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Judge Mark E. Walker of Florida's Northern District Federal Court heard arguments Wednesday over whether to allow mail-in ballots with mismatched signatures to be counted.

Florida is embroiled in a recount of several key state and federal races that could determine whether Democrats or Republicans will get control of state cabinet posts, and the U.S. Senate delegation. 

Even though Election Day is past that doesn't mean the vote counting is over. Despite claims by the warring sides, under state law that process goes on far longer: until at least November 20th.

Below is a timeline digging in to when votes gets counted and decisions made.

Senator Bill Nelson and Governor Rick Scott.
Sen. Bill Nelson's YouTube; Office of Gov. Rick Scott

Amid a recount of Florida's election for U.S. Senator, Republican Governor Rick Scott and Democratic Incumbent Bill Nelson are trading barbs on the national stage. At the same time, a number of advocates on both sides are lending their voices to the candidates.

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Shawn Mulcahy / WFSU

Recounts are underway for three statewide Florida races, including Senate, governor and agriculture commissioner.

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Andrew Gillum addressed media Saturday after conceding on election night.

Voters cast their ballots.
Sascha Cordner / WFSU-FM

Florida’s Secretary of State has officially called for three state-wide recounts. Votes in the races for U.S. Senate, Florida Governor and state Agriculture Commissioner will all be reviewed.

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The Florida Supreme Court heard oral arguments Thursday in a nine-year-old case on K-12 education standards.

Sen. Bill Nelson and Gov. Rick Scott.
Sen. Bill Nelson's YouTube and Gov. Rick Scott's Website

An automatic recount will likely be triggered in the race for Florida’s Senate seat. As less than half a percentage point separates current Governor Rick Scott and current U.S. Senator Bill Nelson. The outcome may hinge on an unusual voting pattern reported in Broward County. The Florida Gubernatorial race and contest for state Agricultural Commissioner also appear to be heading for recounts.

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More than 400,000 American children are in foster care, and 25,000 of them are in Florida. Their average length of stay is 25.3 months, according to the Ackerman Institute for the Family – and they have rates of post-traumatic stress disorder similar to veterans of war.

Shannon Carroll owns and operates Redemptive Love Farm in Tallahassee. She and her husband have adopted 7 children and fostered many more.

Greyhound Dogs Racing
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Floridians have approved Amendment 13 – meaning gambling on live greyhound racing will be phased out by 2020. That could leave many dogs looking for new homes.

Early Voting sign sits outside a precinct, guiding voters inside (2014).
Jessica Palombo / WFSU News

Despite a contentious battle, voters gave the nod to 11 of the 12 constitutional amendments on the ballot. 

Ryan Dailey / WFSU-FM

Florida’s statewide elections have wrapped, and Republican Ron DeSantis is now governor-elect. Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum lost the race, but is vowing to continue fighting for the causes that drove his campaign.

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Weeks after Category 4 Hurricane Michael made landfall in the Panhandle, some displaced residents say FEMA has been slow to respond.

So, we asked former Florida Emergency Management Director Bryan Koon to explain the process of local, state, and government response.

Koon was a Governor Rick Scott appointee who may be best known for the controversy surrounding the Scott administration’s unofficial edict banning the term “climate change” from official communications.

Florida State University

The Florida Board of Governors is set to discuss a number of controversial changes to the state’s higher education during its meeting Wednesday, including performance funding and mental healthcare. 

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Leon County Sheriff's Office

Leon County Schools has confirmed the gunman in Friday’s Hot Yoga Tallahassee shooting worked as a substitute teacher for nearly a year.

Joel Castro uses a chainsaw and special equipment to insert an artificial cavity into a pine tree at Apalachicola National Forest.
Eleanor Clark / WFSU-FM

People weren’t the only victims of Hurricane Michael. Endangered woodpeckers are in trouble following the storm and biologists are racing to keep the species alive.

Ryan Dailey / WFSU-FM

Panhandle schools hit hard by Hurricane Michael are re-opening, and many students are experiencing a “new normal” as they return. Some districts are having to get creative to get all students in the classroom.

Zoute Drop via Flickr

When Floridians turned their clocks forward in March, lawmakers hoped it’d be for the last time. But  despite the law residents still have to "fall back" Sunday.

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Toshinhiro Gamo

Hurricane Michael left a devastated Panhandle to pick up the pieces. Industries like timber and agriculture are struggling to rebuild. And another community is asking for help: beekeepers.

Governor Rick Scott in his office in front of a Florida flag
Office of Gov. Rick Scott

The First District Court of Appeal ruled Gov. Rick Scott doesn’t have to release calendar and travel records.

An AIDS advocacy group sued Scott for refusing to release the documents as part of a public records request. 

FEMA Disaster Recovery Centers currently open in North Florida.
FEMA

Disaster Recovery Centers in Gulf and Calhoun Counties are now open. That adds to the list of locations in North Florida where residents can get in-person help following Hurricane Michael. 

A screen within a car dashboard.
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New technology is making cars safer, but reports from AAA indicate the technology is also raising repair bills and creating lazy drivers.

Andrew Gillum and Ron DeSantis sparred over each other’s personal integrity as well as issues like health care and immigration in a heated debate on Wednesday that underscored the fierce divide between the two gubernatorial candidates with less than two weeks before Election Day.

Early Voting sign sits outside a precinct, guiding voters inside (2014).
Jessica Palombo / WFSU News

For some North Florida residents, voting has become a secondary concern. Early voting began Monday in more than 30 Florida counties, but the majority of the areas affected by Hurricane Michael won't start until the weekend.

City of Tallahassee

Tallahassee Mayor and Democratic Gubernatorial Nominee Andrew Gillum has faced harsh criticism for his role in running the capital city. But that role may be overstated.

Ryan Dailey / WFSU-FM

Florida Chief Financial Officer Jimmy Patronis is reporting more than $1.2 billion dollars in insured losses after Hurricane Michael ravaged the Florida Panhandle. 

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