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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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Images courtesy of Lady GUY and JR Davis

Never drab, always a queen: Wilton Manors’ “Lady GUY”

The Manor Complex in Wilton Manors is one of the hottest LGBT nightclubs in Broward County, and at its heart is Lady GUY. Every Friday and Saturday night at The Manor for the past five years, Guy Tomasello dons his 6-inch heels, bright wigs, oversize glasses and transforms into one of the area’s best-known drag queens. “Every week she delivers,” ...

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The Deering Estate in Palmetto Bay. (Image via Wikicommons)

Palmetto Bay residents to vote on annexation, charter amendments

When the residents of Palmetto Bay head to the polls Nov. 8 they will not just be voting for a member of the Village Council and vice mayor, but also on four charter amendment questions and a proposed annexation of West Perrine. John DuBois, the village’s vice mayor who is running for reelection, said the village’s attorney asked Palmetto Bay ...

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Fulford by the Sea entrance in North Miami Beach. (Image via Wikicommons.)

North Miami Beach voters face slew of ballot measures

North Miami Beach voters are being asked to say yes or no to 10 ballot measures on Nov. 8— a rewritten city charter and nine amendments to the charter that include changing how the city manager is hired and reducing the number of required City Council meetings. City Clerk Pamela Latimore said the measures are designed to make governing the ...

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Tim Schaffer (l) and David Singer compete for the District 2 seat on the Palmetto Bay Village Council. (Images courtesy of the candidates.)

Tim Schaffer, David Singer compete for Palmetto Bay Village Council seat

In contrast to the vice mayor position, the race for the District 2 council seat in Palmetto Bay has been relatively devoid of drama. The candidates are Tim Schaffer, the incumbent and owner of a financial services firm and David Singer, CFO and CEO of Berkowitz Development Group. In the main dust-up of the campaign, Palmetto Bay filed a lawsuit against ...

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John DuBois (l), David Zisman and Erica Watts are vying for the Palmetto Bay vice mayor seat. (Images courtesy of the candidates.)

Palmetto Bay vice mayor candidate trade barbs, plans

With less than a month before election day, candidates for vice mayor in Palmetto Bay have engaged in a war of words over fitness for office, potentially overshadowing their relatively similar policy differences. The candidates include: John E. DuBois, the incumbent and head of a telecommunications company, Erica Watts, the PTA president of Coral Reef Elementary and a member of ...

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The village of Pinecrest. (Image via Wikicommons)

Pinecrest mayoral candidate unopposed, four run for two council seats

The village of Pinecrest has produced a diverse group of candidates, both in age and occupation, this election season. Former Councilman Joe Corradino is running unopposed for mayor. He is an urban planner with his own planning and engineering firm. Current Mayor Cindy Lerner has reached the end of her second term and, according to the village charter, cannot run ...

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A rendering of a proposed makeover of the Shops of Sunset Place. Approval for such projects would be impacted by a measure on South Miami's Nov. 8 ballot. (Image via Miami Herald)

South Miami: New City Hall and rule changes for development projects on ballot

South Miami is asking voters to consider four measures on the Nov. 8 ballot, including an advisory vote on building a new City Hall and new voting rules for affordable housing and downtown development projects. The first measure deals with updates to South Miami’s charter. South Miami Mayor Philip Stoddard said several parts need to be changed to stay in ...

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Allison McCormick (l), Rosemary Thornton and Violette de Ayala are candidates for the Key Biscayne Village Council. (Images via Miami Herald)

Key Biscayne Village Council candidates (continued)

A total of six candidates are running for three open seats on the Key Biscayne Village Council. Below are the profiles of the remaining three candidates. Violette de Ayala Violette de Ayala, 44, grew up in Miami but had long dreamed of the city south of the Rickenbacker Causeway. “I was always obsessed with that island,” she said. During high ...

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