Trump calls for halting recounts in Florida races for governor and Senate

FL-Sen Democrat Bill Nelson files lawsuit to count mail-in ballots that arrived late

Standing with Mr. Schumer at the Capitol, Mr. Nelson again called on Mr. Scott to recuse himself from the entire process, though Mr. Scott's campaign has pointed out that a governor has no role in vote-recounts, so there's nothing from which to recuse himself. After that, any contests where the winning margin is under a quarter of a percent of the total vote will proceed to a hand recount where apparent anomalies (e.g., the sizable "undercount" of Senate votes in Broward County) that might have been produced by faulty machines will be resolved.

Florida's election recount of its Senate and governor's races is chugging along as more irregularities are uncovered.

That assessment, which was first reported by the Miami Herald, jives with that given by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, which said Friday it has also seen no allegations of fraud. His lawyers also said mail-in ballots postmarked before election day but delivered too late should be counted.

Once the machine recount is complete, a hand recount will be ordered in any race where the difference is 0.25 percentage points or less, meaning it could take even longer to complete the review of the Senate race if the difference remains narrow.

Jim Bonfiglio, a Democrat running for the Legislature, filed the lawsuit asking that recount deadlines be suspended.

The recounts are occurring in accordance with Florida law because of the tight margins in the vote count. The state is now in the middle of recounting ballots, as three races have been too close to call. If a county does not finish in time, the law states, the provisional results that were submitted to the state on Saturday stand. ...

Camille Gallo, a spokeswoman for the Senate GOP campaign, countered, "Despite Schumer's nonsensical claim that victory is right around the corner, it's well past time for Nelson to hang it up and let Floridians move on from his failed reelection campaign".

The state elections department and the Florida department of law enforcement, which are run by Republican appointees, have said they have seen no evidence of voter fraud. Bill Nelson is 0.14 percentage point - about one vote for every 700 cast.

Gov. Rick Scott will not participate in the Elections Canvassing Commission on Tuesday, relieving him from the chance that he could certify - or not - the results of his U.S. Senate race.

Trump said "large numbers of new ballots showed up out of nowhere and many ballots are missing or forged", insisting that "an honest vote count is no longer possible".

A mechanic was flown in to fix the problems, but 'we don't have a lot of assurances, ' Palm Beach County Elections Supervisor Susan Bucher told WPTV Tuesday night.

The deadline to finish the machine recount is 3 p.m. Thursday.

Several pro-Trump Facebook pages and one Twitter account on Monday posted the home address and phone number of the Broward County, Florida, election supervisor who has been the target of blistering criticism from the president and other Republicans amid highly politicized vote recounts. Bill Nelson, whom he is hoping to unseat, of trying to "commit fraud to try to win this election".

Florida's Palm Beach County was forced to restart its recount of about 175,000 early votes after its ballot-counting machines malfunctioned Tuesday.

In its new lawsuits against Snipes and Bucher, Scott's campaign seeks to have authorities "impound and secure all voting machines, tallying devices, and ballots when not in use until such time as any recounts, election contests, or litigation related to the 2018 general election for the office of United States Senator are complete".

More than 6 in 10 say it will be good for the country that Democrats will be in charge of the US House, higher than in any of those midterms save 2006, when 67% considered the Democratic takeover of the House good for the country.

Likewise, a growing chorus has questioned the competency of Broward County's Brenda Snipes, the election supervisor, an elected Democrat. Rick Scott and Sen. Almost 600,000 ballots were cast in the county. "When we can't trust our elections, we don't have a democracy".

Florida governor race candidate Andrew Gillum.



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