Total recall: Florida faces prospect of vote recounts after U.S. midterm elections

10 November, 2018, 07:15 | Author: Charlene Valdez
  • By Adam C. Smith 39 minutes ago

The race for governor between GOP Rep. Ron DeSantis and Democratic Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum is also close enough that a recount is possible.

Florida law requires a recount for elections with a margin of victory under 0.5 percent of the vote.

Sen. Bill Nelson's re-election bid is likely headed to a hand recount given that the incumbent Democrat now trails Florida Gov. Rick Scott by 17,000 votes, within the.25% margin required for a hand recount.

A recount is possible in the Florida governor's race after the margin of victory shrank below one-half a percentage point Thursday, according to updated numbers. "Since that time, it has become clear there are many more uncounted ballots than was originally reported", the campaign said.

Gillum is "ready for any outcome, including a state-mandated recount", she added.

In the 2000 presidential recount Florida, questions about voter intent provoked disputes over dimpled chads, punch-cards that had been indented but not penetrated.

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Marc Elias, a Washington lawyer on Nelson's team, said the candidate was demanding a recount.

Democrats believe there is an issue with how votes were calculated in Broward county and Palm Beach, both strongholds for the party.

The Florida Elections Canvassing Commission - comprised of Scott and two Cabinet members - is slated to meet 9 a.m. November 20th to certify the election results. But DeSantis' victory margin has since dropped to.52 percentage points - a mere two-hundredths of a point shy of the recount threshold. "Come on", said a Republican official in Florida.

State officials said they can't extend the deadlines. She said Democrats set up phone banks and began calling those voters, urging them to go to county offices to present their identification information so that their ballots will count.

Republican candidate for Florida governor Ron DeSantis speaks during an event put on by the Police Benevolent Association in Palm Beach County, on October 3, 2018.

As the Democrat-heavy counties have counted new votes since Tuesday's election, Scott's margin has gotten smaller, now with just 15,000 votes over Nelson. But Abrams is refusing to concede, because thousands of absentee ballots have not yet been counted. "And all of the sudden they're finding votes out of nowhere".

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The South Florida Sun Sentinel said it analysed voting patterns and found that of Broward ballots already counted, 24,700 residents voted for a governor candidate but did not pick a candidate for Senate.

Florida's 67 counties have until noon Saturday to submit their unofficial vote totals to the state's division of elections. "We do not let people seize ballots when they think they're losing".

Late Thursday morning, Gillum campaign spokeswoman Johanna Cervone said the campaign was prepared for a recount effort.

Richard represented former President George W. Bush in the 2000 Florida recount.

While that might appear to augur well for Nelson's chances, there's no guarantee how many, if any, of those ballots will actually turn into votes, even if the voters who cast them meant to vote for Nelson, said Ned Foley an Ohio State law professor and author of "Ballot Battles: The History of Disputed Elections in the United States".

With Broward still counting early and mail ballots and Palm Beach County still counting mail ballots, Gov. Rick Scott holds a lead of.18 percent over Sen. "Nelson will be in the lead going into the recount, although I would say it's a jump ball", Elias said in a conference call with reporters Thursday.

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On Thursday evening, President Donald Trump weighed in with a tweet on the Senate race, citing the possibility of election fraud.

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