Donald Trump seeks end of Florida recount as Republicans’ leads shrink

Scott filed several lawsuits in response, including one accusing Broward County Supervisor of Elections Brenda Snipes of withholding information about the number of counted and uncounted ballots.

What are the current standings?

"When will Bill Nelson concede in Florida?". In the Arizona Senate race, Democrat Kyrsten Sinema is ahead of Republican Martha McSally by more than 30,000 votes.

"Unless relief is granted, scores of Florida voters will be unconstitutionally disenfranchised because, in deciding whether to count or reject these ballots, local canvassing boards will apply two demonstrably unconstitutional rules for determining a voter's intent on a ballot", the lawyers write in the filing, arguing that the secretary of state's rules "arbitrarily treat similarly situated voters differently and will result in the disproportionate rejection of ballots cast by language minorities and those with limited literacy".

The deadline to finish the machine recount is 3 p.m. Thursday.

Speaking at a joint press conference with Nelson in Washington, D.C., Schumer boasted, "The more time that passes since election day, the better things keep looking for Democrats". During the initial recount, the machines set aside any ballots that can not be tallied.

"Unfortunately it's not advancing the integrity of our electoral system", Pettis said. If it goes within.25, it triggers a manual recount. But if not, they're yelling "they're stealing it!" loudly enough, and often enough, that they can pretend to some kind of dignity ... when they steal it.

A worker holds ballots before a ballot recount in Lauderhill, Florida, on November 12, 2018.

"When devastation happens, leaders rise to the top and make decisions", he added.

What are the parties and candidates saying?

But FDLE spokeswoman Gretl Plessinger said that no allegation of voter fraud has been sent to the Florida Department of State, which oversees elections.

But the president on Twitter insisted, without offering evidence, that "ballots" were "massively infected" - an unsubstantiated claim similar to his insistence in 2016 that he would have won the popular vote if millions had not voted illegally for Hillary Clinton. Nelson is trying to steal the election through fraud, citing irregularities and failure to comply with the law in Broward County.

The judge said he could see no evidence of any violations, and said "I am urging because of the highly public nature of this case to ramp down the rhetoric".

What do the lawsuits say?

Also on Monday, two voter-rights groups filed suit in federal court in Tallahassee.

"With the (outdated) election equipment that we have, the potential of conducting all of these is impossible, it is impossible", said Supervisor of Elections for Palm Beach County Susan Bucher said.

He said the judge's ruling surprised him, because the law already provides for the possibility that counties may not meet recount deadlines. Nelson and his team say the state's name-matching requirement is unconstitutional.

Unofficial totals have candidates in both races separated by less than 0.25 percentage points, the standard that will trigger a hand recount.

Once the recount is complete, if the differences in any of the races are 0.25 percentage points or less, a hand recount will be ordered, meaning it could take even longer to complete the review of the Senate race if the difference remains narrow.

Where else might recounts occur?

Republicans are eager to cement victories in a key battleground state after maintaining their control of the U.S. Senate in last week's midterm congressional elections, while Democrats are eyeing another possible state governorship win.

The staff at Miami-Dade's election department are working around the clock to complete a machine recount of the ballots before the Thursday deadline. But extremely close races in swing states could become more common as the nation grows more politically divided.

  • Leroy Wright