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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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Affordable Care Act Open Season Has Begun

Open Season for enrollment or to make a changes to insurance plans under the Affordable Care Act or “Obamacare” began on November 1 and will end on December 15. The Trump administration is making it as difficult as possible this enrollment season, cutting the enrollment period by half and reducing funding for health care navigators,…

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Nelson calls for recount in Florida Senate race

Florida Democrat Sen. Bill Nelson called Wednesday for a recount in his race for re-election against Republican Gov. Rick Scott. In a statement from Nelson’s office, the longtime incumbent said Scott had prematurely declared victory in the race, which CNN has not yet called. In Florida, an automatic recount is triggered when the final margin…

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Florida U.S. Senate race between Rick Scott, Bill Nelson could be heading for recount

Florida’s hotly contested race for the U.S. Senate could be heading for an automatic recount. Republican Rick Scott holds a 34,700-vote lead over incumbent Democrat Bill Nelson out of more than 8.1 million ballots cast for a difference of 0.42 percent, according to unofficial returns posted by the state Division of Elections. State law triggers a recount if the difference in…

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