Published: Sat, November 10, 2018
Global Media | By Derrick Guzman

Florida is again at the center of an election controversy

Florida is again at the center of an election controversy

Then, Snipes's office dropped 2,400 blank absentee ballots for votersoff at the post office on a Saturday before the election, after mail carriers were already gone for the day.

Scott has argued in a court filing earlier this week "t$3 wo days after voting has concluded, the Supervisor of Elections is unwilling to disclose records revealing how many electors voted, how many ballots have been canvassed, and how many ballots remain to be canvassed", Law and Crime reported.

Scott is now ahead of Nelson by about 15,000 votes.

As the Palm Beach County Supervisor of Elections notes on its website, "The deadline to rectify a vote by mail missing the voter's signature is 5 p.m. on the day before an election".

The governor filed lawsuits in both counties seeking more information on how their ballots were being tallied.

"FDLE is working with the Department of State and we will investigate any allegations of criminal activity or fraud", FDLE spokeswoman Gretl Plessinger told TPM.

Elias bases his claims largely in part to what is happening in Broward County where they are still counting ballots and where there was a large undervote in the Senate race.

Scott announced the suit and his call for an investigation at a press conference at the governor's mansion Thursday night. "Law Enforcement is looking into another big corruption scandal having to do with Election Fraud in #Broward and Palm Beach". Scott's lead over Sen.

Florida law requires a statewide (machine) recount when the margin of victory is less than 0.5% and mandates a manual recount when that margin is less than 0.25%.

Trump said Scott "won by a comfortable margin", though he noted that "every couple of hours, it goes down a little bit".

This theory is buttressed by the fact that undervoting in the Senate race was especially pronounced in Florida's 24th Congressional District, where no House race was listed (as the incumbent ran unopposed), and thus the Senate race box was even lower down on the ballot's left-hand side. Overnight Thursday for instance, the lead swapped in the Senate race in Arizona, with Democratic nominee Kyrsten Sinema pulling slightly ahead of Republican Martha McSally.

Scott's lawsuits came as Andrew Gillum, the Democratic candidate for Florida governor, said he was preparing for a recount in the state and had hired attorney Barry Richard, who represented George Bush in the 2000 recount. He also requests Saturday's deadline to canvas ballots be extended until the legal matter is resolved.

But Palm Beach was also the home to the infamous "butterfly ballot" that many Democrats believe cost Gore the election.

Earlier Friday, Nelson lawyer Marc Elias criticized Scott for suggesting that he might get the state government involved.

A group of about 30 sign-holding Republican protesters gathered outside the office of Broward County Supervisor of Elections Brenda Snipes, singing "The Star Spangled Banner" and "God Bless America".

Amid Florida's continued vote counting Friday afternoon, Republicans Ron DeSantis and Rick Scott held narrow leads for governor and the Senate respectively, although their margins are both within the 0.5 percentage point threshold for a machine recount.

Democrats frequently poo poo concerns of election integrity, oppose voter ID laws, push for former felons to regain the right to vote, and dismiss reports of illegal immigrants and dead people casting ballots.

He followed that with an apparently sarcastic tweet about the USA intelligence community's findings that Russian Federation has interfered in US elections, including his 2016 victory.

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