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Election Day Live Updates: Broward Congressional Leaders Keep Seats, New State Attorney And Public Defender Elected, Canvassing Board To Meet Thursday

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Election workers process vote-by-mail ballots Tuesday afternoon Nov. 3, 2020 at the Broward County Supervisor of Elections Office in Lauderhill.

We'll have updates from the polls and results later in the day from across South Florida.

This post will be updated Nov. 3 and throughout Election Day and night.

Broward Congressional Leaders Keep Seats, New State Attorney And Public Defender Elected, Canvassing Board To Meet Thursday

Updated Tuesday at 11:45 p.m.

Democratic incumbents in Broward County have won reelection to Congress.

U.S. Representatives Debbie Wasserman Schultz and Ted Deutch each took home more than 58 percent of the vote.

Broward County is a Democratic stronghold in Florida. Wasserman Schultz won a 9th term over Republican challenger Carla Spalding in District 23. Deutch won his 5th term over Republican challenger James Pruden in District 22.

Broward voters also elected two new leaders in the county's criminal justice system.

Democrat Harold Pryor is the new state attorney, replacing incumbent Mike Satz who is leaving the job after more than four decades.

Gordon Weekes won the public defender post in a landslide victory against a write-in candidate.

And the Broward canvassing board is preparing for possible recounts in several local races next week.

The board will reconvene Thursday afternoon to discuss the close municipal races.

Florida law triggers an automatic recount in a race if the margin is less than half a percent. If the margin falls below a quarter of a percent, then manual recounts are required.

— Caitie Switalski Muñoz/WLRN News

Florida Amendment 3 Fails To Get Support From Voters

Updated Tuesday at 11:30 p.m.

Florida voters must remain registered with a political party to participate in the state’s primary elections. Amendment 3, which asked voters to open up primaries for state races, failed to garner the 60 percent of the vote needed to pass, as of Tuesday night.

“We are encouraged by the clear message sent by nearly 6 million Floridians,” said Glenn Burhans, chair of the All Voters Vote committee, the group behind the amendment. “We hope that lawmakers will take heed and enact measures to let all taxpayers vote in taxpayer-funded elections.”

It’s a victory for both the Florida Democratic and Republican parties. They’ve been opposed to the proposal over concerns that bringing in non-party affiliated voters (NPAs) would dilute votes against candidates who would otherwise best represent the party’s values.

Amendment 3 would have opened up primary elections to all voters regardless of whether they’re registered Democrat of Republican. The proposed system would have established a "Top Two" election. That meant voters would choose candidates on a single ballot, and the two who get the most votes move on to the November election.

The measure faced several legal challenges in the lead-up to November. The Florida Supreme Court recently dismissed a lawsuit that asked to throw out Amendment 3, citing evidence that it would hurt minority candidates from getting elected.

Supporters argued the measure would empower around 1.6 million voters of color — many of whom are young and Hispanic.

—Alexander Gonzalez/WLRN News

Fort Lauderdale Mayor Dean Trantalis Holds On To His Post

Updated Tuesday at 11:10 p.m.

Voters in the city of Fort Lauderdale have reelected their mayor — Dean Trantalis.

The mayor led with more than 57% of the vote against challenger Kenneth Cooper. Cooper campaigned on a platform calling himself "clean water Ken."

Trantalis has been mayor during a series of major sewage spills starting last December. He was first elected spring of 2018.

— Caitie Switalski Muñoz/WLRN News

Broward Voters Approve Amendment Giving County More Control Over Transportation Projects

Updated Tuesday at 11 p.m.

A majority of voters in Broward County have approved a measure to amend the county's charter.

More than two thirds of voters said yes to allow the Broward County government to override local city ordinances to zone and build transportation projects.

Voters approved the surtax to fund those transportation projects two years ago.

— Caitie Switalski Muñoz/WLRN News

Broward County Officials Preparing For Recounts In Several Local Races

Updated Tuesday at 10:55 p.m.

The canvassing board in Broward County is preparing for possible recounts in several local races next week.

The board will reconvene Thursday afternoon to discuss the close municipal races.

Florida law triggers an automatic recount in a race if the margin is less than half a percent.

If the margin falls below a quarter of a percent, then manual recounts are required.

— Caitie Switalski Muñoz/WLRN News

Doral Vice Mayor, Beach High Teacher Are Next Miami-Dade School Board Members

Updated Tuesday at 9:15 p.m.

