Saturday Is The Deadline For Unofficial Election Results

Saturday Is The Deadline For Unofficial Election Results

"The Five" co-hosts reacted on Friday after a Florida judge sided with Republican Senate candidate and governor Rick Scott in ordering that Republicans be given "immediate" access to requested information about ballots in Broward County, amid explosive lawsuits against the county's top election official.

Scott's campaign and the National Republican Senatorial Committee filed a lawsuit late Thursday demanding that Broward Elections Supervisor Brenda Snipes be ordered to turn over several records detailing the counting and collection of ballots cast in Tuesday's election.

"Why can't Broward County elections do what 65 of 67 counties did, count all votes in timely way and in compliance with Florida law?" he asked in one tweet.

Nelson, who trails Gov. Rick Scott with a slim 0.18 percent margin, believes the final vote total will continue to move in his favor before a recount is called Saturday.

As Florida heads towards a machine recount for the Senate and gubernatorial races, prominent Republicans are alleging voter fraud by Democrats trying to create new votes for their candidates.

The gap between Mr Scott - the outgoing governor of Florida - and incumbent Democratic Senator Nelson has narrowed to 0.2% as of Friday as Broward County votes are counted.

She said Thursday that mail-in and provisional ballots were being counted as quickly as possible but that her office had been slowed by their volume.

A spokesman for Mr Nelson, Dan McLaughlin, said the lawsuits were politically motivated and "borne out of desperation". Nelson has not yet conceded to Scott, who now leads by less than 0.2 percent with ballots across the state still uncounted. Which, incidentally, would be illegal, since state law makes clear that any election where the results are within 0.5 percent must have a recount.

In Florida, the recounts and possible legal challenges mean it could be weeks until a victor is determined in either race.

In July, the South Florida Sun-Sentinel newspaper reported that in a lawsuit charging Snipes had illegally destroyed ballots, she "acknowledged the processes her office [has] been using aren't flawless and that some noncitizens and felons have voted despite not being eligible-especially right before major elections, when groups are actively registering new voters". Marx apparently found it a problem that Bucher's staff did not forward ballots to the canvassing board to decide if they were under or over votes.

The Nelson campaign's suit said the process is "standardless, inconsistent, and unreliable" and leads to "disproportionate rejection of VBM [vote by mail] and provisional ballots cast by ethnic and racial minorities, as well as young, first-time voters". Marco Rubio have implied that Broward County election officials are committing fraud by miscounting or creating votes.

Scott declared victory Tuesday night, but the race is still too close to call, according to NBC News.

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. Florida a state with a tradition of recounts, is in for another political storm.

"This is voter fraud, and we're not going to take it anymore", yelled a protester.

Moments later, as the president was en route to Paris for a meeting with world leaders, he tweeted, "You mean they are just now finding votes in Florida and Georgia - but the Election was on Tuesday?"

As of Friday morning, Scott led Nelson by about 15,000 votes, and DeSantis led Gillum by about 36,000 votes. Almost halfway across the Atlantic, he wrote: "Rick Scott was up by 50,000+ votes on Election Day, now they "found" many votes and he is only up 15,000 votes. Florida voted for Rick Scott!".

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