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1. Primary Day is here, but what's going on with the labels on the mail-in ballots?
A Palm Beach County woman posted that she noticed her ballot could be identified from the mail-in envelope as either Republican or Democratic ballot with labels numbers that end in R or D.
In her post shared by President Trump she wrote, “Look at my brother’s who’s a Democrat- it says 4212D. Then you go here because we’re the same address... 4212R. Oh my God. They can see who my political affiliation is, and I don’t like that.”
Officials say the ballots had those labels because Florida is a closed primary state and the label was for the ballot. In the primary, the label will read "R" or "D" as a reflection of which primary they're voting in. For the general election, the label will read "GEN."
2. Hurricane season is in full swing! Forecasters monitor 2 tropical waves in the Atlantic
Two new systems that formed in the Atlantic over the weekend have moderate to high chances of becoming tropical cyclones.
Tropical wave Invest 97L isn't projected to impact South Florida, but he Gulf states are encouraged to monitor it.
A second tropical system is coming off the coast of Africa, but there is still some uncertainty with this system. The European computer model takes it closer to South Florida early next week, while the GFS model keeps the wave south of Florida.
3. The DNC kicked off their virtual convention Monday night
Thanks to the coronavirus pandemic, the Democratic National Convention was held remotely with convention participants speaking from their hometowns.
Monday’s convention speakers featured Sen. Bernie Sanders, former First Lady Michelle Obama, and former Ohio Gov. John Kasich, a Republican who ran against President Donald Trump for the GOP nomination in 2016.
George Floyd’s brother led the convention in a moment of silence in honor of his brother and others who have died as victims of "hate and injustice."
4. PBSO deputy under investigation after video shows him questioning man's freedom of speech
A Palm Beach County deputy is under investigation after video showed him shoving an African-American man against a wall and suggesting he doesn't have the freedom of speech, authorities say.
In the 13-second video posted on Twitter by high-profile attorney Benjamin Crump, a man identified as Kevin Wygant, 19, is seen handcuffed outside a Tijuana Flats restaurant.
Police can’t take away your 1st amendment right to freedom of speech! This Palm Beach cop arrested Kevin after he witnessed a fight & said “I’ll show you what f***ing freedom of speech is!” Only trying to help, Kevin was ARRESTED for trespassing. This is UNACCEPTABLE behavior!! pic.twitter.com/H6mRgiuD9y— Ben Crump (@AttorneyCrump) August 17, 2020
5. The SEC released its schedule, but will they play?
The Southeastern Conference released its revised 2020 season schedule Monday night, which includes five home games for Florida and four true road games, in addition to the annual border rivalry with Georgia in Jacksonville.
However, the UF vs FSU game is nowhere to be found. It looks like the rivalry streak will end.
Instead of spending Thanksgiving weekend in Tallahassee to face state rival Florida State, which plays in the Atlantic Coast Conference, the Gators return to Gainesville on Nov. 28 for their final home game against Kentucky.
Here it is: the 2020 #SECFB Schedule ⤵️ pic.twitter.com/BTyrFLiaWC— Southeastern Conference (@SEC) August 17, 2020
Lots of sunshine through most of the day, then late-day showers and storms.
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On This Day In History
On August 18, 1920, the 19th Amendment is ratified thanks to one vote.
After decades of struggle and protest by suffragettes across the country, the decisive vote is cast by a 24-year-old Tennessee representative who reputedly changed his vote after receiving a note from his mother.