Florida and Georgia prepare for recounts amid claims of irregularities

Minnie Murray
November 10, 2018

Plessinger went on to say that because of the message from the Department of State, her agency is not actively investigating anything related to the election, including the officials in Broward and Palm Beach counties.

This is a big blow to Scott who now holds only a.18% point lead in his race against incumbent Bill Nelson.

A Broward County judge has ordered the immediate release of voter information sought by Florida Gov. Rick Scott from the county's supervisor of elections.

American President Donald trump called a "fraud" attempt of representatives of the US Democratic party to find voices in favor of their candidate in Florida. The question is, "what is Governor Rick Scott going to do about it?" Mr. Trump wrote, referring also to Palm Beach County, which has also been slow in its vote-counting process.

Bill Nelson, filed an emergency complaint to enforce Florida's public records act late Thursday night against Broward County Supervisor of Elections Brenda Snipes. Bucher ran in a special election to replace him and won. After that, if the margin of victory is still within 0.25 percent, a manual recount must occur, but only of undervotes and overvotes.

Tim Cerio, an attorney with the Scott campaign, said he has spent the past few days in Broward County and "it's not an overstatement to say it was a shocking experience".

In Broward County, for example, the number of ballots has increased by almost 90 percent from figures county officials released on November 6, according to the Scott campaign. Broward was the setting for some of the most contentious debates over "hanging chads" and other ballot irregularities that determined the outcome of the 2000 presidential contest between George W. Bush and Al Gore. Snipes claimed that this was because of the high volume of mail-in ballots which arrived before the deadline on Tuesday.

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

An enterprising reporter from Local 10 News managed to catch Snipes, who has been the elections supervisor since 2003, as she exited the restroom.

Snipes has previously been accused of mismanaging elections, and a a circuit court judge ruled that Snipes broke federal and state law by too quickly destroying ballots from the August 2016 primaries earlier this year. Democrats were seeking to intervene "to protect those votes and ensure a fair count", according to a tweet by Democratic lawyer Marc Elias.

In a follow-up tweet, he said, "Don't worry, Florida - I am sending much better lawyers to expose the FRAUD!" - again without providing evidence of any such malfeasance.

"Earlier in the day, Trump had lashed out two additional times about the Florida recount efforts, writing first, ".@BrianKempGA ran a great race in Georgia - he won.

With a razor-thin margin in the race for Florida's U.S. Senate, the two sides are throwing jabs at each other over separate lawsuits.

Information provided by The News Service of Florida.

"If you look at Broward and Palm Beach [counties] to a lesser extent ... they have had a terrible history", the president told reporters outside the White House before hopping on a plane for his trip to Paris.

The demonstration takes place one day after a storage container labeled "Provisional Ballot Box" was found at Sunshine Elementary School in Miramar.

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