Florida Politics Has Us All Slightly Confused At The Moment

Florida Politics Has Us All Slightly Confused At The Moment

Recounts and lawsuits galore! Florida is currently in the middle of a recount that echoes the 2000 election.

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Three races in Florida are being recounted. The high profile Senate and Governor races as well as the Agriculture Commissioner race. On election night, it seemed that current governor Rick Scott would become the state's next senator. Keeping that Republican theme, Ron DeSantis appeared to have edged out a win over Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum, to replace Rick Scott. As ballots continued to be counted, the margins between the two candidates in both races fell into recount territory. Rick Scott was ahead of Bill Nelson, the Democratic incumbent by 12,400 votes, a mere .2%. In the governor's race, Gillum was making up ground on DeSantis cutting that margin to just about 34,000 votes. Any vote margins under .5% in the state of Florida are automatically put into a machine recount, if they are at .1% then it goes to a hand recount. Two things Republicans in the state do not want to happen.

Rick Scott claimed of rampant voter fraud in Broward County, which has seen its fair share of controversy. The Secretary of State in Florida denies the claims and says that there is no evidence that this is happening. Meanwhile, the county's election supervisor says that the recount will not be ready by the mandated deadline on Thursday. The spokeswoman for the Department of State for Florida says that if a county does not provide a complete recount by Thursday, then state law mandates that the results from election night will remain in their place. The spokeswoman also said that the Secretary of State has no authority to grant extensions on the recount.

The deadline for the recount is Thursday of this week. This recount is reminiscent of the 2000 election where Florida was make it or break it for George Bush and Al Gore. That election wasn't decided until 36 days after the election. Hopefully, this race will be decided sooner, and we'll have winners by Thursday. Anyways, like always we'll have to wait and watch as the results come in.

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I'm The Girl Who'd Rather Raise A Family Than A Feminist Protest Sign

You raise your protest picket signs and I’ll raise my white picket fence.
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Social Media feeds are constantly filled with quotes on women's rights, protests with mobs of women, and an array of cleverly worded picket signs.

Good for them, standing up for their beliefs and opinions. Will I be joining my tight-knit family of the same gender?

Nope, no thank you.

Don't get me wrong, I am not going to be oblivious to my history and the advancements that women have fought to achieve. I am aware that the strides made by many women before me have provided us with voting rights, a voice, equality, and equal pay in the workforce.

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For that, I am deeply thankful. But at this day in age, I know more female managers in the workforce than male. I know more women in business than men. I know more female students in STEM programs than male students. So what’s with all the hype? We are girl bosses, we can run the world, we don’t need to fight the system anymore.

Please stop.

Because it is insulting to the rest of us girls who are okay with being homemakers, wives, or stay-at-home moms. It's dividing our sisterhood, and it needs to stop.

All these protests and strong statements make us feel like now we HAVE to obtain a power position in our career. It's our rightful duty to our sisters. And if we do not, we are a disappointment to the gender and it makes us look weak.

Weak to the point where I feel ashamed to say to a friend “I want to be a stay at home mom someday.” Then have them look at me like I must have been brain-washed by a man because that can be the only explanation. I'm tired of feeling belittled for being a traditionalist.

Why?

Because why should I feel bad for wanting to create a comfortable home for my future family, cooking for my husband, being a soccer mom, keeping my house tidy? Because honestly, I cannot wait.

I will have no problem taking my future husband’s last name, and following his lead.

The Bible appoints men to be the head of a family, and for wives to submit to their husbands. (This can be interpreted in so many ways, so don't get your panties in a bunch at the word “submit”). God specifically made women to be gentle and caring, and we should not be afraid to embrace that. God created men to be leaders with the strength to carry the weight of a family.

However, in no way does this mean that the roles cannot be flipped. If you want to take on the responsibility, by all means, you go girl. But for me personally? I'm sensitive, I cry during horror movies, I'm afraid of basements and dark rooms. I, in no way, am strong enough to take on the tasks that men have been appointed to. And I'm okay with that.

So please, let me look forward to baking cookies for bake sales and driving a mom car.

And I'll support you in your endeavors and climb to the top of the corporate ladder. It doesn't matter what side you are on as long as we support each other, because we all need some girl power.

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Being An Absentee Voter Sucks For These Reasons

Absentee voting is a progressive tool that allows people who cannot physically be present in their voting location to send in their ballot by mail.

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It's been a couple weeks since the midterm elections passed by and could not have been better at bringing on some real heat. If you've been in the loop, the state of Georgia midterm elections have been so razor-thin close. It only kept getting closer and closer because of absentee ballots. These ballots are sent by mail to those who cannot physically be present to vote. These are mostly men and women who serve in the U.S. military or college students like me.

This is one of the best advances in equal voting rights people argue, but in some cities and states, it's very arguable.

1. Things get lost in the mail 

We've all had that one online package somehow disappeared. Unfortunately, this online package contains a ballot to vote that has no tracking, and you just might not know if it ever got counted.

2. You miss the euphoria of poll-voting 

Whoever said there's not a rush from voting at the polls is lying to you. There's a sense of euphoria knowing that you exercised your civic duties and became an active participant in politics rather than a spectator. You get to stand in line talking to other residents learning their political views while waiting to get to the poll machine. There's a way different feeling clicking the submit button at the polls then dropping a lookalike letter.

3. You don't get an "I voted" sticker 

Sure this isn't the most important thing in the world, but we all used to steal those stickers from our parents as children, so there was definitely some sadness in not getting one myself.

4. When it's midterm elections, no one around you understands 

Trying to talk to my non-Georgia friends about the Georgia elections was always difficult because they didn't understand what was going on since that's not their state of residency. Being able to talk to someone after voting is always fun and personable, but as an absentee voter, it's only text and phone calls.

It's nice to be able to have the opportunity to vote and study wherever I want which is a progression, but there are still so many loopholes and mishaps along the way that may be accidental or on purpose. You just may never know. The important this is that if you could have voted, I hope you did and if not see you next year at the polls.

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