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• For the thousands of newly arrived Puerto Ricans in Central Florida, the first time they’ll be allowed to vote in a presidential election is one where they might be a deciding factor. The irony isn’t lost on them. Despite being U.S. citizens, Puerto Ricans on the island can’t vote for president. And yet, they can fly more than a thousand miles to Central Florida and settle in what political analysts call the “swing part of the swing state,” potentially deciding the course of America’s future. Local organizers say this community isn’t as homogenous as political campaigns would like. Frederick Velez, a community organizer with the progressive Latino coalition Que Vote Mi Gente, says Central Florida’s boricua community can be divided … Read More »
• All politics may be local, but some local races are attracting national interest and money. What happens when PAC money pours into local campaigns? Florida’s demographics are changing and candidates are setting their sights on a growing Latino electorate. And a Political Action Committee inspired by Pulse launches. These stories and more on Intersection’s Friday news round table. Read More »
• A nonpartisan group wants an investigation into the paper ballot shortage that delayed some voting in Orange County Tuesday. Protesters rallied outside the county elections office alleging voters in 52 precincts were disenfranchised. Read More »
• Thousands of central Florida republicans and democrats today didn’t belong to either party last week. 90.7’s Renata Sago reports on what elections officials in Orange and Osceola counties are calling a record switch from no party affiliation ahead of the state’s presidential primary. Read More »