2020 Election


The U.S. Capitol was engulfed in chaos on Wednesday, as supporters of President Trump, responding to his call to head there, breached the complex, resulting in violence in the seat of America's federal government.

Voters line up on Oct. 19 to cast their ballots at the San Marco Branch of the Jacksonville Public Library.

A new poll finds that a majority of Floridians believe climate action should be a priority for the president, and most trust Joe Biden to better handle climate change than Donald Trump.

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Floridians might approach the highest voter-turnout rate for a general election in at least half a century, as more than 41 percent of eligible voters have already cast ballots in the Nov. 3 election.

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Democratic Vice Presidential Candidate Kamala Harris visited Jacksonville Monday, making a quick stop at an early voting location before heading to a drive-in rally at the University of North Florida, where she talked about the importance of a victory in Florida. 

Since the Civil War, servicemembers have participated in U.S. elections by mail, giving voters away from home a chance to cast a ballot. Election supervisors are making provisions for another group of traveling voters to participate in the November 3 election — astronauts more than 250 miles above the Earth.

Rick Scott Proposes Nationwide Vote-By-Mail Policies

Sep 25, 2020

Florida U.S. Senator Rick Scott wants to create national standards for vote-by-mail systems. He believes the changes would protect against voter fraud. One proposal would establish a deadline for mail-in ballots to be requested at least 21 days prior to the election date. Former Leon County Supervisor of Elections Ion Sancho says the proposal may work in other states but would set Florida back.

vote by mail ballot envelope
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Duval County’s Supervisor of Elections is warning voters to be careful when voting by mail to make sure their ballots are counted as he gets ready to send out 138,000 ballots by mail on Thursday, Sept. 24. Military and overseas ballots were mailed on Sept. 19.  

Outside of City Hall, large building with steps leading to the entrance, a couple of palm trees out in the front
Sky Lebron / WJCT News

A pair of emergency COVID-19 relief bills could provide housing assistance to families in Jacksonville, and give the Duval County Supervisor of Elections Office money to better prepare for the November election. 

Jaguars Launch Get Out The Vote Campaign

Sep 1, 2020
Gardner Minshew
Jacksonville Jaguars

The Jacksonville Jaguars have kicked off a season-long campaign aimed at getting Floridians to vote.

Video Coverage: Republican National Convention

Aug 24, 2020

Archived coverage of the final night of the Republican National Convention from the PBS NewsHour:

Archived coverage of night three of the Republican National Convention:

Live Coverage: Democratic National Convention

Aug 20, 2020

Watch live coverage here from the PBS NewsHour of the fourth night of the Democratic National Convention when Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden will deliver his acceptance speech.

Republican Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger unveiled a plan Wednesday to help Georgia elections officials better prepare for the general election and minimize the likelihood of long lines and problems at the polls.

Speaking in front of Park Tavern, where nearly 16,000 active voters were assigned to cast their ballots and wait times lasted more than three hours, Raffensperger also took aim at the voting issues Fulton County residents faced.

It’s finally Election Day in Georgia, where voters will make their choices in the presidential and general primaries. 

More than 1.3 million voters have cast their ballot already through a record-setting mail-in absentee effort and three weeks of early voting. 

Facing an avalanche of interest in absentee voting because of the coronavirus, county election administrators can begin processing – but not tabulating – mail-in ballots earlier under a new rule passed by the State Election Board Monday.

The emergency measure enables elections staff to get a head start on absentee ballots for the June 9 election only, allowing them to start handling the ballots June 1.

As of Monday morning, more than 1.4 million Georgians have requested an absentee ballot for the June 9 primary and over 360,000 ballots have been completed and returned.

Georgia elections officials face a daunting question as they prepare for early voting in the June 9 primary in the midst of a global pandemic: What do they do if a voter appears ill?

“I’ve asked for guidance from the state as to what we’re supposed to do if a manager notices anyone in line with symptoms,” Fulton County Elections Director Richard Barron said at a recent elections board meeting. “I still haven’t heard back.”

GPB News and the Georgia News Lab asked dozens of county supervisors how they would handle such a situation. None reported receiving any guidance from the state elections officials as of publication, leaving local officials to determine how to balance health and safety concerns due to COVID-19 against the fundamental right to vote.