Friday, 16 November, 2018

Andrew Gillum to Rick Scott: 'Counting votes isn't partisan - it's democracy'

Democrats expected to pick up governorships but many races are too close to call Bob Andres Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Glenn Montgomery | 10 November, 2018, 07:13

DeSantis holds a lead of 38,613 votes out of more than 8.2 million ballots counted - a margin of 0.47 percentage points. But by 2:45 p.m., his margin according to FloridaElectionWatch.gov had dropped below the.50 level as well, to.47 of 1 percent.

Republican Senate candidate Rick Scott speaks to supporters at an election watch party, Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2018, in Naples, Fla.

Nelson, who is now losing to Republican Rick Scott by just 22,000 votes (about 0.26 percent), has not accepted defeat.

Florida coming down to a recount gives political watchers déjà vu, given the impact the state's recount played on the 2000 presidential election that saw President George W. Bush elected after winning Florida by 537 votes. While that margin, if it holds, would require a recount, DeSantis has mostly stayed out of the fray, saying he was working on plans for taking office in January. If the candidates in either contest are separated by 0.5% of the vote or less, the state will automatically recount ballots.

The official results of a manual recount would be due by November 18. Nelson's attorneys have predicted the recount will result in Nelson returning to the Senate.

The tight gubernatorial race between Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum and former Rep.

The campaign says it's monitoring the situation and preparing for a possible state-mandated recount.

In the meantime, Democratic Agricultural Commissioner candidate Nikki Fried has pulled ahead of seeming victor Matt Caldwell by just 582 votes.

Additionally, most counties have yet to review and tabulate all provisional ballots cast in the election, and there's also a 10-day window on overseas vote-by-mail ballots to come into elections offices. Any recount would probably begin Monday.

Scott's campaign and the National Republican Senatorial Committee filed a lawsuit late Thursday demanding that Broward Elections Supervisor Brenda Snipes be ordered to turn over several records detailing the counting and collection of ballots cast in Tuesday's election. The Senate candidates appeared on the Broward ballot before the candidates for governor. That could be because the question was listed under instructions on Broward's ballot, and some people might have missed it. In others, voters had until 5 p.m. Thursday to submit proper identification.

Recounts usually don't shift enough votes to change the apparent victor. He won with 49.9 percent of the vote.

Ingoglia was particularly harsh about the lack of information coming from Broward and Palm Beach counties.

Mr Scott is now leading by a mere 17,000 votes.

"The supervisor of elections always seem to be the two that we have problems with". "And the supervisors - Brenda Snipes and Susan Bucher - can not seem to say how many ballots still exist and where these ballots came from or where they have been". "Right now, nobody knows". Scott is leading Nelson by just 0.18 points on Thursday night. So, too, is Florida's race for agriculture commissioner, according to the Tampa Bay Times.

Pasco Supervisor Brian Corley rebuffed the request, citing state privacy laws.

"I am pretty confident what you are going to see are markings that were not picked up by the machines or a calibration issue that was not registering that part of the ballot", he said.

He said both counties are committing "rampant fraud" and he will explore every legal option possible. He's the lone statewide Democratic officeholder in Florida.

"We are going to ensure that every vote is counted", Freid tweeted last night.

Nelson lawyer Marc Elias said Scott was using his official position to try to influence the election. "We have been doing this quietly behind the scenes, not to be presumptuous, but just because you don't have enough time".

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