Skip to comments.Florida races head to recounts
Posted on 11/10/2018 10:11:41 AM PST by yesthatjallen
Three statewide races in Florida are heading for recounts after a key deadline for county election officials to submit unofficial vote tallies came and went Saturday.
The first round of machine recounts, which must be completed by Thursday, sets up a bitter fight to the finish in Floridas races for Senate, governor and agriculture commissioner.
The most closely watched recount is the Senate race between incumbent Sen. Bill Nelson (D-Fla.) and Floridas Republican Gov. Rick Scott, who currently carries a narrow lead of roughly 12,500 votes about 0.15 points.
In Florida, an automatic machine recount is triggered if two candidates are within 0.5 points of one another. If the candidates are within 0.25 points of one another after that machine recount is conducted, a hand recount is triggered.
The Senate race spiraled into a series of legal fights this week after Scott and the National Republican Senatorial Committee filed lawsuits against election officials in Broward and Palm Beach counties both Democratic strongholds where vote counts continued to trickle in after Election Day.
Two judges handed Scott key legal wins in those cases on Friday. In Broward, Judge Carol-Lisa Phillips ordered the countys supervisor of elections, Brenda Snipes, to turn over voter information, including how many people cast ballots and how many votes remained to be counted.
Meanwhile, in Palm Beach, Judge Krista Marx ordered the county supervisor of elections, Susan Bucher, to release certain ballots that had been deemed defective to the canvassing board for final review.
Nelsons campaign and the Democratic Executive Committee filed a lawsuit of their own on Friday against Floridas Republican secretary of state, Ken Detzner.
That lawsuit, filed in federal court in Tallahassee, sought a uniform set of standards for canvassing boards to use to evaluate provisional ballots, as well as to postpone the noon Saturday deadline for counties to submit unofficial results to the state Division of Elections until after the case was heard.
U.S. District Judge Robert Hinkle declined to postpone the Saturday deadline. He scheduled a hearing on the lawsuits challenge to how provisional ballots are evaluated for Wednesday.
The Senate race has prompted dueling accusations from Republicans and Democrats.
Scott and his allies have raised the prospect of fraud in the ballot-counting process in Broward and Palm Beach, with the governor calling on Saturday for Florida sheriffs to watch for any violations during the recount process.
Meanwhile, Nelson and Democrats have accused Scott of trying to prevent lawfully cast votes from being counted, arguing that a recount is necessary to ensure accuracy in the election results.
The race for Florida governor is also heading to a recount after unofficial results showed Democrat Andrew Gillum and Republican Ron DeSantis separated by roughly 0.41 points.
Gillum conceded to DeSantis on Tuesday after returns showed him trailing by 1 point. But as new vote totals came in from Broward and Palm Beach on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, DeSantiss lead dropped considerably, putting the race in recount territory.
The gubernatorial contest in Florida hasnt seen the kind of legal jockeying that the Senate race has. Still, Gillum and his attorney, Barry Richard, are set to address the media Saturday afternoon.
The race for agriculture commissioner is also headed for a recount. Democrat Nikki Fried and Republican Matt Caldwell are separated by a scant 0.06 percentage points a little more than 5,300 votes.
While that race hasnt drawn the outsize national attention that Floridas Senate and gubernatorial races have, agriculture commissioner is an influential, Cabinet-level position in the state with sweeping responsibilities.
Results of a machine recount must be submitted by 3 p.m. on Nov. 15, at which point a hand recount could be triggered and would have to be completed by Nov. 18. Final statewide results are set to be certified on Nov. 20.
Before long the dems will be demanding the “anchor vote” principle, by which every vote cast by a predocumented immigrant should not only count, but count seven times for the family members on the way.
Recounts will continue til the desired outcome is achieved.
Scott is an idiot for not having fixed this problem when he had the chance. Now he’s the one getting Sniped.
By any objective standard, this election is over. DeSantis is the Governor-elect and he should say so.
The current ballot pool has been hopelessly corrupted.
They’ve got bad ballots. What’s the use of recounting the bad ballots? The whole thing is broken and polluted and the outcome predetermined.
Recounts mean we lose all three.
I DON’T know what if anything PDJT is doing or wimpy Rick Scott.
World’s largest democracy does a far better job of running elections than the oldest democracy in the world (USA).
“Recounts will continue til the desired outcome is achieved.”
PDJT has no direct authority over elections in Florida. We have 50 different voting standards in the country!
Another country with 4 times as many voters as USA has ONE STANDARD of voting for entire country.
Yep. Scott was afraid to be called a name, so he left the fox in charge of the hen house.
I will feel no sympathy for him if the election is stolen from him, but will feel it for our nation.
“Worlds largest democracy does a far better job of running elections than the oldest democracy in the world (USA).”
ROTFLMAO! get your head out of the sand.
“I DONT know what if anything PDJT is doing or wimpy Rick Scott.”
They don’t know what you are doing, either!
Wrong. Recounts are not about adding votes it is about recounting the same votes previously counted. Seldom does a recount, machine or manual ever result in a change of more than a few hundred votes.
Too bad nothing will happen to her. If the Repubs win (ha ha!), they'll want bygones to be bygones, and if the Dems win, well, she will be untouchable....
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