The Point, Nov. 3, 2020: Florida Polls, Ballot Drop Boxes Are Open Until 7 P.M. Tonight

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• WUSF: Election Day Tips To Make Voting Easier. “On Election Day, people voting-in person can only cast a ballot at their assigned polling location. You can find out where that is on your local county Supervisor of Elections’ website. There you can find your polling place, as well as a sample ballot. If you opted for a mail-in ballot, it is not too late to get your vote in. Floridians can drop off ballots to their county’s elections offices until 7 p.m. Tuesday. Drop boxes are typically not permitted at polling places on Election Day.”

• News Service of Florida: Florida Voter Turnout ‘Crazy’ High Heading Into Tuesday. “As of Monday morning, Democrats statewide had cast 3,512,211 ballots, including 663,685 more vote-by-mail ballots than cast by the GOP. Republicans, who had cast 3,404,088 overall ballots, had a 555,562 lead in ballots cast at early voting locations.”

• WUFT News: How WUFT Plans To Cover The 2020 General Election. “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.”

• WUFT News: Florida Government Officials Are Resuming In-Person Meetings. “An executive order expired on Sunday that had allowed local government to hold public meetings virtually. This means local politicians are forced to again meet in person, as per the state constitution and Sunshine Law.”

• WUFT News: Group Of UF Students And Teachers Join To Protest In-Person Classes In The Spring. “Battling rain, over 30 people stood outside of the president’s house on the University of Florida campus on Sunday to protest the school’s decision to bring back in-person classes for the spring 2021 semester.”

• WUFT News: Meet The Candidates Running For Putnam County School Superintendent. “Pamela Brown and incumbent Rick Surrency are running to be Putnam County School District’s superintendent. Here’s what voters should know about each.”

• The Alligator: System used to protect Alachua County ballots expected to be tamper-proof. “Alachua County uses a ballot-scanner machine where the paper copies are saved. Prior to reporting results, the precinct will print a physical copy of the results. The results are then sent from a precinct to the Alachua County Supervisor of Elections office through a dial-up, point-to-point modem call. This ensures the county will have a physical copy to default to if someone tampers with the call.”

• Citrus County Chronicle ($): Board may use CARES funds to pay employees. “Citrus County officials are facing such a time crunch to disburse millions of dollars in CARES Act grants that they may give a large chunk to government employees.”


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Around the state today

• Sarasota Herald-Tribune ($): Five things to watch for on Election Day in Florida. “If Biden has an early victory in Florida, it makes it difficult for Trump to drag out the race. Conversely, a Trump win could signal a prolonged battle over mail vote counting in states that take longer to process these ballots, such as Michigan, Wisconsin and Pennsylvania.”

• Politico: ‘A really tough state’: Florida enters Election Day too close to call. “A record wave of early voting has provided troves of data that both (President Donald) Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden are using to claim the upper hand as final votes are cast.”

• WLRN: Inspectors Find 180,000 Pieces Of Delayed Mail At Miami-Dade Post Office. “More than 180,000 pieces of delayed mail have been found at the Princeton post office after a Florida state representative posted a video last week of piles overflowing bins.”

• WMFE: ‘If You Truly Want To Honor Your Ancestors, Vote’: Orange County Honors Descendants Of Ocoee Massacre. “The 1920 Election Day massacre began when Black residents of Ocoee tried to vote. A white mob killed residents, burning their homes and churches and driving the survivors from the city.”

• News Service of Florida: Florida’s State Colleges See Enrollment Drop During Pandemic. “Reversing historical trends during economic downturns, state college enrollment has dropped dramatically as the coronavirus pandemic continues to plague Florida.”

• Associated Press: Principal in Holocaust controversy fired again in Florida. “The Palm Beach County School Board’s vote on Monday morning reversed an earlier decision to reinstate Spanish River High School Principal William Latson.”

• Tallahassee Democrat ($): Gas prices falling across Florida as crude oil demand sees decline. “Even after hitting record lows last month that haven’t been seen in 16 years, gas prices in Florida are continuing to drop.”


From NPR News

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• Business: A Sign Of The Times: Across U.S., City Storefronts Boarded Up Ahead Of Election

• National: Federal Judge Dismisses Effort To Throw Out Drive-Through Votes In Houston

• World: Edward Snowden Says He’s Applying For Russian Citizenship

• World: Slovakia’s Weekend Project: Test The Whole Country For Coronavirus

About today’s curator

I’m Ethan Magoc, a news editor at WUFT. Originally from Pennsylvania, I’ve found a home telling Florida stories. I’m part of a team searching each morning for local and state stories that are important to you; please send feedback about today’s edition or ideas for stories we may have missed to emagoc@wuft.org.

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