Florida election battle continues ahead of likely recounts

Frederick Owens
November 10, 2018

You can read Gov. Scott's lawsuit against Brenda Snipes, Broward County Elections Supervisor, below or here.

Similar action has been taken in other states with signature match laws, most notably Georgia.

These ballots are the last to be counted and are verified by county canvassing boards.

"Every day since the election the leftwing activists in Broward county have been coming up with more and more ballots out of nowhere", Scott said in his press conference.

However, the FDLE has said it is not investigating Snipes at this time, as no allegations of voter fraud have been received and Scott has not put his request in writing.

Scott holds a razor-thin lead over Nelson. A recount would be automatically triggered if the candidates are within 0.5 points of each other and the machine recount would need to be completed by 3 p.m. on November 15.

The South Florida Sun Sentinel said it analysed voting patterns and found that of Broward ballots already counted, 24,700 residents voted for a governor candidate but did not pick a candidate for Senate.

The Nelson camp's statement said Scott had "prematurely" claimed victory on Tuesday, and cited media reports of balloting problems and other polling irregularities. It is AP policy not to call a race that is facing a recount.

He said he believes that both counties will continue to "mysteriously" come up with ballots until they get the elections results they want. "Right now the results are unknown, as to who has won", he said.

"Because of her extensive and successful leadership and administrative skills, Dr. Snipes was asked by Governor Jeb Bush to serve out the term of Supervisor of Elections in Broward County", her state website said.

Republican Senate candidate Rick Scott has declared victory in Florida, but the Democrat incumbent, Bill Nelson, is calling for a recount.

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Votes were still being counted Wednesday morning, but Scott's lead was within that margin, according to CNN projections.

Only about 15,000 votes separate the candidates.

In a machine recount, all completed ballots are re-fed through ballot-counting machines to try to confirm the original, unofficial counts.

Rick Scott is suing two Florida counties, accusing election supervisors of "rampant fraud" in vote counting. As the numbers tightened, Scott worriedly called for an investigation into those ballots.

Original: After conceding the governor's race in Florida to Republican Ron DeSantis, Democrat Andrew Gillum's campaign has been given new hope.

Clearly, Rick Scott is trying to stop all the votes from being counted and he's impeding the democratic process.

A hearing began just after 3 p.m. Friday. As of Thursday night, "Gillum trailed DeSantis by about 36,000 votes, or 0.44 percentage points", according to the Orlando Sentinel.

President Donald Trump weighed in late Thursday with a tweet, alleging "another big corruption scandal" involving election fraud in Broward County.

"It has become clear there are many more uncounted ballots than was originally reported", his campaign said in a statement, noting they are ready for a state-mandated recount. DeSantis led Gillum by 0.47 percentage point as of Thursday afternoon.

Florida's Senate race was thrown into chaos on Thursday night when Scott, without providing evidence, accused "unethical liberals" of attempting to "steal this election".

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