With most of the votes counted in their districts, Doral vice mayor Christi Fraga and Miami Beach Senior High School teacher Lucia Baez-Geller appear to have won seats on the Miami-Dade County School Board, based on unofficial results Tuesday night.

Fraga secured about 56% percent of the vote, compared to her opponent’s 44%. That’s with nearly 100% of precincts reporting, in addition to early votes and some mail-in ballots.

The race is for district 5 on the board, which includes a western portion of the county.

Fraga beat former Miami Springs vice mayor and lifelong educator Mara Zapata.

Fraga will replace Susie Castillo, who chose not to run for a third term, in part because she works full time as director of alumni relations for Florida International University. Castillo’s tenure was marked by tragedy, as her daughter Andrea was killed in a car accident just months after she was first elected in 2012. A new elementary school opened this fall bearing her daughter’s name: Andrea Castillo Preparatory Academy.

Meanwhile, Baez-Geller has about 61% of the vote in district 3, with nearly 100% of precincts reporting. She defeated Russ Rywell, also a teacher at the school, who secured about 39% of the vote.

Baez-Geller has spent her 15-year career in Miami-Dade County Public Schools, serving as a steward in the local teachers union and advocating for public education support in Tallahassee and Washington, D.C. She was endorsed by the Miami-Dade Democratic Party.

Baez-Geller will replace the retiring Martin Karp, representing a coastal strip of the county that stretches from Aventura down to Miami Beach.

—Jessica Bakeman/WLRN News

Broward Sheriff Tony Wins Re-Election Race

Updated Tuesday at 9 p.m.

Broward County Sheriff Gregory Tony won his race for re-election, based on unofficial results Tuesday night.

Tony ran as a Democrat and faced Republican challenger Wayne Clark — as well as a non-party affiliated challenger, Chuck Whatley.

Tony led with about 63% of the vote, late Tuesday night.

Ahead of the election he talked to WLRN about how he has increased training at BSO and has been working to implement social justice reforms started before and during his tenure in Broward.

"But there will be zero complacency, absolutely zero. I will not take my foot off the pedal for one day," Tony said.

Tony was appointed to lead the Broward Sheriff's Office by Gov. Ron DeSantis in January 2019. He was placed in the role after former Sheriff Scott Israel was removed, following the Parkland school shooting.

— Caitie Switalski Muñoz/WLRN News

Veteran Teacher, Widow Of Parkland Victim Wins Broward School Board Seat

Updated Tuesday at 9 p.m.

The Broward County School Board will soon include two members who lost loved ones in the Parkland shooting. Debbi Hixon maintains a commanding lead in the race for a countywide seat on the board, claiming nearly twice as many votes as her opponent with 100% of precincts reporting, plus all early votes and some mail-in ballots.

She secured about 67% of the vote while her opponent Jeff Holness took 33%, based on unofficial results Tuesday night.

Hixon, a veteran public school teacher who lives in Hollywood, lost her husband, Chris, in the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting on Feb. 14, 2018. She joins Lori Alhadeff, who was elected to the board just months after the shooting, during which her 14-year-old daughter, Alyssa, was also killed.

Hixon celebrated her win with family and friends during a virtual watch party Tuesday night. She said she was relieved that she won by a big margin.

“I’m so happy that it wasn’t just squeaking by,” she said.

Hixon thanked the more than half a million people who voted for her for “support[ing] me, my family and the memory of Chris. This is such an honor.”

She vowed to “lift up teachers” and make improving access to mental health care a priority.

Hixon has worked at South Broward High School for 27 years, and she said she would struggle with leaving her position as a magnet coordinator there. She won’t be able to continue working at the school once she takes office.

“It’s my home, and it’s hard,” she said during the watch party, “but I hope that I’m able to do great things on a bigger scale.”

Holness, who is also a veteran educator, did not immediately respond to a request for comment on the results.

—Jessica Bakeman/WLRN News

Key West Voters Approve Limits On Cruise Ships

Updated at 8:30 p.m.

Key West voters overwhelmingly three amendments to the city charter that would drastically limit cruise ship visitation on the island.

Limiting the number of people disembarking to 1,500/day was approved by 63 to 37%. Limiting capacity of ships that call at the island to 1,300 people was approved 61 to 39%. Prioritizing ships with the best health & safety records got the most votes, 81 to 19%, all based on unofficial results Tuesday night.

Last year, almost 1 million people visited the island by cruise ship. They contribute about 7% of total visitor spending, according to a study by the Cruise Lines International Association.

