Saturday, 15 December, 2018

Nelson campaign seeks to lift Florida recount deadlines

A device is used to straighten ballots before machine counting during a recount at the Broward County Supervisor of Elections office in Lauderhill Florida on Nov 11 2018 Trump urges Florida to end vote recount and hand elections to Republicans
| 15 November, 2018, 06:28

"Now, Scott is once again trying to divert attention and resources from a smooth and successful recount".

The "decision to lift Thursday's 3 p.m. deadline in Palm Beach County was trumped", the Palm Beach Post reported. "5 days after last early vote was cast they remain ONLY county which still has not completed its early vote count", Rubio tweeted.

In the state of Florida, Supervisors of Elections are required to send vote-by-mail ballots to US uniformed service members on active duty, Merchant Marine members, their spouses and dependents and USA citizens living overseas who request them no later than 45 days before each election. "Whether we are wide awake or exhausted, we have plenty of errors in our elections", Walker said after Mohammad Jazil, a lawyer for Florida's secretary of state, suggested that a prolonged recount would mean more errors because election officials would be exhausted.

Right now, Palm Beach County looks like it could miss the Thursday deadline, even though Nelson and Democrats filed lawsuits seeking to suspend it.

The developments are fueling frustrations among Democrats and Republicans as the recount unfolds more than a week after Election Day.

Although the Florida recount examining ballots cast in both the Florida Senate and Florida gubernatorial race has been a series of massive - and often very public - errors, from allegations of misplaced and mishandled ballots to vote-counting machines being pushed so far beyond their limit they're overheating, so far there have been only a few allegations of true "vote manipulation", and this is the first allegation to be referred to the federal government.

"The courts have already forced Rick Scott to drop a lawsuit after false claims of fraud, and the Florida Department of Law Enforcement rejected his desperate attempts to interfere with the important work of counting ballots", they told Politico. Under current law, a voter has until the day before Election Day to fix a problem. Bill Nelson. "So I think at this point that it's going to go through the process of the manual recount and the machine recount and we'll see what happens, but we're confident that Rick Scott will be the next senator of Florida". The 2000 Bush v. Gore recount and subsequent legal battle that ended in the Supreme Court was mentioned throughout the hearing, often in a somewhat joking matter.

Yet there he was at Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's left shoulder Wednesday when the Kentucky Republican welcomed GOP senators who will take their seats in January when the new Congress is sworn in.

During the brief photo-op in McConnell's Capitol office, Scott did not reply to a question about whether he contends there was fraud in the election.


Critics have called Scott's response dictatorial, while the president has accused Democrats of trying to steal the elections.

Trump pointed to previous alleged election violations by Snipes, including destroying ballots and opening ballots illegally. "But now those ballots, as I understand it, came from valid Broward voters", said Snipes. They place stacks of ballots into feeders that run through several per second. Then the canvassing board will re-examine the ballots to make sure they're correct before they're recounted.

Florida law also requires votes be counted according to certain deadlines, but Schumer dismissed that by pointing to the Electoral College. In the governor's contest, unofficial results showed DeSantis ahead of Gillum by 0.41 percentage points.

The county was already behind because it can't recount multiple races simultaneously.

The Florida Department of Elections has asked federal prosecutors to investigate the first possible violation of elections law reported this election - letters sent by the Florida Democratic Party to voters in four counties, including Broward, telling them they could fix issues with mail-in ballots by November 8 instead of the actual deadline, November 6.

A hand count of ballots showing overvotes or undervotes is expected to begin at 6 a.m. Friday, D'Alessandro said.

Democrats are asking U.S. District Judge Mark Walker to throw out Florida's existing signature match law.

President Donald Trump called for the firing of Broward County Elections Supervisor Brenda Snipes and suggested without evidence that Republicans don't win elections "because of potentially illegal votes" during an interview on Wednesday.

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