Thursday, 15 November, 2018

Midterm elections: Florida polls face possible recounts

Republicans Score Major Upsets in Florida US midterms: Disappointed Democrats pin hopes on Florida's ex-cons
Steven Clarke | 10 November, 2018, 01:31

Scott said they're "mysteriously finding more votes".

The Nelson campaign suggested it could have been the result of a faulty ballot scanner or scanners. Marco Rubio, appeared to be victorious on election night.

Florida Republican Party chair Blaise Ingoglia said the results would end up the same after any mandated recount.

A spokesperson for Snipes told the Tampa Bay Times that Scott's action was a desperate move.

In a statement, he said, "As the other 65 counties know too well, this is not the first time Palm Beach and Broward counties have failed its citizens - but it should be the last". I fully support and commend the Governor for directing FDLE to investigate.

Gillum encouraged voters Thursday to follow up and make sure their ballots were counted, as votes were still being tallied.

The race between Democratic Senator Bill Nelson and Republican challenger Rick Scott, Florida's term-limited governor, was even closer: Scott leads by 17,344 votes, or 0.22%.

The updated numbers showed Scott with 4,074,001 votes, or 50.21 percent, while Democratic incumbent Bill Nelson had 4,039,498 votes, or 49.79 percent. Under state law in Florida, a recount is mandatory if the winning candidate's margin is 0.5 percentage points or less.

As of Wednesday morning, DeSantis led Gillum by 43,039 votes out of almost 8.2 million cast, or a difference of 0.526 percentage points.

The campaign for Andrew Gillum announced Thursday it was bringing on Barry Richard, a lawyer who worked on the Florida recount in 2000, to handle operations for a possible statewide recount.

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

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And then, Nelson and Gillum discovered that there were more outstanding votes from heavily Democratic counties than they had realized.

Current Florida Gov. Rick Scott, locked in a tight Senate race, said in a news conference Thursday night that "the people of Florida deserve fairness and transparency and the supervisors are failing to give it to us".

Broward also experienced an "unusual undervote pattern", Elias said. On Thursday afternoon, the Supervisor of Elections website reported that 695,799 ballots were cast. By Thursday evening, that number jumped to 712,840. In May 2018, a state judge ruled she had violated state, and federal, laws by destroying ballots early from the race in which Tim Canova challenged Rep.

The county is making some progress.

Gillum, who conceded the race Tuesday night, has grown more supportive of a recount. She is also facing a hand recount in a close contest against Republican Matt Caldwell for state agriculture commissioner.

Broward and Palm Beach Counties and the notorious "hanging chad" were focal points of the 2000 presidential election between George W. Bush and Al Gore that was decided by the Florida vote, which Bush won by 537 votes out of almost 6 million cast. Florida voters fill in paper ballots by hand using a pen and no longer cast the punch-card ballots that produced the infamous "hanging chads" in the 2000 presidential election. County canvassing boards appoint counting teams to view ballots and determine the voter's intent, which is by law "a clear indication on the ballot that a voter made a definite choice".

He said provisional and mail-in ballots initially rejected because officials didn't believe signatures matched those on file, historically tend to break for Democrats.

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

But Abrams' campaign maintains it just wants all provisional and absentee ballots to be counted before she decides to concede.

In Miami-Dade, all ballots, votes have been counted and were sent to the Secretary of State's office by election night.

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