U.S. Justice Department will send monitors to Palm Beach County Tuesday

As early voting begins Monday, more than 1.1 million Floridians have already voted by mail.

Palm Beach County is one of 67 voting jurisdictions in 28 states, including five Florida counties, that the U.S. Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division will monitor on Election Day, a press release said.

The agency said it will send more than 500 people to sites.

Other Florida counties: Hillsborough (Tampa), Lee (Fort Myers), Miami-Dade and Orange (Orlando.)

“Although state and local governments have primary responsibility for administering elections, the Civil Rights Division is charged with enforcing the federal voting rights laws that protect the rights of all citizens to access the ballot on Election Day,” the release said. “Since the passage of the Voting Rights Act of 1965, the department has regularly monitored elections in the field in jurisdictions around the country to protect the rights of voters.

It said lawyers also will staff a hotline starting early Tuesday: (800)-253-3931 or 202-307-2767 or TTY 202-305-0082; FAX (202) 307-3961. Email: voting.section@usdoj.gov. You also can fill out a complaint form on the department’s website.

The agency said complaints related to disruption at a polling place should be reported to local election officials –in this case the Palm Beach County Supervisor of Elections –and complaints related to violence, threats of violence or intimidation at a polling place should be reported immediately to local law enforcement and later to the Justice Department.

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Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton returns to South Florida today with a clear challenge: refocus her campaign a day after it was rocked by an FBI announcement.

The effort faced another distraction early Saturday afternoon: The Associated Press and other news organizations reported that Attorney General Loretta Lynch and other administration officials objected to FBI Director James Comey informing Congress of another investigation potentially involving Clinton’s already controversial email practices. The federal agency gave no details about the case, but it was reported to have been sparked by an unrelated probe into sexting by Anthony Weiner, the estranged husband of Clinton confidant Huma Abedin.

News of Department of Justice resistance to the announcement is sure to fuel renewed charges by GOP nominee Donald Trump and Republican leaders that the administration is working to cover up the email issue.

On Friday, Trump seized on the FBI announcement saying: “We must not let her take her criminal scheme into the Oval Office. … This is bigger than Watergate.”

Clinton defiantly called on the FBI to release more information.

“Voting is underway, so the American people deserve to get the full and complete facts immediately,” Clinton said during a campaign stop in Des Moines.

The announcement capped a week that, for Clinton, began a lot more confidently than it ended.

Clinton was riding a surge of confidence as she entered the campaign’s homestretch after the Oct. 19 final debate with Trump. Meanwhile, the Republican candidate and part-time Palm Beach resident continued to stumble. The release of an audio tape of what Trump termed “locker room” talk was followed by a dozen women stepping forward to accuse Trump of sexual misconduct.

But the week’s fortunes changed, first, as a series of conflicting polls suggested the outcome of the presidential race remained undecided, especially in key battleground states, including Florida. That was followed by reports of sharp increases in Obamacare exchange costs from 2017. In addition, more Wikileaks revelations again put Clinton’s emails and the Clinton Foundation in an unwelcome spotlight for Democrats.

Finally, on Friday, the FBI announcement stunned Clinton’s campaign.


Clinton will start the day at rally in Daytona Beach, and then appear with Jennifer Lopez in Miami’s Bayfront Park Amphitheater.

Trump is campaigning in Golden , Colo., and Phoenix, Ariz.

Also stumping …

For Clinton: Bill Clinton is at rallies in Ohio, Vice President Joe Biden is in Nevada and Chelsea Clinton is in Michigan.

In Jacksonville, Fla., Democratic leaders Reta Jo Lewis, Leah Daughtry, Yolanda Caraway, and Secretary Alexis Herman will embark on a “Black Girl Magic” tour and campaign.


As of Friday, more than 150,000 people have voted in Palm Beach County, and more than 3.25 million people have voted in Florida. Early voting ends Nov. 6.


In Miami, Clinton will be joined by Lopez and Marc Anthony, Gente de Zona, DJ Extreme & Radio Personality Enrique Santos.

In Riviera Beach, actress Alfre Woodard campaigned for Clinton and local Democrats at a breakfast.

In Riviera Beach, actress Alfre Woodard campaigned for Clinton and local democrats at a breakfast.


Poll results as of Saturday, Oct. 30

LA Times/USC: Trump 46, Clinton 44

ABC News Clinton 47, Trump 45

Poll results as of Friday, Oct. 29

Rasmussen: Clinton, Trump tied at 45 each

IBD/TIPP: Clinton 44, Trump 41


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Republicans, Democrats still close statewide in mail-in ballots

With Election Day a little less than two weeks away, those who have submitted mail-in ballots, or at least requested them, continues to show a nearly even split between Republicans and Democrats statewide. In Palm Beach County, where many more registered voters are Democrats, that’s how the mail-in numbers skew as well.

Here’s the Florida Division of Elections box score through Wednesday morning: