Wednesday, November 7, 2012
Take a closer look at the 11 constitutional amendments and how Floridians voted on them.
The Nov. 6 ballot was one of the largest Florida voters have ever seen and here’s why: there were 11 proposed constitutional amendments up for consideration. Amendments require a 60 percent or higher approval rate to pass. Based on results calculated by the state’s Division of Elections, here’s what passed and what didn’t at of 1 a.m. Nov. 7: Florida Amendment 1: Health Care Services – Fail With most of Florida’s precincts reporting, this amendment did not meet the 60 percent requirement to pass. The amendment would have given Florida the ability to opt out of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare. Florida Amendment 2: Veterans Disabled to Combat Injury; Homestead Property Tax Discount – Pass With most of …
Tuesday, November 6, 2012
President Barack Obama has carried Hillsborough County for the second election in a row.
The results are in and Hillsborough County has named its choice for the White House. President Barack Obama has taken the county with 52.63 percent of the vote. A total of 277,432 ballots were cast in Obama’s favor within Hillsborough County. Republican challenger Gov. Mitt Romney came in second with 243,323 ballots cast in his favor, which works out to 46.16 percent. A total of 527,169 votes were cast in the presidential race in Hillsborough, according to the Hillsborough County Supervisor of Election Office. While Obama won’t gain any precious electoral votes from Hillsborough County alone, he can say he carried the county. In 2008, Hillsborough voters also chose Obama over Republican challenger John McCain. In that race, Obama took 272,…
A familiar face won’t return to service in Hillsborough County while the incumbent sheriff retains his seat and a newcomer takes over as supervisor of elections.
It’s official: Hillsborough County’s slate of constitutional officers has been decided. Former Commissioner and Republican State Sen. Ronda Storms will not return to serve on the county level as the new property appraiser. Instead, Democrat challenger Bob Henriquez will take the seat. Incumbent Sheriff David Gee will serve another four years. And, Democrat Craig Latimer will take over Earl Lennard’s position as supervisor of elections. Here’s how the county voted: Sheriff’s Race Property Appraiser Supervisor of Elections Results are considered unofficial until they are certified by the state of Florida.
The incumbent Democrat will serve another four years.
The results are in and incumbent Hillsborough County Commissioner Kevin Beckner will serve another four years. The Democrat was first elected to the countywide District 6 seat in 2008. Beckner is the county’s first openly gay commissioner, according to TBO. Beckner’s Republican challenger in the race, Margaret Iuculano, is a foster child advocate. Here’s how the county voted: During his election watch party earlier tonight, it was evident to Beckner and supporters that he would win the race. Even so, Beckner was humble about the victory. “I never take any single vote for granted,” he said. “You always run like you're 20 points behind and never take a single vote for granted." So what’s the incumbent going to focus on in his new term? "I'll…
This mother of two is hopeful about health insurance under the Obama administration.
Elizabeth Morales' son was diagnosed with autism at age 2. Luckily the family caught it early and he's been receiving care ever since. At 6, Morales' son receives behavioral and occupational therapy several times per month. But that also means a heavy financial burden on the family. It's the reason she's supporting President Barack Obama. "I have a disabled son and we've suffered a lot," said Morales, a married mother of two. On Tuesday evening around 5 p.m., Morales headed into the Supervisor of Elections satellite office on Anderson Road to cast her vote. There were no lines at the small office in a strip mall and voters easily moved in and out. While Obamacare is not fully implemented, Morales said she's started to see some positive …
A transformer is to blame for the outage that lasted only a short time.
All systems are go again at the Hillsborough County Supervisor of Elections Office’s Robert L. Gilder Elections Service Center where power was down for a time today. According to the supervisor of elections Twitter feed, power went down around 4:45 p.m. today, Nov. 6. “A transformer went out,” a Tweet from the SOE’s office said. “Backup generators kicked on. We have resumed printing in-person absentee ballots.” The line outside the 2514 N. Falkenburg Road elections office was about 35 minutes long, officials reported shortly after the outage. Power at the county’s voting precincts was not interrupted during the outage.
He joined about a dozen others waving signs on Bearss Avenue Tuesday.
Ron Tomlinson stands quietly on Bearss Avenue, wearing a suit and holding a large "Forward" sign as Romney supporters rile up passing drivers. Why? "To support my president," he said. The Carrollwood resident said women's rights are among the top reasons he supports President Obama's re-election. More women need equal rights and equal pay, he said. And there's another reason. "I don't want the 47 percent to be left behind," Tomlinson said.
Mitt Romney supporters meet on the streets of North Tampa with a common goal.
They'd never met before this morning. But by about noon on election day, they'd become fast friends. Sandy Moore of Lutz and Emmilio Quispe of Carrollwood are hard to miss as you drive down Bearss Avenue. The Mitt Romney supporters are dressed in red, white and blue, waving enthusiastically to drivers as they pass by the polls at Jimmie B. Keel Library. There's been a lot of honking, Quispe said. "We're having a blast," Moore said. Moore said she plans to be out all day, till at least 7 p.m. or later, waving to passers-by in support of Romney. Quispe will be too, he said. "I believe in everything about what Mitt can do for this country," Moore said. "We need a huge change." It wasn't long before another Romney supporter noticed them, and …
Polls close in Hillsborough County at 7 p.m. Florida's election results could soon follow.
Once you have been to your polling location, or otherwise cast your ballot, you may be wondering when voting results will be announced in Hillsborough County. It's hard to predict exactly when the Hillsborough County Supervisor of Elections will have all of the county votes in and counted, but here's what we do know: The statewide results for Florida might take a bit longer because portions of the panhandle are in the Central Time Zone and polls will close there at 8 p.m. EST.
This 21-year-old is voting for Jon Huntsman.
Devin Murray showed up to the polls wearing red, white and blue sneakers and ready to cast his vote. But the 21-year-old made it clear he wouldn't be voting for the top Republican or Democrat on the ballot for president. "It's not going to be Obama or Romney," Murray said. His vote would be a write-in for Jon Huntsman, a former GOP-candidate. Huntsman is the former governor of Utah. Murray, a former University of South Florida student turned Internet advertiser, said he hoped to help Huntsman secure a spot in the next presidential race by showing support among Floridians. He said he felt his vote for Huntsman would be more impactful than for Obama or Romney, who would likely receive the majority of the votes.