ORLANDO, Fla. — It’s Election Day!
A long and challenging campaign season is coming to an end Tuesday. Voters cast their ballots for President Donald Trump or former Vice President Joe Biden as well as several local races.
President Donald Trump is addressing the nation as election results continue to pour in overnight.
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Presidential candidate Joe Biden spoke with his supporters early Wednesday morning as more state results poured in.
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Just as he did in 2016, President Donald Trump carried Florida in Tuesday’s presidential election.
The win means Trump earns the state’s 29 electoral college votes.
Initial election results from Osceola County have finally come in following a delay in reporting due to an internet outage. The results allow three races in the area to be called:
- Monique Worrell will be the next state attorney representing Orange and Osceola counties.
- Marco Lopez has won the Osceola County Sheriff’s race, making him the first Hispanic sheriff in the county’s history, according to early poll results.
- Republican candidate Fred Hawkins defeated Democratic candidate Barbara Cady and No Party Affiliated candidate Leroy Sanchez in the race for state representative of District 42.
Florida voters have approved an amendment raising the state’s minimum wage to $15 an hour over the next six years.
Several races in Osceola County have yet to be called due to the ongoing internet outage at the Osceola County Supervisor of Elections Office.
So far, 95 out of 101 of the county’s precincts are reporting their results.
As of now, the races for Osceola County sheriff, State House District 42 and Ninth Judicial Circuit State Attorney have yet to be called due to the delay in reporting.
Officials said they hope to have all of the Osceola County precincts reporting by midnight.
Florida Rep. Anthony Sabatini won another term representing District 32, and Republican Keith Truenow defeated Democrat Crissy Stile for a seat in the Florida House to represent District 31.
Now 21 out of the 101 precincts in Osceola County are reporting. Results are slowly coming in to the Osceola County Supervisor of Elections. The data is having to be manually uploaded at the office due to a Spectrum internet outage.
Former Florida House member Jason Brodeur declared a win for the GOP on Tuesday night, holding on to a key seat in the Florida Senate with his win in Senate District 9.
Democrat Patricia Sigman conceded the race.
The Osceola County supervisor of elections told Channel 9 reporter Deanna Allbrittin that Spectrum told the office more than an hour ago that it would take an hour or two to get internet service back up. The office that that will delay results by at least an hour because locations like the one in Kenansville are 45 minutes away.
Democrat Carlos Guillermo Smith has won reelection to represent District 49 in the Florida House of Representatives.
Rick Staly has won the election for Flagler County sheriff.
An internet outage at the Osceola County Supervisor of Elections is delaying the county’s precincts reporting their results from today.
They are currently at 0% reporting because they can’t send the results to the supervisor’s office. The results will have to be delivered the old fashioned way with data brought to the office and uploaded.
Amy Mercado has won the position of Orange County property appraiser. She will replace outgoing property appraiser Rick Singh.
Wayne Ivey has won reelection as the Brevard County sheriff.
John Mina has been reelected as the Orange County Sheriff.
Dennis Lemma has won reelection as the Seminole County sheriff.
State Rep. Anna Eskamani has won her reelection to Florida’s House District 47 race, according to election officials.
Eskamani, the Democratic incumbent, defeated her challenger, Republican candidate Jeremy Sisson, according to data just released by election officials.
Republican Daniel Webster has won reelection in the U.S. House to represent Florida’s 11th Congressional District.
Three incumbents in Central Florida have been reelected.
- U.S. Rep. Val Demings will serve another term representing U.S. House District 10 after coming out on top in Tuesday’s general election.
- Rep. Stephanie Murphy won reelection in U.S. House District 7.
- And U.S. Rep. Darren Soto won reelection defeating Republican candidate Bill Olson.
According to the Associated Press, Republican Bill Posey, of Brevard County, has won reelection to U.S. House representing Florida’s 8th Congressional District.
Channel 9 reporter Cierra Putman is reporting live from the Seminole County Supervisor of Elections office. She said in addition to news crews, citizens who want to watch the process and frustrated voters who are trying to drop off their ballots are also at the office.
As of 7 p.m., the majority of polls in Florida have closed.
Election attorneys are staging in key states, including Florida, in preparation for legal challenges around the election process and outcome.
In 2000, all eyes were on Florida. Legal challenges filed in Tallahassee made their way up to the state supreme court and federal court.
Attorneys have also descended upon Tallahassee just in case we have problems again.
More than 70% of registered voters have cast their ballots in Seminole County as of Tuesday evening.
Lines have been short and there have been few issues reported.
The population has changed in Seminole County since the last general election. There is almost as many Democrats as Republicans who are registered to vote, but it’s the non-party affiliated voters who will decide the outcome.
Volusia County is reporting that 75.85% of registered voters have cast their ballots so far. Long lines are still being reported outside of some polling places in the county.
In Orange County, most voters actually voting on Election Day encountered small lines and an easy process.
The county offered 14 days of early voting at 20 locations across the county and more than 260,000 people voted that way.
That’s in addition to the more than 275,000 mail-in ballots turned in before Election Day, which set a record.
“Well, when you look at it, we went into this morning with 62% of the voters having already voted, and now you’re spreading the voting out the 247 precincts over 12 hours,” Orange County Supervisor of Elections Bill Cowles said.
