Wednesday, 14 November, 2018

Possible recounts loom in tight Florida gov, Senate contests

Courtesy CBS News Courtesy CBS News
Ellis Copeland | 10 November, 2018, 05:09

If the signature on the ballot envelope doesn't match state records, the vote is rejected.

Votes are still being counted in Broward County, according to Elias. A spokeswoman for the agency said there were no credible allegations of fraud, therefore no active investigation.

Florida machine recounts are triggered when the margin between the candidates is below 0.5 of 1 percent; a hand recount takes place when that margin diminishes to a quarter percent.

Scott said he will not accept the behavior of "unethical liberals".

Two days after the U.S. mid-term elections, Florida's senate race remains unresolved, along with several others across the country.

With visions of hanging chad dancing in their heads, Democratic Party lawyers are arriving in two Democratic-controlled counties "to steal the election", charges Republican Sen.

Scott claimed victory Tuesday night. That race will also go to a recount.

Zeckman said Friday that the lawsuit is asking the court "to overrule election officials and accept ballots that were not legally cast".

Gillum's campaign said it's monitoring the situation with an elections lawyer and readying for a possible state-mandated recount.

"This results in a complete lack of uniformity", Elias said.

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Circuit Judge Carol-Lisa Phillips also held that Brenda Snipes, Broward's supervisor of elections, was in violation of Florida public records laws for not turning the records requested by Scott's campaign.

Her office, rather than giving hourly updates, is "releasing thousands of additional votes, often in the overnight hours, that are chipping away at GOP leads", Rubio said. Nelson is going to be declared the victor and return to the U.S. Senate.

Both Nelson's and Scott's teams have been fighting to officially secure the win as more ballots are still being counted.

His lead narrowed as final ballots in heavily Democratic Broward and Palm Beach counties were counted Wednesday and Thursday.

- Florida is once again at the center of election controversy, but this year there are no hanging chads or butterfly ballots like in 2000.

"It is not appropriate for the governor of any state to suggest that he's going to use the power of the state to interject", Elias said.

"Rick Scott was up by 50,000+ votes on Election Day, now they "found" many votes and he is only up 15,000 votes".

Scott carried a larger lead Tuesday night, but continues to see it dissipate as more votes come in.

The lawsuit was filed about the same time Scott ordered state law enforcement officials to investigate the Broward and Palm Beach voting operation. Republican former Rep. Ron DeSantis won that race according to Election Night returns, and Andrew Gillum, the progressive Democratic mayor of Tallahassee conceded.

As of Wednesday morning, DeSantis led Gillum by 43,039 votes out of almost 8.2 million cast, or a difference of 0.526 percentage points.

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