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Marie Charles (left) and Daniel Juste sell donuts for Boy Scout Troop 584 at the Bob Graham Education Center in Miami Lakes. (Photo by Yaneli Gonzalez)

Fast voting around FIU; Trump “has no class;” Less than knowledgable campaigners

[12:20 pm] Jose Alonzo said he was satisfied with how fast he was able to vote in his new polling precinct, the Iglesia Bautista near the main FIU campus. However, he said he is concerned with the possibility of voter fraud because of the electronic voting system. But Alonzo has a suggestion. “I should be able to get a photocopy of my ballot,” he said in ...

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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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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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A polling station (Image via Wikicommons)

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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Marijuana plants (Image via Pixabay.com)

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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Margaret Kurtzman (Image courtesy Kurtzman family)

Margaret Kurtzman on a mission to make Pinecrest squeaky clean

Similar to dozens of Pinecrest residents, Margaret Kurtzman makes routine of walking along the canal on Red Road. But instead of two-pound weights and Beats headphones, she grips a white plastic trash bag, pausing every few paces to reach for empty bottles scattered across the damp grass. “When I was in England, they were advertising for people not to litter ...

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