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From the Pages of Orlando Weekly

From the Pages of Orlando Weekly: Elections officials in Florida ask voters to be patient this year


Florida elections officials are counseling voters to be patient this year. Some experts suggest thinking of this as “election season,” rather than focusing on Election Day. The era of Tuesday-night returns and a tidy result on Wednesday morning is probably a thing of the past. The pandemic means an unprecedented number of voters are opting to cast ballots by mail in Florida and throughout the nation. Supervisors of elections and public-interest groups are trying to spread the word that it could take days to get a final tally in the race between Biden and Trump. Trump has repeatedly demanded that a winner of the Nov. 3 election be determined by the end of Election Day. Florida elections supervisors point out …
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From the Pages of Orlando Weekly

From the Pages of Orlando Weekly: President Trump tweeted Vote by Mail in Florida is “Safe and Secure”


Seventy times since March, our president has vilified voting by mail on Twitter. He’s called it rigged, fraudulent, an embarrassment. Never mind that he himself casts his vote from Florida by mail, as do his wife and his press secretary. And never mind the fact that voting by mail would be safest as we continue to flounder through a pandemic. He’s been dead-set against it — until Tuesday. On Tuesday, this staunch opponent about-faced and tweeted that in Florida, it’s “Safe and Secure.” Now, there are many possible reasons. Maybe it’s because Florida Democrats’ requests for mail-in ballots have far outstripped Republicans’ this year. Maybe because GOP strategists realize all voters are leaning toward the safety of vote-by-mail this year. …
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