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Last month, in our mission to help voting be easier than building IKEA furniture, we asked what questions you had about the Nov. 6 election and the candidates.

Today, with the voter registration deadline just a week away, we’re answering your questions about that. (Although according to our super scientific newsletter poll last week, 90 percent of the 475 who responded had already registered. Way to go, folks. 💪)

Here are a few that came in:

How do I know if I’m registered to vote? You can check your registration status and register online by heading to the county website.

Where do I register and what is needed? That can be done online, by mail or at the Elections HQ in Doral. You can find the info here, and all you need is your driver’s license or state ID info, and the last four digits of your Social Security number.

You can find the full list of questions and answers here.

Shout out to Roshan Nebhrajani, Marika Lynch, Bob Bonham, Peter Bransden, Cami, and others who shared questions. We’ve also included some relevant questions from our August local and primary guide.

Look out for our full voter guide as early voting opens. We’ll be diving into the governor’s race, the U.S. Senate race, some U.S. congressional races, other state cabinet positions and breaking down the amendments and referenda you’ll see on your ballot.

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Sorry for party rockin’. For the first time since Ultra moved to Bayfront Park in 2001, the festival’s future in Downtown seems uncertain. The world-renowned festival has had its share of controversy over the years, from drug abuse to security issues, and always found a way to stick around. But major opposition from the growing population of Downtown residents seems to have finally been the fest’s undoing. If organizers can’t make things work at Bayfront, the New Times has a few suggestions, including Hard Rock Stadium, which hosted Rolling Loud after it left Downtown. (Miami Herald, Miami New Times)

A troubling sign. Red tide plagued portions of the Gulf Coast of Florida this summer, and now it’s made its way to the east coast. Florida officials confirmed the presence of the algae blooms off of beaches in Palm Beach County after locals reported breathing issues after swimming in the area last weekend. The amount detected isn’t as significant as that on the west coast that left dead fish and mammals in its wake, but it does indicate that the problem could be growing. (Miami Herald)

Noms with a nice view. Development is picking up on the Miami River, and the latest plan calls for a “restaurant row” on the north side of the river, not too far from Marlins Park. The development is expected to have about seven restaurants with a mix of upscale eats and fast casual spots. The project is part of a larger development that will also include retail and grocery stores, and will likely open in 2020. (The Next Miami)

That’s a lot of ink. Every election, the Miami-Dade elections department spends weeks prepping and printing more than 1 million ballots. It’s a massive undertaking because the printing press has to prepare all kinds of versions to account for different municipalities and congressional districts and make sure it’s all done in English, Spanish and Creole. The whole process is intense and wouldn’t even stop if a hurricane came through – the plant has its own generator. (Miami Herald)

Deep dive. Amendment 4 is one of the biggest ticket items on the November ballot – if passed, it will give more people the right to vote than any other move since women gained the right. Its approval would restore rights to more than 1.5 million convicted felons in Florida who have served their sentences. This deep dive into the organizers behind the amendment, Florida’s history of keeping former felons from voting, and what approval could mean for the future of Florida politics is an eye-opening read. Still got questions about Amendment 4? Lawyers from the Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers put together a video that breaks the amendment down (Thanks to reader Greg Bloom for sending this our way!) (The New York Times)

“Dead on arrival.” Plenty of Democrats are excited about the prospect of taking over the governor’s mansion if Andrew Gillum is elected, but he could still face trouble with his progressive agenda. Florida’s legislative houses are still mostly Republican and will likely stay that way after the midterms. And Republican leaders are already suggesting that some of Gillum’s proposals will be “dead on arrival” if the GOP keeps its majority. (Miami Herald)

Speaking of party politics… Andrew Gillum just got a major endorsement from Barack Obama yesterday as Obama released a list of candidates he’s backing in races around the country. His list included support for other Democrats in tight races like Bill Nelson in the U.S. Senate race and Debbie Mucarsel-Powell in the U.S. District 26 race. One notable omission? The District 27 race where Democrat Donna Shalala is facing Republican Maria Elvira Salazar. (Tampa Bay Times)

Things to do


🎵Friday: Groove with electronic music artist Omar Souleyman at the Bandshell (North Beach)

🎨Friday: Arts & Drafts is back with artist Brian Butler (Miami Beach)

🌱Saturday: Head to South Florida’s first-ever plant based party (Coconut Grove)

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🎨 Party with Typoe at the launch of Commissioner, Miami’s new program for emerging art collectors (Design District)

💰Learn how to run a successful “Give Miami Day” campaign (Shenandoah)

🌊 Learn what you can do right now to tackle climate change (Wynwood)

🖼️ Take a tour of Aventura Mall’s public art (Aventura)


🎭 Catch Microtheater’s latest series of shorts on life in the Tinder era – through Oct. 14 (Downtown)

😱 Get spooked at the House of Horror – through Nov. 3 (Doral)

⛸️ Ladies skate for free at Basement (South Beach)

🍺 Sample some of Concrete Beach’s best limited edition brews (Wynwood)


🇩🇪 Celebrate Oktoberfest – through Sunday (Coral Gables)

🐝 Explore civil rights through the lens of “Lemonade” (Coral Gables)

🎒 Talk education and the election with Donna Shalala, Maria Salazar, and Superintendent Carvalho (Allapattah)

🏝️Remember the islands wrapped in pink? Meet the artist who did that.  (Downtown)

😃Talk about why happiness is becoming a global movement (Shenandoah)


🥁Jam with the world’s best steel bands at Carnival’s Panorama (Broward, but we’re including it, because CARNIVAL!)

😱 Catch a screening of the ultimate horror film, Halloween (North Beach)

🖼️ Tour the ICA and the Design District at First Fridays – free admission! (Design District)

🎇Catch a laser light show at Frost (Downtown)

🥁 Dance to some soca under the sun (Wynwood)

🎸 The Jacuzzi Boys come back to Churchill’s (Little Haiti)

🏳️‍🌈 Vibe in a place where “inclusion, equality, and sweat reign supreme (Wynwood)


🥁Get ready to get a little dirty at J’ouvert, Trinidad’s best party (Broward, but we’re including it, because CARNIVAL!)

☀️Tour local homes that have gone solar (Various locations)

🇩🇴Celebrate la Republica Dominicana at Colmado 305 (Wynwood)

🌊March in the Miami #ShitShow for cleaner water (Key Biscyane)

🇨🇺Explore stories of Cuban exile in a documentary film – through Monday (Coral Gables)

🎶Jam with Terrestrial Funk (Wynwood)

Going to one of these? Take us with you! Email a pic to [email protected] or tag @thenewtropic on Instagram. See more upcoming events on our events page, and add your own events with a New Tropic membership.


We’ll catch you tomorrow morning.

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