five or nine...

Tim Padgett / WLRN.org

Five years ago today, Wyclef Jean – the Haitian-American hip-hop star whose 2004 hit song mused, “If I was President” – revealed in an interview with me that he was actually running for President. Of Haiti. Whether Jean would have been a good pwezidan is certainly debatable. But what made his candidacy most significant – especially in the wake of Haiti’s catastrophic 2010 earthquake – was the prospect of finally seeing a real bridge built between Haiti and...

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Governor Rick Scott has less than two weeks to decide whether to veto a bill creating online voter registration in Florida. The bill requires the Division of Elections to develop an online voter registration system. It has to be operational by October of 2017. Supporters say the bill would make it easier for service members to register and update voting records . Secretary of State Ken Detzner, who is in charge of elections, opposes the bill. He says his agency will likely be dealing with the...

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Eight municipalities in Broward County are holding elections Tuesday, March 10, that will affect about 230,000 registered voters. Residents in Miramar and Plantation will cast their ballots for mayor, as well as for open commission seats. Voters in Fort Lauderdale, Davie, Deerfield Beach, Coconut Creek, Lighthouse Point and Hillsboro Beach, will select all commissioners or council members today. You can see the result as they roll in starting at 7 p.m. here .

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The negative political ads are over. Gov. Rick Scott wins re-election . How did that spell victory for Republicans , including Carlos Curbelo’s victory to the U.S. House? A simple majority of Floridians voted for medical marijuana but that was not enough to become law. School leaders are celebrating the passage of an $800 million school bond. Plus, New York Yankees star Alex Rodriguez confesses to the feds that he used steroids from Coral Gables clinic Biogenesis. Host Tom Hudson is...

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? Many people may know the ongoing debate over Amendment Two , the legalization of medical marijuana...

Rick Stone / WLRN

On Saturday morning at 9:30 -- as most of the city was waking up -- Charlie Crist was collecting the endorsement of Planned Parenthood's political action committee . To an audience consisting mostly of her own staff and volunteers, PAC chairwoman Lillian Tamayo delivered the priority message. " Gov . Rick Scott has waged an unrelenting assault on women since his election in 2010," Tamayo told the group, most of them in pink Planned Parenthood PAC T-shirts. During his last run for governor in...

Florida ranks third in the country for gerrymandering, according to a study of the most heavily populated states. Voting districts are redrawn every 10 years in a process known as redistricting . Gerrymandering happens when district boundaries are drawn to benefit a political party. Florida lawmakers just finished a special session on redistricting after a judge ruled that two congressional districts were drawn to favor the incumbent candidates. It turns out a lot of states avoid this problem...

Locals Testify On Florida's Election Issues

Apr 1, 2014
Jessica Meszaros / WLRN

The National Commission on Voting Rights met Monday at the University of Miami. National and local experts on voting law heard witness testimony on topics ranging from felon disenfranchisement, to long voting lines, to restroom access at polling places. The goal of this commission is to create reports out of the testimony in hopes that Congress will make changes to voting laws. Hear what some Florida voters would like to see changed for the 2016 election.

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