Charlotte County expects to recount 88,000 ballots

Charlotte County elections officials began the machine recount of ballots Monday as part of the Florida statewide recount of the Governor, US Senate, and Agriculture Secretary Races. Observers from the Charlott Co. DEC and other interested parties closely watched the process. Bill Nelson (D) and Rick Scott (R) are separated by a mere .15% of…

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LETTER TO THE EDITOR: A good day for democracy

CharlotteDems.com editor’s note: The following letter to the editor from Charlotte DEC member Teresa Jenkins was published in the Sun on Monday, Nov. 12th: Editor: Trump insisted that the midterm elections would be all about him. And they were. Trump’s overt racism, lying, bullying and assault on civility did not sit well with those voters…

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Rick Scott’s slimy claim of fraud

Republican Florida Gov. Rick Scott’s apparent victory over incumbent Sen. Bill Nelson (D-Fla.) was one of Democrats’ bigger disappointments on Election Day. But the margin was close enough to trigger an automatic recount, and since Tuesday, Scott’s lead has narrowed from 56,000 votes to just more than 12,000 votes. So, in a preview of the…

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150-Year Old Jim Crow Era Law Ends!

  On November 6, 2018 we witnessed true democracy when Floridians voted overwhelmingly that individuals with felony convictions should have their voting rights restored upon completion of their sentence. A 150-year old Jim Crow Era law will end in 2019, a law that disenfranchised more people in the state of Florida than the total population…

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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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