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What To Expect On Election Night In Florida. Hint: We Likely Won't Know Who Won.

A close-up photo of a roll of stickers emblazoned "I Voted!" at a polling site in Miami-Dade County.
David Santiago
Miami Herald
A roll of stickers on top the drop box on the first day of early voting for the November election at Shenandoah Branch Library in Miami-Dade County, October, 2020.

Battleground Florida, which has a history of close races, has been counting votes but plenty of work happens on election night.

Just days before Election Day, more than half of registered Florida voters have already voted. Voter turnout is expected to be high — potentially on track to surpass 2016 vote totals, and to rival turnout from the 1992 election.

Beyond the politics, this election is different because of the pandemic. Millions of Floridians have cast vote-by-mail ballots. This enormous jump from previous elections could mean many votes arriving on Election Day.

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The deadline to return mail-in ballots is 7 p.m. on Election Day.

Hosts Caitie Switalski Muñoz and Danny Rivero, who filled in for Tom Hudson this week, spoke with Charles Zelden, a politics and history professor at Nova Southeastern University. They talked about the vote-counting process and what else to expect on election night.

Final Countdown

Florida has a history of close races. That means recounts and post-election lawsuits are likely.

Jason Blank, an elections lawyer with the firm Haber Blank in Fort Lauderdale, represents Democratic candidates during recounts and other problems related to elections.

Contesting Election Results

It’s been 20 years since the 2000 presidential election. The memory of that close race — 537 votes were the deciding factor — left a lasting mark on Florida elections.

Miami Herald politics editor Amy Driscoll covered the 2000 presidential election. She wrote about how that experience shapes 2020 election coverage for the Nieman Foundation at Harvard.

The Memory Of Bush v. Gore

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Alexander Gonzalez produces the afternoon newscasts airing during All Things Considered. He enjoys helping tell the South Florida story through audio and digital platforms. Alex is interested in a little of everything from business to culture to politics.
Caitie Muñoz, formerly Switalski, leads the WLRN Newsroom as Director of Daily News & Original Live Programming. Previously she reported on news and stories concerning quality of life in Broward County and its municipalities for WLRN News.
Daniel Rivero is part of WLRN's new investigative reporting team. Before joining WLRN, he was an investigative reporter and producer on the television series "The Naked Truth," and a digital reporter for Fusion. He can be reached at drivero@wlrnnews.org