The charter amendments are expected to be challenged in court. The owners of a Key West cruise ship berth and the harbor pilots who guide the ships into port both challenged the amendments but they were allowed to go onto the ballots.

— Nancy Klingener/WLRN News

Lopez Wins Poised To Win Final Term On Key West Commission

Updated Tuesday at 8 p.m.

Key West city commissioner Clayton Lopez seemed poised to narrowly win re-election Tuesday with a lead of about 19 votes, based on unofficial results Tuesday night.

Lopez has been on the seven-member commission since 2005. This is his last four-year term, due to term limits.

Lopez is the only Black member of the Key West commission, and the district he represents includes the island's historically Black community.

Lopez faced two challengers in the August primary. No one reached a majority in that non partisan race for the city commission. Tuesday, he narrowly defeated Ryan Barnett, a chiropractor in Key West.

—Nancy Klingener/WLRN News

Voters Split In Hialeah As Poll Watchers Stood In As 'Election Protectors'

Updated Tuesday at 6:30 p.m.

Both presidential campaigns spent Election Day trying to win over more crucial Latino voters in Miami-Dade County. Hialeah is usually one of the more conservative Latino enclaves. After voting at the John F. Kennedy Library polling site there, Nicaraguan-American bartender Douglas Argüello stood with a loud throng of President Trump supporters and repeated the false claim that a vote for Biden is a vote for socialism

”Either you want lower taxes or you want higher taxes. So we cannot put Biden in the White House – you’re voting for the communist party. Donald Trump is going to get rid of communists in our Latin America,” Argüello said. Still there were Joe Biden supporters at the Kennedy Library site – including Cuban-American elementary school teacher Cassandra Andreu. She said the COVID-19 pandemic helped decide her vote.

“All my family’s Trump supporters, so we’re a house divided. But I just don’t agree with how Trump is running the country with COVID. I’m a teacher and I quit my job because I don’t want to go back to work,” Andreu said. Andreu said she appreciated the presence of several non-partisan poll watchers who called themselves “election protectors.” One was Ariana Hernandez, an anthropologist who was born in Spain.

“To make people feel more comfortable, because you know people, Democrats come to vote and they know they are in, like, enemy territory, so to speak, and, you know, they like call you communist," Hernandez said. As of late afternoon the poll watchers reported no incidents of violence at the Hialeah voting site.

—Tim Padgett/WLRN News

Voters Talk Trump, Biden And Other Local Issues At Miami Gardens Polling Place

Updated Tuesday at 6:10 p.m.

At the North County K-8 Center in Miami Gardens, a slow but steady trickle of voters arrived over a few hours Tuesday afternoon — mostly Black voters who have been supporting Democrats and a few Trump supporters.

Miricellys Roman is a first-time voter in Miami Gardens. She moved to Florida from Puerto Rico 12 years ago but never participated in an election.

She’s seven months pregnant, and on Election Day she voted for the first time ever to support President Trump.

"I see [a] better future I see better options. I have a daughter, this is my second child, you know I’m thinking of the future of my child," Roman said.

Ray Lewis is also a Miami Gardens resident. He says he doesn’t really care who wins the presidency, but that it’s "pocketbook issues" that matter the most to him.

He mentioned Amendment 2 — the amendment that would raise minimum wage in Florida — and also an initiative that would end red light cameras in Miami Gardens.

"My aunt got caught a few times. And yeah I got caught a couple times. it was a bad experience. A bad experience and I’m ready to get over it," said Lewis about the cameras.

Lewis would not share who he voted for for president but did say he’s glad his voice will be heard.

—Daniel Rivero/WLRN News

DeSantis Activates Florida National Guard Activated—A Precaution Not For Election, But For After Election

Updated Tuesday at 5:25 p.m.

Gov. Ron DeSantis told Fox News Tuesday that he decided to activate members of the Florida National Guard at various locations in Florida on Election Day as a precaution in the event of post-election chaos.

"It wasn't really for the election,'' he told Bill Hemmer of Fox News. "The election's running smoothly. We don't anticipate any problems. It was really just for anything after the election that may happen."

The guard has not released details about the deployment but DeSantis said they will play the same role they did during the Black Lives Matter demonstrations last summer if there are post-election protests in Florida cities.

"Hopefully everything will be okay,'' he said. "But we just want to be prepared and we're going to defend our citizens if we need to."

In an interview Monday with the Tampa Bay Times, Lt. Col. Caitlin Brown said five Florida National Guard members are also assisting the Florida Department of State with a cybersecurity mission to support election officials with network security.

