2016 elections

The 2018 local elections have set a county record for most qualified candidates in a midterm year. There are 55 people in the running.

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The Florida Democratic Party is scrambling to find a new leader in the wake of the 2016 elections. After some last-minute maneuvering, a group of contenders is emerging.

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The battle over the next U.S. president took to the Tallahassee streets Saturday. A group of protestors at the state capitol called on Florida’s 29 electors not to vote for President-elect Donald Trump ahead of today’s vote.

As a presidential recount continues in Wisconsin there’s an independent push for an election review in Florida. Donald Trump won Florida by more than 100,00 votes.

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After a bitter and divisive presidential election, many are approaching Thanksgiving with trepidation, even hoping to avoid politics entirely. WFSU gets some advice on how to find common ground.

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Like the newly elected President and the future Congress, Florida’s future leaders will look pretty much the same. Still, while the Republican-led state legislature still continues to hold a majority, there were some upsets.

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2016 is a year when bonds across race, gender, and political party are being testing. But it’s also the 100th anniversary of the birth of a Florida historian, folklorist and social justice activist, who could offer some advice to a society in turmoil. Here's a profile of Stetson Kennedy.

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Florida’s new delegation to the United States Congress is historically diverse. Thanks to the 2016 general election, the state's representatives are beginning to look more like its residents.

Gov. Rick Scott is suing the federal government over Low-Income Pool funding.
Governor Rick Scott

Florida Governor Rick Scott says he will not be joining the administration of president-elect Donald Trump. Instead, Scott plans to finish out his term in the state capitol.

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Democrat Akin Akinyemi is Leon County’s next property appraiser, beating out NPA candidate Greg Lane with 51 percent of the vote.

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Democrat Jack Campbell is the next state attorney in the 2nd judicial circuit. Campbell beat out his competitor Republican Pete Williams, winning 55 percent of Leon County voters.

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After more than 20 years, Leon County’s Second District has a new commissioner.  Jimbo Jackson will take the seat vacated by outgoing commissioner Jane Sauls.

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Al Lawson can officially call himself District Five’s Congressman. The former Florida state senator has been the heir apparent for the position since winning the primary against incumbent Corrine Brown and he quickly took the seat Tuesday. Lawson says he wants to focus on making college more accessible.

Leon county canvassing board at election supervisors office
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Election Day made for a busy day for the members of the Leon County Canvassing Board. The board is responsible for everything from verifying signatures on mail in ballots to interpreting ballots a voting machine can’t read

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Florida voters can get a free ride to the polls, thanks to a Latino advocacy group.

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A downtown Tallahassee church is offering stressed-out voters a refuge away from all the election craziness.

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A large "Souls-to-the-Polls" rally took place in downtown Tallahassee Sunday afternoon (11/6).

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One of the most divisive presidential contests is rapidly turning into one of the closest; recent polls show the race between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump is within the margin of error. Here's a portrait of starkly divided voters in a red county and a blue county, weighing in on what happens if their candidate loses.

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The fastest growing electorate in the nation’s largest swing state is voting at an historic rate. High turnout among Florida’s Hispanic population could give Democrats a strong advantage.

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Early voting in Leon County begins Monday and runs through Sunday November 6th. Any registered voter may cast their ballot at seven different locations throughout Tallahassee, including the county courthouse, and at various public library branches. Leon County Supervisor of Elections Ion Sancho says residents can find more information in their voting guide.

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Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump is refusing to say he’ll honor the results of the November 8th election. Politicos and historians alike say the statement undermines integral American institutions like credible democracy and peaceful transitions of power. Here's a look at what Trump’s remarks mean for elections officials in the Sunshine State.

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Two North Florida congressional candidates are hoping to reach voters who are turned off by Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump. Democrats Steve Specht and Walt Dartland are running in the predominantly conservative Florida Panhandle, Specht in District 1 and Dartland in District 2.

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Former Florida Governor and U.S. Senator Bob Graham says Hillary Clinton’s foreign policy won’t be swayed by donations to her family’s foundation. Graham’s comments come after Donald Trump blasted contributions to the Clintons’ charity.

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On November 8th, Floridians will cast their ballots for president. But voting doesn’t end with the nation’s top office. There are a slew of down-ballot races, including state senator, judges and Supreme Court justices, and state and local referendums. But way down on the ballot—are soil and water conservation districts. And there’s a growing controversy over whether that office is still needed.

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During election season in North Florida, voters can’t go far without tripping over one campaign sign or another. But this year, the art of one candidate in particular is standing out.