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Supervisors of Election Seek Answer on Amendment Restoring Felons’ Right to Vote

| December 4, 2018

Florida officials don’t have a plan for how to carry out a constitutional amendment that restores the right to vote to more than a million Floridians convicted of felonies.

No ‘Remedy In the Dark’: Federal Judge Rejects Nelson Bid To Extend Recount Deadline

| November 15, 2018

The ruling could resolve questions about whether the recount process will move forward and whether official election results will be certified Tuesday as scheduled.

As Nelson Charges Interference, Scott Will Step Down From Canvassing Board

| November 14, 2018

Democrats have alleged that Scott has improperly tried to use his authority as governor to influence the recount, which could decide his political future.

Recount Totals in Flagler Show Little Change, as in Other Small and Mid-Sized Counties

| November 13, 2018

In Flagler County, each of the candidates in the recount gained a few dozen votes, but in proportions that did not change the winner’s margin or affected the state tally.

Historic Recount of 3 Races Begins in Flagler Amid Relaxed, Tranquil Atmosphere

| November 11, 2018

No surprises and even less controversy is expected in Flagler County’s portion of a statewide recount, which will take much of Sunday and possibly spill over into Monday.

Rhetoric Continues to Heat Up As Recount Is Ordered For Three Races

| November 10, 2018

In Flagler, the recount in Flagler begins at 9 a.m. Sunday in the presence of the three-member canvassing board. The process is open to the public. It is expected to take all day.

As Scott-Nelson Margin Shrinks and Fury Surges, Experts Say Process Is Working

| November 9, 2018

Watching his lead shrink, Scott accused elections supervisors in Broward and Palm Beach counties of “incompetence” and fraud though the process is following state law and timelines.

Flagler Canvassing Board Prepares for Recount Sunday in Senate, Agriculture and Governor’s Race

| November 8, 2018

The Flagler County Canvassing Board is preparing to count more than 54,000 ballots in three statewide races in the first such statewide recount since 2000, when a recount was aborted.

Hansen, Mullins Win County Commission, Howell and Branquinho Win Palm Coast, McDonald Re-Elected to School Board

| November 7, 2018

The races for Flagler County Commission and Palm Coast council were not close in a mid-term election that saw turnout rise to an astounding 64 percent.

Amendments: Felons Will Get Voting Rights, Dogs Won’t Race Anymore, Homestead Expansion Fails

| November 7, 2018

More than 64 percent of Florida voters had cast ballots for Amendment 4, which is designed to restore voting rights to an estimated 1.4 million felons who have completed their sentences.

Restoring Felons’ Right to Vote:
Why I’m Voting Yes on Amendment 4

| November 2, 2018

In 46 other states, the right is restored either immediately or on completion of probation. Florida stands out for harshness, accounting for a quarter of America’s disenfranchised.

With 3.7 Million Early Votes In, Election Day Delays May Ease Despite Epic Ballot

| November 1, 2018

While the lengthy ballot will cause some delays, it is not expected to be as bad as 2012 as a majority of voters will have already cast ballots.

Surge in Early Voting and Mailed Ballots in Flagler Mirrors Florida’s, Pointing to Strong Off-Year Turnout

| October 24, 2018

On Wednesday, the Flagler County Canvassing Board was going through almost as many mailed-in ballots in a single day as it did for the entire 2014 election. The rest of the state is seeing a similar surge.

Even As Voter Registration Soars, Bogus Fraud Claims and Real Voter Suppression Live On

| October 23, 2018

Experts are predicting record-high midterm voter turnout. But millions of U.S. citizens are being systematically inhibited — either blatantly or covertly — from casting votes this November.

Judge Orders Spanish-Language Sample Ballots in Flagler and 31 Other Counties

| September 7, 2018

Making clear that only time restraints limited his decision, a federal judge ordered that sample ballots in Spanish be provided but stopped short of ordering actual Spanish-language ballots in Flagler and 31 other counties.

