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Emergency hearing in Rick Scott vs. Broward County lawsuit

Emergency hearing in Rick Scott vs. Broward County lawsuit

Elias said it isn't "appropriate" for Scott to initiate a law enforcement investigation into vote counting when the governor is on the ballot as a candidate for Senate.

The first unofficial returns are due to the state Division of Elections by noon Saturday from all counties.

The lawsuit against Bucher accused her office of withholding some of the over-voted and under-voted absentee ballots from the county canvassing board, even though Florida law dictates that only a canvassing board is allowed to determine "all valid votes" from over-votes or under-votes. It's worth noting that the number of vote-by-mail ballots returned in the 2016 presidential election was 2,758,617, not much higher than the 2,622,194 returned in this past midterm.

"Bill Nelson's entire campaign has been a fraud".

"More ballots came in", said Joyce Griffin, Monroe County's supervisor of elections.

Marie Harf agreed that Broward County election officials should be more transparent, but she said, as of now, there is no evidence of voter fraud.

"The Broward County Clerk, Brenda Snipes, was required by law after the polls closed on Tuesday night to within 30 minutes to share how many early votes were counted or cast in that county", McDaniel said.

Meanwhile, Scott has sued the elections supervisors in Broward and Palm Beach counties, alleging "rampant fraud".

Scott holds a razor-thin lead over Nelson.

Contests with a margin of 0.5 percent or less qualify for an automatic machine recount by every county elections office involved in the contest.

Scott said he will not accept the behavior of "unethical liberals".

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In yet a third statewide seat - the Cabinet position of agriculture commissioner - the candidates were separated by 483 votes out of more than 8 million cast - a margin of 0.006 per cent.

Jackie Schutz Zeckman is campaign manager for Gov. Rick Scott, who ran against Democratic incumbent U.S. Sen. The Associated Press has not called the race, and votes have continued to be counted this week. "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". The lawyer said Miami-Dade County could face legal action regarding the rejection of minority voters' mail-in ballots, if disparities are identified.

Senator Marco Rubio also tweeted out a thread pointing out all of the past controversies over Broward supervisor Brenda Snipes.

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.

Florida Governor and Senate elect Rick Scott (left) unleashed lawsuits against Broward County and Palm Beach County while accusing Democrats of trying to steal the election.

"Tonight, I am asking the Florida Department of Law Enforcement to investigate this immediately and I am considering every single legal option available", Scott concluded. "The margin does continue to close as a result of lawful ballots", Elias told reporters Friday morning in a conference call.

Snipes violated that law by not turning over the information to attorneys for Scott's Senate bid as well as the National Republican Senatorial Committee, Broward County District Court Judge Carol Lisa Phillips ruled, WESH-TV reported. A hearing was set for 3 p.m.in state court.

Kemp holds about a 63,000 vote lead, with 50.3 percent of nearly 4 million votes.

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

Mr DeSantis's lead was about 38,500 votes on Thursday afternoon (local time), or 0.47 per cent of the vote.

Scott pointed out that the lawyer hired by Nelson, Marc Elias, has said he expects the Democratic senator to be declared the victor.