Florida Has Three Legal Recounts For Midterm Elections
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Florida Republican Governor Rick Scott filed a lawsuit on Thursday evening, requesting for an investigation into the ongoing ballot counts that have tightened his lead in the state’s Senate race against incumbent Democrat Senator Bill Nelson. Scott accused the ongoing ballot counts of being a partisan attempt by “unethical liberals” to steal the state’s Senate election.Running against the incumbent Democrat Senator Bill Nelson, Scott alleged that the Broward County and Palm Beach County supervisors of elections were engaging in “rampant fraud.” Scott requested that the FDLE (Florida Department of Law Enforcement) investigate the new ballot counts.Votes are also still being counted for Florida’s governor race between Democrat Andrew Gillum and Republican Ron DeSantis. Votes for Georgia’s governor race between Democrat Stacey Abrams and Republican Brian Kemp are also still being counted.
Below, is the Florida Recount Procedures, in italics, excerpt from Ballotpedia:
Florida state law provides for automatic recounts when the margin of victory for a given office or measure is equal to or less than 0.5 percent of the total votes cast for that office or measure. If the margin of victory is equal to or less than 0.25 percent, a hand recount is ordered (automatic tabulators are otherwise used). The relevant state statutes do not appear to provide for candidate-initiated or voter-initiated recounts. For more information about recount procedures in Florida, see Section 102.166 of the Florida Statutes.
According to the Florida Statutes, since candidates for Florida Senator: Bill Nelson had received 49.9% and Rick Scott 50.1% of the vote, with a difference of 0.2%, a hand count should take place, whereas candidates for Florida Governor: Andrew Gillum had received 49.2% and Ron DeSantis 49.6%, with a difference of 0.4%, an automatic recount should take place.
“I will not sit idly by while unethical liberals try and steal this election from the great people of Florida” Scott told reporters on Thursday. The National Republicans Senatorial Committee joined Scott on Thursday to file suit against both Supervisors of Election of Broward County, Brenda Snipes and of Palm Beach County Susan Bucher. Bucher responded to Scott’s claim on Friday, “I just felt it very unfortunate that some of the highest elected officials in our country are trying to disrupt our democracy because they don’t like the demographics of our voters…I would wish that they would allow us to continue to count the ballots. We’re just doing our job in accordance with law.”
Nelson’s response to Scott’s accusations, “The goal here is to see that all the votes in Florida are counted accurately. ..Rick Scott’s action appears to be politically motivated and borne out of desperation.”
Andrew Gillum, the Democratic gubernatorial candidate Andrew Gillum tweeted, “counting votes isn’t partisan. It’s democracy.” and stated that the state should count every vote. Democrat Andrew Gillum speaks to supporters at a church event supporting his Florida governor’s race, in the video “Andrew Gillum: Final count is not done” below:
If we are law abiding Floridians, following Florida Statutes, it does appear reasonable and lawful that hand counts should take place for Florida Senator position and Florida Agriculture Commissioner position, and recount should take place for Florida Governor position. Quite honestly, I am very perplexed by Rick Scott’s complaint or lawsuit. Why is Rick Scott trying to stop all of Floridians’ votes from being counted?!
Perhaps Andy Borowitz’s satire would help to explain this behavior, published in New Yorker: Rick Scott Accuses Democrats of Trying To Thwart G.O.P.’s Successful Voter Suppression
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