Recount chaos: Rick Scott says Palm Beach official flouting court order

Kyrsten Sinema speaks to a supporter at the Barton Barr Central Library Nov. 6 2018 in Phoenix

Rick Scuteri APDemocratic Senate candidate Kyrsten Sinema speaks to a supporter at the Barton Barr Central Library Nov. 6 2018 in Phoenix

Among other things, the infamous punch-card ballots are no longer.

Shortly after, President Donald Trump tweeted that law enforcement was looking into another big corruption scandal, claiming "Florida voted for Rick Scott".

Both Scott and Nelson sought to get the courts to intervene.

The Nelson team now has officials in every county in the state monitoring votes, starting in Palm Beach County where the campaign thinks there are as many as 10,000 ballots that were mismarked or have other marks on the page that did not allow them to be read by voting machines and, therefore, not counted.

If the unofficial returns reflect that a candidate for any office was defeated or eliminated by one-half of a percent or less of the votes cast for such office, that a candidate for retention to a judicial office was retained or not retained by one-half of a percent or less of the votes cast on the question of retention, or that a measure appearing on the ballot was approved or rejected by one-half of a percent or less of the votes cast on such measure, a recount shall be ordered of the votes cast with respect to such office or measure.
If that margin holds true as more votes are tallied, an automatic recount will be triggered under Florida law.

When the Florida's secretary of state verifies the first unofficial count on Saturday afternoon, and the winning candidate's margin is less than 0.5 percentage points, a recount is mandatory. That race is headed toward a hand recount.

In Washington, Trump took Scott's side, telling reporters that the federal government could get involved and adding: "All of the sudden, they are finding votes out of nowhere".

"What's going on in Florida is a disgrace", Mr Trump told reporters.

FLDE spokeswoman Gretl Pelssinger said Friday that the agency is working with the Department of State and will investigate any allegations of elections fraud, but right now, there are no such allegations.

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Ballot discrepancies Unusual voting discrepancies were also being reported in Broward County.

Broward County officials were simply taking deliberative steps to count all ballots, including absentee and provisional ones, he said. It bought three new high-speed scanners to process the midterm ballots, but it was only done counting the early voting and vote-by-mail on November 8 night, according to Miami Herald's Alex Harris. Lawyers from the campaigns, journalists and citizens crowded into a room to observe.

The results are so close now that many predict a recount, with Scott saying there could be a manual recount if he wins by less than 21,000 votes.

As the margins slimmed, U.S. Sen. Elias dismissed this possibility and said the scanners that read the ballots may have misread some and the issue would be resolved when they are re-calibrated for a recount.

Nelson issued barbs of his own.

"I am the senator-elect in this state", Scott told Hannity.

Scott's lead was 0.18 percentage points and DeSantis was leading by 0.43 percentage points on Friday night. Mayor Gillum started his campaign for the people, and we are committed to ensuring every single vote in Florida is counted.

A third statewide race that could go to a recount the agriculture commissioner race between Democrat Nikki Fried and Republican Matt Caldwell _ is the tightest of all, with Fried holding a 3,120-vote lead a margin of 0.039 per cent. Signatures were not visible in any Palm Beach Post photos.

Palm Beach also was home to the infamous "butterfly ballot" that many Democrats believe cost Gore the election.

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