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When Estelle Schultz, 98, sealed her ballot for the 2016 election, she wanted to snap a photo to commemorate. She sent it to her granddaughter Sarah Benor, who says she was moved to post the picture on Facebook . Like many posts during this election, it went viral. "It received over 1,600 likes and many comments about how moving that is, how it was bringing people to tears, how they wanted to share it with their children and their grandchildren," Benor tells NPR's Michel Martin. One of Benor...

Ahead of Election Day next week, election officials around the country are checking and double-checking their equipment to make sure the results are calculated accurately. Those officials are under increased scrutiny this year with Donald Trump and his allies claiming the voting system could be "rigged" in favor of Democrats. So election administrators around the country are opening the doors to the public to show off the multiple layers of safeguards in the ballot-counting process. Last week...

Thinking of memorializing your vote for the upcoming presidential election? You might want to think twice about that. Florida is one of 18 states where it's illegal to take a selfie with your mail-in ballot or while you're in the voting booth.

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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. Among the pastors in attendance...

A judge has ruled that Broward County's elections supervisor was doing enough to warn voters about a potential problem with the medical marijuana referendum on their ballots.

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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. Listen here: The countdown...

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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. Attorney Norm Kent represents NORML of Florida, a group that supports reforming marijuana laws. He wants...

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...

Vote flipping. The stories and conspiracy theories have begun. In every recent election, there have been reports of voters pressing one candidate's name on a touch-screen machine, only to have the opponent's name light up instead. It can be unnerving for voters and often leads to allegations that the machines have been "rigged" to favor one candidate over another. Enter election 2016, when the word "rigged" is more politically charged than ever. In the first few days of early voting, there...

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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...

When Florida voters look at their ballots for the general election, they'll see six names printed in the presidential race box. But there are an equal number of qualified "write-in" candidates for president. Names you've probably never heard before.

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...

A federal judge has rejected a request from the Florida Democratic Party to change some voting rules in advance of the November 8th general election. U.S. District Judge Mark Walker denied the emergency motion during a Thursday morning hearing in Tallahassee. Democrats were concerned that some new voters would not have their registration applications processed before early voting starts next week. This means some citizens may be forced to vote provisional ballots, which require greater...

This year's presidential election will be the first in a half-century without the significant presence of federal observers at polling places. That's because in 2013 the U.S. Supreme Court struck down a key provision of the Voting Rights Act, and when the court wiped out that section, the statute that provided for election observers went, too. The landmark decision in Shelby County v. Holder doesn't mean civil rights officials are totally disarmed. The Justice Department will still...

A statewide coalition of pastors, attorneys, and former felons says in this key election year Florida Governor Rick Scott and other state lawmakers need to put 1.5 million former felons back on the voter rolls. Members of the Florida Rights Restoration Coalition dropped off a petitions with 7,000 signatures to the Orange County elections office Monday, the last day for Floridians to register for the August 30th primary.

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