Most Keys incumbents win in record election turnout

Florida Keys voters came out in record numbers for the general election, with the Monroe County Supervisor of Elections reporting a turnout of at least 84%.

Incumbents did well — except one Democratic Monroe County Commissioner, Heather Carruthers, who at press time was trailing Republican Eddie Martinez.

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Eddie Martinez

“I’m still in shock,” Martinez said Tuesday night. “I can’t wait to serve the county. I attribute my win to the red wave that came through Monroe County.”

But Carruthers, who has been on the commission since 2008, noted that the slim margin of vote could trigger an automatic recount under Florida law and possibly a hand count.

At 9 p.m., Martinez was ahead by 162 votes with all 33 precincts in. But some absentee ballots were still coming in.

Monroe County Supervisor Joyce Griffin said the race was too close to call.

In Key West, District 6 City Commissioner Clayton

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Looking for a lift to the polls? Funeral homes are offering free limo rides to boost voter turnout

BALTIMORE, Md. — Older voters worried about safely getting to the polls next month while dodging the coronavirus will have a stylish, unconventional transportation option: A free limo ride, courtesy of funeral homeowners in Baltimore and around the country.

Local funeral home directors say they hope to transport up to 21,000 people in Baltimore to voting booths for the Nov. 3 election, part of an effort by the National Funeral Directors & Morticians Association to offer rides to as many as 300,000 people nationwide.

The initiative is not new, said Hari P. Close, the organization’s national president and owner of Hari P. Close Funeral Service in Northeast Baltimore. The organization has driven people to the polls in Baltimore for 25 years, Close said, and the service peaked with about 300,000 rides nationally for the 2008 and 2012 election victories of President Barack Obama.

That figure dipped to about 80,000 four

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Looking for a lift to the polls? Baltimore funeral homes are offering free limo rides to boost voter turnout

Older voters worried about safely getting to the polls next month while dodging the coronavirus will have a stylish, unconventional transportation option: A free limo ride, courtesy of funeral homeowners in Baltimore and around the country.

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Local funeral home directors say they hope to transport up to 21,000 people in Baltimore to voting booths for the Nov. 3 election, part of an effort by the National Funeral Directors & Morticians Association to offer rides to as many as 300,000 people nationwide.

The initiative is not new, said Hari P. Close, the organization’s national president and owner of Hari P. Close Funeral Service in Northeast Baltimore. The organization has driven people to the polls in Baltimore for 25 years, Close said, and the service peaked with about 300,000 rides nationally for the 2008 and 2012 election victories of President Barack Obama.

That figure dipped to about 80,000 four years

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