After tabulating 248 overseas ballots and six more mail ballots, Miami-Dade elections submitted its final results to the Department of State late Saturday night.
In total, 801,547 votes were cast in Miami-Dade in the race for U.S. senator. Bill Nelson won received the majority of those votes, pulling in 485,496 votes. Rick Scott received 316,020.
Nikki Fried came out on top in the race for commissioner of agriculture, with 475,943 of a total of 781,139 votes. Matt Caldwell received 305,196 votes.
Between the recount, newly accepted mail ballots, and tabulation of overseas ballots, Fried widened the margin between her and Caldwell by 187 votes. The final tally on Saturday put Fried 170,747 votes ahead of Caldwell.
The six mail ballots counted Saturday night had previously been rejected due to issues with the signatures, but were accepted after the voters submitted cure affidavits by the extended deadline at 5 p.m.. In total, 40 cure affidavits were submitted. However, 34 were rejected for failing to meet the requirements.
The most common reason for rejection was failure to use the updated cure affidavit, which states clearly that the voter had not received notification of a problem with their ballot before the Nov. 5 deadline to fix it. Twenty-seven ballots were rejected because the voter failed to affirm that they had not received information about problems with their ballot deadline prior to Nov. 5.
An affirmation that the voter had not received the information prior to Nov. 5 was added to an updated version of the cure affidavit posted online Friday. The language was based on the circuit court ruling Friday stating the deadline was extended only for voters who did not have the opportunity to provide a cure affidavit by the original deadline because they had not received notification of a problem.
At least 31 voters sent in the old version of the cure affidavit that did not have the updated verbiage. If there was no other way for the elections department to be sure the voter had not received information prior to Nov. 5, the ballot was rejected. Four of those were accepted by the canvassing board on Saturday night, the rest thrown out.