In Round 1, Scott Prevails: Snipes Ordered to Release Broward Voting Records

Share

Scott says "unethical liberals" are trying to steal the election.

It's all bringing back memories of year 2000, when the US presidential race was decided 36 days after Election Day in favor of Republican George W. Bush after numerous legal challenges.

In Florida, Rick Scott's campaign has filed motions for emergency injunctions to impound the voting records and equipment in Broward and Palm Beach counties.

"The ballot was laid out in an incompetent fashion by the incompetent supervisor of elections", Scott's attorney, Bill Scherer, said.

The latest recount underscores the deep divides plaguing one of the most critical states in American politics. That it's not moving fast enough therefore they've intervened to speed this up.

Protestors are enraged at Snipes, claiming that she is corrupt, according to Miami Herald reporter Alex Harris.

President Donald Trump has also weighed in on Florida's close elections. Bill Nelson, was granted immediate inspection of the most current information on the amount of ballots, both already cast and those still to be counted, by a judge in Florida Friday afternoon after filing suit against the election supervisor in Broward County. She reportedly declined to answer.

Many of Florida's 67 counties began their mandatory machine recounts of ballots in three key mid-term races on Sunday.

In a victory for Scott, a Broward County judge reportedly set a 7:00 pm (0000 GMT) deadline for county officials to turn over all voter data, arguing they failed to meet legal requirements. "Every couple of hours, it [Scott's lead] goes down a little bit".

On Saturday, state election monitors that were stationed in Broward County announced that there was no indication of criminal activity in the county, downplaying claims of fraud in the Florida vote. In the Senate race, Republican Gov. Rick Scott held a slim lead of about 15,000 votes over Sen.

More news: Saints place Dez Bryant on injured reserve
More news: BATE Borisov 0-1 Chelsea: Giroud header sends Chelsea through
More news: Will Smith and More Stars' Homes Threatened by California Wildfires

Congressman Matt Gaetz, a Republican from Fort Walton Beach, was in Broward County Friday as part of Scott's team.

"It seems unfair to be to disenfranchise 205 voters at the expense of a small number", Snipes said, adding that the number of invalid votes would be too smal to sway any of the races hanging in the balance.

But her page on the state's website begged to differ.

The legal efforts and counter-accusations come as the contest remains tight.

Snipes said "there's no calibration issue" with the machines, The Tampa Bay Times reported. However, Rubio said such action should occur after the current voting process is done.

In 2000, Florida decided the presidency by a few hundred votes in a contest that took more than five weeks to sort out. Results in each race were within a half-percentage point, the threshold for triggering a machine recount.

Gillum's campaign said it's monitoring the situation with an elections lawyer and readying for a possible state-mandated recount.

Sarah Revell, a spokeswoman for the Florida Department of State, said she didn't know of any other recount in a governor or Senate race in state history.

Nelson, accusing Scott of trying to suppress votes, fired back with a lawsuit of his own to block steps that would reject thousands of mail-in ballots.

One could also be issued in the tight gubernatorial race between the victor, GOP Rep. Ron DeSantis, and Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum, a Democrat.

Share