Published: Sat, November 10, 2018
Worldwide | By Myra Stephens

Dems Trying to Steal Florida Election? GOP Gov. Rick Scott Sounds Alarm

Dems Trying to Steal Florida Election? GOP Gov. Rick Scott Sounds Alarm

The initial count of votes has not yet been completed, as ballots in these populous, Democratic-leaning counties are still being counted. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, sought to inspect physical ballots only to discover Snipes' office had destroyed the originals but kept digital copies.

Nelson's campaign asserted that Scott was overstepping his bounds.

"I will not stand idly by while unethical liberals try to steal an election", Senate candidate Rick Scott said.

Information provided by The News Service of Florida.

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

Police officers were forced to bring metal detectors before the canvassing board could continue to count votes. He said they checked with the Department of State for any fraud claims against her and there were none.

With only about 15,000 votes separating U.S. Sen.

"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 awful history".

Scott holds a razor-thin lead over Nelson.

"This race is over", said Scott spokesman Chris Hartline. But an election summary report sent out Friday afternoon shows incumbent Sen.

Scott's complaint against Palm Beach County Supervisor of Elections Susan Bucher alleges first that officials there illegally refused to allow Republicans, or any witnesses, to monitor the county's handling of damaged absentee ballots. The race remains too close to call, with Nelson narrowly trailing Scott.

Nelson filed a lawsuit Friday morning asking that the deadline for local election officials to file preliminary unofficial vote totals to the state be extended past noon Saturday, a deadline dictated by Florida law.

Nelson filed his own federal lawsuit Friday, seeking to postpone the Saturday deadline to submit unofficial election results. "Take a look at Broward County", he said.

Marc Elias, a lawyer hired by Nelson, said he expects the margin to narrow further.

Gretl Plessinger, a spokeswoman for the Florida law enforcement agency, said by phone Thursday night that the agency would follow up on the governor's request.

Florida is the definitive swing state in US politics, and it's not uncommon for major statewide races to be decided by the narrowest of margins. The additional votes for Nelson came from overseas and provisional ballots, Griffin said.

Under Florida law, absentee and provisional ballots are only counted if the signatures on them match the signatures that elections offices have on record.

Scott announced Thursday he is suing the Palm Beach and Broward county supervisors of elections, saying "there may be rampant fraud" in the counties that heavily favor Democrats. He's asked the Florida Department of Law Enforcement to investigate. Nelson is going to be declared the victor and return to the U.S. Senate, ' said Marc Elias, a recount attorney hired by the Nelson campaign, in a conference call.

"It is not appropriate for the governor of any state to suggest that he's going to use the power of the state to interject", Elias said.

The "Emergency Recount Fund", as the campaign dubbed it says the money will be used "to ensure every vote is counted", but also vowed legal action "when necessary".

Scott is demanding Broward Elections Supervisor Brenda Snipes be ordered to turn over several records detailing the counting and collection of ballots cast in the election.

Former Republican Rep. Ron DeSantis and Tallahassee's Democratic Mayor Andrew Gillum are locked in a tight race for governor.

By law, any race with a lead of 0.5 percent or less triggers a mandatory machine recount.

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