As of 5 p.m., Orange County reported that 72.79% of voters had cast their ballots in the 2020 general election.
Some Orange County parents said they were shocked that Orange County Public Schools were being used as polling locations today.
The district has worked with the Orange County Supervisor of Elections Office in the past, but some parents felt like this year should be an exception due to COVID-19.
OCPS said voters and poll workers are restricted to a designated area away from students and that visitors are also required to wear face coverings, socially distance and are offered hand sanitizer.
Orange County is reporting that more than 70% of its registered voters have cast their ballots so far.
The county’s canvassing board is set to meet this evening to look over problem ballots to see if they should be counted.
The county said it has around 800 ballots that still need to be fixed, which the supervisor of elections said is not a bad number.
The line to vote at McInnis Elementary in Volusia County is stretching into the parking lot of the school.
Skywitness 9 flew over Discovery Intermediate School after the lockdown on its campus was lifted Tuesday afternoon. Officials said voting has resumed at the school.
The Osceola County Supervisor of Elections said a polling location at Discovery Intermediate School that had been placed under a lockdown Tuesday afternoon has since reopened.
The lockdown was not related to the election.
Deputies said the Poinciana-area school was placed on a lockdown as a precaution while they executed a search warrant.
Voting has resumed as normal.
The Osceola County Supervisor of Elections said it closed its polling location at Discovery Intermediate School in the Poinciana area Tuesday afternoon after the school was placed on a lockdown.
The lockdown is not directly tied to the election. The Osceola County Sheriff’s Office said its SWAT team is serving a felony warrant nearby and locked the school down as a precaution.
“If this is your polling location you will need to come to the Elections Office to vote by mail,” elections officials said in a tweet. “We will post a notice if/when the polling location opens.”
The elections office is located at 2509 E. Irlo Bronson Memorial Highway Kissimmee, FL 34744.
The agency also said voters who are assigned to the school may go to the Gym and Aquatic Center to vote a provisional ballot while the school is on lockdown.
The Center is located at 625 Country Club Dr Poinciana FL 34759.
Skywitness 9 is heading to the scene. Click here to watch live video once the helicopter arrives at the school.
See a map of the school below:
Record turnout for vote-by-mail and early voting has kept lines short at many polling places in Central Florida.
Skywitness 9 flew to two polling sites in Osceola County but no lines were seen outside the buildings.
On Tuesday afternoon, Skywitness 9 flew over Cypress Lakes Clubhouse near East Colonial Drive and Chuluota Road in east Orange County. Lines at that polling place were longer than most but still short.
Voters were seen standing six feet away from one another while in the line. See the video below:
Watch Channel 9 Eyewitness News, beginning at 4 p.m., for live updates on conditions at the polls.
Channel 9 will also have special live election coverage, beginning at 7 p.m. Click here to read about how you can watch “Central Florida Decides.”
Several polling locations across Central Florida have short lines on Election Day.
There were some lines early Tuesday morning when the polls opened but the lines.
Orange County Supervisor of Elections officials said they don’t expect people to be waiting in long lines due to the high early voter turn out.
About 60% of registered voters already had cast their ballots before Election Day in Orange County.
There was also a record number of people voting by mail.
A lot of the votes could already be counted by the time the polls close at 7 p.m.
Orange County leaders are urging voters to not put their mail-in ballots in the mail Tuesday if they still have it.
Voters can drop their mail-in ballots off at the Work Release Center across from the Supervisor of Elections Office or walk it into the office at 119 W Kaley Street.
Voters can also exchange their mail-in ballot for an in-person ballot at their assigned polling location.
The total number of ballots cast in this year’s election in Orange County surpassed those cast in 2016, according to the Orange County Supervisor of Elections Office.
In 2016, 565,843 voters cast ballots in Orange County. So far, 565,953 Orange County voters have cast a ballot in this year’s election.
The Lake County Supervisor of Elections Office said there was a computer problem in some precincts that said voters were not registered in that precinct.
Lake County Supervisor of Elections Alan Hays said the problem was addressed immediately.
Read the statement from the Lake County Supervisor of Elections below:
“This morning shortly after opening the polls, we identified a computer problem in some precincts that incorrectly identified some voters were not registered in that precinct. The problem was isolated immediately, and corrective action was initiated. The solution is being deployed and everything will be fine very shortly. We appreciate the patience of the voters as we correct this unfortunate inconvenience.”
Polling locations opened across Central Florida at 7 a.m.
In Orange County, there were no lines outside the Supervisor of Elections Office.
If you are opting to vote at your polling location on Election Day, Supervisor of Elections Bill Cowles recommends having a plan.
To find your polling location, click here.
Cowles recommends going to the polls around mid morning or mid afternoon to beat the last minute rush of those trying to vote before 7 p.m.
He said voters could be there for about 10 to 20 minutes if they plan ahead of time.
In Winter Garden, a line was starting outside of the Tanner Hall polling location. Meteorologist Rusty McCranie said people started lining up to vote at about 6:30 a.m.
Click here to read the Election Day forecast.
Many polling locations open at 7 a.m. in Central Florida. Voters will decide the outcome of the 2020 presidential election.
A record number of people have already cast their ballots.
Nearly 100 million nationwide voted before Election Day, including more than 8 million in Florida.
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