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Part of a new elections law that requires “sufficient nonpermitted parking” at early voting sites will create an unconstitutional burden on young voters attending colleges or universities, plaintiffs in a long-running dispute over campus early voting argued in documents filed Monday.

The parking requirement was tucked into a sweeping elections package during the waning days of the legislative session in early May. Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis signed the package (SB 7066), and the new law went into effect on July 1.

Nearly a year after a federal judge’s ruling allowed early-voting sites on college and university campuses, state elections officials and plaintiffs in the case remain locked in a legal battle.

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Lakeland commissioners will consider in coming weeks whether to close almost half of its voting precincts for the next municipal election.

Turnout on 2018 Midterm Elections Tops 62 Percent In Florida

Nov 8, 2018

With wide variations throughout the state, 62.1 percent of Florida voters cast ballots in Tuesday’s mid-term elections, according to numbers posted on the state Division of Elections website.

The highest turnout, nearly 77.7 percent, came in Sumter County, which includes a large part of the massive Villages retirement community. Other counties with the highest turnout rates included Jefferson County at 75.6 percent; Collier County at nearly 73.5 percent; Franklin County at 70.8 percent; and St. Johns County at 70.3 percent.

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With one day left before Election Day, more than 5 million voters have already cast ballots in the battleground state of Florida, and records show Democrats have the edge.

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Black churchgoers in St. Petersburg joined congregations across the country in holding a get-out-the-vote event on Sunday.

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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.

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Some Florida counties are reporting early voting turnout well ahead of the pace of the 2014 midterm elections.

Deadlines for vote-by-mail voters for Florida’s general election are approaching. 

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Florida’s general election this November is expected to see an increase in voter turnout and multiple counties are recruiting more election workers to help with the bigger crowds.

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Floridians are running out of time to request and turn in their vote-by-mail ballots for next Tuesday’s Primary Election.

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Bethlehem Bible Church is the oldest Baptist church in the historically black neighborhood of Newtown in North Sarasota. But this Sunday, it's Soul Central — the hub for helping to get its members and six other congregations to the polls.

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Residents are headed to early voting sites across Tampa Bay this week, while politicians and elections officials try figure out whether Florida's voting system has been hacked.

Florida elections officials were wrong to block on-campus early voting sites in Gainesville and Tallahassee, lawyers for the League of Women Voters of Florida told a federal judge Monday.

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A Florida voting rights group is asking a federal judge to let college campuses be used for early voting sites in this year's elections.

It's almost Election Day in Pinellas County. And Sunday, Nov. 5 is the early voting deadline.

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Early voting ends this weekend in Florida, and elections supervisors are predicting a record turn out.

To help cut down on wait times, several county websites are offering a "wait time" tool that updates every hour.  

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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. 


Mail-in Ballots Will Allow Voters To Vote From Home

Sep 23, 2016

The availability of mail-in ballots this election will allow votes to be cast from kitchen tables and living room couches, as opposed to polling booths.

The state Division of Elections says that more than 10 percent of Florida voters have already ordered mail-in ballots and that number continues to grow.

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Despite minor delays getting polls open in a few counties, turnout for today's primary voting in Florida is expected to be heavy and steady throughout the day.

In addition to the possibility of a historic number of voters going to the polls, Secretary of State Ken Detzner says a record number of absentee and early voting ballots have been cast ahead of Tuesday.

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With the mid-term election coming up in just a couple of weeks, early voting is set to begin in Pinellas County today.

With so many ballot decisions for voters to make this year, Pinellas County Elections Administrator Nancy Whitlock says they expect good voter turnout.

“Counties have the option of providing early voting, two weeks before the election. So, we chose to have early voting for the full amount of possible days and hours for this general election,” Whitlock said.

Gov. Scott Signs Bill to Expand Early Voting

May 21, 2013

Gov. Rick Scott has signed a bill that will allow elections supervisors to expand early voting days and sites.

A bill that would expand early voting in Florida is now headed to Gov. Rick Scott.

The Miami Herald/Tampa Bay Times' Tallahassee Bureau reports the House and Senate approved the bill Friday, the last day of the legislative session. It would allow elections supervisors to hold up to 14 days of early voting instead of the current eight days. It also would expand sites where early voting can be held.

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Election Day is just weeks away and many of us are getting “robo” calls - computer generated telephone calls - asking for our vote or trying to help get us an absentee ballot.

The Manatee County Supervisor of Elections Office was flooded with hundreds of these calls starting a few weeks ago.

“What they’re doing when a person picks up the phone, they’re saying if you’d like to have an absentee ballot punch one and the when they punch one it dials directly into our office,” said Manatee Elections Supervisor Bob Sweat.

Ballots this Election Year are BIG

Sep 17, 2012

If you're planning to vote in this November's election, brace yourselves. The ballots in Florida this year are HUGE.

The one in Hillsborough County is 6 pages long.

"I think this is the first time that I know of that the ballot was this size. Now, we've had obviously two sheets before but never one that's three sheets, six pages that are 17 inches long," says Hillsborough Supervisor of Elections Earl Lennard.