Broward County: Trump wades into Florida Senate election chaos

Broward County: Trump wades into Florida Senate election chaos

Broward County: Trump wades into Florida Senate election chaos

The Florida Governor's race between Republican Ron DeSantis and Democrat Andrew Gillum also appeared headed for an automatic recount.

Nelson waited until Friday afternoon to respond to Scott's lawsuit.

"Well it could be because if you look at Broward and Palm Beach to a lesser extent, if you look at Broward County, they have had a disgusting history", the president told reporters on the White House South Lawn. "Take a look at Broward County", he said.

Following Elias' call with reporters, the Scott campaign - which filed a lawsuit against Broward and Palm Beach counties over public records he claimed weren't provided to his campaign - shot back, calling today's legal filing by the Nelson campaign "desperate".

Read the lawsuit against Palm Beach County here.

However, Snipes' attorney said in court Friday that it would be inappropriate for the court to intervene at this time, simply because Scott wants the counting process to be sped up.

"We do not have an active investigation", Florida Department of Law Enforcement spokeswoman Gretl Plessinger said. Trump tweets: "Law Enforcement is looking into another big corruption scandal having to do with Election Fraud in #Broward and Palm Beach". However, in the days after the election, votes that continued to file in tightened the race further, leading to the possibility of a state-mandated recount more likely. After that, if the margin of victory is still within 0.25 percent, a manual recount must occur, but only of undervotes and overvotes.

The campaign says it's monitoring the situation and preparing for a possible state-mandated recount. These same two Democratic-leaning counties proved problematic in providing voter returns in the 2000 presidential election when Republican George W. Bush narrowly defeated Democrat Al Gore in a historic recount.

"On Tuesday night, the Gillum for Governor campaign operated with the best information available about the number of outstanding ballots left to count".

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".

Marc Caputo, the co-author of Politico's Florida Playbook, said Friday that the election practices in Broward County, Florida are "nonsensical" as the county faces widespread scrutiny for its handling of ballots in the 2018 midterm elections.

DeSantis declined to discuss prospects for a recount, telling reporters he was "very proud to be elected".

The canvassing board in Broward was working hard, according to Mr. Cerio, who attributed all the issues to Ms. Snipes and her staff which, he said, hovered over everything being done.

In what he claimed is a clear violation of state law, the Democratic supervisors in those counties last updated their figures at 10:19 a.m. Friday in Palm Beach County and Thursday night in Broward.

"More ballots came in", said Joyce Griffin, Monroe County's supervisor of elections. She also did not know how many provisional, military and mismarked ballots need to be counted.

Meanwhile, Sean Hannity, the Fox News host and informal Trump adviser, said in an interview with Scott on his program on Thursday evening that "somebody needs to go to jail" as a result of the delayed vote counts in Broward County because Scott "won this race hands down".

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