Broward County will not begin its machine recount until Monday evening or Tuesday morning. Brenda Snipes, the supervisor of elections in Broward, said she is not concerned her office won’t meet Thursday’s deadline to submit recounted totals.
After Hurricane Michael devastated the Panhandle in October, Bay County Supervisor of Elections Mark Andersen allowed about 150 displaced voters to cast ballots by email, even though there is no provision that allows for it in state law.
President Donald Trump, Governor Rick Scott and Senator Marco Rubio have pushed unfounded claims of voter fraud as Florida begins a recount to decide races for governor, U.S. Senate and agriculture commissioner.
Attorneys representing the U.S. Senate campaign of Florida Gov. Rick Scott filed emergency motions in Broward and Palm Beach courts Sunday seeking to have state police and local sheriff’s deputies impound voting machines while not in use during a statewide recount.
With South Florida again in the national eye on races too close to call and troubles in counting and re-counting votes, so, too is the supervisor of elections.Broward Supervisor Brenda Snipes took office 15 years ago after the governor suspended her predecessor, Miriam Oliphant.
The League of Women Voters Florida and Common Cause sent letters to Scott on Saturday calling on him to remove himself from the recount process because he’s a candidate in the U.S. Senate race that is being recounted.
The Broward County elections office had said it would start recounting more than 700,000 ballots at 7 a.m. Sunday. But problems with the machines delayed the process that could decide the outcome of three statewide races.
The Miami-Dade County Elections Department began the process of recounting more than 800,000 ballots on Saturday after state officials ordered recounts in the races for U.S. Senate, governor and agricultural commissioner.
A recount that reverses an initial margin of more than a few hundred votes would be unprecedented in recent history. According to an analysis by FairVote just 26 major races since 2000 went to a recount. Three outcomes changed.
Florida’s most populous county including Miami-Dade launched a recount Saturday afternoon for an estimated 813,000 ballots, after state officials ordered recounts in the races for U.S. Senate, governor and agricultural commissioner.
Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi leaned on state police to open an investigation into Gov. Rick Scott’s claims of voter fraud in his U.S. Senate race, even though police and elections officials say they’ve found no evidence of fraud.