Should Supervisors of Election Provide Spanish-Language Ballots? Judge Hears Arguments.

| September 5, 2018

A federal judge today hears arguments in a lawsuit seeking to require 32 Florida counties, including Flagler, to provide Spanish-language ballots and other materials to Puerto Ricans who are eligible to vote in the state.

Greg Hansen, Trevor Tucker, Joe Mullins Win, Janet McDonald , Fischer, Tipton and Branquinho in Runoffs

| August 28, 2018

County Commissioner Greg Hansen and School Board member Trevor Tucker are headed to comfortable victories, and newcomer Joe Mullins is well ahead of Commissioner Nate McLaughlin.

Flagler’s Elections Supervisor Urges Confidence in Voting System: Your Ballot Won’t Be Hacked

| August 15, 2018

Flagler County Elections Supervisor Kaiti Lenhart outlines the latest measures to make the county’s election system hack-proof and challenges voters to turn out and cast a ballot.

In Restoration of Florida Felons’ Voting Rights, Lawyers Make Novel 1st Amendment Argument

| July 26, 2018

Lawyers for the plaintiffs maintain that Florida’s discretionary process violates the First Amendment, despite a dearth of cases anywhere in the country supporting that argument.

Judge Declares Unconstitutional Attempt By Scott To Forbid Early Voting On College Campuses

| July 24, 2018

U.S. District Judge Mark Walker found that the Florida Department of State’s prohibition against campus early-voting sites “is facially discriminatory on account of age.”

No “Overconfidence” In 2018 Election as Florida Takes $19 Million in Security Upgrades

| July 19, 2018

Florida’s top elections official told lawmakers that “time is of the essence” in using the federal money, with the Aug. 28 primary elections just over a month away.

John Ward’s Insult To Puerto Ricans

| May 30, 2018

John Ward is a GOP candidate for the congressional that includes Flagler. He doesn’t think Puerto Rican storm refugees–American citizens, all–should register to vote in Florida. He’s wrong.

With Sharpton Headlining, Rally Calls For Restoring Felon Rights After Stinging Court Defeat

| April 26, 2018

The long-planned march followed a late-night ruling from a federal appeals court that gave Gov. Scott a victory in a bitterly fought challenge to the state’s voter-restoration system.

Florida an Outlier on Restoration of Felons’ Right to Vote, Barring 1.6 million Off Rolls

| March 28, 2018

Automatically restoring the right to vote for convicted felons in Florida could add between 600,000 and 1.6 million voters to the state’s voting rolls.

Federal Judge Declares Florida’s Arbitrary and Governor-Controlled Method of Restoring Felons’ Voting Rights Unconstitutional

| February 1, 2018

In a stinging blow to Gov. Rick Scott, a federal judge ruled that the governor’s near-exclusive authority to restore, and more often deny, voting rights to ex-felon is unconstitutional.

Measure to Restore Voting Rights to 1.5 Million Florida Felons Goes on November Ballot

| January 23, 2018

Voting rights of felons who have served their sentences, completed parole or probation and paid restitution would be automatically restored. Murderers and sex offenders would be excluded.

Unnecessary ‘Proof of Citizenship’ Voting Laws May Surge Under Trump, Suppressing Turnout

| November 19, 2017

Some lawmakers have been emboldened both by President Donald Trump’s false claim that millions of noncitizens voted in 2016 and by his creation of a panel to investigate alleged fraud.

A Mock Election Opens Flagler Supervisor’s Office to Public View, But Potato Vote a Shock

| July 19, 2017

Supervisor of Elections Kaiti Lenhart held a mock election and open house, allowing voters to try new voting equipment and, for the first time, visit the elections office behind the scenes.

Elections Supervisor’s Plea to Flagler Voters: Stay Registered Despite Commission’s Data Grab

| July 7, 2017

In an open letter to Flagler County’s registered voters, Supervisor of Elections Kaiti Lenhart says the federal commission’s data grab through the state should not diminish their trust in the system.

Flagler Voters Opting to Cancel Registration in Response to Trump Commission’s Sweeping Records Request

| July 7, 2017

Flagler County through the state will comply with Trump’s federal commission request for vast amounts of voter registration information, but the decision is causing a backlash.

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