News organizations interested in trends and results from Tuesday’s gubernatorial election and the educationally-related constitutional amendments are invited to The Florida Center for Public Policy and Leadership at the University of North Florida or to use its “Election 2002” web site.
On Tuesday evening, Center personnel will track both precinct and county election results for the Florida governor’s race. There will be an emphasis on 14 major Florida counties that encompass more than 6.3 million registered voters representing about 70 percent of the state’s total registered voters. Through a specially-designed database program, it will be possible to analyze precinct results and identify voting trends sooner than has ever been possible in a statewide race.
The Center will track election county results for the three proposed constitutional amendments related to education.The gubernatorial and amendment results also will be available on The Florida Center’s “Election 2002” web page which can be found at http://thefloridacenter.unf.edu. (Use an Internet Explorer browser for best results).
Dr. Adam W. Herbert, executive director of The Florida Center, and Dr. Matt Corrigan, director of the center’s Public Opinion Research Laboratory, will be available to comment on early trends evident in such areas as party turnout, minority participation and comparisons with historic state-wide voting patterns in gubernatorial races.
Reporters are welcome to view the election results at the Florida Center beginning at 7 p.m. The Center is located in the Auchter Building at 4804 Kernan Boulevard in the First Coast Technology Park adjacent to the University of North Florida. Television news operations are invited to conduct live remotes during the evening from the Center’s facilities.
To assist media outside the First Coast Region, the Florida Center election web site will be available for initial media viewing on Tuesday morning, Nov. 5 at 10 a.m. For historical purposes, the site will provide statewide maps showing county voting trends in the 1994 and 1998 gubernatorial races as well as precinct data with special emphasis on election results for the largest counties in the state.
Maps also will be available that show evolving election results as they are reported by Supervisors of Elections in all 67 counties. Maps showing gubernatorial election results by precinct also will be available for a number of counties throughout the state.
All Florida Center election maps can be printed directly from the Florida Center web site. More specialized maps can be purchased that are tailored to a specific media need. These maps can be produced in multiple colors with appropriate legends and e-mailed as requested. For more information about this service before election night, contact Tim Cheney at (904) 620-4416.
As part of its continuing analysis of the 2002 Florida election, The Florida Center will review election data in greater detail and will be releasing special research reports related to its findings. Media interested in receiving copies of these reports or wanting to review related maps, may complete the information request form in the media section of the Center’s “Election 2002” web site.
To make arrangements for election night coverage at the Florida Center call Dan Dundon, UNF Office of News & Publications at (904) 620-2140. On Tuesday evening, reporters may contact The Center at (904) 620-4407 to request information or to talk with Center representatives.-30-
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