THE CAPTAIN REPORTS:
V O T E
For the past two weeks, many of you have participated in our democracy by mailing in your Absentee Ballots or by going to the polls during Early Voting. Today is your last chance to exercise your right to VOTE.
There are 1,286,905 registered voters in Miami-Dade County. Voter turnout is expected to be under 20%.
The latest reported numbers of people that have already cast their vote: 83,787 absentee ballots have been returned to the Elections Department of the 213,202 absentee ballots that were mailed.
Over a period of 14 days of Early Voting: 29,194 additional voters pulled the lever at the polls.
That means a total of 112,981 people have already voted.
Compared to 2012's primary election, the absentee ballots and early voting numbers are about the same. In 2012, the totals were about 105,000. In 2012, on election day, only 93,000 additional voters showed up to vote.
By seven pm tonight, or shortly thereafter, we could have eight new Judges in Miami-Dade County. Seven elections will be decided today; only the County Court race between Incumbent Judge Jacqueline Schwartz and her opponents, Rachel Dooley and Frank Bocanegra, could result in a runoff. A runoff would take place if none of the three candidates garners a majority of the vote; and the runoff would happen on the November general election ballot.
Stay tuned for our live-blogging of the election results. We'll leave it to Rumpole to decide whether he wants to take down the screening on the Comments section for the night.
Good luck to all the candidates.
GROUP 16 (Leon Firtel retiring)
Thomas Cobitz v. Stephen Millan
Judge Rodney Smith v. Christian Carrazana
GROUP 27 (Ron Dresnick retiring)
Mary Gomez v. Alberto Milian
GROUP 58 (Marc Schumacher retiring)
Oscar Rodriguez-Fonts v. Martin Zilber
Judge Fleur Lobree v. Mavel Ruiz
GROUP 70 (Sandy Karlan retiring)
Veronica Diaz v. Renier Diaz de la Portilla
Judge Jacqueline Schwartz v. Rachel Dooley v. Frank Bocanegra
Judge Nuria Saenz v. Victoria Ferrer
CAPTAIN OUT .....
Update: Thank you El Capitan for a great post. Coming soon (after the election results, breakdowns and analysis: "FACDL LISTSERV: A Right to Privacy? Anyone see a penumbra?"