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Florida is again at the center of an election controversy

Florida may be heading for a ballot recount — again Florida is again at the center of an election controversy
Bennie Garza | 10 November, 2018, 04:14

The Florida Elections Canvassing Commission, comprised of Gov. Rick Scott and two Cabinet members, is slated to meet 9 a.m. November 20 to certify the election results.

Florida counties will continue canvassing operations until noon on Saturday, at which point state law requires them to be finished.

In Arizona, another tight senate race has yet to conclude - and the state's Republican party is now suing over how some counties handle mail-in ballots, USA media report. But unlike Scott, DeSantis decidedly defeated Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum with nearly 52 percent of the vote among Keys voters choosing the next governor.

"Well, it could be", Trump said when asked if the federal government could get involved, "because if you look at Broward, and Palm Beach to a lesser extent, if you look at Broward County, they have had a frightful history". Gillum, who had conceded Tuesday night before DeSantis' margin narrowed, now says his campaign is preparing for a recount.

Meanwhile, President Donald Trump tweeted on the Senate fray: "Law Enforcement is looking into another big corruption scandal having to do with Election Fraud in #Broward and Palm Beach".

As every vote counts, more than 1,000 votes in Lee County will not be counted. The Republican candidate for Senate there, Governor Rick Scott, has seen his lead over incumbent Democrat Bill Nelson shrink since Election Day.

Photos shared on Twitter showed that on the ballot papers in Broward county the section where voters could opt for Scott or Nelson was located in the bottom left of the ballot, beneath instructions on how to vote. "The supervisors, Brenda Snipes and Susan Booker, can not seem to say how many ballots still exist and where these ballots came from or where they have been".

Elias, a Democratic elections lawyer who has a good success rate with candidates caught up in statewide recounts, said he understands why Scott and his allies are so anxious, with the election night margin of 30,000 votes now cut in half.

Scott filed lawsuit against Broward County Supervisors of Election Brenda Snipes Thursday night, asking the court to order Snipes to turn over several records detailing the counting and collection of ballots. Nelson's lawyer called that race a "jump ball" - though Scott's campaign urged Nelson to concede.

Kemp has already claimed victory, and his campaign released a statement saying Abrams was trying to "steal" the election in a courtroom.

CNN reported that nearly25,000 voters in Broward county had cast a vote for governorbut not for one of the Senate candidates - a discrepancy that CNN said was not matched in other counties.

However, the Associated Press is reporting that Mr DeSantis has won the election.

"I firmly believe at the end of this process Senator Nelson is going to prevail", said Attorney Marc Elias.

Snipes has a history of being involved in controversial actions involving elections.

All the complaining Trump, Scott and other Republicans are doing about ballots still being counted in heavily Democratic South Florida counties is either based on ignorance of the process or a deliberate effort to mislead the public, Elias added. Scott's thin lead over Nelson has narrowed in the vote-counting in the days since he declared victory on Tuesday night.

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