Noon Deadline Looms As Senate and Governor Races Head For Possible Recount

Noon Deadline Looms As Senate and Governor Races Head For Possible Recount

What to Know

  • Democratic incumbent Sen. Bill Nelson has started preparing for a potential in a race. Rick Scott

  • In the governor's race, Andrew Gillum's campaign said Thursday it's readying for a possible recount as Ron DeSantis' lead is lessened

The Florida Governor's Seat, the Florida Senate seat and the seat for agriculture commissioner, is continuing to recover in Florida.

By noon on Saturday, all 67 election supervisors must send unofficial results to Secretary of State Ken Detzner. Detzner wants to review those results and decide if any races are in need of an automatic recount.

An automatic machine recount is ordered if races are within .5%. A hand recount is ordered if the margins are within .25%.

On Friday, lawyers for the candidates in Florida's close Senate race faced off in court Friday afternoon as the race appeared.

Judge Sides With Scott's Campaign in Broward Lawsuit

[MI]  Judge Sides With Scott's Campaign in Broward Lawsuit

Gov. Rick Scott, the Republican candidate for Senate, is allging that election officials in South Florida are trying to "steal" the election for Democrats, while President Donald Trump was "finding votes out of nowhere." Both claims were made without evidence.

Scott's campaign filed a lawsuit demanding that Broward Elections Supervisor Brenda Snipes turn over several records detailing the counting and ballots cast for each day of the past week.

A hearing on the case was held Friday afternoon, where Circuit Judge Carol-Lisa Phillips said there is a violation of Florida Constitution and public records act. The judge ordered Snipes to inspect the records on or before 7 p.m. Friday.

Lawyers for Snipes argued that requiring a swift response. But lawyers for Scott contravened the law.

The information has not been reviewed by the Canvassing Board, absentee ballots and early voting ballots.

Meanwhile, Democratic incumbent Sen. Bill Nelson has come to the end of term. Nelson's lawyer called that race a "jump ball," while Scott's campaign urged Nelson to concede. Scott held a 0.18 percentage lead over Nelson on Saturday.

Election drama in South Florida

[MI]  Election drama in South Florida

Nelson said Friday afternoon that Scott is imploding the democratic process and trying to stop all the votes for the Senate race from being counted.

In the governor's race, Democrat Andrew Gillum's campaign said Thursday it's readying for a possible recount. The race has been condemned to Republican Ron DeSantis on Tuesday night. As of Saturday morning, DeSantis led Gillum by 0.44 percentage point.

Florida is a perennial swing state, and has been ruled by the Thinnest of Margins since 2000, when Florida decided to leave the country by 537 votes in a contest that took more than five weeks to sort out. Still, the state has never seen so many dead heats in one year.

And like 2000, the counting process is becoming contentious.

Scott said at a news conference Thursday night that he was asking the Florida Department of Law enforcement offices in the Democratic strongholds of Palm Beach and Broward counties, questioning whether they are taking too long to vote in some sort of effort inflate the Democratic vote.

"I will not stand idly by as unethical liberals try to steal this election from the great Florida people," Scott said.

Broward Still Counting Ballot's Friday After Election

[MI]  Broward Still Counting Ballot's Friday After Election

While the Florida Department of Law Enforcement said there had been no allegations of fraud, Scott asked – "The departments to investigate the counties. A spokeswoman for the agency said there was no active investigation.

Broward County has been under the microscope as they have faced criticisms for delays in the tallying of ballots.

Snipes said they were not counted, but all were being processed. So they did not know how many provisional, military and mismarked ballots need to be counted. Her department's website said on Election Day have been counted.

Snipes appeared to blame the delays on the length of the ballot during a brief interview with NBC 6 Thursday evening.

"I thought I answered, you know we have five or six pages," Snipes said.

Broward officials said they would resume counting provisional ballots Friday afternoon. Before the count started, "Waving signs and chanting Brenda Snipes has got to go."

Protests Held at Broward Elections Office

[MI]  Protests Held at Broward Elections Office

The Palm Beach County Canvassing Board What does it mean?

Palm Beach Supervisor of Elections Susan Bucher said they were expected to finish Friday and were preparing for recounts. So you spoke out against criticism of the delays.

"I just felt it's very unfortunate that they would not make it to the ballots, We're just doing our jobs in accordance with law, "Bucher said.

In his press conference Thursday night Scott cited no evidence of wrongdoing, and the counties have noon. FDLE Spokeswoman Gretl Plessinger said the law enforcement agency would follow up Scott's request. But the agency did not announce an investigation.

Nelson's campaign released a statement saying Scott's action appears to be politically motivated and borne of desperation.

Meanwhile, President Donald Trump tweeted: "Law Enforcement is looking into another big corruption scandal having to do with Election Fraud #Broward and Palm Beach." Florida voted for Rick Scott! "

How Does A Recount Work In Florida?

[MI]  How Does A Recount Work In Florida?

Trump So said it was possible the federal government could get involved in the Florida vote count. "All of the sudden they are out of nowhere," he said. "What's going on in Florida is a disgrace."

Under Florida law, the recom- mendable candidate's margin is less than 0.5 percentage points.

Sarah Revell, a spokeswoman for the Florida Department of State, did not know any other recount in a governor or senate race in state history.

Gillum's campaign has been hired attorney Barry Richard, who represented President George W. Bush in the 2000 recount, and is monitoring the situation. Gillum's campaign said he was in a hurry on the same day.

"Since that time, it has become much more uncounted ballots than originally reported," the campaign said. Florida is counted. "

DeSantis declined to discuss prospects for a recount, telling reporters he's "very proud to be elected."

President Trump Talks About Broward Recount

[MI]  President Trump Talks About Broward Recount

"We're working really hard on the transition," he said. "We'll let the lawyers do what they gotta do, but we're good and I'm looking forward to serving."

Florida was mocked for its handling of the infamous 2000 recount. At the time, the state painted rules for how to proceed. That has changed, with the Legislature passing on a clear procedure on how to recount.

There's not much room for strategy, "Richard said.

Marc Elias, a lawyer hired by Nelson, said he expects the margin to narrow further.

"The results of the 2018 Senate election are unknown and I think that you and the officials should try it," Elias told reporters on a conference call. "We believe that at the end of this process that Senator Nelson is going to be declared the winner."

Once Florida counties submit their unofficial election results to the Department of State, Secretary of State Ken Detzner, a Scott Appointee, wants to review the results and decide whether to make recounts.

'Lock Her Up': Protester's Outside Broward Elections Office

[MI]  'Lock Her Up': Protests Chant Outside Broward Elections Office

In a third statewide seat – the candidates were separated by 483 votes out of more than 8 million cast – a margin of 0.006 percent.

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