With just hours until the deadline to finish re-entering ballots into scanners as part of the machine recount for three statewide races, almost all counties are finished, though Palm Beach is still working to meet the deadline.
Palm Beach County doesn’t expect to meet the deadline, its Supervisor of Elections said. On Tuesday, the county’s decade-old ballot-counting machines overheated and gave incorrect totals, forcing the county to restart its recount of about 175,000 early votes.
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Broward County was in the home stretch of its recount Thursday morning. Miami-Dade finished its recount as of Tuesday night and spent early Wednesday taking the final steps required to end the state-mandated process.
The results of the machine recount for three races — U.S. Senate, Governor and Commissioner of Agriculture — is due Thursday at 3 p.m., at which point counties will have to report results to the state. If margins for any of the races remain below 0.25 percent difference, a manual — by hand — recount would be ordered Thursday afternoon.
On Thursday morning, a federal judge ordered Florida’s 67 elections supervisors to give thousands of voters whose ballots were rejected over mismatched signatures another two days to fix the problem and have their votes counted toward the results of the 2018 midterms. Fl. Gov. Rick Scott, who is facing Democratic incumbent Bill Nelson for the Senate seat, said he is appealing the ruling.
It is unknown how this may affect the 3 p.m. deadline for the machine recount or the potential ordering of the manual recount.
The Herald contacted all 67 counties to find out the status of their machine recount. Each county first reported its status prior to 10:30 a.m. Wednesday. Statuses will be updated.