Scott files lawsuit, orders investigation of elections in 2 Florida counties

Hugh Fox
November 10, 2018

On Friday morning, the Department of State informed the law enforcement agency that they have received "no allegation of criminal activity" thus far as it relates to the election.

Scott, expressing concern about "rampant fraud" in the two counties, also directed the Florida Department of Law Enforcement to investigate the election offices.

Scott holds a razor-thin lead over Nelson. A recount would be automatically triggered if the candidates are within 0.5 points of each other and the machine recount would need to be completed by 3 p.m. on November 15.

Not only does it seem like this led to confusion, this exact problem was anticipated by the U.S. Election Assistance Commission more than a decade ago.

Dan McLaughlin, a spokesman for Democratic U.S. Sen.

According to Scott, "On election night, Broward County said there were 634,000 votes cast". The race remains too close to call, with Nelson narrowly trailing Scott. "They are asking courts to overrule election officials and accept ballots that were not legally cast".

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Terri Parker of WPBF reported that lawyers for Scott told Marx on Friday that Bucher's staff was duplicating damaged ballots without the required witnesses present.

GAETZ: That is a really appropriate question for Governor Rick Scott.

On Thursday, Rubio tweeted a video purporting to show Broward County election officials transporting ballots in private cars, fanning the flames of the conspiracy theories.

State Sen. Nikema Williams, Georgia director for the group Care In Action, says at least 2,000 people across the nation are involved in the effort to ensure that Georgia votes are counted.

The gap between Mr Scott - the outgoing governor of Florida - and incumbent Democratic Senator Nelson has narrowed to 0.2% as of Friday as Broward County votes are counted. Earlier the president said "there could be" when asked by reporters whether he'd direct a federal intervention in the Florida race.

The hiring came after Scott derided Nelson for hiring Elias as "one of Hillary Clinton's lawyers from D.C".

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"It is not appropriate for the governor of any state to suggest that he's going to use the power of the state to interject", Elias said. "It is sad and embarrassing that Bill Nelson would resort to these low tactics after the voters have clearly spoken". A hearing was set for 3 p.m.in state court.

The National Republican Senatorial Committee also joined Scott on Thursday to file suit against both Broward County Supervisor of Elections Brenda Snipes and Palm Beach Supervisor of Elections Susan Bucher.

"Clearly, Rick Scott is trying to stop all of the votes from being counted and he is impeding the democratic process".

The Florida contests, along with the races for governor in Georgia and US Senate in Arizona, are the most high-profile races still to be decided after Tuesday's midterm congressional elections.

In the governor's race, Democrat Andrew Gillum's campaign said Thursday it's readying for a possible recount.

Mr. Gillum had conceded to Mr. DeSantis on Tuesday night. Gillum's deficit, meanwhile, fell to 38,000, or 0.47 percent, which is under the 0.5 percent threshold that triggers an automatic machine recount, under state law. The Nelson-Scott race, as of Friday afternoon, was within 0.18 percentage point, with Scott holding a 14,985 lead with 8.2 million votes counted.

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