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What you need to know for Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2020

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TAMPA, Fla — Good morning Tampa Bay! It's already Wednesday. 

Let's get started with some of the top stories you need to know about.

Let's go Rays! ✨

Keep the brooms nearby ladies and gentlemen, because your Tampa Bay Rays are one game away from sweeping the Houston Astros. 

The Rays beat the Astros Tuesday night in Game 3 of the American League Championship behind a stellar defensive effort from across the diamond. The Rays lead the series 3-0. 

The Rays are one victory away from their first World Series appearance in over a decade against the team that ousted them from the playoffs just last year. 

A potentially decisive Game 4 is scheduled for Wednesday night at 8:40 p.m. 

RELATED: Stellar defense propels Rays to within one win of World Series berth

The votes are rolling in 📪

 As President Donald Trump and Democratic nominee Joe Biden ratchet up their campaigns in Florida, data shows the state leads the nation in early voting returns. 

With Election Day still three weeks away, nearly 2 million Floridians have already voted by mail as of Tuesday, according to the state Division of Elections. Another 3.8 million ballots sent out have yet to be returned. 

Early in-person voting in the state doesn’t even begin until Oct. 19. 

Nationwide, the number of ballots already cast is nearing 12 million, according to data compiled by the U.S. Elections Project, led by University of Florida professor Dr. Michael McDonald. 

By this same time in the 2016 election, just 1.4 million ballots had been cast. 

RELATED: First Trump, now Biden: As campaigns hit Florida hard, nearly 2 million people have already voted

This is how you know you’re at an official ballot drop box in Florida 🗳️

You’ve decided who you want to vote for, filled out your vote-by-mail ballot and now you’re ready to return it.

You can mail it back to your Supervisor of Elections or you can drop it off in person. In Florida, the law outlines where secure drop boxes may be placed

  • The main office of the supervisor
  • Each branch office of the supervisor
  • Each early voting site

All ballot drop boxes must be staffed or monitored. 

Early voting will start Monday, Oct. 19, in most counties across Tampa Bay, but election officials are already taking ballots in person at their offices. 

RELATED: This is how you know you’re at an official ballot drop box in Florida

 

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