2020 Election - Local

President Donald Trump and Democratic Presidential Nominee Joe Biden
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Many political analysts believe President Donald Trump must win Florida to return to the White House.


Air Force One and President Donald Trump will be on their way to the River City for a rally Thursday ahead of the General Election. The Great American Comeback Rally is happening at Cecil Airport on Jacksonville’s Westside at 7 p.m.

Attorney General Ashley Moody wants the FBI and Florida Department of Law Enforcement to investigate whether Michael Bloomberg violated any election laws. It’s in response to the former New York Mayor raising $16 million to help pay for felons fines and fees.

vote by mail ballot envelope
Jessica Palombo / WJCT News

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.  

Joe Biden speaking with a micrphone in one hand, and a fist raised. Squinting his eyes while speaking. A large window in the background.
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Ahead of President Donald Trump’s campaign rally at Cecil Airport in Jacksonville Thursday, the Florida Democratic Party held a virtual roundtable with local veterans to talk about why they will be supporting Joe Biden in November.

Tuesday afternoon’s briefing at the Escambia County Emergency Operations Center reflected the progress, in which the county is rebounding from Hurricane Sally.

They may not be the final figures, but County Administrator Janice Gilley had some numbers on cleanup as the infrastructure gets back on line.

“To date, our assessments have determined that there are $182.6 million worth of damage to the city [of Pensacola], the county, the [Escambia] schools and the ECUA facilities,” said Gilley.

President Donald Trump (left) is pictured in Washington, D.C. Democratic Presidential Nominee Joe Biden is pictured in Wilmington, Del.
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Tuesday, Sept. 22, marks National Voter Registration Day, the nonpartisan civic holiday celebrating democracy that has been observed since 2012.

Advocates are working to get as many felons registered to vote before the next election as they can. But a new ruling from the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals is making that more difficult. It requires felons to first pay off all fines and fees tied to their sentences.

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The first votes from Floridians are in for the 2020 general election. The state Division of Elections on Tuesday morning posted that 42 vote-by-mail ballots had been returned, with most of them in Flagler and Monroe counties.

Supervisors of elections must send requested vote-by-mail ballots to stateside and overseas military members, along with overseas citizens, no later than 45 days before an election. 

Amendment 3: All Voters Vote in Primary Elections for State Legislature, Governor, and Cabinet

Also known as: The “Jungle Primary” amendment, although the backers of the amendment say the term has racist connotations. It’s also been called a nonpartisan blanket primary, a qualifying primary or a top-two primary.

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Former Democratic gubernatorial candidate Andrew Gillum said in a television interview aired Monday that he is bisexual, as he continues to re-enter the public spotlight after a March incident in which he was found intoxicated in a Miami Beach hotel room.

Florida is reaching out to more than 2 million unregistered voters and urging them to register by the state’s Oct. 5 deadline.

The Department of State announced Friday it was sending out postcards to about 2.2 million people who appear eligible to vote but are not listed on Florida’s voter rolls.

The state is doing the outreach effort to meet requirements of the multi-state partnership known as the Electronic Registration Information Center, or ERIC.

Even though Democrats are a majority of the state's registered voters, the party has routinely lost nearly every race recently for statewide office. So the party is taking a different tack: contesting every single race in Florida this November.

In many ways, Kimberly Walker is the new face of the Florida Democratic Party.

"As a woman, African-American, gay and also a veteran," she said.

Democratic vice-presidential candidate Kamala Harris and her husband, Doug Emhoff, will campaign Thursday in Miami-Dade County.

Harris is slated to meet with Black leaders, including U.S. Rep. Frederica Wilson, D-Fla., at Florida Memorial University, according to an announcement Wednesday.

Emhoff is scheduled to meet in Aventura with rabbis from South Florida. Presidential candidate Joe Biden also is expected to campaign in Florida on Tuesday, though his campaign has not released details.

Black caucus Chairman Bobby Powell, a Democratic senator from West Palm Beach., opposes Amendment 3.
News Service of Florida

Leaders of the Florida Legislative Black Caucus and a non-profit group sounded off Tuesday against a proposal going before voters in November that they say will decimate minority representation in the House and Senate.

Florida is taking an historic step by contacting millions of residents who are not registered to vote. They’ll be encouraged to become voters right away and have their voices heard in the upcoming election.

