Prospect of another recount in Florida sparks partisan showdown

Glen Norman
November 10, 2018

Sarah Revell, a spokeswoman for the Florida Department of State, said she didn't know of any other recount in a governor or Senate race in state history.

He returned to Twitter later with his thoughts on the Florida Senate race:"Mayor Gillum conceded on Election Day and now Broward County has put him "back into play". But as votes continued to be counted and DeSantis' lead shrank to less than half of a percentage point, Gillum stated demanding a recount.

Meanwhile, Democratic incumbent Sen.

The legal action comes as Nelson is headed toward a recount in his Senate race with Republican Gov. Rick Scott. "Here we are, 72 hours from the end of voting, 5 days from the end of early voting, and we still have massive vote counts going on, apparently, in Palm Beach and Broward counties".

The Broward County Canvassing Board was to meet in the early afternoon, and about 30 Republican protesters had gathered outside by midday.

Scott also said Palm Beach County officials refused to provide information on the ballot count, and were illegally denying party officials access to the ballot counting areas. He also filed suit against Palm Beach County Elections Supervisor Susan Bucher.


"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.

Florida's major elections were breathtakingly close.

Rick Scott had served as governor of Florida since 2011.

In a fiery press conference outside the Governor's Mansion, Scott blamed "unethical liberals" for swinging the election results in their favor and said he was asking FDLE to investigate the two elections officials. If the margin is within 0.25 percent, as it stood in the Senate race, a hand recount - slower and more thorough than by machine - is ordered.

Mr Gillum's campaign said it was prepared for any outcome, including a recount. "Since that time, it has become clear there are many more uncounted ballots than was originally reported", the campaign said.

"I would expect when we go into a machine recount and then a hand recount, right now the results are unknown who has won, and if I had to place a bet, I would say it is more likely than not Sen".


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

GOP Rep. Matt Gaetz said to reporters outside the courtroom "We're here to get her records to show that there is fraud or there isn't fraud".

Nelson's campaign and and the Democratic Executive Committee of Florida filed a lawsuit against Florida Secretary of State Ken Detzner over a "complete lack of uniformity" in the handling of vote-by-mail ballots and the signature matching process that is used to validate them.

On Nov. 8, he was branded by Trump as an "election stealing lawyer" in one of a series of tweets decrying the Florida recount efforts. Her office has broken the law and repeatedly botched election counting.

Marc Elias is a lawyer who was the general counsel for Hillary Clinton's 2016 presidential campaign, as well as for John Kerry's presidential campaign.

"The good news is that since the 2000 election, the process has improved both in terms of how people vote in Florida and the designation of a recount", he said.


But reports have poured in from voters complaining that their ballots had been improperly rejected; one came from Patrick Murphy, the former Democratic congressman from Palm Beach who tweeted: "Just saw notice from PBCounty that my absentee ballot wasn't counted due to "invalid signature" match".

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