Saturday, 15 December, 2018

Broward County: Trump wades into Florida Senate election chaos

Orlando Florida. U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson, who was campaigning in the area and outgoing Republican Florida Gov. Ric Florida Recounts for Senate Governor Likely Beginning of a Long Battle Jeff J Mitchell Getty Images 8 Nov 2018
Deanna Wagner | 10 November, 2018, 04:14

"I will not sit idly by while unethical liberals try to steal this election from the great people of Florida".

Nelson filed his own federal lawsuit Friday, seeking to postpone the Saturday deadline to submit unofficial election results. The county's then-elections supervisor, Democrat Theresa LePore, wanted to make the 10 presidential candidates' names bigger on the ballot so senior citizens could read them.

Scott then filed a lawsuit against Broward Elections Supervisor Brenda Snipes and held a press conference to announce that he'd ordered a Florida Department of Law Enforcement investigation into the beleaguered politician.

"Election officials are literally just counting the ballots". As of Friday morning, DeSantis led Gillum by 0.44 percentage point. Broward and Palm Beach counties are Democratic strongholds, and Snipes and Bucher are Democrats.

Scott, expressing concern about "rampant fraud" in the two counties, also directed the Florida Department of Law Enforcement to investigate the election offices.

Zeckman said Friday that the lawsuit is asking the court "to overrule election officials and accept ballots that were not legally cast".

In California, more than 4 million votes have yet to be counted.

Scott - the Republican gubernatorial incumbent narrowly leading in the state's race for a U.S. Senate seat - and the National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC) alleged that Broward election officials were hiding critical information about the number of votes cast and counted. Both Scott and Nelson sought to get the courts to intervene.

"He himself said that as ballots are being counted, it is tightening".

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High-profile USA elections in Florida remained unresolved and the prospect of legal challenges, recounts and ballot reviews are setting the stage for possible weeks of uncertainty. Two days after voting has concluded, the Supervisor Of Elections is unwilling to disclose records revealing how many electors voted, how many ballots have been canvassed, and how many ballots remain to be canvassed.

"If you look at Broward County, they have had a awful history", Trump added, referring to a Democrat-heavy county where officials were slowly counting votes including absentee and provisional ballots.

"This is a clear violation of Florida law", Scott said.

The governor's race may also face a recount.

"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.

Scott's lead in the Senate contest was reduced to just 15,000 votes over Nelson as of Friday, setting up the possibility of a recount.

Jesse Watters said Snipes has a questionable history, and he took a page from President Trump's nicknaming playbook by dubbing her "Sneaky Snipes". Mr Gillum trails Mr DeSantis by fewer than 50,000 votes.

This led Andrew Gillum to reply to the President, "What's embarrassing to democracy is not counting every vote - and you, of course".

With the developments raising partisan tensions to fresh highs, Trump weighed in to allege a major corruption scandal was brewing, while fellow Republican Marco Rubio of Florida accused Democrats of a coordinated effort to "steal the election".