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Midterm elections today will determine FL and GA governors, who controls Senate

Midterm elections today will determine FL and GA governors, who controls Senate
Midterm elections today will determine FL and GA governors, who controls Senate
Posted at 6:47 AM, Nov 06, 2018
and last updated 2018-11-06 02:00:53-05

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) - Americans head to the polls today to vote in one of the most watched midterm elections in history.

Key races will be decided, including the races for both Florida and Georgia's governor.

And two seats will determine if the Republican Party will keep control of the Senate or if it be Democrats who take control.

Important races to watch in Leon County include the mayoral race and City Commission seats.

WTXL ABC 27's Jada Williams kicked off our election coverage Tuesday morning.

In Leon County, officials are expecting a record number of voters.

However, just looking at the percentages, the number won't appear to look like a record. That's because Leon COunty also saw a record in voter registration.

In fact, in the small time frame between the primary election and voter registration cut off, about 7,000 people registered.

Just a week after the primary election, Mark Earley, the Leon County Supervisor of Elections, met with the Tallahassee City Commission about how to spend $245,000 dollars of federal grant money to tighten security on each ballot cast for this midterm election.

"It was a tight schedule coupled with a very busy election process trying to get every security enhancements in place," Earley said. "We have been working very hard, lots of overtime trying to get that in place. We have been very successful. We added some multi factor authentication to what we're doing and other security improvements. I'm just excited that we had the money and we had the opportunity to do that."

There are lot of big races motivating all of the people turning out to vote including deciding who will become Florida's next governor, Tallahassee's next mayor, and seats on the City Commission.

The polls open up at 7 a.m. and close at 7 p.m.