Recount Timeline

Saturday, Nov. 10: The first unofficial returns are due from each county by noon. The Florida secretary of state will then decide whether to order machine recounts. Thursday, Nov. 15: If a machine recount was ordered, the second unofficial returns are due from each county by 3 p.m. The Florida secretary of state will then…

Why some votes don’t count

Thursday afternoon the Canvassing Board of Charlotte County met at the Supervisor of Elections offices at the Historic Courthouse in Punta Gorda. The three members of the board, County Commissioner Christopher Constance, SOE Paul Stamoulis, and Charlotte County Judge John Burns, reviewed 58 provisional ballots. Provisional ballots are ballots for voters whose eligibility cannot be…

Indivisible Rallies in Punta Gorda to support Special Prosecutor Mueller

Local chapters of Indivisible rallied today outside the Historic Charlotte County Courthouse in Punta Gorda in support of Special Prosecutor Robert Mueller. Mueller’s probe of Russian involvement in the 2016 Presidential election is under threat following the forced resignation of Attorney General Jeff Sessions. The local rally supporting Mueller’s investigation was organized by local Indivisible…

Nikki Fried pulls ahead in ‘too close to call’ Florida agriculture commissioners race

Two days after the 2018 elections in Florida, it’s looking more likely that several state and local races are headed to recounts, including one for the commissioner of agriculture. On election night, Republican Matt Caldwell led Democrat Nikki Fried by about 12,000 votes, about 0.16 percentage point, however, as provisional, absentee, military and overseas ballots continue to come in that margin…

Andrew Gillum campaign offices pressed into service as provisional ballot war rooms

Three Democratic Party campaign offices that had been devoted to organizing work for defeated gubernatorial candidate Andrew Gillum and other Democrats were pressed into service Thursday as provisional ballot war rooms. Volunteers were using the campaign offices in Fort Lauderdale, Miramar, and Plantation to reach out to people who cast provisional ballots in the midterm…