By Fran Dance, Charlotte County Dems writer
Per www.charlottevotes.com 117,084 votes from 152,160 eligible voters were tabulated in Charlotte County as of 7:40 am on November 4th. This represents a 76.95% turnout, matching the 2016 election result. 31,063 Democratic, 58,084 Republican, 25,778 NPA and 2,159 other party registration persons voted.
Sadly, Democratic candidates across the state had a tough night. However, we have no regrets as we fought a clean and fair fight for the hearts, minds and votes of our fellow Floridians.
At the national level, as of 9 am Wednesday, it is not yet clear who will reside in the White House on January 20th, since Pennsylvania, North Carolina, Michigan, Georgia, Nevada and Wisconsin do not yet have a clear winner. Within Florida, the Trump/Pence ticket garnered 5,657,933 votes, or 51.24% and the Biden/Harris ticket received 5,282,894 votes or 47.85% per https://floridaelectionwatch.gov which is also the source for the results reported below.
Democratic candidate Allen Ellison lost to incumbent Greg Steube for the District 17 US House of Representatives seat. Across all nine counties, he received 140,268 votes against Steube’s 266,180 votes. Within Charlotte County, he received 38,606 votes against Steube’s 73,766 votes.
Democratic candidate Katherine Norman lost her challenge to incumbent Joe Gruters for State Senate District 23, receiving 131,313 votes against Gruter’s 187,841 votes. Within Charlotte County, she received 22,492 votes against Gruter’s 40,487 votes.
Democratic candidate David Jones lost his challenge to incumbent Mike Grant for State House District 75, receiving 39,938 votes against Grant’s 72,878 votes. All votes were cast within Charlotte County.
Voters decided that all judges should be retained. Per the Charlotte Sun, the 1% Charlotte County sales tax extension was passed for another 6 years by approximately 68% of the voters.
Across the state, amendment results were consistent with our recommendations, except for #1. Amendments require 60% or greater approval of all votes to pass.
#1. Citizenship Requirement to Vote in Florida Elections was approved at 79.3%,
#2 Raising Florida’s Minimum Wage was approved at 60.8%,
#3 All Voters Vote in Primary Elections for State Legislature, Governor, and Cabinet was rejected at 57%,
#4 (2nd) Voter Approval of Constitutional Amendments was rejected at 47.5%
#5 Limitations on Homestead Property Tax Assessments; increased portability period to transfer accrued benefit was approved at 74.5%, and
#6 Ad Valorem Tax Discount for Spouses of Certain Deceased Veterans Who Had Permanent, Combat-Related Disabilities was approved at 89.7%
The Charlotte County Democratic Party thanks all our candidates, our volunteers and especially our voters who expressed their passion and enthusiasm for democracy in this 2020 election. Now, we must look ahead to the 2022 Florida election for governor, senator and local seats.Image Credits: Image by Pete Linforth from Pixabay