Tuesday, 20 November, 2018

Matt Schlapp: Here’s What FL Dems Mean By ‘ Count Every Vote’

Republicans Score Major Upsets in Florida Obama-Backed 'Rising Star' Democrat Falls To Trump-Backed Republican In FL Governor Race
| 10 November, 2018, 07:17

An automatic machine recount is automatically triggered under Florida law if the margin between two candidates' share of the vote is with 0.5 percent. Under Maine's unique ranked-choice voting law, if no candidate receives a majority - that is 50 percent plus one of the vote - the Maine secretary of state conducts a recount.

Gillum's campaign said his initial concession Tuesday night was based on "best information available about the number of outstanding ballots" at the time.

Gillum's campaign said Thursday that he is "ready for any outcome", including a recount.

Gillum's campaign said it's monitoring the situation with an elections lawyer and preparing for a possible state-mandated recount.

Florida Republican Sen. Marco Rubio also called into question the fact that, days after the election ended, both Broward and Palm Beach Counties continue to apparently find more previously uncounted Democratic votes.

Florida's secretary of state has until November 10 to order a machine recount.

"I think it's very important for Governor Scott to speak out, because what you see from the Marc Elias statement-he was Hillary Clinton's lawyer in 2016, he's a Democratic powerhouse-he is clearly trying to go in strong and dominant the narrative from the outset", Continetti said on Fox News.

Another veteran of the 2000 legal battles, Mitchell Berger, a long-time Democratic donor and friend of Al Gore, joined the Florida Democratic Party's legal team.

"Rick Scott's action appears to be politically motivated and borne out of desperation", McLaughlin added. That margin, if it holds, would require a recount, but DeSantis has mostly stayed out of the fray, saying he was working on plans for taking office in January. "Come on", said a Republican official in Florida.


Amid mounting concern over Kemp's oversight role in elections, Kemp resigned Thursday as secretary of state, but repeated his assertion that he defeated Abrams. At that time, the "under vote" ballots could be sidetracked and set aside for examination by hand in the event a hand count is necessary. "Democrats will take every step to ensure that every single ballot is counted and we will be pursuing a recount in Nikki Fried's election for the Commissioner of Agriculture and Consumer Affairs".

"Every Floridian should be concerned there may be rampant fraud in Palm Beach and Broward counties", Scott said. He has benefited from the support of President Trump, who has held multiple rallies to back his campaign, and current governor Rick Scott.

The state's elections unexpectedly devolved into calamity Thursday thanks largely to thousands of votes belatedly trickling out of heavily Democratic South Florida. But so far, they have only tabulated 665,688 ballots in the Senate race.

Another Florida race may be headed for a recount - the contest for Agriculture Commissioner. In addition, they offered no explanation for why the alleged problems and continuing vote counts appear to be occurring only in precincts that traditionally skew in favor of Democrats.

He accused his opponents of "mysteriously finding more votes".

"I will not stand idly by as unethical liberals try to steal this election from the great people of Florida", Scott said.

"He didn't even know what the hell we were doing with the election", Lux said. "Nelson is going to be declared the victor and is going to return to the United States Senate", he said. 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.

But as vote counts updated Wednesday overnight - with elections employees running ballots through voting machines into the early morning - the margins shrank. "Nelson will be in the lead going into the recount, although I would say it's a jump ball", Elias said in a conference call with reporters Thursday.

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