Secretary of State Ken Detzner

In an emergency hearing Thursday, Tallahassee federal judge Mark Walker refused a request by the Florida Democratic Party to make additional changes to Florida’s voting system.

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There’s only one meeting left, before final recommendations are made on a memorial for the unclaimed remains of boys who died at the Dozier School for Boys in the Florida Panhandle. So far, there’ve been a lot of disagreements among Dozier Task force members. But, during their first meeting, there was at least one memorial all sides did agree on.

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Some former wards of the now closed Dozier School for Boys say they want the White House building on the grounds destroyed. That’s the building where they say a lot of abuse occurred.

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Wednesday marked the first meeting of a task force assigned to create a memorial for the uncovered remains associated with Dozier School for Boys, the former North Florida reform school where boys believed to be buried there died, due to alleged abuse.

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The Museum of Florida History has a new permanent exhibit. Forever Changed: La Florida, 1513 to 1821 is now open to the public. The exhibit chronicles the state’s colonial history.

Embattled Secretary of State Ken Detzner, Governor Rick Scott’s elections czar, is under fire in the wake of an auditor general’s report citing serious problems with Florida’s central voting system.

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As Florida election supervisors continue counting mail-in ballots, Gov. Rick Scott’s winning margin is just over 1 percent. But before Scott was declared the winner late Tuesday night, Democratic rival Charlie Crist filed an emergency court motion to extend voting hours in one South Florida county. A judge denied his campaign’s request.

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Update, 10 p.m. 8/26/14:

With some precincts yet to report, Detzner says he believes more voters cast ballots early and absentee than on Election Day. However, the high percentage of voters taking advantage of alternative voting methods didn't contribute to high overall turnout. In fact, Detzner said he predicts fewer people participated in this midterm primary than in 2010, when 22 percent of registered voters cast ballots. 

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Voters cast their ballots.
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As the state looks to renew its effort to remove non U.S. citizens from Florida’s voter rolls, Secretary of State Ken Detzner will be traveling the state next month to get input from local supervisor of elections. But, some say they're skeptical about the plan.

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The University of South Florida may be one step closer to digging up the human remains of boys believed to have died from alleged abuse at the infamous Dozier School for Boys. the USF researchers’ request to exhume bodies at the former Panhandle reform school is up for consideration at the next Florida Cabinet meeting.

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The University of South Florida is awaiting a response from the state about whether the school’s researchers can dig up the human remains of boys believed to have died over a 60-year period at the infamous Dozier School for Boys in north Florida. State officials contend they don’t have the authority to grant such a request, but some wonder if that’s the real reason for the denial.

Sascha Cordner

Florida’s voter registration numbers for both Republicans and Democrats stagnated over the course of about a year, and political experts say it’s mainly because of a law passed last year that put limits on third party voter registration. But, now that some of those restrictions have eased, there’s a mad dash around the state to ramp up voter registration drives before the October 9th deadline.

“House Bill 1355 certainly had a dampening effect on voter registration in the state of Florida, when it went into effect July 1, 2011.”

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With the deadline fast approaching for Floridians to get registered to vote, a new campaign kicked off Tuesday to get people signed up and make sure that when they vote, they’re educated about the issues on the ballot. It’s a non-partisan effort that brings together two groups that were, just months ago, battling in federal court over Florida’s election law.

Florida is now facing a third lawsuit challenging the Department of State’s efforts to purge ineligible voters from the rolls. A group of voter and civil rights organizations are filing a lawsuit alleging the purge is discriminatory.

Kathy Culliton-Gonzalez is with a group called “Advancement Project.” She said the organizations are the first to sue under Section Two of the Voting Rights Act of 1965. It’s a move she said will give their suit staying power.

At the Leon County Supervisor of Elections Office, volunteers sign up to work with the League of Women Voters.

One of the group’s core missions is to help people participate in democracy by registering them to vote.  On Wednesday, about 15 volunteers showed up to become voter registrars. One of them is Katie Pospyhalla, a college student majoring in Middle Eastern studies who said people her age don’t care enough.

The American Civil Liberties Union of Florida and others want a federal court to block the state’s push to remove suspected non-citizen voters.

State officials are planning a year-long celebration to commemorate important parts of Florida’s history, like the arrival of the state’s first Spanish explorer 500 years ago. And, the state is getting ready to expand the celebration internationally.

An effort by the state to remove thousands of non-U-S citizens from the voter rolls could soon be facing a lawsuit. Several civil rights and voting rights organizations sent a letter Thursday to Secretary of State Ken Detzner asking him to halt an initial plan to make sure a list of 2600 people are eligible voters. Local supervisor of elections were sent the list, and complained the list was not accurate.

Florida’s Lieutenant Governor and the state’s new elections chief want the public’s help in selecting their favorite buildings in Florida. As Sascha Cordner reports, there’s a new launching an online voting competition to celebrate the state’s architectural structures.

It’s called the “Florida Architecture: 100 years. 100 Places. Competition.” It’s an online contest that highlights the best of Florida’s architecture, and with the help of residents, recognizes the best-looking buildings in the state.