Published: Wed, November 14, 2018
Worldwide | By Myra Stephens

Palm Beach forced to start over after voting machines overheat

Palm Beach forced to start over after voting machines overheat

Yesterday, a Florida judge appointed by former Republican Gov. Jeb Bush struck down current Republican Gov. Rick Scott's attempt to impound voting machines to disrupt the recount, and the judge told everyone to tone down the rhetoric about elections supposedly being "stolen".

Mr Trump's call to end the recount, which is mandated by Florida law because of the closeness of the races, came even though state rules allow election officials to wait 10 days for absentee ballots submitted by registered voters living outside the U.S., including active-duty military personnel.

Mr Scott has filed a number of lawsuits over the recounts amid ongoing election drama echoing Florida's dramatic role in the 2000 U.S. presidential vote recount.

Leon County Circuit Judge Karen Gievers ruled in favor of lifting the 3 p.m. Thursday deadline in Palm Beach County and giving county elections officials until November 27 to complete their recounts, in lawsuit filed by Democratic Florida House District 89 candidate Jim Bonfiglio, but the ruling was nullified as Detzner's notice was filed hours earlier.

In addition to the continuous post-election count in Broward and Palm Beach counties, news broke this week that in one of the Panhandle counties ravaged by Hurricane Michael last month, the supervisor of elections allowed some voters to submit ballots by email, for which there is no provision in state law. Palm Beach county had admitted that it will not finish its recount by the Thursday deadline because its 11-year-old tallying machines are not fast enough, while in Broward County, additional sheriff's deputies were sent to guard ballots and voting machines.

Nelson has called on Scott to recuse himself from "any role" in Florida's recount process.

Former state governor Scott accused the Democrats of trying to "commit fraud to try to win this election", and is going ahead with new-member orientation activities in Washington this week. She also has built her name recognition by using office resources during elections.

"When will Bill Nelson concede in Florida?' Trump wrote".

The Florida governor's race between Democrat Andrew Gillum and Republican Ron DeSantis, though more contentious on the campaign trail, has not seen the same type of legal battle play out over the recount effort. Arizona just decided its Senate race on Monday and Georgia is still trying to figure out its next governor, "but the real post-Election Day drama is happening, as always, in Florida, the Florida of states".

U.S. President Donald Trump, seen here speaking with DeSantis and Scott, seems to have revived a tactic from his 2016 campaign: Claiming the election is rigged in anticipation of a result that could go against him. Yet next door, in Broward County, the official recount hadn't even started yet.

In the Senate race, Scott's lead over incumbent Democratic Sen. Rick Scott and Sen.

A week after the 2012 election, about 1,000 uncounted ballots were suddenly discovered. "That's insane because I have not done anything wrong", she said. State officials said they have no evidence of criminal conduct in the still-unresolved Senate election. The state has a compelling interest in bringing elections to an efficient close, after all, and if 66 out of 67 counties can meet a deadline, Bucher can too - or just stick with the original count.

Once the recount is complete, if the differences in any of the races are 0.25 percentage points or less, a hand recount will be ordered.

Last weekend, Democratic challengers from the Golden State picked up two other seats, in the 25th and 48th Districts. However, a quick count is not required: State law says the initial tally must be finished four days after the election and Broward and Palm Beach met the deadline.

The state's Attorney General, Republican Pam Bondi, echoed Scott's calls for an investigation, but FDLE has maintained that there are is no evidence to justify that step. "Legal voters in Florida are outraged, and Brenda Snipes must be removed", says the ad by Great America PAC, which suggests blatant fraud but offers no evidence.

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