DeSantis, a Republican and one of Trump's most loyal supporters in Florida, also repeated his prediction that based on Tuesday's turnout, Republicans will have a stronger in-person showing on Election Day than Democrats.

"Pinellas County, a swing county, [had] Republican ballots more than two to one over Democrat ballots,'' he said. Palm Beach County, which he called "a famous Democratic bastion" is showing 15,000 Republican ballots over Democrat ballots. "That's been unheard of,'' he said.

Hemmer asked the governor to predict if Trump would win Florida. DeSantis answered: "I think we will, Bill, unless we see some dramatic change in the turnout we're seeing today. It's going to be close. It always is."

"But I think he's got the advantage and he's going to be fueled by a significant improvement in Miami-Dade County from four years ago."

—Mary Ellen Klas / Miami Herald Tallahassee Bureau Chief

Lauderhill Update: Stymied Voter Gets His Ballot

Updated Tuesday at 5:10 p.m.

Earlier we heard the story of Terry Butler, who went to vote in Lauderhill but said he was told he'd have to file a provisional ballot because he'd already voted. Butler said he hadn't voted and was waiting to hear about his options. (See the 4:07 p.m. dispatch below for more details.)

WLRN stayed in touch with Butler. He said he went back to Lauderhill again this afternoon and a worker was waiting for him with a ballot. He was able to vote at the precinct.

—Alejandra Marquez/ WLRN News

355 Trump Signs And A Fundraiser To ‘Offset Toxic Emissions’: Presidential Election Divides University Of Miami Student Body

Updated Tuesday at 5 p.m.

A Trump banner placed on the lawn at the University of Miami’s main campus in Coral Gables was vandalized last week, prompting a stern rebuke from the school’s leader.

Then, the political conflict escalated. The University of Miami College Republicans got approval to display the Trump banner on campus. About a week before Tuesday’s election, someone attempted to cover up the sign with a piece of paper stating: “White Supremacists: Get Off My Campus!” When that was removed, black paint was splashed on the campaign poster.

President Julio Frenk addressed the incident with a message to the campus community entitled “A Message of Mutual Respect.”

“I condemn, in the strongest possible terms, any act of vandalism, lawlessness, or violence aimed at chilling the speech of anyone in our campus community,” Frenk wrote in an email on Oct. 27.

The dustup didn’t end there.

On Monday, the student Republican club placed 355 Trump signs throughout the campus, according to its president, Andrew Benjamin Hefley. The group posted photos on Facebook, including one showing a walkway on campus lined with Trump signs on both sides, with the following description: “Campus Trumpification 2.0 !!”

In response, a group of liberal student activists launched a fundraiser with a specific aim: For every Trump sign on campus, the group hoped to raise $2 for WeCount!, a membership organization for migrant workers in South Florida. It was framed as an effort to “offset toxic emissions” from the Trump supporters.

The student group, UMESA, which stands for University of Miami Employee Student Alliance, reported on social media that the the fundraiser brought in nearly $1,900 or about $5.25 per sign.

A representative for the university did not respond to a request for comment.

Also last week, administrators asked the student Republican club to take down a sign supporting the Second Amendment. According to the student newspaper, The Miami Hurricane, the club’s sign displayed pictures of three firearms, including an AR-15, below the words: “I’m pro-choice. Pick your gun.”

Sydney Boyo, a contributing writer for The Miami Hurricane, told WLRN some people of color and other marginalized groups represented on campus were made to feel unsafe from the presence of the signs.

“For [university administrators] to allow any type of political signs that would make people feel uncomfortable — I think that’s what’s dividing the campus right now,” Boyo said.

—Jessica Bakeman and Natu Tweh/WLRN News

Dispatch From Lauderhill: Provisional Ballot Problems

Updated Tuesday at 4:07 p.m.

At 7 a.m., Terry Butler tried to vote at West Ken Lark in Lauderhill, but he said he was told he had already voted. He said he hadn’t voted yet, and he was instructed he could vote with a provisional ballot.

This afternoon, Steve Vancore, a spokesperson for the Broward Supervisor of Elections, said that sometimes people forget they've already voted, and other voters may share the same name and date of birth.

“It's understandable that sometimes errors occur,” he said. “In that case, though, the voter is encouraged to vote with a provisional ballot, and then this way, the Canvassing Board could review the case and decide if the vote counts.”

Butler didn’t want to file a provisional ballot but he does want to vote. He reached out to election officials and was waiting to hear back about his options. Left with no other choice, he said he will file a provisional ballot.

