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The State We're In connects with people in Central Florida and the greater Tampa Bay region about issues that matter to you. From the coronavirus to special coverage of politics along the I-4 corridor, it’s a chance to hear your neighbors, and better understand their experience.The State We’re In is a collaboration of WUSF Public Media in Tampa and 90.7 WMFE in Orlando and is part of America Amplified, a national community engagement and reporting initiative supported by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.[Join Us On Facebook]

Unpacking The 2020 Election In Florida

Voters line up outside a polling location in Marion County. Photo: Joe Byrnes, WMFE
Voters line up outside a polling location in Marion County. Photo: Joe Byrnes, WMFE

As the votes are tallied in the 2020 presidential election, all eyes are on the states where the race will be decided. And this time it’s not Florida in the national spotlight.

As the votes are tallied in the 2020 presidential election- all eyes are on the states where the race will be decided. And this time it’s not Florida in the national spotlight. Despite a couple minor technical glitches- including an internet outage at the supervisor of elections office in Osceola County- the election appears to have run smoothly- and as Governor Ron DeSantis proclaimed- put to rest the specter of the 2000 Bush v Gore recount. 

Added to that- big turnout in Florida and in other states across the country as people voted- in spite of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. 

On this episode of Intersection, we take a closer look at how the results matched up with the polling and what this election tells us about the sunshine state. 

We’ll speak with UCF political science professor Aubrey Jewett and WUSF reporter Steve Newborn about the I-4 Corridor, turnout and the impact of the pandemic on the election. 

Listen to part one of the show here:

Later in the show, Stetson University College of Law professor Ciara Torres Spelliscy, who specializes in election law, joins us for a deeper dive into how the legal wrangling over the vote in Pennsylvania, Georgia and other states is playing out. 

Listen to part two of the show here:

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Unpacking The 2020 Election In Florida