Vice President Mike Pence will speak at 3:30 p.m. Saturday at a “Make America Great Again! Victory Rally” at Lakeland Linder International Airport, the Trump for President campaign announced. More
- VOTING: In an article detailing security measures at the Polk Elections Office, Supervisor of Elections Lori Edwards says expects that all mail-in ballots received before Nov. 3 will be tabulated and posted Election night.
- POLL WATCHERS: Both major parties plan to increase the number of volunteers monitoring activity inside precinct polling places this year.
- FLORIDA HOUSE 40: In a district that includes most of Lakeland city limits, incumbent Republican Rep. Colleen Burton faces two challengers: Democrat Jan Barrow and independent Emily Michie.
- FLORIDA HOUSE 56: In a multi-county district that includes some of Lakeland’s southernmost suburbs, first-term incumbent Rep. Melony Bell of Fort Meade, a Republican, is challenged by Democrat James B. Davis of Bartow.
- MAIL-IN BALLOTS: In a hot and humid climate, some voters are receiving absentee ballots with the mail-back envelope’s adhesive flap already sealed. If you get one like that, it’s OK to slice it open and then seal it with tape after inserting the completed ballot, according to Polk’s elections supervisor, who advises writing your initials near the tape.
There’s a lot more on the Nov. 3 election ballot than the well-covered race for U.S. president. Voters in Polk County will also vote in races for U.S. House, Florida Senate, Florida House and County Commission. Use our voter guide to learn more about the candidates in contested races (other than president) that Lakeland residents will find on their ballots.
With the local Congressional race getting national attention, the campaigns of Democrat Alan Cohn and Republican Scott Franklin unleash TV ad blitzes this week, The Tampa Bay Times reports. Cohn’s campaign is being boosted by the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee and big donors from New York, Sarasota and West Palm Beach. Franklin’s ad surge is bolstered by inclusion in the “Florida Warriors” campaign of U.S. Rep. Michael Waltz of Daytona Beach. Most of Franklin’s campaign treasury came from himself and Lakeland supporters, The Times notes.
“Poor Don is never going to get away from this.” So said City Commissioner Scott Franklin today just before Don Selvage was tapped for the second time in two years to fill a short-term vacancy on the Lakeland City Commission. More
The last day to register to vote in the Nov. 3 election is Monday. Here is a look at where to register and other important dates between now and Election Day. More
The job will last only three or four months, but 20 Lakeland residents applied to fill a short-term vacancy on the City Commission. Among them are two former commissioners, an ex-city attorney and seven people who say they may be running for the commission seat next spring. More
Republican Congressional candidate Scott Franklin got big support from Washington when U.S. House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy attended a Franklin fund-raiser at Tampa’s Palma Ceia Country Club, the Tampa Bay Times reported. “We’re going to make sure Scott has all the money he needs to get his message out,” McCarthy told a reporter.
The race between Democrat Alan Cohn and Republican Scott Franklin for U.S. House District 15 could become important in determining the results of a disputed presidential election, the Tampa Bay Times reports. The race could determine if Florida’s U.S. House delegation has more Democrats or Republicans, and that could play a decisive role if a disputed presidential contest is ultimately decided by the House, as the Constitution provides.
Alan Cohn’s campaign for U.S. House is getting a boost via the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee’s Red to Blue program aimed at flipping vulnerable seats held by Republicans, Florida Politics reports. The former broadcast journalist who lives in New Tampa faces Lakeland City Commissioner Scott Franklin, a Republican who defeated incumbent Ross Spano in the party primary. The district that includes Lakeland has been represented by Republicans ever since former Rep. Andy Ireland switched parties in 1984.