Voting in Southwest Florida may be difficult. Election officials look to Panhandle for answers
Donna LaMountain, 51, surveys damage on Pine Island Road on Sept. 29, 2022, in Matlacha, Florida, in the wake of Hurricane Ian. - MATIAS J. OCNER/Miami Herald/TNS

MIAMI — When Hurricane Michael landed in the Florida Panhandle, destroying buildings and displacing residents, it came less than a month before the 2018 general election. Four years later, Southwest Florida faces the same obstacle — holding an election during recovery efforts in a region ravaged by a hurricane. Ian made landfall in Lee County on Sept. 28 as a monstrous Category 4 storm with winds of 150 mph. More than 100 people are dead from the storm, and more than a thousand have been displaced. Some communities still lack power, roads and bridges remain damaged and questions remain about b...