'Stop lying' about Florida recounts, Democrats warn Trump

Frederick Owens
November 14, 2018

"Every Floridian should be concerned there may be rampant fraud happening in Palm Beach and Broward Counties", Scott said at a press conference November 8.

The recount process has drawn a sharp focus on several county election officials, especially Broward Supervisor of Elections Brenda Snipes. Bill Nelson, D-Fla., by about 12,500 votes in the Senate race. On Saturday, state election officials said Florida's 67 counties had to recount the more than 8 million ballots cast statewide because the results in three major elections - U.S. Senate, governor and agriculture commissioner - were under the 0.5 percentage point threshold that triggers the mandatory recount, according to state law. "If he really wants an honest and fair election, President Trump will stop bullying, harassing and lying about the vote in Florida, and let the election proceed without the heavy hand of the president tipping the scale of justice". "Must go with Election Night!". Other counties can conduct machine recounts of more than one race simultaneously.

"The forces on the left, the Democrats and their allies, are trying to push this to what I call within the margin of litigation", Ken Blackwell, a former Republican Ohio secretary of state, said during an appearance on Fox News' Tucker Carlson Tonight. In a situation uncannily similar to the infamous "hanging chad" fiasco which engulfed the US state after the Presidential election of 2000, in which George Bush took the state from Democrat Al Gore by just 537 votes, leads for the Republican candidates in the races for a seat in the US Senate and for the governor's office have shrunk as more ballots were tallied after last Tuesday's election.

While there have clearly been problems in Broward, that's not the same as actual fraud.

"I've worked here for about 15 years, and I have to say this the first time that this office or I have been under such attacks", Snipes told reporters Monday.

Snipes' counterpart in Palm Beach, Susan Bucher, said in response to Scott's comments, "I think it's unfortunate that some of our highest elected leaders in the country are trying to impede our democracy because they don't like the demographics of our voters".

Once the machine recount is complete, a hand recount will be ordered in any race where the difference is 0.25 percentage points or less, meaning it could take even longer to complete the review of the Senate race if the difference remains narrow. We have to adhere to the laws. He said he would not favor people appearing at her home to protest.

Palm Beach County's race to recount votes is heating up - literally.

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State monitors and the Florida Department of Law Enforcement say there are no indications of fraud in the county's vote. "If you voted for Gore and also wrote "Gore" on the write-in line, they said that was a "no" vote for Gore".

State Attorney General Pam Bondi, a Republican, sent a letter Sunday to FDLE Commissioner Richard Swearingen saying that she was "troubled" that he was not pursuing probes into irregularities, adding, "Your duty to investigate this matter is clear".

Elias argued that there's no need to rush, since the victor of the Nelson-Scott race won't be sworn into office until January.

Broward Judge Jack Tuter called on the lawyers to produce proof of fraud rather than just allege it. "I don't know why we get a bigger spotlight than some". "Words mean things these days".

Here, we found no evidence to support the claim Democrats and their allies and manufacturing voters. Broward officials faced further headaches after acknowledging the county mistakenly mixed 22 rejected absentee ballots with 205 legal ballots.

As a result, Gievers ordered suspension of deadlines for machine recounts and subsequent manual recounts if needed.

Coupled with Snipes' history of errors, sluggish vote counting and lawsuits, the office has developed a reputation as a sloppy operation. Because no matter how the vote turns out, they can still "win".

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