More than 4 million adults will receive postcards directing them to the state’s online voter registration portal. Secretary of State Laurel Lee is overseeing the effort, which relies on data from the Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles.

City Of Jacksonville Logged Costs Of Approximately $154K on GOP Convention

Sep 3, 2020
Evan Vucci / Associated Press

The Republican National Convention never happened in Jacksonville, but the city still could end up absorbing $154,000 in convention-planning expenses "above and beyond" City Hall's normal day-to-day operating costs, according to information given Wednesday to City Council members.

Duval County Supervisor of Elections Office exterior
Ray Hollister / WJCT News

The Duval County Supervisor of Elections’ call center was shut down this week after several employees who worked during the primary tested positive for COVID-19.

Michelle Cook
Cook Photo via Facebook / Sheriff's logo via Clay County Sheriff's Office

Former Atlantic Beach Chief of Police Michelle Cook has been elected Clay County sheriff, as write-in candidate Francis Bourrie withdraws from the race, according to the Clay County Supervisor of Elections.

Florida-based voting rights groups are calling the state’s primary election a success. More than three million Floridians, or roughly 27.5% of registered voters, cast ballots, many through vote-by-mail. Election observers are hoping for a repeat of the relatively problem-free election in November.

In Leon County, election day went off smoothly for the most part, despite an afternoon thunderstorm that knocked out power to some precincts. Leon County Supervisor Mark Earley says the hitch didn’t slow down the process, although...

Chris Pizzello / Associated Press

It was a low voter turnout primary here in Northeast Florida  with just over 25% of registered voters casting ballots in Duval County. Out of 637,753 registered voters, 161,837 people exercised their right to vote, according to the Duval County Supervisor of Elections.  

News Service of Florida

State House members Kimberly Daniels and Mike Hill, who clashed with other members of their parties because of sometimes-controversial positions and statements, were unseated Tuesday, while Rep. Al Jacquet also appeared headed toward defeat.

Community organizer Angie Nixon easily defeated Daniels in the Democratic primary in Duval County’s House District 14. With only a write-in opponent on the November ballot, the primary win virtually assured that Nixon will become the district’s next representative.

Party-Backed Candidates Win Fla. Senate Primaries

Aug 19, 2020
News Service of Florida

Party-backed Senate candidates in a Republican primary in Southwest Florida and two Democratic primaries in Southeast Florida scored sweeping victories on Tuesday night, a relief for party leaders heading into the November election.

Appeals Court Hears High-Stakes Voting Fight

Aug 18, 2020
11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals
News Service of Florida

As Floridians went to the polls in Tuesday’s primary elections, an Atlanta-based appeals court held arguments in a showdown over voting rights that could determine whether hundreds of thousands of convicted felons will be able to cast ballots in the November presidential election.

Duval County vote-by-mail ballot.
Jessica Palombo / WJCT News

Tuesday, August 18, is Florida’s Primary Day. 

Woman voting
Steeven Senne / Associated Press

Florida’s primary is Tuesday, August 18.

Postal Officials Warn Of Mail-In Ballot Problems In Florida

Aug 17, 2020

With millions of Floridians seeking to vote by mail amid the coronavirus pandemic, postal officials have warned Secretary of State Laurel Lee that the state is at risk of having ballots go uncounted in the November presidential election.

Florida, a battleground in the election, is among states that received alerts from U.S. Postal Service General Counsel Thomas Marshall late last month. The Washington Post reported Friday that Marshall cautioned 46 states, including Florida, that mail-in ballot policies conflict with the postal service’s delivery schedules.

Voting rights groups are urging voters to cast their ballots through the mail because of concerns about the coronavirus. But they caution, in order for those votes to count, ballots have to get to the election supervisor’s office by election day. And policy changes at the post office are raising concerns about a mail slowdown. Some groups have recommended sending in ballots 7-to-14 days before the deadline.

News Service of Florida

Former Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi implored Republican Party volunteers in Tallahassee to stress the positives of mail-in-ballots as a campaign bus tour for President Donald Trump swung through Northwest Florida on Wednesday.

Woman voting at the polls, wearing a mask while shes at one of the booths.
Steven Senne / Associated Press

There are nearly 200 voting precincts spread out across Duval County, and each of those precincts are headed by a Republican and Democratic committeewoman and committeeman.