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Early Voting

  • Despite new restrictions on voting adopted by the state legislature in 2021, more than 2.23 million Floridians took advantage of voting by mail or early voting in Tuesday’s primary election.In the most closely watched race of the Aug. 23 primary, U.S. Rep. Charlie Crist defeated Florida Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried for the Democratic nomination to challenge Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis in the general election. We’ll get analysis of results and what they set up for the general election and beyond with FGCU political scientist Dr. Peter Bergerson.
  • Early voting for Florida’s Aug. 23 Primary Election begins next week. Dates, times, and locations to cast a ballot early in-person vary depending on where voters are registered. For example, the early voting window begins Monday, Aug. 8, for registered voters in Charlotte and Hendry Counties, but early voting in Collier, Glades, Lee, Manatee, and Sarasota Counties doesn’t begin until Saturday, Aug. 13. This article includes a county-by-county breakdown of early voting dates, times, and locations across Southwest Florida.
  • The Collier County Supervisor of Elections Office conducted its logic and accuracy testing of voting equipment and held the first canvassing board meeting in preparation for the Aug. 23 primary election. Testing of ballot tabulation equipment is required under Florida statute before every election.
  • Monday, July 25, is the voter registration deadline for anyone looking to cast a ballot in Florida’s Aug. 23 primary election. In recent years, the Florida legislature has passed changes to some sections of Florida’s election code including new restrictions on absentee voting.
  • As the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act sits stalled in the U.S. Senate, Florida’s Senate Bill 90 has been challenged in a federal lawsuit. Each promises to enact several changes to how votes are cast and counted in the United States. This story provides explanatory context and background.
  • Andrea Perdomo reports from a Punta Gorda polling location where there are no lines and plenty of parking.
  • Early voting started in Manatee County last week and already 54% of the registered voters have cast ballots for the general election.WGCU’s Andrea Perdomo spoke with Manatee's Supervisor of Michael Bennett, about early voting and projected voter turnout.
  • Early voting started in Lee County Oct. 19 and already more than 53% of registered voters have cast ballots for the general election.WGCU’s Andrea Perdomo spoke with Lee County Supervisor of Elections Tommy Doyle about early voting and projected voter turnout.
  • Earlier this month the Florida Gulf Coast University Library Archives and Special Collections’ hosted a virtual panel discussion in conjunction with their current digital exhibition titled, “Fight for the Ballot: Voting Rights in the 20th Century.”The panel discussion called, “The Right to Vote – Under Attack Again!” was moderated by WGCU’s John Davis and included legal and voting rights experts C. Ronald Ellington, Howard Simon and Jennifer Scuteri all discussing voter suppression, gerrymandering and the impact of elections.With just over a week until the Nov. 3 General Election, we present that panel discussion.
  • Early voting started in Hendry County on Monday and already more than 25% of registered voters have cast ballots for the general election.WGCU’s Andrea Perdomo spoke with Hendry County Supervisor of Elections Brenda Hoots about early voting and projected voter turnout.