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Episodes of voter intimidation reported in Florida on Election Day

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In Jacksonville, a man not authorized as a poll watcher took up a position inside a polling place in a majority African-American precinct and initially refused to leave. In Palm Beach County, officials at a voting site told Florida Atlantic University students that they could cast only provisional ballots because their a dorm addresses qualified as a hotel. In Miami-Dade, security guards turned voters away from a site inside a gated community, and people used megaphones to chase away potential…

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Democrats take the lead in pre-Election Day votes

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Florida Democrats have surpassed Republicans in pre-election totals, aided in large part by turnout during the early voting period. Data compiled by the Florida Chamber of Commerce show nearly 2.1 million Democrats and nearly 2.1 million Republicans have already voted this election cycle. According to the Chamber data, Democrats now lead Republicans by a margin of about 2,600 votes. Democrats still trail Republicans in the vote-by-mail race, returning 919,091 ballots. Registered Republicans have returned 988,579 ballots, giving them a vote-by-mail…

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Carlos Curbelo calls on FBI to monitor Florida’s election systems

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Rep. Carlos Curbelo is calling on the FBI to monitor Florida’s elections systems ahead of the 2016 general election. Attorneys for the Miami Republican sent a letter to FBI Director James Comey Monday, asking the FBI to “closely monitor the election systems and databases in the State of Florida to ensure attempts to breach Florida’s election systems are detected and prevented.” Attorneys for Curbelo, who is running for re-election in Florida’s 26th Congressional District, point to recent news of attempted hacks…

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Marco Rubio has 7-point lead over Patrick Murphy in new poll

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Sen. Marco Rubio holds a seven-point lead over Rep. Patrick Murphy, according to a new poll from Mason-Dixon Polling. The survey, released Monday morning, showed 47 percent of likely voters said they backed Rubio, compared to 40 percent who picked Murphy. Five percent of respondents said they would vote for Libertarian Paul Stanton, while 6 percent said they were undecided. Rubio’s lead has widened since the last Mason-Dixon poll. In August, before the U.S. Senate primary, Rubio led Murphy 46…

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Statewide voter turnout currently around 17 percent

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There’s just a few hours left until the polls close, and statewide turnout is currently under 20 percent. Forty-seven counties in Florida have started to report turnout numbers, according to LobbyTools. The legislative monitoring service reported that more than 2.1 million votes have already been cast. That brings statewide turnout to just over 17 percent. Statewide turnout in the 2014 primary was 18 percent. Two years earlier, statewide turnout was 21 percent. The turnout snapshot is in line with predictions…

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Ken Detzner reports more than 1.75M Floridians voted early in primary

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Florida Secretary of State Ken Detzner says that there have been no reported voting irregularities in the first few hours of voting in Tuesday’s primary election. One noteworthy issue, he said, was that a polling place in Miami Beach was moved from the Botanical Gardens location to City Hall a block away due to mosquito spraying. There were also a few delays in opening polling stations in Lee and Flagler counties. Detzner reported that more than 1.7 million Floridians had cast a ballot before…

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In new ad, Carlos Beruff says ‘we are all simply Americans’

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Carlos Beruff is out with a new campaign advertisement, calling on Floridians to reject what he calls a hyphenated county. The release of the 30-second spot, called “Simply American,” comes as Marco Rubio prepares to announce whether he will run for re-election. In his new ad, an announcer is heard saying: “Ever get tired of all these hyphens? Separating American with all these divisions. America is strongest when we are united.” “We all owe America; it’s not the other way…

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