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Storms expected on Election Day
Storms are expected to hit much of the Eastern United States on Tuesday, which could depress turnout in some places.
A strong cold front could cause rain and wind anywhere along the Eastern Seaboard, from the Florida Panhandle all the way up to Maine, said Tim Loftus, a data scientist and meteorologist at AccuWeather.
Multiple studies have shown that bad weather on Election Day can decrease turnout, which in turn tends to help Republicans, because the groups most likely to be deterred from voting are those who tend to vote Democratic.
Voting issues in Florida
MIAMI — Voting machine glitches and ballot omissions in Florida made headlines on Monday after they were identified by local elections officials and a civil rights advocacy group.
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A federal judge in Gainesville ruled that Duval County, home to Jacksonville, should have posted sample ballots in Spanish at early polling stations, as mandated for 32 Florida counties by a court decision in September. Late Sunday, the advocacy group LatinoJustice PRLDEF sued after learning the samples had not been provided in Duval.
By then, it was too late to make a difference — no early polls were open on Monday — but the county elections supervisor, Mike Hogan, plans to post the ballots in precincts on Election Day, according to court documents.
In Miami-Dade County, some people waited in a long line during the final hours of early voting on Sunday after ballot-printing machines malfunctioned. At one point, preprinted ballots ran out and more had to be driven in from elsewhere, according to the county elections department. Volunteers offered voters pizza.
Long lines in the 2012 election caused national embarrassment for Miami-Dade, which has since redrawn voting precincts and equipped sites better to prepare for crowds. But the 2018 ballot is still some eight pages long.
Broward County is also on notice for Tuesday. State officials will monitor voting there after a court ruling in May that found the office of the county’s elections supervisor, Brenda Snipes, illegally destroyed some ballots from a 2016 congressional race.
— Patricia Mazzei
A new ad from Beto O’Rourke
SAN ANTONIO — For all the talk about small government in Texas, it sure has a lot of them — 254 counties, the most of any state in the nation.
Representative Beto O’Rourke, the El Paso Democrat trying to thwart Senator Ted Cruz’s re-election, has been to all 254, as everyone in Texas knows by now. It’s a staple of his speeches and the focus of a new campaign ad, titled “On the Road Again” and featuring Willie Nelson.
On the road to all 254 counties of Texas. No one written off. No one taken for granted. Watch our new ad featuring Willie Nelson and RT to share. pic.twitter.com/dIVtVqF8ZK
— Beto O'Rourke (@BetoORourke) November 5, 2018
But it’s hard for non-Texans to appreciate the vastness of such a feat. The state consumes more than 260,000 square miles, making it nearly twice the size of Germany. Most Texas politicians don’t even bother trying to visit all the counties because of the time, travel and cost, let alone the ratio between energy expended and votes won.
The congressman’s smallest town hall was probably the one in Dickens County, near Lubbock. The population of Dickens County: about 2,200. The population of Mr. O’Rourke’s event at J & M Caprock Cafe: about 8.
— Manny Fernandez