The Palm Beach County School District is closed for instruction today, out of respect for election day. Many of the schools are used as polling places, and most students are still doing remote learning. Technically, it’s just a planning day, according to an administrator for the district. Distance learning and “brick and mortar” learning resumes on Wednesday in the District.
The Governor’s Office has released some information about election day. Today is the General Election and includes the National Presidential race, among Florida’s Congressional Seats, State Senators and State Representatives. Voters must vote at their assigned polling place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. local time, or drop off their completed vote-by-mail ballot at their Supervisor’s main or branch office by 7pm local time. Voters can find their assigned polling place by looking at their voter information card, contacting their county Supervisor of Elections or using the Division of Elections’ Voter Information Lookup webpage.
Florida’s preliminary election results will be available on election night on the Florida Election Watch website. Please be aware that while Florida polls close at 7 p.m., Florida has two time zones. Voting will not be completed statewide until 7 p.m. CT/8 p.m. ET, at which time, election results will be released at the state level. Voters in line at 7pm will be able to cast their ballot.
November is Manatee Awareness Month, an annual month-long dedication to imperiled manatees and their conservation. November is typically when manatees return to Florida’s warmer waters from their wider summer distributions. Manatees are listed as a “threatened” species by the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service and are listed as “vulnerable” on the International Union for the Conservation of Nature’s (IUCN) Red List. These mammals face serious threats to their survival, including loss of habitat and toxic red tide algae. However, human-caused threats like being hit by boats continue to rank as the largest known cause of manatee deaths. Save the Manatee Club provides many free resources for boaters to protect manatees, including waterway signs, boating banners and decals, and informative tips at savethemanatee.org/resources. For more information about manatees and the Club’s efforts, go to savethemanatee.org or call 1-800-432-JOIN (5646).
The Florida Department of Health reported the total number of recorded cases of COVID-19 as 812,063. That’s up 4,651 new cases since yesterday. 45 more people have died in the state. Total deaths in state is now reported to be 17,043. Glades County reports 3 news cases overnight with a total of 613, and 6 resident deaths. Hendry County is up 13 more coronavirus cases to now 2,255, and 44 deaths.