Provisional ballots can be delivered until 7 p.m. today.

—Alejandra Marquez/ WLRN News

Police Say ‘No Credible Threat’ Of Election Night Violence. Stores Board Up, A Private School Closes Anyway.

Updated Tuesday at 3:38 p.m.

Law enforcement agencies in Miami-Dade County are working to debunk rumors circulating on social media that warn of impending civil unrest following Tuesday’s presidential election.

With the help of federal officials, the Miami-Dade Police Department’s Homeland Security Bureau has vetted tips predicting violence in the wake of the announcement of election results and determined there was not evidence to support them.

“There is no credible threat of planned attacks,” the bureau wrote in a statement posted on Twitter Tuesday with the hashtag #RumorControl.

For example, the statement said, a baseless social media post claims armed groups have rented hotels near Miami International Airport, with plans to burn buildings and kill people no matter who wins the presidency.

The department said it would continue monitoring and vetting any more tips that might come in on Election Day.

Regardless, some private businesses and at least one school have begun taking precautions, according to local media reports.

Midtown Miami retail stores Givenchy, Celine, Ross Dress for Less and Osh Kosh B’Gosh are dressed as if a hurricane is coming, with plywood covering windows and doors. The same is true for Sunglass Hut on Lincoln Road in South Beach, according to WSVN.

Meanwhile, Miami Country Day School, a private school in Miami Shores, canceled in-person classes on Wednesday, according to our news partner The Miami Herald.

An email sent to parents on Monday explained the decision: “In preparation for tomorrow’s election and what might follow, school leadership … have been in close contact with local and federal law enforcement to better understand and plan for what could manifest here in Miami.”

Late Tuesday, Paula Montoya — director of marketing and communications for the school — wrote in an email that the decision was made not out of any specific safety concern but out of an abundance of caution.

"We are fortunate to live here in Miami, but both our city and state are undoubtedly politically contested, which adds an additional feeling of uncertainty," Montoya wrote. "We did not want to ignore the fact that the ultimate election decision, and surrounding news and events, may cause angst for many of our families and faculty — no matter the outcome."

— Jessica Bakeman and Daniel Rivero/WLRN News

Dispatch From Davie: Voting Is A Family Affair

Updated Tuesday at 2:50 p.m.

There was a steady stream of voters in the early afternoon at the Boy & Girls Club in Davie.

Stephanie Carter was with her 6-month-old daughter in tow. She'd planned on voting by mail, but she accidentally sealed her ballot without the security sleeve.

Ivan Rivera arrived with his daughter, Ariel Rivera, who was voting for the first time. Ivan said he voted back in 1994, but returned to Peru and hadn't voted since. He said citizens in Peru are required to vote, so he really likes that the United States gives people a choice.

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Voting was going smoothly on Tuesday at a polling site in Davie

Pete Torres is a high school English teacher. He'd also hoped to vote by mail, but both ballots arrived with his wife's name. Then he tried to vote early, but the lines were too long. So, the third time's a charm.... and he ran into his godson, Patrick Ferrara, a truck driver, in the parking lot.

-Jenny Staletovich / WLRN

Monroe County Hits 76 Percent Turnout By Noon

Updated Tuesday at 2:20 p.m.

Between vote-by-mail ballots, early voting and people who went to the polls by noon, Monroe County has reached 76% turnout, according to Supervisor of Elections Joyce Griffin.

In the 2016 general election, Monroe had 79% turnout.

"I can feel the record breaking," Griffin wrote in an email.

At the busy intersection of North Roosevelt Boulevard and Palm Avenue, members of the Key West Committee for Safer, Cleaner Ships were holding signs supporting their three proposed amendments to the city charter.

The proposed amendments, if approved, would limit the number of people who could visit Key West by cruise ship to fifteen hundred a day. And it would limit the capacity of ships that could call at the island to 1,300 people. It would also require the city to prioritize ships with the best health and environmental safety records.

Also holding a sign supporting the charter amendments: Bruce Byrd, who lives on Ramrod Key, 20 miles from Key West. That means he can't vote on the issue. But he's an avid fisherman and he said the question still affects him.

"I fish a lot west of Key West and I see what the silting from the cruise ships do and it dirties up the harbor. And I think it affects the tarpon migration even as far up as Ramrod," he said.

—Nancy Klingener/WLRN News

State Says "No Reported Issues" For Most Election Day Opening Operations

Updated Tuesday at 1:15 p.m.

