Published: Sat, November 10, 2018
Worldwide | By Jermaine Blake

United States mid-terms 2018: Florida senate race recount triggered

United States mid-terms 2018: Florida senate race recount triggered

Scott, the sitting governor until early January, told reporters called to the state-owned governor's mansion in Tallahassee on Tuesday night: "I will not sit idly by while unethical liberals try to steal this election from the great people of Florida".

In the race for governor, DeSantis was leading by 0.47 percentage points.

Scott's race against Democratic incumbent Sen. Bill Nelson with a 10-vote lead over Gov. Rick Scott in the race for U.S. Senate.

Photos shared on Twitter showed that on the ballot papers in Broward county the section where voters could opt for Scott or Nelson was located in the bottom left of the ballot, beneath instructions on how to vote.

Scott, aided by other Republicans including President Trump, have accused the elections supervisors in Broward and Palm Beach counties of violating state law by withholding information about ballot counts as the Senate race remains too close to call.

Law&Crime reached out to the Election Assistance Commission for more information about these guidelines, including whether they are still in effect, but they have not responded.

"Every day since the election the leftwing activists in Broward county have been coming up with more and more ballots out of nowhere", Scott said in his press conference.

According to the lawsuit, in 2012 and 2016, 1 percent of all vote-by-mail ballots were rejected as illegal.

"Every Floridian should be concerned there may be rampant fraud happening in Palm Beach and Broward Counties". Today the Florida Department of Law Enforcement stated, "This morning we spoke with the Department of State and they indicated they had no criminal allegations of fraud".

Trump later weighed in, tweeting Thursday evening: "Law Enforcement is looking into another big corruption scandal having to do with Election Fraud in #Broward and Palm Beach".

Florida Governor Rick Scott addresses the Chiefs of Police (IACP) annual convention at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Fla., Oct. 8, 2018.

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President Donald Trump weighed in on the controversy on November 9. In Florida, an automatic machine recount is triggered at 0.5%, while a hand recount comes with a margin of 0.25% or less.

Gillum's campaign said it's monitoring the situation with an elections lawyer and readying for a possible state-mandated recount. He hired attorney Barry Richard, who represented President George W. Bush in the 2000 recount.

Nelson's camp believes provisional and mail-in ballots will favor their candidate and tighten the contest even more before a recount begins on Sunday.

State Sen. Nikema Williams, Georgia director for the group Care In Action, says at least 2,000 people across the nation are involved in the effort to ensure that Georgia votes are counted.

DeSantis declined to discuss prospects for a recount, telling reporters he was "very proud to be elected". He noted that the law designates untrained local elections workers the responsibility of reviewing voters' signatures, none of whom are qualified to do so, Elias says.

Election officials in Broward County, the second largest county in Florida, are refusing to confirm how many votes were cast or how many they have less to count. Her department's website said ballots cast on Election Day have been counted.

"It is not appropriate for the governor of any state to suggest that he's going to use the power of the state to interject", Elias said.

Now, here we go again into the world of recounts, lawsuits, heated arguments by lawyers, and charges and countercharges.

Florida counties will continue canvassing operations until noon on Saturday, at which point state law requires them to be finished.

Democrats, meanwhile, voiced uncertainty about the prospects of Secretary of State Ken Detzner, a Scott appointee, overseeing a complicated and legally fraught process involving the fate of his boss.

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