Friday, 16 November, 2018

Rick Scott, Bill Nelson spar over Broward, Palm Beach vote counting

Andrew Gillum Ron DeSantis Rick Scott and Bill Nelson Modal Trigger Getty Images
Pablo Mccormick | 10 November, 2018, 04:11

Scott's showing in the Keys contrasts with other Republicans running for statewide office in Monroe County, where, outside of heavily progressive Key West, tends to vote solid red.

The first unofficial returns are due to the state Division of Elections by noon Saturday from all counties.

"Meantime the meeting taking place inside the the Broward County Supervisor of Elections building is straight out of 2000 as officials pore over individual ballots and bubbles versus check marks", reported CNN's Jessica Dean.

A lawyer for Nelson criticized Scott for using his official position to try to influence ballot counting.

The gap between Mr Scott - the outgoing governor of Florida - and incumbent Democratic Senator Nelson has narrowed to 0.2% as of Friday as Broward County votes are counted.

Mr Gillum trails Mr DeSantis now by less than 38,000 votes, which is in recount range if the margin holds.

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The margin in the Senate race of 0.18 percentage points meant the race was headed to a lengthy hand recount, triggered by law with margins of less than 0.25 percentage points.

His claim to have won the election was backed by President Trump who tweeted: "Law enforcement is looking into another big corruption scandal having to do with electoral fraud in Broward and Palm Beach". The governor, meanwhile, filed lawsuits in both counties seeking more information on how their ballots were being tallied.

According to the Sun Sentinel, an unusual pattern has emerged in Broward County, where many more people voted in local races than the U.S. Senate race, when the trend is typically the reverse.

The high profile political attorney was hired by the Nelson campaign and predicted Thursday in a conference call with reporters that Nelson can still win. Caldwell lost by 3,005 votes to Fried.

He said that if Scott follows through on his "veiled threat" of blocking the ongoing count of "ballots that have been lawfully cast", he would quickly go to court.

"I am confident, based on the experience in virtually every state including some pretty red states, that provisional ballots, when they are counted, are going to break Democratic", Elias said.

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Snipes's lack of transparency regarding the vote count has led a number of prominent Republicans, including Senator Marco Rubio of Florida and President Trump, to suggest that Democrats are resorting to fraud to overturn Scott's victory. But lawyers for Scott contended the information is already required to be collected under state law and should take minutes to provide.

Scott says "unethical liberals" are trying to steal the election. Nelson's lawyer called that race a "jump ball" - though Scott's campaign urged Nelson to concede.

The governor's race may also face a recount.

Our media completely believe without evidence that Donald Trump engaged in a 30-year conspiracy with Russian Federation to steal the 2016 election from Hillary Clinton, but have complete confidence in an election supervisor who earlier this year was found by Florida courts to have illegally hidden and destroyed ballots.

Various political figures beyond Scott have leveled charges against Snipes for her alleged actions. Kemp leads Abrams with 50.3% of the vote and has claimed victory, but Abrams, who would be the first female black governor in the U.S., has yet to concede, saying that some votes have not yet been counted.

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