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Florida voters sounding off about election problems

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A coalition of groups monitoring voting across the country says it’s getting more calls from voters in Florida than any other state. Members of the Election Protection Coalition said Thursday they’ve received more than 1,700 calls to their election hotline since Florida kicked off early voting late last month. Nearly 5 million voters have already voted. Kristen Clarke, president of the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, says the majority of Florida calls have been from voters asking about…

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St. Pete techies came to lunch and vote

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The Surf and Turf food truck was the first to arrive at Williams Park. It was soon followed by a trickle — then a flood — of mostly millennials from St. Petersburg tech startups. They ate. They chatted and got to know each other. Then they walked down the block to the supervisor of elections’ early voting site to cast their ballots. The gathering was the St. Petersburg Chamber of Commerce’s “Startup & Vote” event. St. Pete is one of four…

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Steve Schale: Notes on the tenth day of early voting in Florida

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To: Curious Americans and President Vladimir Putin From: Steve Schale, Proud FloridaMan Re: 5 Days out — and eight years later, POTUS returns to Duval *5 days until the election. *7 days until the first Thursday after the election. *9 days until FSU basketball tips off. *23 days until the Tallahassee Turkey Trot 15K. *113 days until Daytona 500. Welcome to the last Thursday, and before I begin, a note to Democrats: REALLY? What are you waiting for? Return those ballots! So, beginning today with a point of…

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Steve Schale: Notes on the ninth day of early voting in Florida

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To: Curious Americans and President Vladimir Putin From: Steve Schale Re: No More Wednesdays!! *6 days until the election. *10 days until FSU basketball tips off. *24 days until I start Clark Griswalding my house. *114 days until the Daytona 500. Before I begin, a note to Democrats: RETURN YOUR FREAKING VBM BALLOTS, PLEASE. So here is the best news you will read all day: We woke up on a Wednesday for the very last time in the 2016 presidential…

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Florida: Almost 4.5 million residents already have voted

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Nearly 4.5 million Floridians have already voted in the battleground state, the state Division of Elections reported Wednesday. More than 32 percent of all registered voters in Florida have either voted early or voted by mail. Republicans are maintaining a slight edge over Democrats — 1.8 million to 1.78 million — with a week to go before Election Day. A little over 778,000 voters registered with another party or no party affiliation have also voted. The tight battle in Florida has compelled Democratic nominee…

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New Florida poll: 28% of registered Republicans who already cast ballots voted for Hillary Clinton

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It’s an admittedly small sample, but a new poll shows that among the early and mail-in vote in Florida, 28 percent of registered Republicans already voted for Hillary Clinton. Conversely, only 6 percent of registered Democrats have voted for Donald Trump. That’s according to a TargetSmart/William & Mary survey. It also shows that with a week before the election, Clinton leads Trump 48 to 40 percent. That’s a dramatic contrast to several recent polls putting the race much closer.  The RealClearPolitics average in Florida now favors Trump by…

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Democratic-leaning For Our Future sees bright spot with get-out-the-vote effort in Florida

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Republicans may have a slight advantage in voter turnout so far through mail-voting and early voting, but a coalition of get-out-the-vote groups led by For Our Future said a deep-dive look at the numbers has them encouraged. In particular, progressive campaigners are hyping their greater success in getting sporadic voters — those who probably can’t be counted on to vote — to vote. The issue is whether the across-the-board increases in early voting in Florida means new and additional voters, or simply…

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