Make us your home page
Instagram

The Daystarter, Election Day Edition: Live coverage, deals, recommendations, and the six Florida counties that could sway the presidency

• It should be a beautiful day to cast a ballot, if you haven't done so already. It should be warm and dry today, with highs in the low 80s, according to 10Weather WTSP. A weak front is expected to push through late Wednesday, but it is not expected to pack much rain.

10News WTSP

The latest 7-day forecast

10News WTSP

Feels-like temperatures around the Tampa Bay area

• As you head out for your morning commute, check out our live blog for the latest traffic updates and road conditions across Tampa Bay.

• Yes, Election Day 2016 is finally here. All polls are open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Anyone in line at 7 p.m. will be allowed to vote. You must bring a photo ID to the polls to vote. Need help? Call your county Supervisor of Elections. Follow our live blog for all the latest developments.

FREE ACCESS TO TAMPABAY.COM

To help make our Election Day coverage available to everyone, we are providing unlimited access to our digital platforms today and Wednesday free of charge. More details here.

• If you are voting today, what took you so long? By Monday, half of all registered voters in Florida had already voted.

• And if you're still not sure about some of the candidates or issues, check out our Know Your Candidates special report and the Times' recommendations.

• When the presidential election results come down to Florida, how can you tell what's important? Tampa Bay Times political editor Adam C. Smiths says it comes down to six counties — Pinellas, Hillsborough, Pasco, Duval, Volusia and Miami-Dade.

• The nation may be divided on who it wants for its next president, but that doesn't mean we can't come together over our love of free and cheap stuff. Here are a few election day deals going on around Tampa Bay.

• And if you're looking to escape the stress of election night (after you vote, of course), here are a few suggestions for things to do tonight.

• Voters of Tampa Bay, take heart: No matter what happens today, it could hardly offer more drama or dysfunction than our worst-ever local election — the primary in the Tampa mayor's race of 1935.

• Times columnist Sue Carlton writes about Janet Reno, America's first female attorney general and a Floridian through and through. After a remarkable life, Reno died this week at the age of 78.

• For the people who are now suing Mosaic over the sinkhole that dumped 215 million gallons of pollution into the aquifer, Howard Curd has a word of advice: "Don't hold your breath or you'll be called Blue Boy." Curd, a St. Petersburg native, is the lead plaintiff in a lawsuit against Mosaic that's been going on for 12 years. Read the story of Curd and his fellow plaintiffs first thing this morning at tampabay.com.

• Between the time change and late-night election results, we could use some coffee. Food critic Laura Reiley has the scoop on the Tampa Coffee Club, a subscription service featuring all local brewers.

• Here are the top things to do today in Tampa Bay including Animal Collective on stage at the Ritz Ybor. But since it's Election Day, we have gathered some of the top watch parties in the bay area. You can find them here. and for the other end of the spectrum, we've gathered 5 things you can do today to totally avoid politics .

Poll worker Dave Wampler sets up a voting privacy booth on Monday at St. Mary's Episcopal Church in Tampa during preparations for Tuesday's election. [JAMES BORCHUCK   |   Times]

Poll worker Dave Wampler sets up a voting privacy booth on Monday at St. Mary's Episcopal Church in Tampa during preparations for Tuesday's election. [JAMES BORCHUCK | Times]

The Daystarter, Election Day Edition: Live coverage, deals, recommendations, and the six Florida counties that could sway the presidency 11/08/16 [Last modified: Tuesday, November 8, 2016 6:13am]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times

    

Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

Loading...
  1. Toys 'R' Us files for bankruptcy but keeps stores open (w/video)

    Retail

    NEW YORK — Toys 'R' Us, the big box toy retailer struggling with $5 billion in debt and intense online competition, has filed for bankruptcy protection ahead of the key holiday shopping season — and says its stores will remain open for business as usual.

    Shoppers shop in a Toys R Us store on Black Friday in Miami in 2016. Toys R Us, the pioneering big box toy retailer, announced late Monday, Sept. 18, 2017 it has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection while continuing with normal business operations. [Associated Press]
  2. Trigaux: Waiting for your next pay raise? Keep dreaming, employers hint

    Working Life

    The economy's bouncing back. The stock market keeps hitting new records. And the jobless rate in Florida may soon drop below 4 percent. Surely, these are robust indicators — key signs that an annual raise is just around the corner. Right?

    Who doesn't want a pay raise? Demonstrators have rallied for years in a number of states for a $15 minimum wage. But many workers across a broad pay range are unlikely to see much if any raises this year, a new survey says. [AP Photo/Seth Wenig]
  3. Florida Guard scales down troop strength; Navy sails away from the Keys

    State Roundup

    The Florida National Guard on Monday drew down its activated statewide forces to about 1,200 on-duty troops, mostly in operations focused on relief distribution in the Florida Keys — and the last of a mini-armada of U.S. Navy ships off Key West set sail for home.

    Soldiers from the Florida National Guard's Delta Company, 1st Battallion, 124th Infantry, 53rd Infantry Brigade Combat Team on Sept. 14. The Federal Emergency Managment Agency has reported that 25-percent of all homes in the Florida Keys were destroyed and 65-percent sustained major damage when they took a direct hit from Hurricane Irma.  [Chip Somodevilla | Getty Images]
  4. LOCALE Market hosting St. Pete job fair for hospitality positions

    Business

    ST. PETERSBURG — Locale Market / FarmTable Kitchen is hosting a hospitality job fair Tuesday in St. Petersburg. The event will run from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the LOCALE Market at 179 2nd Ave. North, St. Petersburg. Organizers said they hope to hire about 20 workers with a focus on displaced workers from Hurricane …

    Locale Market is hosting job fair on Tues., Feb. 19. [LARA CERRI | Times] 

  5. So far, 335,000 Irma claims totalling $1.95 billion filed in Florida

    Business

    Times Staff Writer

    As of Sunday afternoon, insurers had received a total of 335,347 claims statewide for insured damage totalling $1.95 billion caused by Hurricane Irma, the Florida Office of Insurance Regulation reported Monday based on preliminary figures.

    This shows a damaged mobile home inside Clover Leaf Farms RV Park in Brooksville. So far, insurers have received a total of 335,347 claims statewide for insured damage totalling $1.95 billion caused by Hurricane Irma.
[MEGAN REEVES   |   Times]