Published: Sat, November 10, 2018
World Media | By Cesar Oliver

Countdown to possible recount in Florida races

Countdown to possible recount in Florida races

"Over the past two days, Snipes' office has refused to give either an accurate count of outstanding ballots or where they come from, all while the Democratic candidates continue to pick up tens of thousands of new votes".

With the prospect of vote recounts looming, two of the high profile US midterm races - for State governor and a Senator from the State - continue to stay in focus even after the voting day. "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. "No rag-tag group of liberal activists or lawyers from D.C. will be allowed to steal this election from the voters of this great state". Phillips found that Snipes violated that law by failing to turn over the information to attorneys for Scott's Senate campaign and the National Republican Senatorial Committee. "We are still counting ballots in Broward County".

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

On Twitter, Mr Trump weighed in briefly on Georgia's ongoing election, where another Republican claimed victory on Tuesday before ballots were completely counted.

"In spite of the fact that we're a little bit down in the numbers, we're hopeful that every single vote will be counted in this race".

"There's a delay from election night until the first unofficials to make sure that we have everything tabulated properly", said Mark Earley, Supervisor of Elections for Leon County. The Florida Department of Law Enforcement has said they are not investigating, that no allegations of fraud have been brought forward and there has been no written request from Scott yet.

Under Florida law, a 0.5 percent margin in an election automatically triggers a machine recount, while a 0.25 percent margin automatically triggers a manual recount, or recount by hand. That's why Governor Rick Scott, who is running to unseat Democratic Sen.

Neither the Associated Press nor CNN have called the race. They also have asked a federal court to extend the deadline for counties to submit unofficial election results.

But by Thursday, he said, the number had increased to 712,840 ballots cast on Election Day.

Before leaving for Paris to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the end of WWI on Friday, Mr Trump told reporters he believes Mr Scott clearly won the election. He also criticized the woman in charge of supervising elections in Broward County, saying, "She has had a disgusting history". There are early voting ballots, absentee ballots, overseas military ballots, provisional ballots, and, of course, the ballots cast on Election Day.

A lawyer for Democratic U.S. Sen.

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

"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. He also neglected to mention that the election supervisor who is supposedly trying to rig the election for Nelson was appointed by former Republican governor (and Rubio ally) Jeb Bush.

Machine recounts must be completed by 3 p.m. on Thursday.

Scott sued Palm Beach Supervisor of Elections Susan Bucher and Broward County Supervisor of Elections Brenda Snipes on Thursday night.

But Broward County is still counting early votes "60 hours after that deadline", and it's the only county in Florida to do so, Rubio tweeted.

One could also be issued in the tight gubernatorial race between the victor, GOP Rep. Ron DeSantis, and Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum, a Democrat. Gillum conceded to his opponent, Ron DeSantis, on Tuesday, but as more votes have been counted the race has narrowed.

In the Senate contest that Scott was running in, Democrat Bill Nelson was trailing by "about 15,000 votes, a margin of 0.18 points".

As of Friday morning, Scott held a lead of 0.18 percent over Nelson, while DeSantis had a.44 percent edge over Gillum, according to the Miami Herald.

In Florida, there are tight high-profile races for governor and the Senate, while in Georgia there is a thin-margin gubernatorial contest.

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