Florida Recount Updates
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Florida midterm election machine recounts update: Broward County’s recount did not count because it was late in turning in the recount result by 2 minutes. It simply meant that the initial number of vote count would be used rather than the number from the recount. Apparently Palm Beach County and Hillsborough County also did not make the deadline for recounts. At the moment, it does appear as though Ron DeSantis (R) had won the Florida Governor seat. Florida Senate race, however, would still continue with the second phase of manual recounting, manually recounting over-votes and under-votes across the state of Florida. As of Saturday, Nov. 17, 2018, Nikki Fried (D) was leading Matt Caldwell (R) by 5,326 votes, and would win the seat of Florida Agriculture Commissioner.
Most of Florida’s 67 counties finished machine vote recounts for the Senate and governor’s races before Thursday’s 3:00 pm deadline. The Senate race will go to a further recount by hand because Republican Gov. Rick Scott had a razor-thin lead over Democratic incumbent Sen. Bill Nelson. The NewsHour’s Dan Bush joins Judy Woodruff for an update, in the video “Where Florida’s election recounts stand as deadline passes” below:
David Boies, Attorney for Gore in 2000 election, commented that Florida election process had actually improved, with the current optical character recognition ballots. Furthermore, the vote counts of Florida Senate, Governor, and Agriculture Commissioner seats were not as close in 2018 as in 2000. Jeffrey Toobin, CNN Chief Legal Analyst, felt that Florida electoral system had inferior machines and overly strict laws that prevented several counties that missed the deadline by two minutes from being able to have their recount results from being included (it simply means that the original vote count was used rather than the recount vote count result). However, both Boies and Toobin agreed that the process had improved due to the use of optical system, but the Florida law had been too strict in not including recounts of those counties with machine problems.
Gathered, written, and posted by Windermere Sun-Susan Sun Nunamaker
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