by Daveda Gruber:
On Saturday Florida’s Secretary of State announced that there will be recounts in the Senate and gubernatorial races.
There has been much controversy over the handling of the counts and now they became tight enough to call for a recount.
President Trump warned that he will be “watching closely.”
Trying to STEAL two big elections in Florida! We are watching closely!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 10, 2018
The order was issued by Secretary Ken Detzner after the unofficial results in both races fell within the margin that by law triggers a recount.
The results of the machine recount will be due by 3 p.m. ET on Nov. 15. The votes in the Senate race between Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson and Republican Gov. Rick Scott, and the gubernatorial race between Republican Rep. Ron DeSantis and Democratic mayor of Tallahassee Andrew Gillum, will be recounted. There will also be a recount for the race for agriculture commissioner.
Florida law requires a mandatory recount if the winning candidate’s margin is less than 0.5 percent. If the margin is less than 0.25 percent, the recount must be done by hand.
Do you remember the Florida election recount of 2000 between George W. Bush and Al Gore? I do. Hanging chads comes to mind.
Bush v. Gore, 531 U.S. 98 (2000), was a decision of the United States Supreme Court that settled a recount dispute in Florida’s 2000 presidential election. The ruling was issued on December 12, 2000. On December 9, the Court had preliminarily halted the Florida recount that was occurring.
Scott and DeSantis led their races after the midterm elections on Tuesday. Gillum conceded to DeSantis. As days went on, and more votes were counted, the leads have all but disappeared.
By Saturday afternoon Scott’s lead was reduced to 0.15 percent and DeSantis’ was at 0.41 percent.
These shrinking leads have led to suspicions from Republicans. Foul play is being called.
On Saturday President Trump told reporters that “they are finding votes out of nowhere.”
He added, “What’s going on in Florida is a disgrace.”
Trump’s reaction came immediately after the announcement of the recounts. he accused Democrats of “trying to steal two big elections in Florida!”
Trump is watching closely.
Scott had asked the Florida Department of Law Enforcement to investigate the counties’ election departments.
There will be no investigation as it was reported that there was no credible allegation of fraud.
Protesters have gathered outside the Broward elections office ahead of the announcement.
Broward has long been the source of election controversies. In 2016, Republican poll watchers complained that staff was opening absentee ballots in private. They made it impossible for citizens or groups to question whether ballots were cast.
The GOP sued in 2017 to make sure Election Supervisor Brenda Snipes followed the law. Did she?
On Friday it was reported that there were invalid ballots mixed in with about 200 valid ones. No solution was found for the problem.
Where is the justice? Snipes has ‘found’ votes? She has denied representatives from both parties from seeing anything. She didn’t even know how many votes were found.
I believe it is time to find a solution to the problem. Firstly, U.S. Marshalls should have been in Broward County days ago. Too late for that now so someone had better find out if there was no fraud, was it just outright cheating?
Sen. Marco Rubio has been very upset over what is going on in his state.
#PalmBeachCounty elections supervisor bans media cameras from public ballot counting & threatens them with arrest.
— Marco Rubio (@marcorubio) November 10, 2018