TALLAHASSE, Fla. (News Service of Florida)- The Florida Elections Canvassing Commission will meet at 9 a.m. Tuesday to certify the state’s 2020 general election. Unlike in other parts of the country, there is no drama or litigation in Florida ahead of Tuesday’s certification. President Donald Trump easily carried the state, winning by more than 370 thousand votes out of 11 million ballots cast. Only one legislative seat went to a recount, with incoming Republican state Senator Ileana Garcia defeating incumbent Democrat Jose Javier Rodriguez by 34 votes in a Miami-Dade County race. In addition to that state Senate seat, the GOP picked up two Congressional seats and five seats in the Florida House of Representatives. Leon County Supervisor of Elections Mark Earley says it’s not an accident that the election ran efficiently in Florida. He points to years of planning that went into the 2020 election cycle.
Sot: Mark Earley, Leon County Supervisor of Elections told reporters, “We put in a lot of hard work, planning, and actually trying to predict what kind of scenarios we might have. We put in the contingencies and got all that stuff in place so that it would be a success and go very smoothly.”
State lawmakers will also convene in Tallahassee Tuesday for a biennial organizational session. The state legislature will remain dominated by Republicans for the next two years, with the GOP holding a 24 to 16 advantage in the 40-member state Senate. The advantage in the House is even greater, with Republicans holding a 78 to 42 advantage among 120 representatives.