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Beyonce, Tim Tebow for prez? Invalid votes spiked in Florida

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Beyonce, Tim Tebow or the Norse god Thor for prez? Those were some of Florida’s more unusual picks for president this past election. And the number of Florida voters who didn’t cast a vote for either Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton or any other valid contender spiked in 2016, apparently in protest over the ballot choices. A report released by state officials Wednesday showed more than 161,000 Florida voters who took part in the elections either at the polls or by…

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Fact check: Florida not recounting election votes

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A story claiming Florida is set to recount votes in the presidential election because of fraud is untrue. The story posted on bipartisanreport.com on Dec. 6 was headlined: “Florida Moves For FULL RECOUNT Of State Over Massive Voter Fraud.” It received more than 73,000 likes, comments or shares on Facebook before it was removed from the site. The story cited a report from the Tallahassee Democrat, which was republished by the Detroit Free Press, on a lawsuit filed on behalf…

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Rio2016, Election2016, PokemonGo top global Twitter trends

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The Rio Olympics, the American presidential election and Pokemon Go were the top global trends on Twitter in 2016. The social media site says Rio2016 was the most tweeted-about topic around the world, followed by Election2016 and PokemonGo. Euro2016, Oscars, Brexit, Trump and BlackLivesMatter also made the top 10. A Spanish gamer known as elrubius originated the year’s most popular tweet: It reads “Limonada” (lemonade) and was retweeted more than 1.3 million times. One Direction’s Harry Styles had the second…

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More than 300,000 Pinellas voters have requested mail ballots

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For the second time, requests for mail-in ballots have exceeded the 300,000 mark in Pinellas County, according to Deborah Clark, supervisor of elections. The 300,593 ballots requested as of 9 p.m. Friday does not set a record. The record of 308,842 was sent in 2012 during the last presidential election. But the number is close to half Pinellas’ 649,200 registered voters. “Pinellas County voters continue to embrace the convenience of mail ballots, with nearly 50 percent of our registered voters…

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Actress Eva Longoria Bastón says Hillary Clinton ‘will defend and unite us all’

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Actress Eva Longoria Bastón appeared in Orlando Friday to help mobilize and energize the vote for Hillary Clinton for President of the United States. At a packed office at 9 a.m. Friday, full of a diverse crowd of young and old, black and white and Hispanic Clinton supporters, Longoria Bastón made her case – Clinton was the clear best choice for president, especially when talking about which candidate will represent the people and help unite the country. Longoria Bastón was animated, jovial and…

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Florida Hispanic voters give Hillary Clinton 24 point lead, Marco Rubio 9 points

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Florida’s Hispanic voters are solidly behind Hillary Clinton, especially non-Republican voters, and less solidly behind Florida’s Hispanic Republican U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, according to a new poll conducted by Associated Industries of Florida. The survey of 600 likely Hispanic voters — with 53 percent of them interviewed in Spanish — gives Clinton, Rubio, and his Democratic challenger U.S. Rep. Patrick Murphy strongly favorable indexes and Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump a strong unfavorable index. Overall, 54 percent of Hispanic voters are ready…

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Darryl E. Owens: Donald Trump’s campaigning suggests he is running for prevaricator-in-chief

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With six weeks remaining in the 2016 presidential race, Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump squared off Monday night in the first of three debates. The spectacle reminded voters how much has changed in American politics since his virtuous dealings as a lawyer in the Illinois circuit courts in the 1850s earned Abraham Lincoln the nickname that would follow him to the White House: “Honest Abe.” In the decades since Honest Abe was on the stump, a complicit American electorate grew…

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