How WLRN plans to cover the 2022 general election
Our mission: During this election season, our goal is to inform you of everything you need to know to engage in the electoral process.
We’ve put together a comprehensive guide detailing how to vote in the general election and created a one-stop-shop for voter’s guides – a voter’s guide for voter’s guides. You can see these two guides here and here. Additionally, we have implemented a interactive directory of all kinds explaining some of the amendments, referendums and questions you will see on your ballot.
How will we decide which stories to produce? Our team of reporters, producers and editors meet regularly to discuss important and timely stories as they emerge. We consider the mid-terms as a constant effort on deck. Every member of our 20-person newsroom will be covering some aspect of this election in one way or another on the radio, online or on social media.
We cover four South Florida counties from Key West to Palm Beaches, and we want you to know that we won’t cover every race and referendum that’s on the ballot.
Our plan is to focus on the issues and races that have the most impact in our communities.
We are not interested in what politicians say to each other. Our coverage will focus on the issues that affect your daily life (like how much tax you have to pay and where those dollars go). There are a few controversial races we’ll be watching closely, including Florida’s 20th, 21st, 22nd, 27th and 28th congressional districts.
You can find all of our coverage so far here.
You (yes, you!) are also important in our coverage. Of the races or issues you pay attention to, what additional context or information do you need or cannot find? Your feedback will inform — and help direct — the reports you see. We would also like to know why you are voting – or not voting or unable to vote – in this general election. Tell us what matters to you by completing this short survey here. We’re listening.
In the run-up to Election Day on November 8, expect to hear about our guide to how and where to vote early during Morning Edition and All Things Considered, as well as our guides mentioned above on our social channels. You’ll also get more general election information, like what to bring to the polls and how to track your ballot if you mailed it.
On Election Day, we’ll report on what we see and hear at polling places across South Florida. Expect to hear from voters and then, once polls close at 7 p.m., see election results and reaction — from South Florida and beyond — in real time on our live blog at wlrn.org. We will also receive reports from our journalists who will be on duty during election monitoring evenings.
In the event of a recount, our reporters will travel to the office of the County Supervisor of Elections, oversee the process and keep an eye on election integrity. (Yes, we’ll be there late at night until the recount is over.)
If you would like to contact us at any time, you can email the newsroom directly at [email protected]. If you would like to contact a specific journalist, please include their name in the subject line.