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2018 Election

Read our current and previous coverage of the 2018 election season as you prepare to cast your ballot. You'll find information on important races, explanations of constitutional amendments and details of local referendums.

With John Deere tractors and country music greeting supporters, Republican gubernatorial candidate Ron DeSantis made a last-minute appeal to the rural and suburban voters of Polk County on Saturday.

Mark Schreiner / WUSF Public Media

Early voting for the general election is coming to an end this weekend and Floridians have taken full advantage of the opportunity.

Roberto Roldan / WUSF Public Media

Governor Rick Scott is sweeping through Tampa this week, making a final appeal to voters ahead of next Tuesday's midterm election.

The political stakes in Florida couldn’t get much higher.

On Tuesday, voters will pick a new governor and a U.S. Senator. Congressional and state legislative seats are up for grabs, as well as Attorney General and a slew of local offices. There’s also a long list of constitutional amendments -- on everything from gambling and voting rights to homestead taxes and vaping.

Florida is one of the strictest states when it comes to restoring the right to vote for people with felony convictions.

Former felons do not automatically get the right to vote back after they’ve served their time. That's  1.5 million Floridians who cannot vote.

Amendment 4 would automatically restore the right to vote for former felons except for people with murder or sex crime convictions.

It has wide bipartisan support and very little organized opposition, though some candidates have stated they are not in support of an automatic restoration process.

Water Woes Become A Political Wildcard

Nov 1, 2018

Throughout the summer, politicians heard from Floridians angered by the latest bouts of toxic blue-green algae in the St. Lucie and Caloosahatchee rivers, along with a festering red-tide outbreak on the Gulf Coast.

The first of 12 amendments Florida voters will see on the ballot November 6th might seem like a straightforward proposal. But the facts around Amendment 1 aren't that simple.

Bethany Tyne / WUSF Public Media

In the final days before the midterm elections, high-profile politicians are paying a lot of attention to Florida, including President Donald Trump, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders and Former President Barack Obama.

Roberto Roldan / WUSF Public Media

Early in the morning, before the University of South Florida became abuzz with students hurrying off to class, Liz Lennox was sorting through five pages of candidates and amendments.

Voters have a lot to consider in this midterm election. There are races for governor, U.S. senator, and a dozen amendment proposals to the Florida Constitution. But if these amendment proposals pass, what will they actually do? And how might it affect you?

The non-partisan Florida Taxwatch has put together this voter guide to help Floridians navigate the many amendment proposals.

On this week's podcast, Florida Matters Host Robin Sussingham sits down with long time political journalist and analyst William March to talk about the political zeitgeist, whether polls can be trusted, and whether the issue of gun control is working for the Democrats.

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Hillsborough County Public Schools

At a town hall early this month at Tampa's Pizzo Elementary, Hillsborough School Superintendent Jeff Eakins said the district was out of options and had to go for a sales tax.

Mary Shedden

This week on Florida Matters we discuss the key races in the upcoming general election and the power wielded by voters in the Interstate 4 corridor.


Daylina Miller / WUSF News

Political experts say more than half of Florida's registered voters are made up of the youngest generations – millennials and Generations X and Z – and they could potentially seriously influence next week’s midterm election.

But historically, this group is less likely to actually cast a vote.

WUSF Public Media

With voting day only a week away, Florida's midterm election is shaping up to be another nail-biter.

To help you understand how the Tampa Bay area will influence this year's big races, WUSF's Robin Sussingham sat down with political analyst and USF Professor Emerita Susan MacManus. MacManus said the youngest voters - Generation X, Millennials and Generation Z - are likely to decide this election, whether they show up to the ballot box or not. And the I-4 corridor remains a strong predictor for how the rest of the state will vote.

  

Bethany Tyne / WUSF Public Media

With a week left until the midterm elections, some advocacy groups are working to gain support for Hillsborough County tax referendums. Representatives from All for Transportation and Strengthen our Schools were in Tampa Monday, trying to encourage Hillsborough County residents to vote for local initiatives. 

Mary Shedden

President Donald Trump and former President Barack Obama are coming to Florida in the final days of the 2018 campaign.

Amendment 3 Foes Pour Money Into Ballot Fight

Oct 29, 2018

A political committee raised $7.75 million during a week-long period as it tries to defeat a proposed constitutional amendment that could make it harder to expand gambling in Florida, according to a newly filed finance report. 

Daylina Miller/WUSF News

Both candidates for governor took aim at Pinellas County over the weekend, as it's considered one of the key battlegrounds to taking the governor’s mansion.

This election really is about Donald Trump.

Roughly two-thirds of voters say President Trump is a factor (either major or minor) in their vote in this year's midterms, far more than said so in 2014 about then-President Barack Obama, according to a new NPR/PBS NewsHour/Marist poll.

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