2018 election

Hector Gabino / El Nuevo Herald

Voters are facing a long ballot this general election – 105 different questions across the region.

 

City of Miami voters will be deciding on a few land-related deals. There’s the fate of David Beckham’s soccer stadium – whether to build the stadium on Miami’s only municipal golf course near the airport.

Al Diaz / Miami Herald

One of the statewide amendments voters will be facing in November includes four different questions. It would mandate a state department of veteran affairs, and a state anti-terrorism office. It would also change the calendar of state legislative sessions. And lastly, it would make fundamental changes to the way counties are run. It’s that last question that has county leaders in Miami-Dade, Broward and Volusia up in arms.

Lily Oppenheimer / WLRN

After preaching to hundreds inside The Bethel Church last Sunday, Pastor Carlos Malone joined many members of his congregation making their way to the ice cream truck parked outside. The colorful vehicle often stops outside the Baptist church in Richmond Heights. 

Malone is 61-years-old, but doesn’t look it -- his eyes are jovial and excited. He said this church is one of the leading churches in the surrounding community and has touched many who go onto make a difference in South Florida. 

Years ago, Malone baptized Democratic candidate for governor Andrew Gillum. 

This election really is about Donald Trump.

Roughly two-thirds of voters say President Trump is a factor (either major or minor) in their vote in this year's midterms, far more than said so in 2014 about then-President Barack Obama, according to a new NPR/PBS NewsHour/Marist poll.

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At a rally for college students in Miami Gardens Thursday, Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum invited his opponent for Florida governor, Ron DeSantis, to "put some respect" on his name.

As Bay County Supervisor of Elections Mark Andersen walks around the second floor of his office in Panama City, Fla., he points up at a makeshift ceiling of tarp and plywood.

"From that wall right there, all the way over, all the wood there, that all just got put on," he says.

Andersen is the supervisor of elections for Bay County, Fla., the county most ravaged earlier this month by Hurricane Michael. Andersen was in the elections office two weeks ago, one floor below this spot, when 130-mile-an-hour winds ripped off the building's roof.

Patrick Farrell / Miami Herald

Andrew Gillum and Ron DeSantis sparred over each other’s personal integrity as well as issues like health care and immigration in a heated debate on Wednesday that underscored the fierce divide between the two gubernatorial candidates with less than two weeks before Election Day.

Sammy Mack / WLRN

Buried deep in the War-and-Peace-length tome that is this November's Florida ballot, voters will find a question asking if a ban on offshore drilling and a ban on vaping should be codified in the state constitution.

Yup, Amendment 9 is the bundled amendment bringing together e-cigarettes and oil rigs.

In its own words:

NO. 9

CONSTITUTIONAL REVISION

Article II, Section 7

Article X, Section 20

Fort Lauderdale Forum
Caitie Switalski / WLRN

Voters in Broward County must decide on a one percent sales tax increase to fund transportation improvements. If it passes, the tax will last for 30 years. 

With early voting already underway, the civics group Fort Lauderdale Forum organized a panel of speakers Wednesday morning to hold a public information session about the tax increase - to a crowd of about 30 people.

Associated Press

Undercover FBI agents were the ones who gave Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum a ticket to the Broadway show “Hamilton” during a trip to New York City in 2016, according to a trove of records given to the ethics commission and released to the public Tuesday.

Jessica Bakeman / WLRN

Republican gubernatorial candidate Ron DeSantis told voters at a Jewish deli in Aventura on Tuesday he'd be a champion for Israel if elected governor.

The Florida and Georgia races for governor — two of the most closely watched in the country — have been roiled in the past 24 hours by more scrutiny over alleged voter suppression, racist ads and newly ignited controversies over the Confederate flag and allegations of corruption involving the hit musical Hamilton.

Sam Turken / WLRN

Broward County’s election warehouse is often full of voting equipment. In one section of the building, dozens of vote-scanning machines sit in rows, waiting to go out to polling places for elections.

During a tour of another area of the facility, Supervisor of Elections Brenda Snipes points to voter check-in machines that look like black chests. They’re called EViDs, and Snipes says they help protect voter registration data.

Jessica Bakeman, top, and Caitie Switalski, bottom. / WLRN

Young people in Florida have registered to vote in big numbers heading into the midterm elections. In South Florida, teenagers and people in their 20s and 30s are organizing phone banks, canvassing tours and social media campaigns in support of both candidates for governor.

Here's a portrait of the young voters in our communities who are excited about Democrat Andrew Gillum and Republican Ron DeSantis.

'LIKE' GILLUM? TELL YOUR (FACEBOOK) FRIENDS 

They're into board games, science and Andrew Gillum.

More than 300 people recently packed into a college auditorium in the middle of a weekday to see Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum in St. Petersburg, Fla. The Democrat is running for governor and, if elected, would be the first in the party to win the seat in the state in 20 years. He'd also be the first African-American governor in Florida's history.

He's facing former Republican U.S. Rep. Ron DeSantis in a contest that has been marked by heated attacks, the influence of President Trump and a hurricane.

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