Ready, set, recount: Voting machines primed to begin recount in Manatee County
- Author: Leroy Wright Nov 12, 2018,
Nov 12, 2018, 7:18
Snipes has been the subject of controversy before.
Protesters gathered outside the headquarters of Broward elections supervisor's office in Lauderhill Friday, carrying signs accusing Snipes of trying to steal the elections and chanting "Lock Her Up".
Scott had asked Florida Department of Law Enforcement to investigate elections departments in South Florida's Democrat-leaning Broward and Palm Beach counties after his lead narrowed in ballot-counting that continued through the week.
Nelson has filed a federal lawsuit asking to postpone the deadline for submitting election results and a motion over the process of validating signatures on provisional and absentee ballots.
Scott and President Trump have claimed without offering evidence that Democrats are tampering with the election.
After the machine recount results are delivered, Florida Secretary of State Ken Detzner will order manual recounts if two candidates are separated by 0.25 percent of the vote or less.
Friday, President Donald Trump provided a lengthy commentary regarding the Florida elections mess during his flight to Paris alleging "potential corruption" in Broward County as officials grapple with determining who won the Sunshine State's Senate and Gbernatorial races.
Broward County traditionally exhibits a high rate of "undervoting" in its elections, in which many voters ignore one or more contests on the ballot.
"Their goal is to keep mysteriously finding more votes until the election turns out the way they want", he said in a November 9 early morning statement to media.
"How come they never find Republican votes?" the president wrote, adding in still more tweets that Broward County officials "probably" attempted to "falsify" votes in the 2016 election as well.
Scott, the outgoing governor, is vying for a Senate seat and holds a shaky advantage of fewer than 15,000 votes over Democrat Bill Nelson. This time, Governor Scott sued the the supervisor, Dr Brenda Snipes, over her handling of the election and for access to public records.
"No ragtag group of liberal activists or lawyers from DC will be allowed to steal this election from the voters in the state of Florida".
The two contests are still undecided after Tuesday's midterm elections and Florida law dictates that a recount is required because the margins are less than 0.5%. When asked about it Wednesday night, she said, "I can't give you an exact number".
During a conference call Saturday on behalf of Scott, U.S. Sen Lindsay Graham said the voting problems in Florida "undercuts confidence in the electoral process".
It may be more than a week until clear winners emerge in several statewide elections in Florida, including the race for U.S. Senator and Governor.
Nelson responded that "votes are not being found; they're being counted".
Ballot discrepancies Unusual voting discrepancies were also being reported in Broward County. DeSantis led Gillum by 0.47 percentage point as of Thursday afternoon.
In his tweets Thursday, Rubio complained of a "slow drip" of tens of thousands of additional ballots mostly favorable to Democratic candidates. Snipes said Saturday that it "seems unfair to me to disenfranchise 205 voters at the expense of a small number".