Published: Sat, November 10, 2018

Not So Fast: Scott-Nelson Senate Race Could Require Recount

Not So Fast: Scott-Nelson Senate Race Could Require Recount

"We're going to fight". Every person in Florida knows exactly what is happening. "Well, here we go again", Scott said outside the front door of the governor's mansion in Tallahassee.

Florida law provides for automatic recounts when the margin of victory for the victor and runner-up for an office is equal to or less than 0.5 percent, according to Ballotpedia.org. "Rick Scott's action appears to be politically motivated and borne out of desperation".

Some of the counties said they would make final determinations on these ballots on Friday. I fully support and commend the Governor for directing FDLE to investigate. One investigation, published in 2014, found 31 possible cases of in-person voter fraud out of more than 1 billion ballots cast over a 14-year period.

Florida's governor's race on Thursday joined contests for U.S. Senate and state agricultural commissioner headed toward recounts as continued vote-counting in Democratic strongholds threatened apparent Republican winners. If the margins remain under the 0.5 percent threshold, recounts must be ordered under state law. The race for governor is similarly complicated: Although Democrat Andrew Gillum conceded to Republican Ron DeSantis on Tuesday, his campaign opened the door to participating in a recount on Thursday.

Florida election results remain undecided with both the senate and governor's races falling under the 0.50% margin that triggers an automatic recount, with the latest results on November 8. Such a recount would involve running ballots through tabulating machines to determine the accuracy of the vote totals, according to state law.

"It has become clear there are many more uncounted ballots than was originally reported", his campaign said in a statement, noting they are ready for a state-mandated recount. That's a.47 percent vote margin, which triggers an automatic statewide recount. Both are heavily Democratic.

At least two other races are also likely to be subject to a recount, including the Senate race between Gov. Rick Scott (R) and incumbent Sen.

Broward also experienced an "unusual undervote pattern", Elias said. It was unknown late Thursday how many Broward had accepted.

Nikki Fried leads Matt Caldwell by just 575 votes, according to the Florida Division of Elections. By Thursday evening, that number jumped to 712,840. "And they refuse to disclose # of ballots they have left".

The county is making some progress.


"The goal here is to see that all the votes in Florida are counted and counted accurately".

And a circuit court judge ruled earlier this year that Snipes broke federal and state law by too quickly destroying ballots from the August 2016 primaries amid a lawsuit seeking access to the ballots.

Scott's campaign urged Nelson to concede.

"I believe Sen. Nelson will prevail", Elias said.

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 suggested something was awry because vote-counters were taking longer there than in other jurisdictions, and his thin lead has kept narrowing since Election Night.

Days after midterm voting, as ballots are still being counted, Republican lawmakers who are holding on to tight leads in midterm states are alleging foul play and voter fraud. Palm Beach and Broward counties haven't completed their vote-by-mail tallies yet, and all but a handful of counties have yet to complete reviews of provisional ballots.

Elias added that vote-by-mail ballots and provisional ballots initially rejected because the signatures didn't match historically tend to break for Democrats.

The Associated Press has called the governor's race for DeSantis.

And if ballot design is the problem, even after the recount, the Nelson campaign may find few new votes in Florida's most democratic county.

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