Elections

Governor Ron DeSantis announced Wednesday that Florida will be joining an electronic network to help the state’s supervisors of elections make sure people aren’t registered in more than one state. Former Leon County Supervisor of Election Ion Sancho explains how the system works.

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The race for Leon County Supervisor of Elections will now be partisan following an April Supreme Court ruling in an Orange County case. Leon County’s Elections office has been non-partisan since 2002. 

Governor Ron DeSantis speaking at a podium in his Press Office, Department of State Secretary Laurel Lee, Leon County Supervisor of Elections Mark Earley, and Okaloosa County Supervisor of Elections Paul Lux in attendance.
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Monday, Governor Ron DeSantis essentially reversed his predecessors’ actions by giving back $2.3 million  to elections supervisors to spend on cyber security. The money was left over from a $19 million grant the federal government gave the state prior to the 2018 primary election.

Employees at the Broward County Supervisor of Elections office count ballots from the Mid-term election, Thursday, Nov. 8, 2018, in Lauderhill, Fla.
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Most of the discussion about a recently passed elections bill has focused on 2018’s Amendment 4. It restored the right for certain felons to vote. But the bill does many more things aimed at fixing issues within Florida’s elections system.

Leon County Supervisor of Elections Ion Sancho standing over blown up images of the county's voting precincts.
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The Florida Legislature passed a bill that makes changes to the elections system in the state. It extends the time voters can request a vote-by-mail ballot from 5 days to 10 days. The hope is that it will prevent ballots from being mailed in at the last minute. Former Leon County Supervisor of Elections Ion Sancho doesn’t think the change will have much of an effect.

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A key elections bill backed by the state’s supervisors heading for final votes. The measure is meant to address issues stemming from the 2018 election but Democrats say it doesn’t do enough.

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Sen. Rick Scott (R-Florida) is demanding the FBI turn over information about Russian hacking.

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Jason Shoaf and Randy Maggard could be halfway to the Florida House.

Shoaf, a Port St. Joe Republican, and Maggard, a Dade City Republican, easily won GOP special primary elections Tuesday as they seek to replace former Rep. Halsey Beshears, R-Monticello, and former Rep. Danny Burgess, R-Zephyrhills.

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Florida’s elections once again made headlines last year amid several hotly-contested races. Now the state house and senate are pushing bills to change the process for the future.

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The Florida House Democratic Caucus wants to meet with the Republican Caucus to make plans for fixing what some say is an antiquated election system.  

House Minority Leader Rep. Kionne McGhee says until the state makes changes Florida will be the laughing stock of America.

“If our elections system is questionable, then one has to admit that our democracy becomes questionable,” said McGhee.

The inside of the Leon County Supervisor of Elections office with a vote sign
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Floridians who want to request a vote by mail ballot have until Wednesday to do so.

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Florida lawmakers want to expand the use of digital voting and tallying machines. Many of the state’s election managers are behind the plan. But critics don’t want to leave the paper ballot behind.

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Florida lawmakers want to stop statewide elected officials from turning Session into a campaign fundraiser. A committee in the GOP-controlled legislature overwhelmingly passed the bill Wednesday.

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A Florida lawmaker is filing a bill to find a way around the Electoral College. Rep. Joseph Geller (D-Aventura) wants the state to join the National Popular Vote Interstate Compact. 

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Hurricane Maria devastated Puerto Rico, shutting down the island’s roads and power systems, leaving many isolated and in the dark. Now thousands are evacuating the U.S. territory for the mainland. Many may settle in Florida’s purple counties ahead of the 2018 elections.

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Whether they know it or not, Florida taxpayers are funding certain statewide political campaigns. Supporters say the practice promotes diversity at the ballot box. But now the speaker of the house is taking aim at the system. Here's a look at who is actually benefiting from public financing.

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Florida’s Speaker of the House wants to the state to stop funding political campaigns with taxpayer money. But an election law expert says public financing is vital to diversifying the ballot.

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As lawmakers return to Washington to debate healthcare, they’ll have new ways of communicating with voters back home, through Facebook. But it’s not yet clear how the social media giant’s new tools could affect the political conversation.