Dade Elections Dept. Expected To Finish Machine Recount Well Ahead Of Deadline

Bill Nelson and Rick Scott

Susan Bucher said Tuesday night that the 11-year-old machines began having problems on Monday as early voting ballots were being counted. "He's doing this for the same reason he's been making false and panicked claims about voter fraud - he's anxious that when all the votes are counted he'll lose this election".

Bush said Monday on Twitter that Snipes should be removed from office, saying there was "no question" that she "failed to comply with Florida law on multiple counts, undermining Floridians' confidence in our electoral process". They "started overheating so as a result the tally types are not reconciling properly".

The latest snafu has left officials in Palm Beach County, Florida's third-most populous, seeking divine intervention to finish the recount for the closely contested Senate race by the 3 p.m. Thursday deadline.

Lawyers for Democrats will ask a federal judge to set aside the state law mandating that mailed-in votes be thrown out if the signature on the envelope doesn't match the signature on file with election authorities. Florida voters think so too, and they're not happy about it, the New York Times reports today.

But as they evolved, USA elections still kept more space for raw politics than has survived in many other modern democracies - including Canada - and that appears to be a big part of the problem we're seeing now. Bill Nelson, whom he is hoping to unseat, of trying to "commit fraud to try to win this election".

The Florida governor on Sunday sued to have voting machines, tallying devices and ballots seized in Broward and Palm Beach counties.

And in oft-criticized Broward County, additional sheriff's deputies were sent to guard ballots and voting machines.

In one email released by the Florida state department, and addressed to Florida Elections Division Director Maria Matthews, Okaloosa County Supervisor of Elections Paul Lux also indicated the altered affidavits had come from the state Democratic Party. If the deadline is not met in a race, the results it reported Saturday will stand. Both counties are Democratic strongholds.

"I am urging because of the highly public nature of this case to ramp down the rhetoric", Tuter said.

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"Unless relief is granted, scores of Florida voters will be unconstitutionally disenfranchised because, in deciding whether to count or reject these ballots, local canvassing boards will apply two demonstrably unconstitutional rules for determining a voter's intent on a ballot", the lawyers write in the filing, arguing that the secretary of state's rules "arbitrarily treat similarly situated voters differently and will result in the disproportionate rejection of ballots cast by language minorities and those with limited literacy".

Florida's Republican Lieutenant Governor Carlos Lopez-Cantera chided those county election departments that are lagging behind.

Presidents have historically sought to rise above the heated partisan drama surrounding election irregularities.

We previously looked at the Broward election supervisor's track record.

"We will not have a re-run of 2000".

For Trump, Florida is personal. He aggressively campaigned in the state, putting his finger on the scales of the Republican gubernatorial primary this summer by endorsing former Rep. Ron DeSantis for governor. After Election Day, Trump's aides pointed to the GOP's seeming success in the state as a validation that the president's path to re-election remained clear - a narrative that has grown hazier as the outcomes have become less certain.

White House spokesperson Mercedes Schlapp said Tuesday the president "obviously has his opinion" on the recount.

"If it didn't take up to four days, the law wouldn't have put that in there", said Eugene Pettis, attorney for Brenda Snipes, the county's elections supervisor.

As it all plays out, the Republican candidates for governor and Senate, Ron DeSantis and Rick Scott, hold the narrowest of leads over their Democratic counterparts, Andrew Gillum and Bill Nelson. Schumer and Nelson, both Democrats, spoke with reporters in Washington.

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