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What you need to know about the 2020 elections across the greater Tampa Bay region.

Tropical Storm Nicole pushes back Florida's election deadlines

Waves crash on the shoreline along the Jensen Beach Causeway, as conditions deteriorate with the approach of Hurricane Nicole, Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2022, in Jensen Beach, Fla.
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Waves crash on the shoreline along the Jensen Beach Causeway as conditions deteriorate with the approach of Nicole, Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2022, in Jensen Beach.

Instead of noon Saturday, county supervisors of elections have until noon Monday to submit the first set of unofficial returns from Tuesday’s elections.

Secretary of State Cord Byrd on Wednesday issued an emergency order pushing back certain election deadlines in 45 counties because of Tropical Storm Nicole.

The order included delaying from noon Saturday to noon Monday a deadline for county supervisors of elections to submit the first set of unofficial returns from Tuesday’s elections.

Also, Byrd pushed back deadlines for voters to submit affidavits to “cure” signature issues with mail-in ballots and for voters who cast provisional ballots to present evidence about eligibility. Those deadlines were delayed from 5 p.m. Thursday to 5 p.m. Saturday.

“The Department (of State) has been monitoring this storm system for some time and with its imminent approach coinciding with post-election ballot cure and reporting deadlines, we want to do everything we can to ensure that every eligible vote in Florida will count,” Byrd said in a prepared statement.

Gov. Ron DeSantis on Monday issued an executive order declaring an emergency in 34 counties and expanded it to 11 additional counties Wednesday. The 11 added were Pinellas, Alachua, Bradford, Dixie, Gilchrist, Hernando, Jefferson, Levy, Marion, Taylor and Wakulla counties.

The 34 in the initial order were Hillsborough, Pasco, Polk, Sarasota, Brevard, Broward, Charlotte, Citrus, Clay, Collier, Desoto, Duval, Flagler, Glades, Hardee, Hendry, Highlands, Indian River. Lake, Lee, Manatee, Martin, Miami-Dade, Nassau, Okeechobee, Orange, Osceola, Palm Beach, Putnam, Seminole, St. Johns, St. Lucie, Sumter and Volusia counties.

Nicole made landfall Wednesday night on the east coast as a hurricane before moving through Central Florida and North Florida.

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