Published: Sat, November 10, 2018
People | By Leon Thompson

In Florida, Rick Scott Sues: 'Votes Coming Out of Nowhere'

In Florida, Rick Scott Sues: 'Votes Coming Out of Nowhere'

"Every Floridian should be concerned there may be rampant fraud happening in Palm Beach and Broward Counties".

Despite these stunning violations of law, and Rubio's cry to stop the madness in these counties that have a history of election problems, media seemed largely uninterested in what was happening in Florida.

His lawsuits accused Broward County Supervisor of Elections Brenda Snipes and Palm Beach County Supervisor of Elections Susan Bucher of mishandling the ballot count and preventing observers from having full access as votes are counted. "And we just need to take a deep breath, we need to have some transparency, we need to get the votes counted and we also, though, going forward need to make our election systems better". With Marine One waiting for him on the lawn, he headed over to a spot near the White House where I was standing - along with my colleagues. Earlier the president said "there could be" when asked by reporters whether he'd direct a federal intervention in the Florida race.

The U.S. Senate race in Florida remains too close to call, with an automatic recount appearing to be an inevitability as Republican Rick Scott's lead over Democratic incumbent Bill Nelson is now less than.2 percent.

Scott said he was ordering an official investigation into his own race.

Broward County is the only one of Florida's 67 counties which is yet to complete its initial count. But then Democratic lawyer Marc Elias announced that Democrats would be going for a recount and would win the Senate seat. Every person in Florida knows exactly what is happening. For some Democrats, though, the wound's still there. Voters who cast provisional ballots had until 5 p.m. Thursday to provide verify their signatures with local elections officials, but the verification is not required.

In 2000, when I traveled to Florida and worked there for 37 days as a political operative for the Bush campaign, I witnessed firsthand the attempt to steal an election by Democrats who wanted Gore to defeat Bush. Today the Florida Department of Law Enforcement stated, "This morning we spoke with the Department of State and they indicated they had no criminal allegations of fraud".

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Trump had aggressively campaigned in the closing days of the race, his focus on boosting Republicans in states he carried in 2016. Marketing consultant Gary Smith of the Columbus suburb of Dublin said Trump was a "big factor" for him, as was a strong economy .

The tight races underscored Florida's status as a perennial swing state where elections are often decided by the thinnest of margins.

Trump inserted himself into both races, casting doubt on the ongoing vote tallies in those states as well as in Georgia, where thousands of absentee, provisional and other uncounted ballots could shift the outcomes.

Meanwhile, Nelson's reelection campaign has filed a lawsuit against Florida Secretary of State Ken Detzner over vote-by-mail ballots.

They hope votes from these areas, once they are recounted, will allow Mr Nelson to leapfrog his Republican rival. Mr Gillum trails Mr DeSantis by fewer than 50,000 votes.

Neither the Associated Press nor CNN have called the race.

The newspaper's report indicated that Broward is the only county to show this trend, and that this could be due to the Senate race being listed in the lower left hand corner of the ballot, below the instructions. "'The Broward Effect.' How come they never find Republican votes?" "Let's blame the Russians and demand an immediate apology from President Putin!"

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