Recount: Scott attorneys demand answers from Broward County, FDLE launches investigation

Larry Hoffman
November 10, 2018

The race has tightened since Gillum conceded Tuesday night to Republican Ron DeSantis. Basically it's a swing state in a relatively Democratic year with a Democratic incumbent - it all looked like a real advantage for Nelson.

Scott's campaign filed the lawsuits late Thursday, when he said during a news conference that "unethical liberals" are trying to steal the election.

Scott's lead in the Senate contest was reduced to just 15,000 votes over Nelson as of Friday, setting up the possibility of a recount. He will continue to fight for full transparency and accountability, and to protect the will of Florida voters. "Rick Scott's action appears to be politically motivated and borne out of desperation".

While the Florida Department of Law Enforcement said there had been no allegations of fraud, Scott asked - but did not order - the agency to investigate the counties' elections departments.

"It is frightening. Legal teams are engaging, but this is something that Democrats and Republicans should be coming together on because I don't know how these 80,000 votes came out of thin air and why isn't she following the law set forth by state of Florida?" Under Florida law, a recount is mandatory if the winning candidate's margin is less than 0.5 percentage points.

The AP has not called a victor in the Senate race.

The candidates, as of Thursday morning, are about 21,000 votes apart with Rick Scott in the lead. "Nelson will prevail in a recount", Marc Elias, a lawyer for Nelson, told reporters on Friday.

"Mayor Gillum conceded on Election Day and now Broward County has put him 'back into play.' Bill Nelson conceded Election - now he's back in play!?"

Mr Gillum's campaign said it was prepared for any outcome, including a recount. The Florida vote was ultimately settled in Bush's favor by a margin of 537 votes when the U.S. Supreme Court, in Bush v. Gore, stopped a recount that had been initiated on a ruling by the Florida Supreme Court.

"It's a great honor", he said. If recounts do go forward, the state will find itself under national scrutiny, just as it was in 2000. That has changed, with the Legislature passing a clear procedure on how a recount should be conducted.

"There's a lot of people who have partisan interests in these races making claims", Harf said.

As it stands, counties across Florida have until noon on Saturday to submit their unofficial totals.

Scott has responded by accusing county election supervisors Snipes and Palm Beach County Supervisor of Elections Susan Bucher of corruption.

Thursday on the radio, LevinTV host Mark Levin alerted listeners to the continued ballot-counting in Florida, which Florida Sen. The lawsuit also says the county has not followed the correct review procedures for determining whether ballots are "overvoted" or "undervoted", meaning there are too many or too few bubbles filled in. "It is sad and embarrassing that Bill Nelson would resort to these low tactics after the voters have clearly spoken".

Nelson and the Florida Democratic Party are suing to prevent elections officials statewide from throwing out mail-in votes and provisional ballots.

Meanwhile, Nelson's reelection campaign has filed a lawsuit against Florida Secretary of State Ken Detzner over vote-by-mail ballots.

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