Florida’s top elections official said this morning that county elections supervisors are experiencing “no reported issues” beyond some hiccups in two counties.

Secretary of State Laurel Lee, who oversees the Division of Elections, said all polling sites in the state opened on time Tuesday.

"Polling locations are open, they are prepared and they are equipped for voters,” Lee said.

Some sites in Lake and Lee counties had some “technology challenges” this morning, but the problems "will not prevent any voter from casting a ballot today."

By the time polling sites opened Tuesday, 9,069,661 Floridians — 62 percent of all registered voters — had already voted, she said.

Lee reminded voters who still plan to turn in vote-by-mail ballots not to turn those in to the post office. All such ballots must be turned in to their county elections supervisor’s main office or branch office by 7 p.m. in order to be counted.

Misinformation and disinformation, however, “continues to be an active threat,” she said.

“Do not believe everything you read or see on social media,” Lee said.

Accurate information regarding elections, precinct location and voting should be found on county elections supervisors’ websites.

Early results will be posted after 8 p.m. eastern time, after polls close in the Panhandle, at FloridaElectionWatch.gov, she said.

—By Lawrence Mower, Tampa Bay Times / Miami Herald Tallahassee bureau

Almost Three Quarters of Miami-Dade Republicans Cast Their Ballots Before Election Day

Updated Tuesday at 10:26 a.m.

Even before polls opened on Election Day at 7 a.m., almost three-quarters of registered Miami-Dade Republicans had cast their ballots. And 70 percent of Broward Democrats had already voted. These ballots were done in-person or through vote-by-mail.

Each of these are key constituents for the presidential candidates in Florida. President Trump may need support among Miami-Dade Republicans, along with strong GOP turnout in traditional Republican Florida strongholds, to win the state’s 29 Electoral College votes as he did in 2016.

Former Vice President Joe Biden's fate in Florida may be determined by energizing Democrat support in areas that saw lower turnouts four years ago.

— By WLRN News

NPA Early Voter Turnout Is Strong in South Florida

Updated Tuesday at 10:15 a.m.

Voter turnout rates for no-party-affiliation voters across South Florida trail the voting rates of registered Republicans and Democrats, according to voting data from the state of Florida. Still, early voting by NPAs has been strong.

More than 50 percent of registered NPAs in South Florida already have cast ballots, either with a vote-by-mail ballot or through early, in-person voting. NPA early voting has been heaviest in Miami-Dade County, with 57.5% of NPA voters casting early ballots, followed closely by Broward County, with 56.8% of NPAs voting early.

Total early voting turnout is high in South Florida. Almost two-thirds of registered voters in Broward, Miami-Dade and Monroe counties cast early ballots.

— By WLRN News

Where's My Polling Place And How Do I Drop Off My Mail Ballot?

Updated Tuesday at 6 a.m.

Today is a big day in South Florida. Voters that didn't vote early or by mail will chime in on several races that went to runoffs after the August primary and plenty of other key ballot items and contests — headlined by the presidential race.

Polls open at 7 a.m. and will close at 7 p.m.

Below are the polling places in the four South Florida counties. These locations will differ from the early voting period so, if you're unsure about where you should cast your vote, check your voter registration card or check your county's supervisor of elections website then search for your voter information to confirm your polling place.

Here are the lists for each county:

Can I still drop off my mail ballot?

Yes, but only at some specific places.

Below is a list of the various locations where you can drop off your ballot across South Florida.

  • In Miami-Dade, it’s in Doral — 2700 NW 87th Ave. or the government center in downtown Miami — 111 NW 1st St. There will also be boxes at the North Dade Regional Library in Miami Gardens — NW 2455 NW 183rd St. — and the South Dade Regional Library in Cutler Bay — 10750 SW 211 St.
  • In Broward, that’ll be in Fort Lauderdale — 115 S. Andrews Ave., Room 102.
  • In Palm Beach, you can take it to any of the county’s elections offices which you can find at the bottom of this page.
  • In Monroe that’s in Key West — 530 Whitehead St. #101, Marathon — 10015 Overseas Hwy., or Key Largo — 102050 Overseas Hwy #137.

What if I requested a mail ballot but I want to vote today?

You can still do that but you have to bring your mail ballot with you when you vote so the elections department can confirm that you didn't send it in and cancel your mail ballot.

And what if I sent a mail ballot already and want to check if it was counted?

You can do that through your county's supervisor of elections website by entering your voter information at the following links:

— WLRN News