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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.

Florida To Provide Limited Voter Information To Panel

Jul 7, 2017

With Democrats and some Republicans increasing calls this week to fully reject a federal commission's request for voter information, Florida Secretary of State Ken Detzner announced Thursday that the state will only provide publicly available data.

State Still Silent About Voter Data Request

Jul 5, 2017

Despite a bipartisan backlash against a White House commission's request for information about states' voter rolls, Gov. Rick Scott's administration is still not saying whether Florida will provide the potentially sensitive information.

Elections experts say Florida lawmakers dropped the ball when it comes to improving voter security.

A panel of Florida lawmakers began a discussion this week to consider automatically restoring the civil rights of ex-felons who committed nonviolent crimes.

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A bill that requires county elections officials to notify Florida voters if their signatures on vote-by-mail ballots don't match their registration forms was unanimously passed by the Florida Senate.

Census: 13 Florida Counties Must Offer Ballots In Spanish

Dec 6, 2016
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More than a dozen Florida counties must provide language assistance to Spanish-speaking voters during elections.

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We're just days away from Election Day and close to one-third of the state's registered voters have already cast their ballots with vote by mail or early voting.  That's four million ballots, already in. 


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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.

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.

When Florida voters go to vote on March 15, the state's voting machines may once again be in the spotlight.

Back in 2000, the nation's most spectacular elections meltdown took place in Florida thanks to the infamous paper butterfly ballots, ancient voting machines and poorly trained poll workers. The ensuing chaos led to a massive recount, a Supreme Court battle and a narrow victory for George W. Bush.

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It's been fifteen years since Florida's voting machines sent a presidential election into turmoil. And it's been seven years since Hillsborough County got new voting equipment. 

On Wednesday, Hillsborough County Commissioners will be asked to buy new voting equipment for 2016 - a year earlier than planned in the county's two year budget. The new equipment may make the voting process easier and more reliable. 

A non-partisan organization wants to change the way Florida’s elected officials are chosen. They’re tired of partisanship and say the best way to address it is to make candidates appeal to a broader electorate. That means tapping in to the state’s nearly 2.9 million No Party Affiliated voters, who are largely locked out of state primaries.

Florida Concerned About Aging Election Equipment

Nov 19, 2014
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Decade-old voting equipment is quickly aging in nearly half the state's counties, and there has been a struggle at the local level to secure money to cover the replacement costs.

Secretary of State Ken Detzner said he will meet next month with local supervisors of election in Orlando to determine which counties are most in need of new equipment before the 2016 elections.

"It's kind of one of those things that you don't think about until something happens," Detzner said this week. "We know we need to do something."

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Three million voters cast ballots in Florida before Election Day this year.

In Florida, 1.7 million voted absentee, and another 1.3 million voted early, which could turn out to be an all-time record.

Meanwhile, the more than 6,200 polling locations across the state opened without any problems this morning, according to Secretary of State Ken Detzner.

He said an increase in early and absentee voting should lead to results coming in fairly quickly once the last polls close in the Florida Panhandle.

Students Weigh In on Midterm Elections

Oct 7, 2014
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The University of South Florida conducted a straw poll on its Tampa campus to measure students' political opinions ahead of the November 4th midterm election.

92 percent of the 1,096 votes came from students and if the midterm elections were held now, 49 percent of the votes would go towards gubernatorial candidate Charlie Crist. 

A majority of students preferred George Sheldon for Attorney General.