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Voters line up outside Florida City Hall as the polls open on Nov. 8, 2016. (Photo by Liz Portal / South Florida News Service)

Election Day! Ongoing coverage in Miami-Dade

South Florida News Service reporters, in partnership with the Miami Herald, will be producing ongoing coverage today of the elections in South Florida and beyond. Check back throughout the day and evening for updates and stories. Send tips or reports of polling problems to Dan Evans, daevans@fiu.edu. — [7:26 am] Justyce Pinkney, 21, a student at Florida International University, arrived to ...

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Social media and the millennial vote

Social media may be one of the newest strategies used by presidential hopefuls to communicate with millennials, but according to four politically-involved young voters, each party will have to do more than just tweet to get this coveted demographic. While their choice for president differs, they agree that Twitter and Facebook are the best way to stay connected to the campaigns. ...

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Television journalists Glenna Milberg (1), Jim DeFede and Amanda Plasencia.

South Florida broadcast journalists give their thoughts on the 2016 election

After 18 months of coverage, three South Florida television journalists reflected on the challenges – professional and ethical – that faced them during the presidential race. Jim DeFede, a CBS Miami political reporter and host of “Facing South Florida,” has been involved in politics since he was 10 years old. “My first job was handing out flyers for the Nixon ...

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Antonio Rodriguez, 19, canvasses on a recent Sunday afternoon in East Hialeah for Hillary Clinton. (Photo by Jamie Adelson / South Florida News Service)

Where are they now: Young South Florida Sanders supporters

Two college-age supporters of former Democratic candidate Bernie Sanders have disparate feelings about the party’s nominee, Hilary Clinton, with one describing a her vote as a “least bad” exercise, while another is actively trying to get the former Secretary of State elected. Sanders’ defeat in the Florida primary in March effectively sounded the death-knell for his campaign, leaving many young supporters ...

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Demographics, wealth and voting locations in Miami-Dade [Data Visualization]

There’s no doubt that this election season has been tumultuous. With Miami-Dade County having a key role in how the state will swing as a whole, its racial, relative wealth and age may provide some insight as to why people voted the way they did. This is especially true for those aged 20-24. The visualizations below, based on voter registration data taken ...

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Elvia Sanz (left) and Andres Ramirez support different candidates for president. (Photo by Diana Guarnizo / South Florida News Service)

The millennial voter: Two perspectives

From snarky remarks exchanged on the debate stage, to grab-her-by-the-pussy “locker room talk,” to an FBI investigation regarding the improper use of a private email server, this election season has been untraditional, to say the least. More than 18 months ago, as Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump introduced themselves and their solutions to the nation, some scoffed at the celebrity ...

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Hilary Clinton urges her constituency to vote early during a rally at Rev. Samuel Delevoe Memorial Park in Fort Lauderdale on Nov. 1, 2016. (Photo by Rodrigo Miragaya / South Florida News Service)

Presidential rallies and partisans in South Florida [Photo Essay]

The Democratic and Republican nominees for president have millions of supporters — and nearly the same number of detractors. In the run up to the election, South Florida News Service photographer Rodrigo Miragaya captured a number of moments during rallies and political events for Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump in South Florida.

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Young South Florida voters explain their presidential choices [Audio]

As the presidential campaign comes closer to a much anticipated end, the candidates begin to aim their focus on more specific demographics. We have taken a look at what motivates college-aged South Florida voters to get to the polls.  The South Florida News Service team was able to speak with two current FIU students, Demetrius Villa, 22, and Ashley Verdugo, ...

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Miami Midtown interchange, 1960s (Image via Wikicommons)

¿Habla letrero? Spanish-speaking drivers struggle with highway signs

While on Florida’s roads and highways, drivers follow — or ignore — signs in English and English alone. That includes the large electronic signs on I-95 and elsewhere warning of accidents, reminding motorists to use their turn signals or use their headlights in the rain. But in Miami-Dade County, more than 72 percent of residents speak a language other than English, ...

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Cities pass pot moratoriums in advance of Amendment 2 vote

With a recent poll showing Florida voters overwhelmingly support legalizing medical pot, a number of cities in South Florida have responded with preemptive moratoriums, saying they need time to adjust to the possibility of the purple haze dispensaries. A poll released Oct. 27 by the University of North Florida found that 73 percent of likely Florida voters are in favor of ...

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