Four days after the midterm elections in the US, the Florida authorities have rescheduled ballots. The votes in the election for the US Senate and for the governorship must be re-counted by machine, as the authorities of the US state reported. State law requires recalculation if the gap between candidates is only 0.5 percentage point.
During the first count, Republican Senate candidate Rick Scott's lead over Democratic Bill Nelson shrank to 0.22 percent. In the race for the governorship, Republican Ron DeSantis and Democrat Andrew Gillum were just 0.47 points apart.
The development is causing violent political strife in the US. The Republicans – led by US President Donald Trump – suspect manipulation attempts. Trump had sided with Scott on Friday and hinted at irregularities. "Law enforcement officials are facing another big corruption scandal related to electoral fraud in Broward and Palm Beach," Trump wrote on Twitter. "Florida has chosen Rick Scott."
Action against representatives of the electoral authority
Immediately after the announcement of the authorities on Saturday, Trump spoke again on Twitter to speak. It is trying to "steal" two elections, he wrote.
Scott himself had previously announced that he had filed suit against two representatives of the electoral authorities in the two constituencies. After the significant drop in its lead in the course of the count, he started from fraud.
In the midterm elections on Tuesday, the opposition Democrats had conquered the House of Representatives. In the Senate, the Republicans are likely to hold their majority. However, it is unclear how strong their majority will be.
Elsewhere, individual decisions are still open, such as in Arizona, Mississippi and Georgia.