Gov. Scott: Election officials trying to thwart will of Florida voters

10 November, 2018, 07:43 | Author: Mable Gonzales
  • Florida Gov. Rick Scott addresses his election night party in Naples Florida where he had declared victory Tuesday over inc

Mr. Gillum had conceded to Mr. DeSantis on Tuesday night. But an election summary report sent out Friday afternoon shows incumbent Sen. Bill Nelson and Republican Gov. Rick Scott are locked in an extremely close contest for the Senate, with Scott holding a lead in the vote count of less than a percentage point but Nelson gaining ground.

"Now the Scott campaign is reviewing the response to see if it complied with what the judge ordered", he added.

The statement comes hours after Scott stepped outside the governor's mansion in Florida on Thursday night to announced that he and the National Republican Senatorial Committee were filing two lawsuits, one against Broward Supervisor of Elections Brenda C. Snipes and another against Palm Beach County Supervisor of Elections Susan Bucher.

"If you look at Broward County, they have had a frightful history", Trump added, referring to a Democrat-heavy county where officials were slowly counting votes including absentee and provisional ballots.

Zeckman said Friday that the lawsuit is asking the court "to overrule election officials and accept ballots that were not legally cast".

"We can not allow over eight million votes throughout Florida to be undermined because you have someone who is either too stupid or too corrupt to do their job and report the votes on time", he said.

The likely recount is reminiscent of the dramatic recounts that occurred in parts of Florida after the 2000 election. Shortly after, President Donald Trump tweeted that law enforcement was looking into another big corruption scandal, claiming "Florida voted for Rick Scott!".

State Judge Carol-Lisa Phillips ruled there has "been a violation of the Florida constitution", as well as the state's public records act, by not turning over requested records.

Democrat Andrew Gillum's campaign said it was prepared for any outcome, including a recount. That year's recounts in Broward and other counties were halted by the US Supreme Court, and George W. Bush defeated Al Gore by 537 votes in Florida, giving him the edge in the electoral college and handing him the White House.

Most of the focus had turned to Broward County, a Democratic South Florida stronghold that, mysteriously, according to critics, was still tallying early-voting and mail-in ballots on Thursday.

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Abrams' voter turnout strategy depended heavily on absentee and early voting, and her campaign manager Laruen Groh-Wargo said there isn't enough time to wait for more ballot counting and litigation if they have to replicate that effort.

"I have a right to vote for whoever I want to vote for", said Gillum supporter Jonie Jones.

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

The news stood in stark contrast to the apparent posturing of the opposite by Republican officials who were complaining that Snipes, who is overseeing vote tabulation, was working to give votes to Democratic candidates in the Senate and gubernatorial elections.

He said Snipes' number one job as election supervisor is to know how many ballots were cast, how many were counted and how many are left to be counted.

The key question is how many uncounted ballots actually remain.

Democratic lawyer Marc Elias, who is representing the Nelson campaign, on Thursday morning predicted that the margin would necessitate a hand recount.

If the race proceeds to a recount, no new call will be made until the recount is complete and the results of the election are certified by Florida officials.

'We believe at the end of the day, Sen.

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