Thursday, 13 December, 2018

Key Court Battles Loom in Florida Recount

Trump urges Florida to end vote recount and hand elections to Republicans Trump seeks end to Florida recount as Republicans' leads shrink
Kenny Thornton | 14 November, 2018, 21:26

"There's zero evidence backing up claims by Republican extremists that Democrats are trying to steal the election", Nelson tweeted Monday.

Gievers agreed to the delay because Palm Beach does not have enough machines to do four recounts at the same time.

"When will Bill Nelson concede in Florida?" the president tweeted.

Rick Scott, the state's governor now vying to be a U.S. senator, echoed that allegation on Fox News and said that there had been "no transparency" in a recount that has seen 93,000 ballots materialise after election day that weren't counted previously.

But there have been problems. "All over Florida, the elections have been a cluster-k, and everyone is contributing to it", starting with Broward County's Brenda Snipes, a Democrat, but also Republican officials.

White House spokeswoman Mercedes Schlapp said on Tuesday (Wednesday NZT) the president "obviously has his opinion" on the recount.

Broward elections officials have said this year's count was encumbered by the unexpectedly high turnout for a midterm election and the unusual length of this year's ballots, which contained 12 state constitutional amendment proposals, partly as a result of a constitutional revision commission that meets once every 20 years. It was unclear what he was referring to. During the 2004 presidential election, Snipes blamed the U.S. Postal Service for losing 58,000 absentee ballots, then later announced that only 6,000 ballots had disappeared.

Schlapp said, "It's been incredibly frustrating to watch". That means about 174,000 early voting ballots in the state's third most populous county will have to be recounted.

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DeSantis' 0.4 percent lead and Scott's 0.2 percent lead may be close enough to trigger an automatic recount, but neither race comes close to the miniscule margin in 2000, when George W. Bush led Vice President Al Gore by 0.03 percent, and was ultimately declared the victor by 537 votes.

By law, a recount was implemented in the too-close-to-call governor's race between Republican Ron DeSantis and Democrat Andrew Gillum, where DeSantis' winning margin was less than 0.5 percent. All three of the races that are being recounted - the Governor's race, the US Senate race and the Agriculture commissioner race - are on the first page, so those pages need to be isolated in every single one of the 67 counties across the state. "We are asking the court, when these ballots in these voting machines are not in use, to have someone other than Dr. Snipes, other than someone who listens and reports to Dr. Snipes be a part of the inspection process". "Supervisor Snipes should be removed from her office following the recounts", Bush said in a Twitter post. Lawyers for Secretary of State Ken Detzner have asked that the lawsuit be moved to federal court.

Florida Circuit Chief Judge Jack Tuter ruled there is no evidence of fraud and called on both sides to "ramp down the rhetoric". The campaign said it sought to allow local elections officials "the time they say is needed to finish a legally mandated and accurate recount".

Florida is home to some of the most restrictive voting laws in the country (one of which was overturned this cycle, giving roughly 1.4 million ex-felons the right to vote), and with each attack on democracy from people who are poised to win these elections, you can't help but wonder if they're trying to hide more subtle attacks on our democracy that helped them win these elections.

"We won", he said. The county was devastated by a Category 4 hurricane in October, and Scott ordered some special provisions for early voting there. Manatee County election workers had to start over after about five hours of counting, because the elections supervisor forgot to press a button that would identify blank ballots.

Ion Sancho, who recently retired as an elections supervisor in northern Florida after three decades said of the Broward elections office: "There's nothing criminal going on here".

But various counties are struggling to make the initial deadline.

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