What to know, how to vote

Election Day will decide Florida’s next governor, its next US senator and several congressional seats. Here’s a breakdown of all the WESH 2 election coverage, where and how to vote, and what’s on your ballot. As voters head to the polls and see new and familiar names on the ballots, it is essential to be informed of the main issues and where the candidates stand. Check out the WESH 2 general election guide in Florida and our overview of the main races. When is election day? What time do the polls open? The general election takes place on Tuesday 8 November. Polling stations are open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. How to vote? Vote by mail: The deadline for requesting a vote by mail was the 10th day before the election. The Office of the Election Supervisor must receive your absentee ballot no later than 7:00 p.m. on Election Day for it to be counted. Early voting in Flagler, Volusia, Seminole and Brevard counties has already ended. Voting in person on Election Day: To find your polling place, simply use the state’s voter information portal. Related: Florida General Election Guide Related: Where to find Florida voting resources, election information What do I need to bring to vote? You’ll need to bring a valid ID such as a driver’s license or passport. Other acceptable identification includes: debit or credit card military ID student card retirement center ID neighborhood association ID public assistance card health ID veteran’s license issued by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Permit to carry a weapon or concealed firearm, or employee identification card issued by the federal government, the state of Florida, or any county or municipality When the election results are in -they? WESH 2 will have all of your election results on Tuesday night. The results should start coming in around 8 p.m. Statewide races. DeSantis has led a strongly conservative agenda, often attacking President Joe Biden’s administration on immigration and other issues. Crist has been a strong supporter of the President and has made restoring abortion rights in Florida a top campaign priority. Related: Here’s What The 3 Amendments Would Do On The Florida Ballot In The United States. Senate Republican Sen. Marco Rubio for two terms is challenged by Democratic Congresswoman Val Demings, Orlando’s former police chief. Rubio previously ran for president in 2016, dropping out to seek re-election to the Senate, which he did easily. But Demings, a House prosecutor during then-President Donald Trump’s first impeachment, showed a skill at fundraising, raising millions more than Rubio. Florida Attorney General, Republican incumbent Ashley Moody, is challenged by Democratic primary winner Aramis Ayala. Ayala is the former District Attorney for Circuit Nine (Orange and Osceola Counties), who made headlines in 2017 when she decided not to seek the death penalty under any circumstances. Then-Governor. Rick Scott stripped her of several dozen murder cases and assigned them to a nearby state attorney. When Ayala sued Scott, she lost. She said she would follow and uphold the law, even in capital murder cases. Moody has spent a lot of time helping support DeSantis’ conservative agenda by filing lawsuits when he signs controversial bills and then they are challenged in court. Commitment 2022: WESH 2 mini-debates What else do I need to know? Central Florida county officials did not announce any polling place closures due to approaching Subtropical Storm Nicole. Weather conditions make it safe for people to vote in person on election day, although officials are also urging people to spend Tuesday preparing for the storm. in the Fort Myers area, although voting restrictions have been eased for affected residents. The area represents about 7% of voters statewide. Where Florida has historically been evenly split between Democrats and GOP, polls this cycle tend to favor GOP candidates in statewide elections. The Interstate 4 corridor between Volusia and Hillsborough Counties will be important to watch during early returns, as this series of counties is demographically and politically representative of the state. The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Election Day will decide Florida’s next governor, its next US senator and several congressional seats. Here’s a breakdown of all the WESH 2 election coverage, where and how to vote, and what’s on your ballot.

As voters head to the polls and see new and familiar names on the ballots, it is essential to be informed of the main issues and where the candidates stand. Check Florida WESH 2 General Election Guide and our overview of key races.

When is election day? What time do the polls open?

The general election takes place on Tuesday, November 8. Polling stations are open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

How to vote?

  • Vote by mail: The deadline for requesting a postal vote was the 10th day before the election. The Office of the Election Supervisor must receive your absentee ballot by 7:00 p.m. on election day for it to count.
  • Early voting in person: Sunday evening, the last advance votes were sunk in Orange and Osceola counties. Early voting in Flagler, Volusia, Seminole and Brevard counties has already ended.
  • Voting in person on election day: To find the polling station assigned to you, simply use the voter information portal.

Related: Florida General Election Guide

Related: Where to find Florida voting resources, election information

What should I bring to vote?

You will need to bring a valid ID such as a driver’s license or passport.

Other acceptable forms of identification include:

  • debit or credit card
  • military ID card
  • Student card
  • retirement center ID
  • neighborhood association identifier
  • public assistance ID card
  • Veterans Health ID issued by the United States Department of Veterans Affairs
  • Concealed weapon or firearm license
  • or an employee identification card issued by the federal government, the state of Florida or any county or municipality

When do the election results come in?

WESH 2 will have all of your election results on Tuesday night. The results should start coming in around 8 p.m.

Statewide races

Governor

This is a matchup between Republican Governor Ron DeSantis and former Republican Governor and, more recently, former St. Petersburg Congressman Charlie Crist. DeSantis has led a strongly conservative agenda, often attacking President Joe Biden’s administration on immigration and other issues. Crist has been a strong supporter of the President and has made restoring abortion rights in Florida a top campaign priority.

Related: Here’s what the 3 amendments would do on the Florida ballot

US Senate

Two-term Republican Senator Marco Rubio is challenged by Democratic Congresswoman Val Demings, Orlando’s former police chief. Rubio previously ran for president in 2016, dropping out to seek re-election to the Senate, which he did easily. But Demings, a House prosecutor during then-President Donald Trump’s first impeachment, showed a skill at fundraising, raising millions more than Rubio.

Florida Attorney General

Republican incumbent Ashley Moody is challenged by Democratic primary winner Aramis Ayala. Ayala is the former District Attorney for Circuit Nine (Orange and Osceola Counties), who made headlines in 2017 when she decided not to seek the death penalty under any circumstances. Then-Governor. Rick Scott stripped her of several dozen murder cases and assigned them to a nearby state attorney. When Ayala sued Scott, she lost. She said she would follow and uphold the law, even in capital murder cases. Moody has spent a lot of time helping support DeSantis’ conservative agenda by filing lawsuits when he signs controversial bills and then they are challenged in court.

Commitment 2022: WESH 2 mini debates

What else should I know?

Central Florida county officials have not announced any polling place closures due to the approach subtropical storm Nicole. Weather conditions make it safe for people to vote in person on election day, although officials are also urging people to spend Tuesday preparing for the storm.

Related: Watches issued for Central Florida as Subtropical Storm Nicole approaches

The arrival and devastation of Hurricane Ian will undoubtedly slow voting processes in the Fort Myers area, although voting restrictions have been eased for affected residents. The area represents about 7% of voters statewide.

Where Florida has historically been evenly split between Democrats and GOP, polls this cycle tend to favor GOP candidates for statewide office. The Interstate 4 corridor between Volusia and Hillsborough Counties will be important to watch during early returns, as this series of counties is demographically and politically representative of the state.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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