Turnout strained election locations across the state but did not appear to overwhelm them. Voters experienced a smattering of problems throughout the state, including issues with voting machines and unnecessary provisional ballot use.
The Pasco County Supervisor of Elections Office received dozens of complaints about a sign erected by a church’s pastor at a polling site that reads “Don’t vote for Democrats on Tuesday and sing ‘Oh how I love Jesus’ on Sunday.” The office says it can’t be removed because it is on private property outside the 100-foot perimeter where campaigning isn’t allowed.
Voters in Hillsborough County are anxious about a letter they received asking for an updated signature on their voter registration application. Officials say the letters are meant to collect another signature for county records and do not mean a vote has been invalidated.
People across Florida received mailers warning, erroneously in some cases, that their vote-by-mail ballots had not yet been returned. The mailers were sent by a Democratic political action committee, which said its goal was to remind mail-in voters to return their ballots.
ProPublica’s Electionland project covers problems that prevent eligible voters from casting their ballots during the 2020 elections. Our coalition of newsrooms around the country are investigating issues related to voter registration, pandemic-related changes to voting, the shift to vote-by-mail, cybersecurity, voter education, misinformation, and more.
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