Politics

Printing Problems
2:00 pm
Tue October 30, 2012

More Ballot Problems in Palm Beach

Palm Beach has another ballot printing error.
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Palm Beach County has seen yet another printing problem during this election.

According to The Palm Beach Post, "Elections Supervisor Susan Bucher said Monday that she has been forced to send new absentee ballots to about 500 county residents because of a new printing error."

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Voting
11:56 am
Tue October 30, 2012

Election Day Polling Location In Broward Closes

A voting location in Broward has closed for Election Day.
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A fire in the First Church of God in Broward (1242 N. Andrews Ave, Fort Lauderdale) has closed that polling location for Election Day.

Everyone who is assigned to that location will now be voting at Thurgood Marshall Elementary School located at 800 NW 13 Street.

This is a temporary change, which means no one will be issued a voting card for that precinct. Every voter in that precinct should have received a letter notifying them of this change.

If you have any questions or concerns about this change, voters are encouraged to call 954-357-7050. 

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Voting
10:30 am
Tue October 30, 2012

Why Miami's Early Voting Lines Are So Long

Voters waiting in a two hour line to vote in Miami Dade.
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This weekend, thousands of early voters in Miami stood through some very long lines.

And it looks like the line hasn't let up.

On Monday afternoon, a workday, lines where still up to four hours in Miami Dade.

At North Dade Regional Library the wait was three-and-a-half hours. At Coral Reef and West Dade Regional Library it was about three hours, as well. However, the longest lines in the county were at North Dade Regional Library, where the wait time there was a grueling four hours. 

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Ballot Measures
3:38 pm
Mon October 29, 2012

A Guide To Miami-Dade's Charter Amendments

Here is a breakdown of the 8 charter amendments in Miami Dade.
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Besides the 11 proposed amendments to the state Constitution, Miami-Dade dwellers will also be deciding the fate of 8 proposed charter amendments.

 These charter amendments are significantly shorter than the state-level changes, but there are quite a few of them-- and like most ballot measures, they can be kind of confusing. However, here is our breakdown created with the help of The Florida League of Women Voters' 2012 Voting Guide

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Election 2012
11:00 am
Mon October 29, 2012

Romney Visits Florida On First Day Of Early Voting

Originally published on Sun October 28, 2012 10:58 am

Transcript

RACHEL MARTIN, HOST:

Republican Mitt Romney got a boost in Iowa yesterday from the Des Moines Register, becoming the first Republican that the paper has endorsed since Richard Nixon. Governor Romney was in Florida trying to drum up the votes on the first day early voting. NPR's Debbie Elliott reports.

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Politics And Climate Change
10:50 am
Mon October 29, 2012

Hurricane CSI: Frankenstorm Sandy And Climate Change

Hurricane Sandy's huge cloud extends up to 2,000 miles based on a satellite image from Sunday.
NASA GOES Project

Originally published on Wed October 31, 2012 3:10 pm

It was not a good year for people, weather and climate. The winter was strangely warm in many places and the summer ridiculously hot. As a large fraction of the country suffered through extreme or even extraordinary drought many folks naturally wondered, "Is this climate change?" Then along came a presidential election in which the words "climate change" disappeared from the dialogue. Now, just a week or so before voting day, the convergence of westbound Hurricane Sandy with a eastbound cold front is creating a massive storm, a Frankenstorm even, that is threatening millions of Americans.

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Election 2012
10:12 am
Mon October 29, 2012

Watchdog Groups Prep For Voter Intimidation, Fraud

A sign directing voters to a polling place is seen during the first day of early voting on Monday in Washington, D.C.
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Originally published on Thu October 25, 2012 7:05 am

Concerns about problems at the polls appear to be greater and coming earlier than usual this election year. Already, mysterious phone calls in Florida and Virginia have told voters they can vote by phone — which they cannot do.

And until this week, there were anonymous billboards in Ohio and Wisconsin warning that voter fraud is a felony — which it is.

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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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Election 2012
4:54 pm
Fri October 26, 2012

Four Ways To Streamline Your Early Voting

Long Ballot, Long Lines: Early voters should know their choices before they arrive.
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The eight-day, 96-hour early voting period starts Saturday at 56 polling places in South Florida's four counties.

Here's the early voting where-and-when, along with sample ballots for your county and other info you may need:

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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.
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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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Swing State Voters
1:00 pm
Fri October 26, 2012

Ad Watch Rematch: 6 Swing States, 1 Half-Hour, 87 Political Ads

Originally published on Fri October 26, 2012 11:12 am

In recent days, we've been reading about some unusual ways people are trying to get their political messages across in the feverish lead-up to Election Day: Political blimps. Conspiracy-laden DVDs.

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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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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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