2018 elections

Courtesy of Xavier Cortada

If you’re not sure what to do with your yard signs now that the midterm elections are over, a South Florida artist has a suggestion for you.

Visual artist Xavier Cortada is leading a project to turn political yard signs into markers showing how high people’s homes are above sea level. The goal is to bring people together following the divisive 2018 midterms, and to raise awareness of how sea-level rise can impact South Florida -- from property values to insurance rates to tidal flooding and contamination of drinking water.

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New leaders in Florida may mean new opportunities for the state’s energy policy, according to Hal Harvey, the head of a think tank called Energy Innovation and a co-author of a book called Designing Climate Solutions. The book looks at the most effective policies for limiting climate change and how to implement them. Harvey says there’s a lot that newly elected and re-elected leaders on state and local levels can do.

Progressive superstars like Beto O'Rourke, Andrew Gillum, and Stacey Abrams all either lost or are trailing extremely close races in Texas, Georgia, and Florida. But Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders insists Democrats' takeover of the House of Representatives and other key wins are a vindication of the progressive posture he's long advocated for.

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Nicole “Nikki” Fried may have a fighting chance at being the Democrat’s last hope for a statewide seat.

The Fort Lauderdale attorney and lobbyist is leading Republican challenger Rep. Matt Caldwell by a mere 575 votes as of Thursday afternoon, according to the Division of Elections. At the start of the day, she trailed Caldwell by about 4,000 votes.

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The race for Florida governor appears headed for a recount, as Democrat Andrew Gillum continues to gain on Republican Ron DeSantis during the tallying of the final uncounted ballots cast in the midterm elections.

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If you voted provisionally on Election Day, you have until 5 p.m. today to prove you were eligible to vote and have your vote counted.

Provisional votes can be somewhat described as "purgatory votes" -- votes cast by people who were not immediately able to prove their eligibility to vote. Until the voter submits proof that they are eligible to vote where they did, the votes do not count.

Florida Waiting For Broward, Palm Beach Counties In Vote Count

Nov 8, 2018
Carline Jean / South Florida Sun Sentinel

Broward and Palm Beach County elections officials were still counting votes on Thursday morning, and questions continued about why more than 24,000 people voted for governor but not Senate in Broward.

The elections office counted 22,000 ballots Wednesday, continuing late into the night. In total, more than 695,700 Broward ballots were counted by 1 a.m. Thursday.

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As the U.S. Senate race between Gov. Rick Scott and Sen. Bill Nelson appears headed to a statewide recount, both candidates are mobilizing teams of lawyers and legal skirmishes are well underway.

Voter turnout on Tuesday was massive: More than 47 percent of the voting-eligible population cast a ballot in the midterm elections on Tuesday, according to early estimates from the United States Election Project.

"Almost half of possible voters actually voted" might not sound impressive. But for a U.S. midterm election, it's a whopping figure. Compare that with just 36.7 percent in 2014, and 41 percent in 2010.

That's the highest turnout for a midterm since 1966, when 49 percent of the population showed up to vote.

Turnout on 2018 Midterm Elections Tops 62 Percent In Florida

Nov 7, 2018
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Jessica Meszaros / WLRN

With wide variations throughout the state, 62.1 percent of Florida voters cast ballots in Tuesday’s mid-term elections, according to numbers posted on the state Division of Elections website.

The highest turnout, nearly 77.7 percent, came in Sumter County, which includes a large part of the massive Villages retirement community. Other counties with the highest turnout rates included Jefferson County at 75.6 percent; Collier County at nearly 73.5 percent; Franklin County at 70.8 percent; and St. Johns County at 70.3 percent.

Amendment 6, also known as Marsy’s Law passed Tuesday.  Click here for the results.

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Thousands of South Florida young voters decided to wait for the midterms results -for many the first time they voted- together in an MTV Election Afterparty in Kendall.

YouTube comedian Liza Koshy and hip-hop iHeartRadio host Charlamagne Tha God co-hosted a party in the Miami Dade College campus gym that lasted well after the Florida election results were called.

“If you didn’t vote in this election, don’t worry, we’re not gonna shame you,” Koshy said. “We’ll just direct you to the back of the hall where you can register to vote for the next one.”

Updated 4:37 p.m. ET

Incumbent Sen. Bill Nelson in Florida is calling for a recount in a razor-thin race with Republican Rick Scott, the state's outgoing governor.

Scott is up by about 34,000 votes out of 8.1 million cast. That's within the half-percent margin that launches an automatic recount in Florida.

Scott claimed victory Tuesday night. But Nelson is not conceding. In a statement, Nelson said, "We are proceeding to a recount."

Nelson's campaign estimates that there are more than 100,000 ballots left to be counted.

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