Recount likely in Florida Senate, governor races

Frederick Owens
November 10, 2018

"If you look at Broward County, they have had a awful history", Trump added, referring to a Democrat-heavy county where officials were slowly counting votes including absentee and provisional ballots.

On Friday afternoon, Judge Carol-Lisa Phillips of the 17th Judicial Circuit of Florida said the information should be made available by 7 p.m.

Murphy also says his ballot wasn't registered as "received" until Election Day, which is after the deadline for verifying signatures in vote-by-mail ballots. Scott accused Nelson of bringing in an attorney to "try to steal the election and try to thwart the will of the voters of Florida". But Florida's ballot chaos - rife with intrigue and Trump's accusation of abuse by officials in Democrat-heavy counties - raises fresh questions about why the world's most powerful democracy is incapable of producing swift and accurate election results across all 50 states. "Florida voted for Rick Scott!".

Lawyers for Snipes argued that requiring such a swift response would interfere with ongoing efforts to finish counting Broward County ballots. In 2016 alone, 27,700 vote-by-mail ballots were rejected. Today the Florida Department of Law Enforcement stated, "This morning we spoke with the Department of State and they indicated they had no criminal allegations of fraud".

A judge found Broward County violated the constitution by not following open records laws and ordered election officials to comply by 7 p.m. on November 9.

The president's comments followed the news of Mr Scott's lawsuit against Ms Snipes and another Democrat, Palm Beach Supervisor of Elections Susan Bucher.

"Every couple of hours, it goes down a little bit", Trump said of Scott's margin.

The AP has not called a victor in the Senate race. The race remains too close to call, with Nelson narrowly trailing Scott.

"I was more just out of curiosity looking at all these close elections and frustrated by the results", Murphy said.

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Elias said it was "not appropriate" for a governor to suggest he was going to "interject his law enforcement authority to prevent the counting of ballots that have been legally cast".

Senator Marco Rubio, another Florida Republican, has also been an outspoken critic of the recount process, tweeting repeatedly about the controversy and earning Mr Trump's praise.

The gap between Mr Scott - the outgoing governor of Florida - and incumbent Democratic Senator Nelson has narrowed to 0.2% as of Friday as Broward County votes are counted.

The state's recount procedures have been revised since Florida held the country hostage for a month 18 years ago, when George W. Bush edged Al Gore for the presidency. "We do not have an active investigation at this time".

A lawyer for Democratic U.S. Sen.

Why is she so flippant about flouting Florida's election laws? Nelson is going to be declared the victor and return to the U.S. Senate, ' said Marc Elias, a recount attorney hired by the Nelson campaign, in a conference call. "Nelson relied on fraud when he attacked Gov. Rick Scott's record, Nelson relied on fraud when he misrepresented his Senate record, and now, he is hoping that voter fraud will help him hang on to power", Jackie Schutz Zeckman, Scott's campaign manager, said in statement.

But her page on the state's website begged to differ.

"The Five" co-hosts reacted on Friday after a Florida judge sided with Republican Senate candidate and governor Rick Scott in ordering that Republicans be given "immediate" access to requested information about ballots in Broward County, amid explosive lawsuits against the county's top election official.

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