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How WUFT Is Covering The 2020 General Election

The 1992 presidential contest had the highest modern turnout rate at 83 percent. (CC BY 3.0, Wikimedia Commons)
The 1992 presidential contest had the highest modern turnout rate at 83 percent. (CC BY 3.0, Wikimedia Commons)

Voters across the state and country are on track to break voter turnout records.

In Florida, over 7 million people have already voted either by mail or by taking advantage of early voting, according to the Division of Elections.

We know there are a lot of races to keep up with on Nov. 3 besides the race for president. Here at WUFT, we are working to keep our readers, viewers and listeners up to date on both local and national races in our area of coverage. 

Interested in how we plan to do that? Keep reading to see how we are covering this historic night.

What exactly is WUFT’s area of coverage?

WUFT News is based at the University of Florida in Gainesville, and our coverage area includes Alachua County and those that it borders. On Tuesday, you can expect to see coverage of local and state elections from Alachua, Bradford, Citrus, Columbia, Dixie, Gilchrist, Levy, Marion, Putnam, Suwannee and Union counties. 

What races will WUFT be covering?

If you’re in our area of coverage and see a local race on your ballot, we’ll be covering its outcome. Everything from county commission seats in Alachua County to school board races in Union County will be updated on WUFT.org as the results start to come in.

Our website will also have information regarding the six state amendments and handful of local referendums as well. As the results come in, we'll let you know which ones passed.

You’ll also see us cover the nearby Florida State House and Senate seats, as well as the race for Florida’s 3rd Congressional District between Kat Cammack and Adam Christensen. 

As for the national election, we’ll be counting on NPR and the Associated Press for updates in the race to see who will be the next president of the United States. You can see these updates on our website and social media. 

WUFT will also have reporters covering Election Day as a whole. Reporters will be keeping track of how precincts are running, making sure to note any irregularities or long lines on Tuesday. 

How will WUFT cover these races?

You’ll be able to see our coverage across all platforms — TV, radio, web, social media and our morning newsletter. Our team will keep a close eye on local election websites and the Division of Election site in order to keep track of how many precincts have reported results and eventually call results. 

For the presidential race, we’ll look to NPR and the Associated Press. You can learn how NPR calls races here, and how AP calls races here.  

What else should you know?

At WUFT, we are going to do our best to bring you election results as fast as we can while still being accurate. Our newsroom is led by full-time staff and faculty and powered by students — please have patience with us. We are just as eager to accurately report the results as you are to see them.

If you see something that you think we should be covering, tell us. You can find us on Instagram and Twitter @WUFTNews, or on Facebook by searching WUFT News. You can also contact us via email by using news@wuft.org, or call us at 352-392-6397. 

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Alyssa is a reporter for WUFT News who can be reached by calling 352-392-6397 or emailing news@wuft.org.