The Sunshine Economy: Voter Voices

Oct 4, 2016

There is no Election Day. Between mail-in ballots, early voting and the first Tuesday after the first Monday in November, Florida voters have almost a month to make their decisions and cast their ballots.

Despite -- or because of -- all that time, Florida voters are hot commodities for the campaigns. About 130 million votes may be cast nationwide in this election. There could be around 9 million in Florida. And the margin of victory here could be slim. Over the past four presidential elections, the widest margin of victory for a popular vote winner in Florida was just three percent in 2004 when George W. Bush carried the state for the Republicans.

Key dates in Florida for the 2016 general election.
Credit Florida Division of Elections

So we set out to find out what are the issues that move South Florida voters. We interviewed a sample of 7 individuals from diverse backgrounds and with different political inclinations: Leann Barber, Kent Bonde, Juan Tomas Sanchez, Ellen Wacher, Charles Walter, Ann Reece and Andy Haraldson. Want to chime in too? We tell you how to participate in this video: